Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited The National Army Museum in London today to officially reopen the facility following its 3 year redevelopment. For this event, the Queen repeated the hat we first saw her wear in Malta a year and a half ago. In one of her signature go-to shapes, this design features an angular crown with domed top and upfolded brim and is entirely covered in the same pale blue bouclé as her coat. The hat is trimmed with navy silk roses and leaves, tightly tucked between the crown and upfolded brim.
The hat is a signature shape for Queen Elizabeth for good reason- it works well on her and does not obscure her bright face. It’s the trimmings on the ensemble that let it down for me- the rose stuffed behind the brim, the jarring navy buttons on the coat- small things perhaps but ones that detract from the ensemble. Replace the buttons with something more delicate that actually works with the Queen’s ever present pearls (something similar to these), rethink the hat’s trim and I think we’d have a winning, working outfit for Her Majesty.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Nov 27, 2015