Several readers commented and emailed that the very simple shape of this hat looked familiar. Take a look at this:
Visiting Fortnum & Mason on Feb.29, 2012 ; at an October 9, 2009 service commemorating the end of combat in Iraq
At the Armed Forces Jubilee Parade and Muster, May 19, 2012 and and on July 4, 2010 in Canada
At William and Kate’s wedding, April 29, 2011 and in Canberra, Australia on October 23, 2011
These hats, all confirmed to be designs of Angela Kelly, clearly used the same hat form for their construction. I find the very flat lines of this hat form a little too harsh the Queen, and think it needs much trim to soften it up. I do, however, find it rather fascinating to see how this group of hats, in exactly the same shape and all covered in fabric (except the last one in textured straw), can still develop individual character. It makes me wonder, dear readers, which one of these flat brimmed hats is your favourite?
UPDATE: Since this post was published, Queen Elizabeth has worn five new designs in this same shape:
Maundy Thursday Service, April 17, 2014 and in Northern Ireland, June 25, 2014
At Royal Ascot, June 21, 2014 and visiting Scotland, July 4, 2014
While on state visit to Germany, June 23, 2015. This version features a striped band
wrapped diagonally across the right side of the crown.
Photos from Associated Press via The British Monarchy; The New Scotsman; WPA Pool, WPA Pool, Ian Gavan, WPA Pool, Chris Jackson all via Zimbio; Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse via The Daily Mail; Max Mumby and Pool via Getty