Our look at the common hat shapes used by Angela Kelly in The Queen’s millinery wardrobe has taken us through tours of the “Flat Brim Hats” and the “Teardrop Crown Hats“. Today we’re going to look at an even more unusual shape, a shape I’m calling the “Diagonal Wrapped Crown”.
Visiting Hereford during her Diamond Jubilee Tour, July 11, 2012; Remembrance Day, November 2011
Attending the final day of Ascot, June 23, 2012 and visiting the Rock of Cashel on May 20, 2011 in Cashel, Ireland
Arriving at Ascot with the Duke of Edinburgh, June 19, 2010
UPDATE- Queen Elizabeth has added another version of this design in canteloupe orange with the most wonderful floral and blue feather trim.
Day 3 or Royal Ascot, June 16, 2016
These hats all feature a traditional cloche (with a domed top and characteristic ‘bell’ shape) wrapped with a high, diagonal band around the crown. The first, third and last are made of straw (the first is wrapped in the same pink tweed as Queen Elizabeth’s coat) while the middle one looks to be made of wool felt. I suspect the white and grey polka dot is a mix of white straw for the cloche base and silk covered straw for the wrap. Until the new one introduced in 2016, I thought the most successful design was the black one- the monochrome colour scheme works much better on this unique shape than the contrasting schemes some of the other versions. Now, my favourite is the wonderful orange design with blue feathers.
I have slowly warmed to this shape over the past few years although it is by far, not my favourite of the Queen’s hats. Like many other Angela Kelly designs, it certainly is interesting! What do you think of this wrapped crown design work Which one of these versions is your favourite?
Photos from Getty as indicated