A very merry unbirthday to One!
It's Trooping the Colour time once again, hatters, and that means that the usual suspects are out in force -- including a recently-recovered DoE! Welcome back, Phil!
HM's clearly pleased as punch to have her partner in crime back beside her, but she also looks extra cheery because she's repeating the buttery-yellow hat from last year's royal wedding. Am I alone, though, in wishing she'd shelve this one and bust out this sunny chapeau again?
Kate Cambridge went neutral with her hattery for this event -- that's good, one never wants to upstage one's queen -- but unfortunately, she also went Forehead Monster, too. How can you see the colour being trooped, Kate? How can you???
Of course, the Forehead Monster also conveniently blocks her view of Camilla's feather flower firework embellishments. We've seen this hat before, and I still love the color, but seriously, Cams, lose the explosives!
Sophie Wessex clearly decided to make a political statement today by artfully arranging her feathers in the form of a peace sign. Make Hats, Not War!
Unfortunately for our favorite Yorkies, their hats seem to have melted while they waited for the carriage procession to get going:
Shame. And it was dreadfully, horribly mean for Harry to tell them so on the balcony, too:
Eugenie's definitely practicing her "We Are Not Amused" face here. (Also, check out Paola Windsor's hairsplosion behind Bea!)
Besides, it's not as if Harry escaped Melty Hat Syndrome himself!
The rest of the male Windsors had more success in keeping their hats trim and vigorous -- that's William, Charles, and Edward Kent hiding under those bearskins. And William gets an extra feather duster on his hat, courtesy the Irish Guards! (Along with his brand-new Order of the Thistle star. The boy is absolutely racking up the bling, isn't he?)
I'm sure the well-groomed hattery is thanks to Princess Anne, keeping watch over there on the right. No one messes about on Anne's watch.
And the balcony had a much fuller complement of royals today, far better than the sparse grouping from the Diamond Jubilee. And, as per tradition, we got great photos of approximately ten of them. But you can play "Spot the Windsor" here!
We've got Kents and Gloucesters galore! Lady Fred in beige ... Kate Kent in hot pink ... and Zsa-Zsa Kent in something that looks delightfully costume-y. Perfect! And so much nicer than making them watch the flypast from inside again!
That's it for today's hattery, dear readers -- stay tuned for a royal wedding hattery update tomorrow, straight from The Netherlands! Cake hats for everyone!
PHOTO CREDITS: (1) Stuart Wilson/Getty Images, (2) LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images, (3) REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett, (4) LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images, (5) CTK, (6) REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett, (7) Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, (8) Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, (9) LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images, (10) REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett, (11) REUTERS/Toby Melville