Queen Elizabeth took in yesterday’s Derby Day races at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse. For this annual event, she repeated her yellow hat in textured straw with plain yellow straw hatband and pink and yellow silk blooms. The warm weather prompted Her Majesty to remove her coat, giving us an unusual look at the hat with its coordinating dress below. Seeing the full context of an ensemble is so valuable and makes me lament how seldom we get this opportunity.
The Queen was joined by her cousin, Princess Alexandra, who wore a white hat with tall, domed crown and short cartwheel brim, swathed in a widely woven net tulle veil. This large crowned shape is such a familiar one for her (she has twins in ice blue, lilac, black and navy to name a few) that I initially assumed this piece was a repeat however, I can’t find any previous outings and am now wondering if it is new. Alexandra debuted a similar hat with much larger brim last summer that I thought might have undergone a brim reduction but the crowns are different shapes and I do think the two are completely different pieces. I think we’ll have to wait for a better view of both hats to sort out this mystery.
Previously Worn: ???
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein topped her pale yellow dress with a cream straw hat with shallow crown and large, oval brim. Trimmed with a large pale yellow silk rose and a twisted straw ribbon and worn slightly askew on her head, the look is soft but still high fashion (just as we expect with Haya). Click on the collage below to jump to twitter and again to open the photographs for a better look.
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Princess Michael of Kent and Lady Gabriella Windsor are often spotted at the Epsom races but I’ve not spotted any photographs of them this year- please share if you do! In the meantime, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about this trio of pastel royal hats.
Photos from Getty as indicated