The Duchess of Cornwall phoned it in, hat-wise, at the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival 2019 - Day 2 - Ladies Day

Here are some photos from today, Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival, which was also Ladies Day. Cheltenham is not Ascot. At Ascot, everyone wears huge, stupid hats and their fanciest suits and dresses. Cheltenham is generally “lesser” than that, but it’s usually good for some good Hat Drama. This year’s Ladies Day was largely disappointing though. Take Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Like all senior royals, Camilla has access to the finest hat-makers and fascinator-designers in England. So why did she just pop this Jamiroquai-looking hat on her head? Sidenote: I totally blanked on Jamiroquai’s name and CB had to help me. But once I say “Jamiroquai,” can you see anything else here??

Cheltenham Festival 2019 - Day 2 - Ladies Day

Also phoning it in? Princess Anne. Granted, Anne’s not a fashionista, but she loves a good hat and this cloche is very disappointing.

Cheltenham Festival 2019 - Day 2 - Ladies Day

My favorite look from a royal or royal-adjacent at Cheltenham was easily Zara Phillips/Tindall. Zara attended with her husband Mike Tindall and they make such a handsome couple. I totally love Zara’s whole ensemble here.

Cheltenham Festival 2019 - Day 2 - Ladies Day

Cheltenham Festival 2019 - Day 2 - Ladies Day

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Aw, come on Camilla, do better! She usually really brings it, hat-wise. She still looks nice though.

    I really enjoy Zara’s style. It’s not mine, for sure, ha, but she seems to enjoy herself and always looks comfortable in what she wears.

    • Dee says:

      Wasn’t Zara the beyotch who was rolling her eyes at the black pastor at the Sussex wedding?

      • Becks1 says:

        Yes…..well I think she kind of looked uncomfortable for the entire event, since she was super pregnant at the time. She always looked vaguely annoyed when the cameras focused on her.

      • Milla says:

        She was 8m pregnant and that service was looong. Zara has been a really decent person since forever. Why are all wedding stories about bad women? Kate cried, Meg was bridezilla and Zara was a bitch…

      • Megan says:

        Zara has a look of shock and bewilderment at Bishop Curry’s American-style sermon that seemed unintentional. Beatrice was rolling her eyes and laughing.

      • Ader says:

        This! I have not been “friendly” to her since. She was a straight-up asshole that day. True colors shining and all that.

      • Jan says:

        I think the Daily Mail also reported she made some comment about “all the screaming” at Harry’s wedding but…it is the the Daily Mail.

        She definitely had a weird look on her face during the sermon tho.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I like Camilla’s fuzzy hats; I think they’re cute and flattering on her. She has a couple like this, which are a break from her gorgeous Edwardian confections.

      • Glor says:

        Yep NASug
        And it’s bitterly cold out. I approve enthusiastically

      • Tina says:

        Yes exactly. It’s Cheltenham. It’s March. It’s cold. If you are not drunk (and frankly, I’d be disappointed in anyone if they weren’t), it’s a fairly intolerable place to be.

  2. Lucia says:

    I know to some this may be blasphemy but I actually enjoy Camilla. I don’t think she deserves the horrible rap she’s gotten. Charles cheating on Diane and Camilla cheating on her husband is not cool and that’s on them but I think Camilla is ultimately the better companion. I appreciate that she doesn’t get herself wrapped up in the royal family and I genuinely believe it is her choice as much as it is PR.

    That said, the hat is tragic. It’s hideous and does not match her outfit. You know she had a white hat in there somewhere. Come on!

    • L84Tea says:

      Cams is actually one of my favorite royals. Their initial relationship stuff was icky and bad, but time goes on, they are married, and that’s that. She comes off to me as very cool, calm, and collected, and a bit fun too. I always say I’d love to have a drink with her.

      • Becks1 says:

        Agreed. She puts in a fair amount of work (not as much as Charles, but she still pulls her weight), and she always seems to be engaged and lively at the events. I also like the charities she has focused on re: literacy and rape victims, etc. And yup, I would like to have a drink with her.

        I know he’s canceled, but remember Liam Neeson’s story, where he went to one of those garden parties BP has every year, and Camilla walked up with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and he thought, “so she’s the fun one” lol.

    • Megan says:

      If I had to choose a drinking buddy from the BRF, I would definitely choose Camilla.

  3. SilentStar says:

    OMG, Zara and Mike! They look fabulous, and Mike’s shoes are to die for. I love how his tie goes with her ensemble, but on his own he also looks smashing.

    • Eliza says:

      She wore nearly the identical outfit yesterday in navy/teal. It really made her eyes pop. But i do love this burgundy on her too

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      They do – I like MIke he seems like a nice guy who is starting to give off Guy Ritchie vibes in that get up.

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      I have to totally agree with your description. Mike looks ultra dapper here, and I’m living for his tie matching Zara’s amazing hat and coat. She looks great here. I would love to see the teal/navy combo though, too.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Mike looks so different with his repaired nose!

      • Lady D says:

        No kidding, nota. He looks 100% better. He looks like he’s in less pain. I always felt like his nose was causing him chronic pain. He’s probably sleeping better, too.

    • Keaton says:

      “I love how his tie goes with her ensemble,”
      I love that! They look happy together too

    • Tina says:

      My husband has met Mike, in a rugby-charity-related context, and says he is a lovely, well-spoken, kind bloke.

  4. minx says:

    Zara looks fab! The others didn’t even try.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Who is the woman in the loud ass suit next to Zara? I LOVE it, even the fact that my eyes are hurting the whole time I’m looking at her. She wins.

  5. Nev says:

    Jamiroquai was happening in the day!!!!

  6. Megan says:

    If Princess Anne were leaning into the vintage thing, I’d be fine with her look, but she just wears old clothes without any whimsy or irony. I guess when you have royal wardrobe keepers your clothes never wear out or get eaten by moths.

  7. Anare says:

    Wait a second though. Check out the orchid and coral pantsuit. OMG. Rocking it! 😂

    • AnnaKist says:

      How could you miss it! I’m a devotee of pants, but really just want her watch.
      It’s Spring carnival time over there (but still very cool), and I’d much rather look at these outfits than some of the ones worn down here 🇦🇺 when our racing carnivals start. Not that I’d advocate reading The Daily Mail, but they usually have loads of pictures of the racing “fashions”. Give me a nice coat any day.

  8. Tash says:

    Mike looks like he just left the set of Peaky Blinders. He looks great…both of them do!

  9. Lightpurple says:

    They all look cold. Like it was cold and damp there.

    Zara’s ensemble is a beautiful color

  10. Karen2 says:

    No one outside blighty cares about Camilla. But this I want to say. No one but NO ONE got more bile & smack comments than her back in the day. The level of hate was shameful. But only now with Sussex do KP push back. & I think that is shameful too.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She was on the receiving end of a lot, but no it is not equal to what Meghan has been facing for the last two years. Fifteen years and social media later makes an enormous (bad) difference. Tim Berners-Lee put out a paper yesterday which is worth a read.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I don’t think BP dared to try defending her, singing her praises or sell her to the Brits, in light of her history with Charles. Perhaps they felt the public was somewhat justified in their hatred of her, given how much they loved and sympathised with Diana. Megan’s situation is totally different; she’s “done nothing”, if you will. It could also be that The Firm now has better advisors.

  11. Chef Grace says:

    That hot pink coral orange suit is all I see.
    I like!

  12. Lara says:

    What is that pink and orange monstrosity of a suit??

  13. Rae says:

    It’s cold, it’s windy, and it’s rainy. I think Cam is completely spot on wearing something warm. Likewise, Ann was wise going for something unlikely to blow off.