Queen Opens Air Ambulance Base

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were at Cambridge Airport today to officially open the new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport. They received a tour of the facility from its most famous employee.

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For this event, the Queen repeated her pink straw cloche hat with diagonal crown wrap in the same pink bouclé as her coat. Photos taken today give a great view of the cloche shape of this hat as well as the multi looped pink silk bow at the side – a bow that looks to be made of the same silk piping as on Her Majesty’s coat. While this is not my favourite hat in her millinery wardrobe, it is good to see its fine detail up close.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: May 26, 2016November 28, 2014; August 7, 2014; April 30, 2014December 6, 2013May 22, 2013; July 11, 2012

This hat’s last outing was a mere six weeks ago, which is a little curious as the Queen usually places more time in between repeats of the same ensemble. Have your thoughts changed on this piece at all since we saw it last?

Photos from Getty as indicated
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11 thoughts on “Queen Opens Air Ambulance Base

  1. So soon?! This one does need to be retired now surely. Although with everything going on yesterday, HM knew this wasn’t her most important appearance of the day!

  2. I like the roundness of the crown, but the wrap of boucle material doesn’t seem to add to the look. I certainly do not mind the Queen wearing light pink in the summertime. It seems very appropriate.

  3. How nice to see HM with her grandson. As others have stated, this is not her usual bold color, but since there wasn’t going to be a huge crowd needing to see her, the color was appropriate. As to the hat, it seems that she has found a few styles she is comfortable wearing,and at her age, why not wear what is comfortable? I rather like this hat because it seems very summery and the bow on the side is a clean look for a boucle fabric hat.

  4. Not my favorite color for HM, far too pale. Not sure if it is the color or hectic schedule of the past few weeks but she looks tired – certainly to be expected at her age, but most unusual for her. Hope she and the Duke can get some well-deserved rest at Balmoral soon!

  5. I feel the whole outfit is somehow insipid – and as we know the Queen can wear much stronger colours – this pink is just too wishy washy. The coat is awful – shapeless and the neckline is as Snug Harbor says – just not flattering. Not at all keen on the hat either – miles away from the excellent RTM hats!!!

  6. What has changed since all previous outings of this hat and coat is the dress. Before the dress always been of the same material as the coat and hat. Today’s dress — clearly visible in second photo above — is something else. Although it may be one worn at a couple of investitures, I don’t think it’s every appeared with any coat and/or hat, certainly not with this set.
    That all having been said, I rather liked the hat originally but am tired of it. The neck of the coat remains too big, usually off center, and the Queen now has several new light pink outfits that should have replaced this one. It is surprising that this coat has been worn at all seasons of the year. Perhaps that’s why a lighter-weight dress was chosen today. The color seems summery but perhaps the weight is that of a winter coat.

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