It’s the post a number of you have been waiting for- an inventory of Queen Elizabeth’s blue hats! Because of the immense volume within this category (60+), we’re going to limit our look to hats in worn within the past six years and spread things over four posts. Let’s begin with the dark blue hats in the order they were introduced into the Queen’s wardrobe:
Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 29, 2010 (reworked and reintroduced June 5, 2014); June 2008
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan;#4 and #5 are both Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Introduced: April 27, 2011; October 28, 2011; August 7, 2012
Designer: Angela Kelly; unknown
Introduced: June 25, 2015; May 3, 2011
UPDATE: My apologies, everyone, but another sweep through the archives uncovered another dark blue hat (see #12 above). I know little about this modified Homburg except that it was last worn in 2011.
I find the diversity within this narrow category surprising- within these dark blue hats we find numerous shapes and a wide variety of trims (pleats, feathers, flowers, metallic braid, curls, lace, fringe, and several bows). I suspect that as we move through the other shades of blue within Queen Elizabeth’s closet, we will be less awed by different shapes than by an incredible spectrum of trimmings. I love the appliqué work on hats #4 and #5 while the incredible festive nature of #3 always makes me smile. Which hats here stand out most to you?
Photos from Chris Jackson, Danny E. Martindale via Getty; Pacific Coast News via Zimbio; Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo, Mark Cuthbert, Pool, Ben Hoskins/Stringer, WPA Pool, Max Mumby/Indigo, and Alan Crowhurst via Getty; Boris Roessler/dpa via Corbis