Hear the boat sing

Coming fast upstream hot on the hooves of Royal Ascot, we have another highlight of the English Summer Season, Henley Royal Regatta. This year running from 1st – 5th July 2015, Henley, with it’s heady combination of sporting prowess, socialising and possibly a drink too many, adds up to the perfect day out. Originally established in 1839 Henley didn’t achieve it’s Royal status until 1851 when HRH Prince Albert became the Regatta’s first Royal patron, the event has been held annually ever since with the exception of the two World Wars.


Whilst not a compulsory hat wearing occasion, many enjoy immersing themselves in the delights and traditions of the event and decide to make the most of the opportunity to complete their outfit with a hat. Unlike Ascot, Henley is geared to a more relaxed summer garden party atmosphere and elegant straw hats often prove to be the perfect finishing touch. We at Gabriela Ligenza think cloches and medium to wide brim straws not only look the part but also come in handy should the sun decide to make an appearance. Fingers crossed!