Don’t you dare call them hats! They are way beyond being just that. Fascinators (or rather, really ornate head pieces) have a more glamorous function than to just cover hair or shield whoever is wearing them from the elements.
Fascinators rose to popularity in the 1960s. The name itself is believed to have come from the Latin word “fascinates”, meaning to bewitch or cast a spell on – which aptly describes the purpose.
Today, fascinators are popular among the British royalty. From flowers to feathers, they come with all sorts of embellishments, and have made their mark at events requiring a little added pomp and circumstance.
Here’s a look at some memorable fascinators worn by the modern British royal family.
Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge (or better known as just Kate Middleton), stepped out at Laura Parker-Bowles’ (daughter of Camilla) wedding in 2006 in a feathery fascinator. She was just Prince William’s girlfriend at that time, but already had a regal air about her – especially with such a design.
Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, sported a lovely floral fascinator at the royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall in 2011. It had all the qualities of a statement piece: oversized and decorated with an extravagant spray of white flowers.
Princesses Beatrice And Eugenie
Who could possibly forget these bold fascinators worn by the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. Both were by Philip Treacy, Eugenie’s in blue with a violet rose and Beatrice’s in a lovely shade of rose.
Princess Anne is known for her avid interest in equestrian pursuits. So it is no surprise to see her at the racetracks. At the Ascot Racecourse in 2009, she donned a chic fascinator. Light and airy, the well-constructed design was the very epitome of elegance.