St. Paul's was simply lousy with royals today! Let's get this Jubilee party started, hatters!
And the Diamond Queen was sparkling today! Wish the accent color on this dress had been ice blue rather than mint green, but that's a bit of a nitpick. I mean, she busted out the Cullinan III and IV brooch today -- how can I complain?
(On a sidenote: how strange was it to see HM walking without Prince Phil in the procession at St. Paul's? Hope he feels better soon!)
Camilla went with the hat shape that works best on her -- GIGANTIC! -- for the day. It's basically the same hat she wore to last year's wedding (and on several other occasions). Looks good, but can someone explain this gold, finger-painted coat to me?
Kate Cambridge went sparkly on the day, too, with her bugle-beaded fascinator. I heard rumblings that some thought the netting was too bridal, but it doesn't bother me.
Princess Anne ditched the military garb and went for an AQUA FEATHER EXPLOSION! I cannot tell you all how happy this makes me. I think this may even have been made after the Golden Jubilee, too!
Zara bravely endured an octopus attack for the duration of the day...
While Autumn brought along her chopsticks, breathlessly awaiting the moment Mike Tindall turned that squid into calamari.
And we had Yorkies, of course!
Love both of these, although I do wish Bea had remembered to take the packing wrap off hers. Purple is absolutely Eugenie's color!
Here's where all of the wacky embellishments that would usually adorn Ye Olde Yorkies ended up! I really don't dislike this, even though I can't quite figure out why I don't. It's got a whiff of fedora, and you all know how I feel about that, and a healthy dose of random feathers. But I don't hate it! If you know why that is, please let me know, ha.
As always, Lady Sarah Chatto is an oasis of calm and cool amid the hattery crazy. Here she's in one of her staple small neutral saucer. So elegant it hurts!
I think Sarah's sister-in-law, Serena Linley, was also going for cool and chic, but I'm afraid it reads a bit more "Chanel lampshade." Oops. Anyway.
One of my favorite things about these events is that we get to branch out beyond the usual central royal family to the cousins! We've got a load Gloucesters and Kents today, hooray!
Birgitte Gloucester was born in Denmark, and I'm starting to believe she might be heading back to the homeland to place her millinery orders. I mean, a shiny beret with an alfalfa sprout? How Daisy is that???
Also, that's the future Lady Gloucester behind Birgitte, Dr. Claire. She and Kate have something similar going on with their hattery, and I have to say that I almost like this navy blue netting better. Contrast! Lady Rose was also there, wearing a bright blue beret (you can sort of see her in the second row in the group picture at the top of the post. No Lady Davina, though -- she just had a baby!
But we did get the Original Recipe Royal Kate: Kate Kent! Clearly she's been out of the spotlight this time so that she could carefully tend to the flower sprouting from her forehead. (Music teacher, retired from royal duties, refusal to use HRH -- whatever, now we know the truth!)
Both of the Kent daughters-in-law were there; Sylvana St. Andrews wore a fairly standard blue hat, and Paola Windsor went with this semi-baldy. Clearly she and Birgitte took a holiday to Copenhagen together.
Lady Fred also went for standard hattery, with one lonely little embellishment to jazz things up. It's not a bad hat, but it looks like someone needed a bit of a nap after taking the red-eye in from Tinseltown.
That's where the Kent standard ends, though. Helen Taylor clearly got the wrong memo and thought she had to dress like she was going to the actual coronation. I mean, what the what?
But how can we do any better than Zsa Zsa Kent in full form, complete with a brim that surely blocked the view in St. Paul's for two or three rows back, and sleeves that she could hide a heck of a lot of snacks in? Tres magnifique, dahhhling!
...and I don't know about you, but like Sophie Winkleman, I'm also going to need a substantial nap after all of this Jubilee merriment. But never fear -- we'll be back here for Trooping the Colour on the 16th, Garter Day on the 18th, and then...
See you there!
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