Queen Elizabeth visited Marlborough House this morning to launch a Commonwealth Hub (a sort of headquarters to bring Commonwealth organisations together in the same location). For this event, on the eve of her formal 90th birthday celebrations which begin tomorrow, she repeated a hat with Commonwealth connections. Worn once before in Australia, this design centres around a unique, marshmallow shaped crown covered in the same white piqué as Her Majesty’s jacket and trimmed with contrasting cerise piping.
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While I have always liked the punchy white and pink colour scheme of this outfit and appreciate how the white hat balances the patterned dress (which we see in this ensemble much more than most others thanks to the short jacket), the proportion of this hat has always felt way off to me. The cerise band half way up the crown emphasizes how puffy, oversize and, well, marshmallowy its shape is while the floral bow looks almost comically miniature in comparison. Between the hat shape and the oddly scooped neck on the jacket, I think the ensemble falls short of its great potential.