In what must be the most visually arresting State Opening of Parliament in Great Britain in recent memory today, we saw a ceremony without robes, gowns, diamonds, carriages or even the Duke of Edinburgh. There was, however, a hat.
Queen Elizabeth’s new hat is covered in the same cornflower blue paisley silk/wool cloqué fabric as her coat and follows a standard shape: moderately tall crown with flat top and straight sides with an upfolded kettle brim. What sets it apart, aside from the patterned fabric, is the mass of blue feather flowers placed on the front. The yellow flower heads in the center obviously coordinate with the ensembles blue and yellow patterned dress.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: this hat is new
I’ve been trying to find something complimentary to say about this hat and I’m at a loss for words. I find this hat disappointing for such an important event- the fabric and trim choices completely lack elegance or sophistication and make the hat look like an amateurish craft project. I’m hoping one of you can find something positive to say about this piece- I’m counting on you! What do you think of this hat in London today?
UPDATE: It was announced later this morning that the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital
today for a non-critical health issue. This explains his absence at this event today. I’m sure you all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.
Photos from Getty as indicated