Kate Middleton Debuts New Hat; Taps Philip Treacy to Design for Wedding

The future princess steps out in some standout headwear

Photo By Keystone Press

Photo By Keystone Press

Kate Middleton and Prince William stepped out this week for their first public appearance since their engagement was announced in November. The couple attended a life boat naming at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station at Anglesey along the coast of Wales—where Prince William currently serves as a search-and-rescue pilot. The princess-to-be wore a camel herringbone coat and accessorized with dark brown gloves and a luxe pashmina scarf. Our favourite accessory though was her playful feathered fascinator that was made especially for the hat-loving future princess by Vivien Sheriff Millinery—a small company based in rural Wiltshire.

Middleton is a huge fan of distinctive toppers, and while her dress still remains a guarded secret, she has revealed that milliner Philip Treacy will design hats for the wedding party. The Irish milliner will create a series of headpieces for the affair, which comes as no surprise because after all it wouldn’t be a British wedding without some standout headwear.