We have come to the fourth and final post in our inventory of Queen Elizabeth’s blue hats! Keeping our focus on hats worn during the past six years, we turn our attention today to the largest group, Her Majesty’s pale blue hats. Here they are, roughly in the order each was introduced into her public wardrobe:
Designer: both are Philip Somerville
Introduced: June 20, 2003 (renovated and reintroduced June 11, 2005); July 2, 2004
Designer: Philip Somerville; unknown; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: November 26, 2005; June 23, 2006; October 19, 2006
6. 7A. 7B.
Designer: both are Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: May 16, 2008; March 9, 2009 (renovated and reintroduced December 2, 2009)
Designer: Philip Somerville; Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly
Introduced: June 20, 2009; October 27, 2009; June 18, 2010
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly; unknown
Introduced: June 30, 2010; November 27, 2010; November 23, 2011
Designer: unconfirmed; Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced:June 19, 2012; June 26, 2012; April 20, 2014
UPDATE: It seems that more and more pale blue hats are coming out of the woodwork- here are two more I forgot:
Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: November 27, 2012; June 21, 2006
It is another diverse groups of hats with varying brim shapes, crown heights and decoration. I’m struck by the colour combinations- we see light blue paired here with red, gold, black, fuchsia, grey and lime green- some of which are unexpected and brave. As with the other hats, I’m awed by the incredible use of trimmings that give each of these hats, which are very similar in shade, decidedly unique character. This group also includes a number of more austere hats which provides some interesting contrast when looking at the group as a whole.
You have weighed in with your opinions, dearest readers, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this final group. To see the other groups of blue hats in Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe, jump over to this turquoise post, this medium blue post and this dark blue post.
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