"GASP! Ladies, have you SEEN the amount of plumage in this castle today???"
Yes, hatters, it's that magical day of the year when everybody gets to wear a hat!
These two get hats! (And the Duke apparently gets amused by something nearby -- God love ya, Phil, I missed you during the Jubilee!)
These two get hats! (Anne should ALWAYS wear either her Garter duds or a uniform, shouldn't she? BOSS.)
These two get hats! (When's Harry going to get a hat, too, you guys? Should we start taking bets? Poor, lonely, spare Harry.)
These two get hats! (KENTS! Alexandra, I credit all of Kate Middleton's princess transformation to you. I KNOW you've been dishing out lessons just like I asked you to lo these many years ago.)
And these two get hats, too -- even Sir Tim! I think it's regulation size, but for some reason, Sir Tim's top hat looks hilariously wee to me here.
And the non-Garter Ladies get hats, too!
Katie Cambridge is totally back in my good hattery graces after her Trooping the Colour stumble, everybody. This is GORGEOUS! Great deconstructed bow detail, good angle, provides shade but doesn't hide the eyes -- PERFECT.
Although she did seem awfully interested in Will's fancy plumage:
OMMMMM. It's like she's silently willing HM to make her a Garter Lady. Hold your horses, your royal highness -- your father-in-law will take care of that one as soon as you're Princess of Wales, I'd put money on it.
The current Princess of Wales went with a much-seen dusty rose, strapped-in cabbage flower for the occasion. I'm ready to see this one retired (the hat, not Camilla -- I kind of love her and would LOVE to have a pint with her. You know she's got the good dirt).
Birgitte went with a pretty blue chapeau that's somehow both soft and bold. I like.
The Chatto/Linleys (let's be honest, folks, in my head I ALWAYS call them the Princess Margarets) went neutral. Safe. Eh.
So THANK GOD Sophie went wacky with her neutrals! Love it when a hat can double as elegant daywear AND a pink-eye shield.
Okay, hatters, time to go to bed with visions of neon fascinators dancing in your heads -- it's HAAAAAAAT CHRISTMAAAAAAAS in the morning!!!!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE let Santa bring me Yorkies and Zara in ridiculous hats this year!!!!!!!
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