Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday celebration, Trooping the Colour, took place yesterday in London. More than 1,000 soldiers took part in this royal salute to the Queen, who wore a wonderful royal blue and white hat. This hat, with a squared white crown, royal blue straw upturned brim and royal blue appliqué of leaves and berries, is a great proportion for Her Majesty and it was great to see wear it again. I would prefer the crown in white straw instead of white silk (the same fabric as the Queen’s coat) but that’s a minor detail. It’s simply a great hat.
Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: October 28, 2011
Prince Philip, who is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, joined his wife to preside over the parade. He missed this event last year when he was recovering from surgery and it was wonderful to see him back in a traditional bearskin hat.
The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, who is Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, who Colonel of the Irish Guards, were all on horseback for the ceremony. All wore the distinct hats (or plumes in their bearskins) of the regiments they represent.
There were, as expected, tons of other royal hats on display at today’s celebration. You can see those worn by the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge here, the York Princesses and Countess of Wessex here, and the Kent, Gloucester and Chatto/Linley families here.