When Queen Elizabeth was spotted at Ascot last week in a peach textured hat and coat, it brought up repeated questions about why she seldom wears this colour. Orange is one of the most infrequently worn colours in the world of royal hats; with autumn in full swing (and Halloween around the corner), I thought it was a good time to look closer at the few royal hats in this hue. There’s no millinery closet better to start our tour than that of Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen has just two orange hued hats in rotation these days, both in shades of soft peach.
UPDATE- Third and fourth hats in orange and peach were added in June 2016 and a fifth in vibrant orange for Christmas 2017
Designer: Angela Kelly
First Appeared: Dec 25, 2017
For her infamous début as a Bond girl at the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, Queen Elizabeth chose a peach ostrich feather fascinator. As she seldom wears such headpieces, I doubt we’ll see this piece worn publicly again.
Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
First Appeared: July 28, 2012
Queen Elizabeth has worn several other orange hats over the past decade. While I suspect these have all been retired from service, they show some interesting diversity of style. The small number of hats here further proves that orange is certainly not Her Majesty’s favourite.