I almost didn’t watch the DVR’d recording of the Royal Wedding this morning (I so wasn’t getting up at 3am to watch). I was almost overwhelmed at the thought of it; the British-ness, the fashion and of course the hats. For me, this is one of the most significant hat-wearing events of my life so far, and I was almost afraid to watch. Of course, the inevitable homesickness was also a reason not to watch. We are so good at putting on a show like this!

With some trepidation, I started to watch. I have to say, it was everything I was expecting and more! I was blown away by the whole thing.

Catherine Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Catherine Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton, now Princess Catherine was a vision in her Alexander McQueen dress, designed by Sarah Burton. Sarah created a lace gown with a V-neck satin bodice flowing into a skirt with delicate folds on a nearly nine-foot train.It was the perfect gown for her, young, modern, and totally appropriate for such a grand occasion, yet at the same time, seems very “her”. Of course, it didn’t harm her to be channeling the beautiful Grace Kelly just a little. Her ivory tulle veil, fixed by a Cartier 1936 “halo” tiara lent to her by the queen, was modest but suited Kate perfectly.

My main reason to watch, of course, was the hats and they didn’t disappoint. I have never seen an event with so many beautiful women, and so many beautiful headpieces. It’s hard to call out a favorite, and equally difficult for me to “rip” any of them, even though I tried! I guess it’s the milliner in me that sees the art and workmanship in each piece.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in Philip Treacy Hats

Princesses Beatrice (Wearing Valentino) and Eugenie (wearing Vivien Westwood) have both received a less than favorable review for their headwear, both pieces designed by His Royal Awesome-ness, Milliner Philip Treacy (who designed 36 hats for the Royal Wedding party!

Tara Palmer-Tompkinson

Tara Palmer-Tompkinson wearing Philip Treacy

 

I actually really like the piece Beatrice wore; it is young, fun and different. I did notice that Eugenie’s hat was blocked from the same block (and fabric) as the hat worn by Tara Palmer Tomkinson,which is a bit surprising, given the occasion, although they were trimmed in different ways.

It is a good example of how a hat blocked on the same block can be trimmed to look completely different from another.

The Hats!

Zara Philips

Zara Philips

 

 

 

Autumn Phillips

Autumn Phillips

 

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham In Philip Treacy Pillbox

 

 

Fascinators!

Carole Middleton In Jane Corbett Hat

Carole Middleton In Jane Corbett Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Of Wessex and Marina Fogal

Sophie Of Wessex Wearing Fascinator by Jane Taylor and Marina Fogal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Marie Chantal of Greece

Princess Marie Chantal of Greece

 

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

 

 

 

 

Princess Mathilde of Belgium with Philip Treacy Hat

Princess Mathilde of Belgium with Philip Treacy Hat

 

Queen Elizabeth II in Angela Kelly hat

Queen Elizabeth II in Angela Kelly hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” (Martha Sliter)”