When you look at the trimming on Queen Elizabeth’s many hats, you will see a plethora of bows, feathers, flowers, leaves, poufs and even bits of fur. One of her milliners, Rachel Trevor Morgan, has trimmed a number of hats with unique flowers crafted from individual feathers. The likeness of these ‘plumed blooms’ is remarkable.
Hibiscus and Amaryllis
On a tour of Canada, June 30, 2010; At an April 30, 2012 Diamond Jubilee walkabout at Windsor
At an April 9, 2014 recital by the Royal College of Organists to commemorate their 150th anniversary
Dahlia and Carnation
During a February 2, 2011 visit to Norwich; on a November 28, 2012 visit to a Windsor hospice
At the Epsom Derby, June 2, 2012; on a visit to East London, July 16, 2015
I think this creative combination of two common hat embellishments- the feather and the flower- is brilliant. Too often, we see feathers on royal hats that stick out madly in odd directions. Rachel Trevor Morgans use of feathers to create delicate flowers gives more polish and purpose to feather embellishment and creates the most wonderful optical illusion from afar. What do you think of using feathered flowers to trim Queen Elizabeth’s hats? Which hat stands out to you most?
Photos from Getty as indicated