Royal family has some of the most fascinating fashion senses, wearing ridiculous clothes that caught everyone attention in the world, not just England. Duchesses have some bizarre and crazy clothings, especially Duchess Camilla with her crazy hat collections. Here are 12 craziest hats of Duchess Camilla.
While fashion icons and fellow royal wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle spark trends with everything they wear, Camilla has managed to set herself apart by sporting plenty of memorable millineries. Over the years, she’s developed her own signature style with her penchant for oversized designs always worn with slight tilt on the right side of her head. But obviously, some of her looks have been more elaborate than others. To honor the Duchess’s birthday, we’ve rounded up the craziest hats (and a few fancy fascinators) that she’s ever worn.
In April 2005, Camilla was reportedly a bundle of nerves (and was fighting off a bad bout of flu) when she stepped outside of St. George’s Chapel to greet the public after the Service of Prayer and Dedication following her civil wedding to Prince Charles. Fortunately, she pulled it together and confounded her critics by stunning the crowd in an embroidered pale blue and gold coat over a matching chiffon gown by Robinson Valentine. But while the bride looked gorgeous, what really got our attention was the halo-like gold leaf feathered headdress tipped with Swarovski diamonds created especially for her by London milliner Philip Treacy.
When her daughter Laura Parker Bowles married former model Harry Lopes in May 2006, Camilla went into full-on mother-of-the-bride mode with a frilly, feminine fascinator in mint green that looked like a delicate cake topper worn.
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Camilla got into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day when she chose this leprechaun-inspired emerald green hat—complete with felt shamrocks—by Philip Treacy to wear at Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006.
The craziest headgear always finds its way to Royal Ascot and in 2009, Camilla sported a style that the fashion world will never forget. This elaborate look combined every conceivable millinery trend in one very busy design. The wide-brim style in a perennially popular shade of pink was embellished with oversized garden roses, cascading leaves, and curvilinearbands circling the crown.
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For the wedding of Zara Phillips (Queen Elizabeth II’s oldest granddaughter) and Mike Tindall in July 2011, Camilla got into the spirit of things by wearing a Philip Treacy hat that resembled a bridal bouquet in a shape that was reminiscent of the headdress she wore on her own wedding day.
The avowed countrywoman chose a hat that looked like a large bird’s nest for Garter Day in April 2011. Camilla does love her ostrich feathers, doesn’t she?
The enormous Philip Treacy hat Camilla wore to Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in April 2011 could have held enough hors d’oeuvres for the entire bridal party. Regardless, it’s one of Camilla’s favorites, and she’s worn it several times over the years.
Camilla took a fashion risk when she chose a snake print hat for a meeting with China’s president and first lady at Buckingham Palace in 2015. The neutral color was understated. But for a royal, the animal print certainly wasn’t.
Perhaps it was her love of gardening that inspired this pastel green hat that appeared to sprout leaves under its brim. Camilla chose this less-than-understated style for Royal Ascot in June 2015.
In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, Camilla chose a festive wide-brim hat that resembled a present wrapped up in fluttering baby blue ribbons when she attended a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral with Prince Charles.
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There was no question that all eyes were on Meghan Markle the day she married Prince Harry in May 2018, but Camilla’s frothy pink feathered creation by Philip Treacy along with her Anna Valentine coat dress sent the Twittersphere into overdrive and became instantly iconic. Looking like a cross between an over-the-top hat and a large patch of insulation from Home Depot, the elaborate topper was the second most talked about look at the wedding of the year.
At this year’s Trooping the Colour, Camilla managed to stand out even while sharing a carriage with Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry. The Duchess chose to complement her favorite mint green coat dress by Bruce Oldfield with a white Philip Treacy hat worn festooned with flowers and worn at a sharp angle that reminded us of a somewhat collapsed wedding cake. Still, she pulled it off.
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