When her nephew, Viscount Linley, married on October 8, 1993, Queen Elizabeth chose a pink hat with distinctive silk pleated brim:
This hat is included in the Holyrood House section of this year’s three part exhibition, ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’. The Royal Collection Trust shared this closer view of this piece as it appears on display:
This look unveils a few surprises. The hat entirely made of straw, the crown is uncovered, and the pleats are made of fine silk chiffon which gives a much lighter feel to the piece than it had in photos taken when Her Majesty wore it. This peek shows the design to be far more delicate and refined than it originally appeared – it’s certainly not the puffy pleated sofa cushion that I previously thought it to be.
What do you think of this hat design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty as indicated