Queen Elizabeth marked the fifth day of her ‘Holyrood Week’ of engagements in Scotland yesterday with numerous investitures and a garden party hosted at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. For these events, she repeated a butter yellow straw hat trimmed with silk roses surrounded by green silk and yellow organza leaves. The silk flowers on this piece are exquisitely made (don’t they look picked fresh from the royal garden?!) and the subtle pattern woven into the parasissal straw gives a little bit of interest to the design’s simple shape. We have seen the Queen in several new yellow hats of recent and I think this one of the top.
The Queen meets Sanu and Anna Gurung, who founded Bring Back the Smile to Nepal in reaction to the huge earthquake that shook Nepal in April 2015 - the charity has been working tirelessly since to rebuild homes in the country. "Nepal is a beautiful country", says Anna, "the first thing everyone notices when they visit, is everyone’s amazing smile. We want to do whatever we can to help bring that back." #QueeninScotland
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 19, 2015
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl of Wessex both looked dapper in their go-to grey felt and black silk top hats (Prince Philip’s teal tie with grey vest and hat make such a handsome combination). Princess Anne repeated the blue straw hat with diagonal crown, mushroom brim and maribou feather hat band that she unveiled at Ascot a few weeks ago. While all the trimming frou-frou on this hat makes it perfectly suitable for a garden party, I’m afraid I’m still not warming to this hat. Between the overtrimming and the odd dent on the front left side of the brim, this hat doesn’t cut it for me.
Previously Worn: June 16, 2016