Aw, bless -- poor little Zara looks so bored in her little flower garland, doesn't she? She's clearly wishing she had a hot pink fascinator of some sort to liven up the proceedings. Cracks me up that a five-year-old is apparently trying to follow along with the program, though!
And at least she wasn't acting like a feral dog like some other royal we know:
We'll hope to see slightly better behavior from you in the Abbey on Friday, Mr. Wales. Also, please don't wear that hat.
(Sidenote: possibly my favorite part of Zara and William's participation in this wedding is this clip from an interview with Sarah, Duchess of York on the Graham Norton show, in which Graham discovers that Zara was indeed the bridesmaid picking her nose on the balcony of Buck House during the festivities. Enjoy! )
I'm thinking that Margaret was so excited about this wedding, she wanted to be sure to bring along a pom-pon in case she felt like doing an impromptu cheerleading routine in Poet's Corner. Otherwise, I have no explanation for this, other than: 1986.
But maybe we should all just be glad it's not human hair this time?
Here's a familiar face to anyone who's been watching American television over the past week or so -- Princess Di! (Non-American hatters: has your royal wedding coverage been as Diana-centric as ours? Not that I dislike Di -- it's just a bit overwhelming at times!)
This wacky little three-cornered business has always been one of my favorite crazy Diana toppers. Love the bold colors mixed together -- so '80s, so Di, so wonderful.
I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again: every time I see a photo of Diana in a hat, I get all melancholy thinking of the WONDER that would have been Mad Hattery in the '80s. Can you imagine how much fun events like this would have been if we'd had the internet? (And if I hadn't been, you know, three years old. My hattery skills were still in their formative stages back then.) Magnificent, that's what it would have been!
I love that every hat the Queen Mum wore from approximately 1983-2002 was basically the same hat. Queen Beatrix, she of the cake shapes, clearly learned something from the master.
The whole thing does have quite the kicky '80s floral print thing going on, though, doesn't it?
A fairly nice chapeau from Her Maj for her second (and reportedly favorite) son's wedding, especially when you consider that we're stuck in the mid-'80s here! The blue's a little soft, but it would be a while before she would transfer out of pastel shades and into the bright bolds that work so well on her now.
Would have been even better if the milliners hadn't allowed the flowers to sprout through the brim, though.
Compared with some of the whoppers Anne's worn to other royal weddings, her topper at Andrew's nuptials was downright subdued. The brim may look like one of the rings of Saturn, but still, grand scheme of things and all that.
(Mark Phillips on the right here -- it feels like we just met him in our last Abbey wedding flashback, and this was his last major royal wedding as a member of the family. Three years later, the couple would announce their separation, and three years after that, they would divorce. By this point, he'd actually already fathered a daughter with another woman. Gulp.)
Here's another wedding guest in white: Kate Kent, who apparently commissioned Wedgwood to design this headband for her. I kind of dig it, though. And I really love Lady Helen's beret -- gorgeous!
So fun to see these little girls in the second row, twenty-five years before they would both have their own little girls! Pretty standard 1980s matching sister hattery here.
Pretty classic, straightforward hattery from Birgitte Gloucester here -- love her in a chic, wide-brimmed chapeau. Much chic-er than her husband's '80s glasses.
She is breaking the "white at a wedding" rule here, though -- and as we'll see, she's not the only one who does. Does that bother any of you anymore? Will you cringe if, say, Beatrice or Eugenie show up in white at the Abbey on Friday?
Love bright purple flowers on Princess Alice -- nothing says "not really a dowager duchess" like a good bright color, if you ask me.
Royal trivia: did you know that Princess Alice and Sarah Ferguson are related? Not just by virtue of being married into the same family, either. Both of them are descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensbury -- Sarah Ferguson's grandmother and Alice were first cousins. One more reason that the Windsor family tree is completely convoluted...