Queen Elizabeth was in Tidworth today to mark St David’s Day with a visit to The Royal Welsh Regimental Family at Lucknow Barracks. She used the occasion to debut her first new hat of 2017 in orchid purple felt. The piece follows the split crown design the Queen’s dresser and couturier, Angela Kelly, has used on several others, along with short cartwheel brim. The hat picks up the cerise in Her Majesty’s diamond tweed coat (and dress) with brim edge binding and a slim hatband in this hue and is finished with a triple looped bow and three purple, grey and cerise pompoms on the side.
We don’t often see hats worn just with the dresses of the ensemble they are designed to accompany but today, we are lucky to catch this view. The cerise brim binding and hatband is a perfect colour match to the dress, making this hat a striking topper for both the coat and dress. It’s a more streamlined look that we often see with Angela Kelly designed millinery but one that works so well with the split crown shape and the overall balance of the ensemble.
Previously Worn: This hat is new