Fifty-three members of the British royal family attended a national service of thanksgiving this morning at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to celebrate the 90th birthday of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. For this celebration, held on the day of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday, the Queen wore what Buckingham Palace described as a “primrose yellow coat, dress and hat”.
Made of yellow silk wool pique, the dress and coat are embroidered in white flowers. The embroidery is continued on the upturned edge of the hat’s white straw brim while the fabric covered crown is left without embellishment. A large yellow and white silk dahlia bloom on the side provides the hat’s final flourish.
While some parts of this ensemble feel overworked to me (like the overly fussy, scalloped edge on the coat), the hat is a little underwhelming. We have seen this hat shape from Angela Kelly several times before and I was hoping for something just a little bit different for this momentous occasion. These quibbles aside, the the scale and colour of the hat work well on Her Majesty. Yellow can be a tough colour to wear but this soft shade is just right.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her ice blue picture hat with inverted brim edging, straw and crin bands around the crown, and a mass of flying straw and crin curled bow loops on the side. I have previously described this hat as a walking celebration and as such, it fit well with today’s happy occasion. It is, however, its fourth outing and I have my fingers crossed that Camilla has a new design waiting in the wings to début tomorrow.
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated the cream straw beret-based cocktail hat she wore for her daughter’s christening last year. Today’s outing gives us a much better look at the piece which is trimmed in white silk orchid blooms and a straw bow with flying tails.
At fist glance, this hat looks like a perfect match for Kate’s exquisite coat but at a closer view, I’m not sure the mix of different creams and whites of the two pieces work well together. A fellow blogger also pointed out hat the flying bow tails resemble antlers, a most unfortunate comparison that I can not shake out of my head. This leaves me less enamoured with this hat- it’s a nice enough piece but I don’t think it’s outstanding.
Designer: Jane Taylor:
Previously Worn: July 5, 2015
What do you think of these three pale hued hats at the service of thanksgiving today?
There were twenty-seven hats worn by members of the British Royal Family today. To see these hats, jump over to the following posts:
Princes Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor
Princess Anne Autumn Phillips and Zara Tindall
Viscountess Linley, Margarita Armstrong-Jones and Lady Sarah Chatto
Duchess of Gloucester and her family
Family of the Duke and Duchess of Kent
Princess Alexandra and Princess Michael of Kent and their families
Photos from Getty as indicated