The Royal Wedding was a very glamourous affair with all the guests being asked to wear hats for the special day. However, Samantha Cameron was the only guest seen not wearing a hat. Hats were traditionally used to shade the sun and then became part of the dress code for social engagements, and has now come to represent tradition and luck. I’ve often heard people say it is very “English” to wear hats at weddings but the Americans also share the tradition of wearing hats at social events such as the Kentucky Derby (as we do at the Ascot Race Day).
Here are some photos of some very stylish guests at Kate and Will’s big day:
The mother of the bride, Carole Middleton, wore a sky blue hat by miliner Jane Corbett from their home county of Berkshire to match her Catherine Walker dress (very Princess Diana-esque I must add).
The step mother of the groom wore a miliner-to-the-stars Philip Treacy hat
Posh Spice wore a Philip Treacy hat as well
Cousins to the royals, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie wore Philip Traecy hats. Princess Beatrice wore a hat dubed the ‘antler’ and she received much ridicule in the press. I was so impressed when I read that she listed her hat on ebay and raised £81,101 for the charities UNICEF and Children’s Crisis. Good on her! The auction listing read “This is an unique sculptural celebratory headpiece in delicate tea rose silk designed by one of the UK’s most creative and influential milliner’s Philip Treacy. A truly individual fun but elegant Fascinator form. The statement piece is worn on the front hairline secured by a clear wire headband that is easily disguised by the wearers hair. This is a gravity defying hat!”
Whilst most of the guests chose to wear Philip Treacy hats, there was one notable exception, the barrister partner of Labour leader Ed Miliband. I think this is just so simple and elegant and love the hats that match the dresses.
I think the best dressed hat was Princess Marie-Chantal with her Philip Traecy hat… this shot looks like something out of Vogue magazine!
Younger wedding guests also wear fascinators which are feathered headbands. However, there was one wedding guests from the Royal Wedding who demonstrated this isnt always the case!
The Duchess of Kent, the husband of Prince Edward wore a pink feather fascinator by Philip Treacy.
Frances Osborne, wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer wore a sweeping feathered do:
Chelsy Davy, the South African girlfriend of Prince Harry, wore a beige net fascinator