I’m very happy to welcome longtime reader JamesB back to Royal Hats for Part II of his musings about the hats seldom worn by Queen Elizabeth that he’d like to see repeated. His post today continues directly from Part I, published last week.
III. The wintry numbers
As I said in Part 1, Queen Elizabeth’s winter wardrobe seems to get more wear, but we’re still awaiting the return of
these, although those two furry numbers are only going to get out when it’s proper chilly. I very much hope the lovely brown titfer will get an outing soon, it’s perfect for autumn.
Opening Church of England General Synod Nov 24, 2015. Hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan
Christmas Day, December 25, 2010. Hat designer unknown
Christmas Day, December 25, 2015. Hat likely by Angela Kelly
IV. The special occasion
Of course, sometimes it’s a very special occasion and a very special hat is needed, which do tend to just be seen once. This is when Angela Kelly goes mad and produces something particularly festive. An oblique brim is a particular favourite here. I’d love to see the Commonwealth Games one again personally, the rest of them did the job, but they lack the finesse that Rachel Trevor Morgan brings.
Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving on June 5, 2012. Hat by Angela Kelly
Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, June 3, 2012. Hat by Angela Kelly
Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces Parade and Muster, May 19, 2012. Hat by Angela Kelly
Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, July 23, 2014. Hat by Angela Kelly
Coronation 60th Anniversary June 4, 2013 and 90th Birthday Thanksgiving Service June 10, 2017. Hats by Angela Kelly
The ‘well at least we gave it a go’s…’
She’s still mixing it up at 91… we won’t all be able to say that! Do they all work? Well no (in particular those polka dots are a bit of a worry), but I hope some of them return. I’ve got a particular liking for the green with that fabulous fluoro print, and the black and green is quite striking. And finally, remove those peacock feathers on the last hat and I reckon we’re in business!
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Nov 28, 2009
Visit to Turkey May 13, 2008
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Nov 28, 2009; Royal Ascot, June 19, 2010. Hats by Angela Kelly.
Royal Maundy Service on April 21, 2011. Hat by Angela Kelly.
Visit to Germany, June 25, 2015. Hat by Angela Kelly.
So there you have it. I can’t say they should all be repeated, but this is just a very small selection of the hats we’ve seen just once over the past 10 or so years. Of course I myself am not one to talk – for my stag weekend last year (bachelor party to you on the other side of the pond), my friends knew of my love of regal headwear so the Queen’s hats was our theme – I’m in the middle, resplendent in green, and I can’t say I’ve ever worn that little number again!
James- thank you so much for making these suggestions and taking us back to a number of hats not seen before on Royal Hats. I’m also surprised we’ve not seen the last hat with peacock feathers repeated by now and wonder if we’ll ever see any of the Diamond Jubilee hats worn again or if they’ve been packed away in the royal archives. Only time will tell.
Stay tuned for more reader posts coming up with suggested repeats not only from Queen Elizabeth’s hat wardrobe but from the millinery closets of Queen Maxima, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex, to name a few. If any of you would like to write a post along these lines, please let me know.
Photos from Getty as indicated and from the private collection of JamesB