Queen Opens Air Ambulance Base

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were at Cambridge Airport today to officially open the new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport. They received a tour of the facility from its most famous employee.


For this event, the Queen repeated her pink straw cloche hat with diagonal crown wrap in the same pink bouclé as her coat. Photos taken today give a great view of the cloche shape of this hat as well as the multi looped pink silk bow at the side – a bow that looks to be made of the same silk piping as on Her Majesty’s coat. While this is not my favourite hat in her millinery wardrobe, it is good to see its fine detail up close.


Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: May 26, 2016November 28, 2014; August 7, 2014; April 30, 2014December 6, 2013May 22, 2013; July 11, 2012

This hat’s last outing was a mere six weeks ago, which is a little curious as the Queen usually places more time in between repeats of the same ensemble. Have your thoughts changed on this piece at all since we saw it last?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Closer Look: Queen Elizabeth’s Childhood Hats

Royal HatsWe have discussed many of Queen Elizabeth’s hat styles here on Royal Hats and peeked at her fashion during almost every decade of her life. We have not, however, looked at the hats she wore as a child.


The exhibition on the Queen’s wardrobe, ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’, includes pieces she wore as a child. The Royal Collection Trust recently released this short video and photo of  a pale pink bonnet trimmed with handmade velvet flowers, made by Smith & Co. in London, now on display at Holyrood House. Queen Elizabeth wore it in the mid 1930s and there was likely a matching mate worn by her younger sister, Princess Margaret.

The hat is a simple cloche with the brim slightly raised around the face. This look makes me wonder both how much millinery techniques have changed in the past 80 years (such an unevenly finished brim wouldn’t pass the muster for a royal hat today!) as well as how many past techniques have been lost in the tides of changing fashion (we seldom see velvet flowers such as these). It’s a sweet design that I’m so glad has survived for us to admire today.
Photos from Getty as indicated and The Royal Trust

Wrapping Up Holyrood Week

Queen Elizabeth’s busy schedule in Scotland this week continued yesterday with the Thistle Service at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. As always, she wore the order’s black velvet hat with white ostrich feather plume for the event and looked most grand.


Today, the British Monarchy released this photo of the Queen and Prince Philip receiving gifts from luxury goods company Hamilton & Inches, presumably during an on-site visit. While details of this event are ambiguous, we can clearly see that the Queen repeated her royal blue boater style hat with flat brim and crown, trimmed in silver braid.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 16, 2014; July 4, 2013
Photos of the British Royals in Scotland have been very sporadic this week- several of you have noticed that I have reposted instagram and twitter pictures shared by the British Monarchy.This has resulted in some poorer views of hats than we’re used to- hopefully, the photo drought is temporary.
Photos from Getty as indicated and The British Monarchy

Queen And Duke of Edinburgh Visit Dundee

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh continued Holyrood week today in Dundee, Scotland where they opened Slessor Gardens at the heart of the city, Leverhulme Research Centre and visited City Chambers and a tire factory. For this day of engagements, the Queen repeated the sky blue hat with wool silk covered crown, straw brim and floral trim that she first wore in Malta last fall. 

Huge crowds in Dundee as The Queen arrives in Dundee to open Slessor Gardens #QueeninScotland

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I really like the mix of wool silk and straw on this piece, particularly on the sweeping brim (my favourite part of this design). What works less successfully, I think, is the fluted shape of the crown and the fussy trim, which I so want to twist back slightly around the side of the hat.
Queen Elizabeth, July 6, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: November 28. 2015
It looks like a lovely day was enjoyed by the royal couple- what do you think of the Queen’s hat?
Photos from Rex Features and The British Monarchy as indicated

British Royals Host Scottish Garden Party

Queen Elizabeth marked the fifth day of her ‘Holyrood Week’ of engagements in Scotland yesterday with numerous investitures and a garden party hosted at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. For these events, she repeated a butter yellow straw hat trimmed with silk roses surrounded by green silk and yellow organza leaves. The silk flowers on this piece are exquisitely made (don’t they look picked fresh from the royal garden?!) and the subtle pattern woven into the parasissal straw gives a little bit of interest to the design’s simple shape. We have seen the Queen in several new yellow hats of recent and I think this one of the top.

HM The Queen at the Palace of Holyrood House Garden Party on Tuesday #Holyrood #gardenparty #scotland #racheltrevormorgan #millinery

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 19, 2015

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl of Wessex both looked dapper in their go-to grey felt and black silk top hats (Prince Philip’s teal tie with grey vest and hat make such a handsome combination). Princess Anne repeated the blue straw hat with diagonal crown, mushroom brim and maribou feather hat band that she unveiled at Ascot a few weeks ago. While all the trimming frou-frou on this hat makes it perfectly suitable for a garden party, I’m afraid I’m still not warming to this hat. Between the overtrimming and the odd dent on the front left side of the brim, this hat doesn’t cut it for me.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 16, 2016
All in all a good day of hats for the British royals in Scotland, wouldn’t you agree?
Photos from The British Royal Family as indicated

Closer Look: The Green Mirman Flowered Turban

Royal HatsAnother one of Queen Elizabeth’s instantly recognisable hats from the past is her green turban with kerchief draped back, studded with white silk flowers made by Simone Mirman.

Initially worn during a 1977 trip to New Zealand, the hat is now part of ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’ on display this summer. The Royal Collection Trust recently released this short video of it:

This video gives the first clear view of the back of this hat I have ever seen- a back I imagined would be much different (more flowing folds and less awkward bumps). While the shape of the back is a bit disappointing, it’s a great look at this famous piece of royal millinery.
What do you think of this design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Elizabeth Kicks Off Holyrood week

Queen Elizabeth arrived in Edinburgh on Friday to begin an annual week of engagements in Scotland. For her arrival, she repeated her lilac-grey straw hat with gently sloped crown and raised brim, trimmed with straw roses and bow loops in the same hue. It’s a hat of beautiful proportion and detail and the Queen wears it very well.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: October 20, 2015

On Saturday, the Queen delivered a speech from the throne to officially open the fifth session of Scottish Parliament. For this event, which saw her joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, she repeated a boater hat with lacy patterned white straw crown and pale aqua brim, trimmed with aqua feathers and organza bows. While this hat is slowly growing on me and I have come to accept its pale, minty colour scheme, I’m still not on board with the fussy trim.


Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: June 18, 2015June 25, 2014

For Sunday service at Canongate Kirk, Queen Elizabeth repeated a design affectionately nicknamed “The Union Jack Hat”. In bright blue straw, the design features another tall crown (very similar in shape to the first hat above), a downward facing brim and a large, twisted blue bow edged in cherry red piping.This design leans more to the whimsical side of things (without falling into silliness) and I find myself smiling as widely as the wearer herself every time I see it.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: April 18, 2015; January 1, 2012; April 27, 2011

It is often easy to tell when Angela Kelly’s designs have come from the same hat block and it’s most interesting to see the same true for the first and last pieces above, both the work of Rachel Trevor Morgan. It has been a busy weekend for Her Majesty- what do you think of these three repeated hats worn over the past three days?

Photos from The British Monarchy as indicated