The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall wrapped up the New Zealand leg of their tour (sadly, without any other hats) and moved on to Australia on Sunday. Yesterday, the couple commemorated Remembrance Day by laying a wreath at the Australian War Memorial. For the occasion, Camilla surprised by repeating a long forgotten black straw hat with square crown.
In addition to the wonderful white stripes woven around the brim, the hat is trimmed with a slim white silk band and bow around the base of the crown and a spiralled feather spine. It`s a wonderfully balanced piece not just of contrasting colour but of shape- I adore how the squared crown plays against the gently curving brim. After a conversation here last week about Camilla`s hats sometimes overpowering her, it bears pointing out that the proportion of this piece is perfect.
While this hat is a decade old, its classic colour scheme and elegant shape helps it transcend time. After fearing its retirement, I was so happy to see it again today and can`t wait to hear your thoughts about it!
Photos from Getty as indicated