So far in our look at the common hat shapes used by Angela Kelly in The Queen’s millinery wardrobe, we have peeked at the “Flat Brim Hats”, the “Teardrop Crown Hats“ and the “Wrapped Crown Hats“. Today we’re going to look at the Diagonal Crown Hats, also affectionately known as the “Ski Slope” hats. For the first time, we’re going to credit this hat shape not just to Angela Kelly but to Philip Somerville as well.
Welcoming the President of the United Arab Emirates on State Visit, April 30, 2013;
Watching over Trooping the Colour, June 15, 2013 in a lace trimmed diagonal crown hat
At the London Cenotaph, November 12, 2006
In Ireland, June 27, 2012 and at Ascot, June 19, 2009
I think these diagonal crown hats are successful when the embellishment on them is kept to a minimum. The striking shape of the hat remains center stage and quieter embellishments enhance rather than distract. I would not like to see the Queen this shape of hat all the time but I do think that it’s a fun change every once in a while. What do you think of these diagonal crown hats?
I suspect the inspiration for these hats came from several made by Philip Somerville for the Queen during the early 2000s and worn throughout the next decade. I love how one designer’s ideas inspire another designer to to create something entirely new.
Ascot, June 21, 2001; A visit to Dorset, June 11, 2009; At Eton, May 27, 2010
Photos from Getty as indicated