Queen Elizabeth was in Norwich today to view the ‘Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific’ exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. For this engagement, she repeated her black and magenta split crown hat (a hat that many of you recently named among your favourites in our look at all of Her Majesty’s designs in black and another colour). Photographs today provide a better view of the side and back of this hat than I remember seeing before, giving us an all-angles glimpse at this unique shape.
From this view, it looks to me that the pink side of the crown is blocked over top the black side as a sort of addition wrapped on top of the ‘regular’ black hat. Today’s photos also show a small addition to this hat- a number of small black embroidered polka dots on the magenta side of the crown:
These small dots were not present on the hat the last time it featured here on Royal Hats on October 31, 2013 (although they can be seen on this hat’s last outing on January 25, 2015). To be honest, I’m curious about why they were added in such a small size because they are barely noticeable and really don’t change the overall look of the hat. Here is a side by side comparison of the hat from October 2013 and again today: