Queen Elizabeth was spotted enjoying the Dubai Duty Free Weekend at Newbury racecourse earlier today (some of you might remember the Queen’s horse winning this event last year). Accompanying her wide smile was a well worn hat we have not seen in a while – a claret red top hat with fluted crown and small, upturned brim edged in black trim. I can’t ever imagine a top hat being a good idea for the Queen… am I the only one who sees this hat and irrationally expects that she will pull a cane out of her purse and break out into Vaudeville song and dance? My dislike of this hat aside, I must admit it is cheeky and rather fun. And I can’t help having a chuckle about it every time I see it. What do you think of this hat?
Designer: unknown. My guess is Philip Somerville or Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: March 13, 2008; October 19, 2007; May 24, 2007; May 19, 2006; February 5, 2006; January 1, 2006; November 8, 2005; May 18, 2005
Photos from Getty as indicated