British Royals Celebrate Battle of Britain

Members of the British Royal Family gathered today to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The celebration, which saw all the remaining grandchildren of King George V together on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, included an enhanced Changing the Guard and military flypast. The Queen stood out in the lineup of royal military uniforms in a neon pink hat we have not seen her wear in five years. With an unusually pointed crown and upturned lattice brim, the hat is trimmed four large pink arrow feathers and a wide stripe of yellow binding on the brim. The hat’s colour scheme comes from the Queen’s printed dress (see it here and here) and while it coordinates well, I’m not a fan of both the bright colour and the creative shape.

 Queen Elizabeth, July 10, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, July 10, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: July 3, 2010

The Countess of Wessex repeated a celery green straw percher hat trimmed in a cream silk rose and a high mass of burnt feathers. Green is a great colour on her, isn’t it?

Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress by Emilia Wickstead
Previously Worn: June 13, 2011; June 15, 2009; June 18, 2008
Princess Alexandra repeated her sky blue hat with upturned brim on one side trimmed with a side looped bow and a swath of tulle. While difficult to see from these faraway photos today, the piece is such a lovely colour, shape and scale on her.  She recently débuted a twin to this hat- something we’ll look at closer next week.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: May 20, 2015; June 12, 2014
I suspect there may be some strong reactions to some of these hats and I can’t wait to hear them!
Photos from James Whatling/Splash News, James Whatling/Splash News, and James Whatling/Splash News via Corbis; Getty as indicated
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16 thoughts on “British Royals Celebrate Battle of Britain

  1. After a close up look at this outfit: This hat is a real work of art. I love it, but not on HM. The dress is a beauty too, but they don’t help each other. Also the value of that blazing pink artful hat design is lost on this occasion since HM was viewed from down to the balcony, and the dress match is not visible. All in all, a very rare less than stellar outing for HM. She will no doubt dazzle us tomorrow!

  2. I don’t like the shape of Queen Elizabeth’s hat at all, and I would never pair those shades of pink and yellow together. The Countess’s green percher is a good example of why I have reservations about perchers. It looks good from the front, the shade of green is good and goes well with her blonde mane, but the hat appears to be falling off when you see its rear. I do like her dress. Princess Alexandr’a bright blue hat is perfection.

  3. I think Snug Harbor nailed it: the primary purpose of The Queen’s ensemble was to be easily spotted at a distance, and she and Angela Kelly nailed that directive, as they always do. There’s more, though.

    The pink and green are a nice contrast to the mass of blue sported by all of the other Honorary RAF Commodores (save The Countess), and the feather arrows could be taken to be a tongue-in-cheek tribute tribute to the RAF, whose acrobatic team are called The Red Arrows. Deliberate and successful choices all around.

    Kudos to HM for not sticking with one style. I don’t know of many other 89-year-old hat-wearing grandmothers who push the envelope as much as she does.

  4. I was really surprised to see this hat come out again, 5 years it has languished in the cupboard but it’s back! I loved it at the tkme, and I still do. I think it’s just the extreme brightness of it and the fun shape. I was very happy to see it out again.

    Sophie is also in an old one, this hat has done the rounds a bit, im just not so sure on it with this dress…

  5. Sorry Your Majesty, not a fan of this one! Don’t like the ridiculous, pointy, about to topple over shape, don’t like the very pointy arrows and don’t like the colour. Agree that it was a good colour to be viewed from a distance. Oh, do like the sweep of the upturned brim with the yellow edging. Thanks.

  6. The shape of HM’s hat is a bit mad hatter to me, but I like the jacket with the ribbon detail attached at the waist and her hat does well matching her outfit.Love Sophie’s look today, however in the photo where she is inside, shaking a gentleman’s hand, her percher isn’t sitting down and behaving properly. Princess Alexandra is timeless

  7. The queen’s hat looks like one of those tiered cakes designed to look like it’s about to topple over. Love that shade of green on Sophie and Alexandra is perfect as usual.

  8. The Queen has been on a superb roll lately with her hats, we can forgive this one (perhaps AK was just home for a 1980s inspire disco when she thought this colour combination was appropriate!)

    The Countess of Wessex really suits her hat and Princess Alexandra is perfection personified as usual.

  9. I do like the quirky shade of pink on HM but not the shape of that cartoon like hat. Sophie’s hat is far too ‘poof and perched; for my liking – Princess Alexandra gets a 5 star rating from me for the day’s hats.

  10. Don’t know if it’s my mood, but I think the Queen looks good in that hat and she does stand out. The Countess of Wessex’s hat and dress are fine. Princess Alexandra looks fabulous.

  11. Well, if the Queen had to repeat this hat (or any part of the outfit, for that matter), this was a good way to do it: because of its color scheme, it can be seen from a great distance on the balcony, and no one has to stare at it up close. Its shape is just one of the hat’s problems; had it been the reverse colors, yellow with the pink trim, the hat might not seem so garish with the jacket.
    The Countess of Wessex’s hat looks all right from some angles, but in the second picture it looks as though she ran into something and knocked the hat off.
    Princess Alexandra looks lovely.

  12. I have no clue what to say. They are not bad but I did think the Countess of Wessex needs to branch out with her hats, she wears them well but it would be nice to have some change.

  13. The queen’s hat is borderline cartoonish, but I LOVE it! Such a fun combination of colors and shape.
    However, her dress looks exactly like my parents’ bedspread from 1968!
    BTW, in a recent blog, I failed to mention her week in Germany also!
    Will you be doing a post on the sudden flood of NEW chapeaus, HQ? That could be a ton of fun, don’t you think?

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