Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh hosted their third and final Buckingham Palace garden party of 2013 (they will host one more later this summer at Holyrood House in Scotland). The Queen wore a mint green hat of straw woven in a lattice pattern with a tall, flat chimney crown and small cartwheel brim. It was trimmed in a braid of pink, cream and mint green straw with frayed ends. I think the frayed ends on the braided trim clutter up this hat and make it rather messy but the Queen, with her broad smile, doesn’t seem to mind. She earlier wore this hat in October 2011 in Australia and at Ascot in June 2011; the flat top makes me strongly suspect it is another Angela Kelly design.
Prince Philip looked very handsome, happy and at ease in a grey wool top hat. Buckingham Palace released a statement after the party that he will be having abdominal surgery tomorrow and is expected to remain in hospital for two weeks. We certainly wish him a speedy recovery.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Kent accompanied the Queen and Prince Philip today. Sophie repeated a Rachel Trevor Morgan designed black saucer hat covered in concentric circles of tiny black ruffles which she has previously worn in November 2008 and February 2009. It’s an intricate hat that looks great with Sophie’s longer hair pulled into a chignon… that is, if we can take our eyes of Benedict Cumberbatch long enough to admire it.
The Earl of Wessex and Duke of Kent both wore traditional top hats. There’s something wonderful in a man in morning dress with a top hat, isn’t there?