The Princess Royal was the Reviewing Officer at the annual Founder’s Day parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea today. The hospital is a retirement and care home for former members of the British Army and this annual parade celebrates the hospital’s founding founding by King Charles II in 1682. For today’s parade, Princess Anne repeated a lampshade style hat made from layers of loosely pleated sky blue straw. The hat is trimmed in coordinating blue silk flower and leaves on the side. It’s not the most current of millinery styles (it dates back to at least 1999!) and while I’m not sure the shape is Princess Anne’s best, the colour is really lovely on her.
Previously Worn: June 15, 1999 (and more than likely a few others!)
The British Monarchy wrote today, “The Chelsea Pensioners are the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community, offering excellent accommodation, comradeship and the highest standards of care for veterans in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation.” The photo below shows these British heroes in the scarlet coat of their traditional dress and wonderfully distinctive tricorne hats. These hats are only worn for ceremonial occasions or in the presence of royalty.