This time of year can be tricky for royal hat wearers. Straw hats in light colours are too summery but it’s a tinge early (and warm!) to bring out one’s winter wardrobe. One of the ways Queen Elizabeth navigates this change of season is by commissioning multiple hats to coordinate with outfits that move well between seasons. Such is the case with this dress and coat in finely woven burgundy tweed. Rachel Trevor Morgan has made two hats for it- a wintery one in rich claret felt with a stacked crown and feather flower trim, and a summer cloche in textured straw trimmed with silk flowers. The influence of each hat is astonishing, as each transforms the ensemble and gives it a completely different seasonal feel. I’m curious, dear readers, which hat do you prefer with this coat?
Look 1: A burgundy felt hat with stacked brim and feather trim worn on a visit to a New Zealand tourism exhibition in London, November 25, 2008
Look 2: A textured straw oversize cloche with silk flower trim worn to open the planetarium and education centre at the Royal Observatory National Maritime Museum on May 22, 2007
Here are the two hats for side-by-side comparison:
Queen Elizabeth on Christmas Day, Decemeber 25, 2006 and Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007