Meghan and Kate’s milliner Awon Golding styles miniature hats for charity calendar featuring dogs rescued from certain death in China

The Princess of Wales turns heads wherever she goes, with her array of beautiful hats.

And now these dogs are following in her footsteps – with each wearing their own individually crafted haute couture headwear made by renowned milliners including the Princess’s Royal milliner Awon Golding.

Ms Golding has been making hats for the Princess for the last five years, since she took over as Head Millinery Designer at Lock and Co. The London based company was established in 1676 and is the oldest hat shop in the world.

And together with other notable milliners she’s turned her hand to making these beautiful creations for a group of dogs who are starring in a charity calendar.

All the dogs featured in the adorable calendar have been saved by the charity Harbin SHS Animal Rescue, a US registered non profit organisation helping animals in China.

All the dogs featured in the calendar have been saved by Harbin SHS Animal Rescue, a US registered non profit organisation helping animals in China

Over 4000 rescue dogs internationally, including in the UK, after seeing a need for more support in Harbin, Northeast China

The lives of animals are at risk in Harbin, Northeast China, because of a trade in illegal dog meat

The designer has produced miniature versions of her haute couture headwear for a charity calendar starring 12 dogs

Ms Golding says the calendar ‘is showing the world that they can make gorgeous best friends and family pets’

Ms Golding, whose wide brimmed hat was chosen by the Princess for Prince Phillip’s memorial service, and also a blue pillbox inspired hat that she wore at Easter celebrations in April, is Head Millinery Designer at Lock and Co, the world’s oldest hat shop and established in London in 1676

It’s run by a small group of volunteers who have given over 4000 rescue dogs forever homes internationally, after seeing a need for more support in the area and finding they had the ability to provide it.

Ms Golding said: ‘A lot of these dogs were rescued off the back of meat trucks and were going to be eaten. The work they do is incredible, it’s life changing.’

The designer has always been a favourite of the Princess of Wales – she chose a wide brimmed hat for Prince Phillip’s memorial service, and also a blue pillbox inspired hat that she wore at Easter celebrations in April, both designs were Lock Couture by Awon Golding.

The Duchess of Sussex is also a fan – and she wore a blue and black feathered beret designed by Ms Golding on Christmas Day in 2018.

The hats have been crafted by Ms Golding and other notable milliners such as the late Queen’s milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan, Liz Crossman, Grainne Maher and Jessica Broas.

She was inspired to start the charity project in 2018 after trying hats on her beloved rescue dog Stevie, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

‘All these dogs were rescued off the back of meat trucks and were going to be eaten, which is horrific’ Ms Golding said 

The sweet images show a variety of pooches wearing their crowns. One of the dogs, a corgi named Alys, (left) has been recently adopted by a family in the UK

Since her calendar project launched in 2018, it has raised nearly £70,000 for international dog rescue

All 12 dogs were saved from certain death as their meat is prized in China 

It is hoped the calendars 2024 edition will raise a further £20,000 for the charity 

‘Stevie comes to the studio with me all the time to keep me company, and I started taking some photos of her modelling some of my creations which gave me the idea for the calendar.

‘The first year I did it for the charity that saved Stevie. It was my way of thanking them for bringing her into my life – she was Miss February in the first ever calendar I created. This year I made the August hat, as that is my birthday month.’

One of the dogs, a corgi named Alys, has been recently adopted by a family in the UK.

Ms Golding added: ‘All these dogs have been saved from certain death. And this calendar is showing the world that they can make gorgeous best friends and family pets.

Since its launch, the calendar has raised nearly £70,000 for international dog rescue and its hoped the 2024 edition will raise a further £20,000.

Calendars are available to buy at www.hautedogscalendar.com

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