Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh spent the day in Liverpool today where they visited the town hall, opened a children’s hospital (where they attended a tea party on one of the wards) attended an international business festival and opened a new conference exhibition centre. For this busy day of engagements, the Queen repeated a pale pink straw hat I have been hoping we’d see again this season.
This hat, a variation on a cloche, features a squared crown and short double brim. A wide hat band in the same straw breaks up the tall crown and the hat is trimmed with straw bows and a silk peony blossom.
It’s always nice to see close-up photos of hats and today’s shots show the impeccable detail on this design. I particularly love how the tiny feathers are integrated into the silk peony- it’s an an intricate detail that gives a wonderfully delicate sense of movement to the front of the hat. I’m not sure I have noticed the upper brim on this piece before and really like how its oval shape plays off the symmetrically round base brim. The Queen also removed her coat for part of the day, giving us a rare glimpse of how hat looks alone with her silk dress.
My only quibble with this ensemble is with the neckline of the coat (I’m on the fence about it) but I love the pairing of the pink hat with the subtly patterned coat and dress. We’ve not seen this hat for a few years- what do you think of it today?
Photos from Getty as indicated