the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit officially began today in Malta. Queen Elizabeth, who holds the organization near and dear to her heart, gave an address during the opening ceremony. As many expected, she wore a new outfit and hat for the occasion.
With a squared crown covered in the same jacquard fabric as the Queen’s coat and an upfolded brim in coordinating pale blue straw, the hat is simply trimmed with a cerise band around the base of the crown and two cerise silk carnations. These mixes of texture and contrast of colour make for an interesting hat- I adore the lightness provided by the straw brim. I’m not so sure about the blue fabric although the beautiful collar on this coat brings it perfectly together with Queen Elizabeth’s pink dress and the hat.
Interestingly, the hat is the same shape as the piece débuted yesterday. Perhaps even more interesting is the unexpected pale blue and cerise colour scheme – a scheme that enabled Her Majesty to stand out in a group portrait amidst many dark suits all while not showing favouritism to any one nation (did anyone else notice that these two colours do not relate to flags of Commonwealth countries?!).