Two new British royal hats made their debut over the weekend at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth presented the Best Turned out Trooper award in a new hat made to match her pale blue flying ribbon collared coat.
With a very similar white plume to the triangular beret hat previously worn with this coat, this design features an angular, flared crown and short, gently upturned brim edged. The hat is again entirely covered in the same fabric as the coat and the pieces again combine to make a very unified outfit. That, however, is where the similarities between the old hat and this new hat end. The triangular beret was a unique and unusual piece that brought some drama, interest and sass to the ensemble – all things that elevated it way beyond just being a pale blue coat and hat. Is it me or does the new hat feel a little bland in comparison?
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Lady Louise Windsor took part yesterday in The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society, taking over from her grandfather as lead in the carriage driving procession in a recently restored carriage used by Queen Elizabeth in 1943.
Lady Louise looked very smart in a loden green plaid wool riding hat with brown suede leather hatband and piping around the brim edge. We don’t often see hats worn with snoods and while this look is well into costume territory (appropriately so!), it’s a wonderful look for her.
Previously Worn: I imagine this hat is new
Finally, Queen Elizabeth was spotted enjoying the show yesterday in her repeated sky blue wool hat with chrysanthemum feather flowers. While some may find it sweet that she wore a hat trimmed with mums (albeit feathered ones) for Mother’s Day, the UK celebrates this holiday in March and I think this was purely a coincidence.