Baby blue for Baby Sussex

Hattingdon's "Yvette" hat in baby blue for Baby Sussex.
Hattingdon’s “Yvette” hat in baby blue in honour of Baby Sussex.


Hattingdon’s hatmaker Mrs Farrell was experimenting with the idea of a see-through brim.

While she was working on it, it was announced that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had delivered a healthy baby boy. So she made the hat in baby blue and introduced it in his honour.

In the News

The BBC reports:

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A beaming Prince Harry said they were “absolutely thrilled” and thanked the public for their support.

He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, who was delivered at 05:26 BST [May 6th, 2019]

Buckingham Palace said the baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg), and that the duke was present for the birth.

The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — and Prince Harry.

He is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild. End quote.

So. . . . what do you think they will name Baby Sussex?

The Telegraph reports:

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Today, William Hill have a new favourite name — Alexander goes 4/1. Arthur is offered at 5/1, with Spencer the big mover (cut from 20/1 to 9/1).

In the US, the most popular name is Liam for a baby boy. In the UK, the most popular name for a boy is Oliver. End quote.

We took a poll at Hattingdon HQ, and everyone without exception took a big shine to the name Spencer, the late Princess of Wales’ family name. We love that.


Hattingdon & Co.

Cinco de Mayo and Fiesta

Fiesta, Mexican Inspired Hat, created ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Fiesta, Mexican Inspired Hat, created ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

Hello all you gorgeous Hattingdonians! It’s fiesta time. And here’s why. It’s the Fifth of May — Cinco de Mayo. Of course, you all know what this is. As you can see, Hattingdon has donned her Fiesta hat. ¡Vámonos de fiesta!

About Cinco de Mayo

Did you know . . . ?

• Cinco de Mayo, (Spanish: “Fifth of May”), also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States.

• When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America.

• The date commemorates an outnumbered — 2,000 to 6,000 — Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French forces of Napoleon III. at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

• A Texan led those outnumbered troops in Puebla. Ignacio Zaragoza SeguÍn, a 33-year-old officer from the Goliad area, was Mexico’s minister of war and navy and was assigned to lead the Army of the East and the defense of Puebla.

• The U.S. has celebrated Cinco de Mayo since the end of the Franco-Mexico and U.S. civil wars.

• In the beginning, Latinos in California and the other parts of the U.S. celebrated Cinco de Mayo with parades in which people dressed in Civil War uniforms and gave speeches on the Battle of Puebla.

• The date is embraced more generally in the same way as other ethnic celebrations such as St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and Octoberfest.

• Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico’s equivalent of the Fourth of July is 16 de Septiembre (September 16). In many parts of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a work day.

See you again soon. Love ya!

Hattingdon & Co.

Run for the Roses 2019

Hattingdon's Jenny Rose cap 2019 created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Hattingdon’s 20s inspired Jenny Rose cap created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell 2019.

The 145th running of the historic Kentucky Derby takes place today, Saturday, May 4th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here is the hat you chose for Hattingdon to wear to this year’s ‘Run for the Roses’. Thank you for your votes and input! Some Fun Facts follow after the hat.

12 Fun Facts about the Kentucky Derby

1. Nineteen winning horses have had names beginning with the letter “S,” including Secretariat, the fastest horse in Kentucky Derby history, who completed the 1973 race in just under two minutes.

2. Only three horses raced in the 1892 Kentucky Derby.

3. The Derby is also referred to as ‘The Run for the Roses’ because the winner is awarded a blanket sewn with over 400 roses post-race. This blanket weighs about 40 lbs.

4. The Kentucky Derby was started by Lewis Clark Jr.—grandson of William Clark, half of the famous explorer duo Lewis and Clark—after he saw England’s Epsom Derby.

5. Legend is that Churchill Downs founder and president Col. M. Lewis Clark made the rose the official flower of the race after attending an 1883 post-derby party where socialite E. Berry Wall was handing the flower out to the ladies in attendance.

6. The Kentucky Derby trophy only weighs 3½ lbs.

7. The traditional drink of the Derby is the mint julep, and over 120,000 are said to be consumed at the race each year.

8. The record low temperature at the race (held on the first week of May every year) was 47 degrees in 1935 and 1957. The record high was 94 degrees in 1959.

9. Only three fillies (female horses) have won the Derby: Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980, and Winning Colors in 1988.

10. Diane Crump was the first woman jockey to ever ride in the Derby; there has yet to be a female winner, but Shelley Riley came the closest in 1992 when she came in second.

11. The youngest jockey to win the esteemed race, Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton, was just 15 come derby day in 1892. Bill Shoemaker continues to hold the title as the oldest winner; he was 54 when he took home the 1986 title.

12. Bill Shoemaker has ridden the most Kentucky Derby horses (26) in history.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses, love,

Hattingdon & Co.

Social media overhaul

Hattingdon® in her social media themed headscarf and Jackie O shades, created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Chatty Hattie in her social media headscarf. ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon® Horses.


We are streamlining everything these days at Hattingdon® HQ. One of our latest adventures has been in the area of social media.

My how fast things change, and how very little stays the same in that vast arena! But most of all — how time consuming. So we have made a lot of changes after having loads of meetings and considering boatloads of different ideas and opinions. Now that the dust has settled, here’s where we are . . . . and aren’t!

Twitter @hattingdon

Hattingdon was on Twitter for ages. Then she went quiet. Now she’s back. It will take a bit of time to build her following up again.

If you are on Twitter you can follow her @hattingdon. Find her tweet page at .

Please join us there with your likes, retweets and comments.

If you have any ideas or suggestions (yes, we feel we can always use more) email us at hattingdon at Or use our Contact Form. Thank you!

Here’s Hattingdon. Always dressed for the occasion, right? Please keep going though. There’s more!

The remains of the day

Here’s the social media platforms where Hattingdon® remains:

• Instagram @hattingdon »

• Website at where there’s loads to view and do — and where all her design galleries now reside »

• Blog Hattingdon on WordPress »

and of course the aforementioned Twitter:

• Twitter @hattingdon »


Hattingdon® is no longer on Facebook, Pinterest or Google+ (which is no more).

So we should be a lean, mean fighting machine ready to deliver a Hatful of Smiles™ to more people, more often, in an improved manner.

Hugs and kisses and millinery blisses,

Hattingdon & Co.

Kentucky Oaks time

Lily Top Hat made for the 2018 Kentucky Oaks by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

It’s Kentucky Oaks time, Friday, May 3rd, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. You can see what Hattingdon wore last year above. Remember?

This year Hattingdon — instead of wearing something “sporting” like her Lily top hat — is wearing a gorgeous vintage picture hat. Lovely.

Hattingdon's Lily Picture hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Hattingdon’s Lily Picture hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

Tune in tomorrow to see her Derby Hat. Hugs and kisses and millinery blisses,

Hattingdon & Co.