Tuesday 30 May 2017

Royals head with Treacy to wedding

If weddings are about anything, it's hats. Simply put, this means that a British royal wedding is all about an Irish hatter -- oh, alright, an Irish milliner if you are going to be pedantic (but nobody was being pedantic in Westminster Abbey). I refer, of course, to our own Philip Treacy.

Well, such was the workload last week for the Galway-born milliner at his studio in Havelock Terrace in London that he perhaps wished some of them had recycled.

I didn't get an audience with Prince Philip, but someone so close to the hatter that he can see him blow-dry his hair in the morning gave your diarist exclusively the list of those he designed wedding hats for, among them, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, Laura Parker Bowles, Zara Phillips (with ensemble, as they say, by a fella called Paul Costelloe), the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Frederick Windsor, Lady Gabriella Windsor, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece.

As well as being the hat go-to-man for British and European aristocracy, Treacy also hatted Victoria Beckham, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (let's hope that she behaved), and, said my source with the beautiful hair, the always impeccably attired Brown Thomas proprietor, Hilary Weston.

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