So far in our series on the signature shapes hat designer Angela Kelly uses for Queen Elizabeth’s hats, we have looked at the “Diagonal Crowns“, “Flat Brims”, the “Teardrop Crowns“, and the “Wrapped Crowns”. Today we’re going to look at another distinct shape, one I call the “Split Crown”.
Touring East Sussex on Oct 31, 2013 and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the underground, March 2013
Visiting Ground Zero in New York, July 2010 and welcoming the Emir of Qatar to England, October 2010
At the Epsom Races, June 7, 2014 and at Royal Ascot, June 16, 2016
These hats all feature a divided crown; one side is straight while the other follows the diagonal shape of a tulip petal. Of the four hats seen here, two have upturned brims while the other three have classic short cartwheel brims. I think the hat works well in the white and red forms we see here- something about the textured tweed fabric used on these two versions makes this uniquely shaped crown work much better (same as the purple hat above, which looks beautiful in straw which has its own natural texture). The white and red hats also feature large feathers which makes the seam of the split crown less prominent. It’s not my favourite hat shape but of the interesting Angela Kelly-esque shapes we have looked at so far, I think it is the most successful. What do you think of this unique hat shape?
UPDATE: A seventh hat in this shape appeared in Her Majesty’s wardrobe on January 10, 2016 and an eighth, on March 3, 2017. Notice that the crown in the purple hat is split toward Queen Elizabeth’s right side as opposed to all the hats above, which have a split toward her left.
Remembering the WWI Gallipoli campaign on its 100th anniversary, January 10, 2016
Marking St David’s Day, Mar 3, 2017 with a visit to The Royal Welsh Regimental Family at Lucknow Barracks
A ninth hat in this design in royal purple felt entered service in February 2018.
Photos from Getty as indicated and The British Monarchy