10 March 2017

Royal Hats of the Day: March 10

The British royal family were out en masse yesterday with hats in place. They gathered for the dedication of the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial honoring the service and duty of both civilians and military personnel in those conflicts. The Queen led the crowd in vibrant royal blue, and she (and her brooch details) were covered here at the Jewel Vault.

Following in Her Maj's blue footsteps, the Duchess of Cambridge gave this Michael Kors coat its best outing yet by adding blue accessories - most importantly, an actual hat with an actual brim. You know I love it when she kicks up her hat game. (She's actually giving me shades of Crown Princess Mary here, who paired an electric blue hat with a neutral suit once to my great delight. It's a more matchy version, of course, which is Kate's way.)

Royal Family
Meanwhile, the Countess of Wessex also paired an old outfit with a different hat, which does not have the same enhancing effect. I prefer this Azzedine Alaïa dress with the Christmas hat.

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Both the Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie are wearing regimental brooches from The Rifles, since they are each Royal Colonels of different battalions. This is a subdued outfit for Camilla - who manages to make even the biggest hat on the dais look subtle - and is perfectly paired with one of her favorite signature pearl and diamond chokers.

Royal Family
The Princess Royal and the Duchess of Gloucester round us out for the day, doing their usual thing. Although I am left feeling that Anne's sporting the most exuberant hat decoration of them all, which is usually not the usual thing.