That makes Queen Máxima undefeated in favourite repeated designs so far in 2016! Jump over to the bottom of the original poll posts (new hats here and repeated hats here) to look at the results in greater detail. You can also follow our growing list of favourite hats this year at the new “Fan Favourites” tab at the top.
Members of the British Royal Family gathered at Westminster Abbey this morning for the annual Commonwealth Observance Day Service. For this event, the Queen repeated her sky blue felt hat trimmed with chrysanthemum feather flowers. We’ve seen this piece so many times, there’s not much new to say about it.
Previously Worn: November 12, 2015; June 11, 2015; April 5, 2015; October 24, 2014; April 8, 2014; October 23, 2013
There is, however, much to discuss about the Duchess of Cambridge’s new hat! In luxurious grey velvet felt, this piece features a squared crown, an upturned slice brim and a charcoal silk sash around the base of the crown. We have seldom seen Kate in brimmed hats and the scale of this design is really lovely on her. The simple lines of the hat are a perfect compliment to the lace-trimmed coat and the two pieces create an ensemble that is beautifully elegant.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales marked the the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust this morning with a visit to The Prince’s Trust Centre in the Kennington neighbourhood of London. For this celebration, the Queen repeated her teardrop shaped hat in royal blue with feather trim around the brim. Today’s outing provided the best look we have seen of this piece- a look, unfortunately, that only deepens my dislike of it. The colour is beautiful on Her Majesty but I’m afraid that the odd hourglass teardrop shape of the too-tall crown is both awkward and unflattering, two things that a royal hat should never be.
Queen Elizabeth visited Lister Community School yesterday to meet with some recipients of The Queen’s Trust, of which she is patron. For this visit, she repeated her orchid purple hat with tall, domed crown and fuchsia arrow feather trim. I thought this vibrant hat was a great choice for a spring day’s visit to a charity that’s all about helping young people gain education and personal development- Her Majesty looks great in it and it certainly gives off a positive and uplifting vibe. This ensemble is clearly become a favourite one for the Queen (this is its fourth outing in fourteen months) and I’m curious, dear readers, if you agree?
Queen Elizabeth visited the Bond Street station this morning where she she formally unveiled the new roundel for the Crossrail line, to be named after her when it opens in December 2018. For her tour around the construction site, she repeated a hat we’ve not seen in some time. Made of the same lavender crepe as her coat, the hat features a tall, hourglass crown and a short mushroom brim. Trimmed simply with parallel pintucks that are echoed on her coat, the hat’s impact comes entirely from its unusual shape. It’s not my favourite of the Queen’s hats although I admire the restrained trim and she looks lovely in this shade of purple. What do you think?
I thought I’d send love to all of you dear readers today by sharing a peek into Queen Elizabeth’s hat closet. We’re going to look at Her Majesty’s red hats and by your request, we’re going to include all pieces worn this millennium. Here they are, in the order they were introduced into service:
1. 2. 3.
Designers: unknown; unknown; I suspect Frederick Fox;
Introduced: all in the mid-late 1990s
4. 5. 6.
Designers: Philip Somerville; Philip Somerville; unknown (see side view here)
Introduced: November 19, 1997; June 4, 2002; October 22, 2002
7. 8. 9.
Designers: all unknown
Introduced: April 20, 2003; November 8, 2005; December 15, 2006
Designers: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly; likely Angela Kelly
Introduced: April 20, 2003; December 25, 2009; January 17, 2010
While it is a lovely coincidence to have fourteen red hats on February 14, I was surprised at the low number. Since 2000, the Queen has worn more than 60 blue hats and while you can argue that there are far more shades of blue than red, seeing just fourteen red hats over the past sixteen years does seem surprising.
Of the group of hats above, #1 through #7 and #12 all seem to be retired. My favourite is the lone Rachel Trevor Morgan design of #10, a workhorse hat of sorts with more outings than any other hat in the Queen’s current rotation. The beautiful crown shape on this design along with impeccable trimmings makes it a stellar piece. On this Valentine’s Day, which one of these royal red hats stands out to you?
Photos from Anwar Hussein via Getty; REX/Shutterstock; Anwar Hussein, Tim Graham, Pool/Tim Graham, Max Nash, Tim Graham, Tim Graham, Anwar Hussein, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty
Here are three royal hats worn on this day by three generations of the British royal family. While the timeline here covers sixty years, we still see iterations of these hat styles and shapes today.
Queen Mary, February 12, 1932
Queen Elizabeth in Kuwait, February 12, 1979
Princess Diana in India (wearing a Philip Somerville design), February 12, 1992