Well race season is well & truly upon us, and the first big millinery event of the calendar, Cheltenham Festival, took place this month. In today’s blog I’m going to do a nice round up of my favourite styles. Often the trends & styles that we see at Cheltenham are then echoed at Royal Ascot in June, so it’s very interesting to take a look at what we have just seen…..straight away!
First up with have the stunning green felt hat from Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall wore this green hat on St Patricks Day, it’s possibly one of my favourite hats I’ve seen her in! Both the shape, style & design are perfect on her.
Princess Anne wore a beautiful hat too; she has worn this before I believe, and it is still gorgeous. It has a high crown & sweeping up turned brim, layered with guinea fowl feathers. This is quite an unusual style for Anne, but it suits her & goes well with her outfit!
As at any race event, we saw Zara Tindall in attendance too, and this wonderful woman can do no wrong when it comes to millinery! She is daring, pushes boundaries & wears her hats with such confidence too!
This beautiful trilby has been embellished with beads & metallic threads, I do like this piece & I’ve seen Zara several times in trilby hats.
And what Zara is most known for, is her love of percher hats. Here we see her in a sumptuous velvet base, with a silk abaca knot on top. Finishing the piece, are some peacock feather spirals.
Hollywood actress, Liv Tyler, also joined the event in another large brimmed felt hat. But to make the style a little more glamourous, the brim had a delicate pattern cut into it.
Obviously, the key difference between Royal Ascot & the Cheltenham Festival is of course the weather! As shown above, Cheltenham takes place in the cooler months & thus we see lots more winter materials of felts & velvets being worn. Royal Ascot takes place in the middle of June, and therefore the go-to materials are a lot lighter & cooler to wear. Usually Ascot has more flamboyant designs too but we do still see some extravagance taking place at Cheltenham!
Just looking at these….gets me excited for Royal Ascot!!! Not long now ladies…..
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