Last year, Queen Elizabeth surprised us by repeating a black and white hat by Philip Somerville with distinctive crown in white swirled silk.
Many of you will remember a similar hat with swirled crown the Queen wore several years ago, also by Somerville, in softest petal pink.
These, however, are not the only two swirled crown hats that Philip Somerville made for Her Majesty.
On a visit to France, June 9, 1992
On a tour of Hungary, May 6, 1993
I find it fascinating to see Somerville’s experiments with this shape from the earlier hats to the later ones. I suspect most of us will prefer the later hats but I have great appreciation for the earlier ones as well. Looking at this group I’m left with admiration for Queen Elizabeth’s millinery bravery- while some royals find a particular hat style and stick to it for decades (or more!), she has has continued experimenting with different shapes and styles of hats. Thanks to the immense creativity of her milliners, hers is truly an evolution of style.