Closer Look: The Granddaughter’s Wedding Hat

Royal Hats When Zara Phillips married Mike Tindall on July 30, 2011, Queen Elizabeth made the charming choice to wear pale coral pink for her eldest granddaughter’s wedding.

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It was no surprise that the Rachel Trevor Morgan designed hat from this event, which took place in Scotland, was 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’. While the hat is well known to many of us, the exhibition does provide a closer look at the hat’s bow and feather trim than we have seen before.

I have always liked this piece- the darker coral accents give subtle but beautiful contrast and definition to the design. The lavish bow and feather trim offsets both the tall crown on the hat and the austere neckline on the coat and the overall ensemble hits just the right balance of flourish and restraint. I have some quibbles about feather placement in the closeup view but at a distance, as seen worn by the Queen in the photos above, think it’s a lovely design.
What do you think of this hat design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty as indicated

14 thoughts on “Closer Look: The Granddaughter’s Wedding Hat

  1. I was really surprised to see the correction to Rachel Trevor-Morgan, since I associate this hat shape, with the indented asymmetric crown and relatively short brim, firmly with Angela Kelly. Taking a quick look at the link Snug Harbor provided, which I must confess I’ve not seen before, I can’t immediately see any others that are in this “typical Angela Kelly” shape. How strange and interesting.

  2. “It was no surprise that the Angela Kelly designed hat from this event,” you wrote.
    Well, it certainly was a surprise to me. This hat is clearly featured on Rachel Trevor Morgan’s website and always has been:
    It’s on page 3, top line, hat 4 (in my view). I seem unable to reference the specific hat. Different margins may rearrange the rows, I suppose.
    I’ve always liked this hat, but I always assumed it was an RTM since it’s on her website. (It also always has reminded me of a similar pinker hat, RTM’s first page, bottom row, first hat).
    Did RTM and AK create this orange hat together?

  3. It is a lovely hat, but surprising to me that in the Getty wedding photos, the hat and coat seem coral; in the Holyrood House exhibit and Jimbo’s photo, it seems orange. Actually, third pic from top, w/ sun shining through, the hat takes on an orange cast.

  4. This has long been a favorite hat of mine for HM. I never realized the feathers were dyed to be ombre; I figured they were all one shade of peachy-orange. This is why I’ve enjoyed these posts, to truly appreciate the work that goes into each hat.

  5. HQ, you’re right – the close-up shot makes the feathers et al looks somehow cluttered, but from a distance, it’s just wonderful.
    Is this a one-and-done hat, or has it been repeated after the wedding? Is this the same piece, even though it looks more orange?

    • I think the photo you linked was taken July 25, 2012 during a Diamond Jubilee visit to the Isle of Wight. It was a warm day and she took off her coat for part of the visit (see photos below). The Queen also wore this for a May 22, 2012 garden party at Buckingham Palace.

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  6. This is lovely, largely because of the colour! Also I think because the trim, while exuberant in itself, doesn’t look over the top because of the matching colour palette, with just the right amount of accent in the darker shade. Over all, a beautiful ensemble.

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