Last week, Queen Elizabeth wore one of my favourite royal hats to present new standards to the Household Cavalry. A number of you commented about the success of this particular hat shape, one we have seen a number of different times in the Queen’s millinery. Before we begin what will be a very busy month of royal hats in June, I thought I would take this opportunity to look at one of Angela Kelly’s most successful (and frequently used) hat shapes with a flared, domed top crown
Version 1: With an evenly upturned cuff brim
The Queen in Northern Ireland, June 26, 2012; at Ascot on June 19, 2013;
Beginning a State Visit to France, June 5, 2014; Attending the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit in Malta, November 26, 2015
Variation with a shorter, more tightly rolled brim worn at the Braemar Games, Sep 5, 2009;
Version 2: With a wider, side upswept brim
Upswept brim for Trooping The Colour, June 14, 2014; At Ascot on June 17, 2015
This hat shape works well for several reasons: it is usually a great size and proportion for petite Queen Elizabeth (excepting the yellow hat where the brim is too small). The upturned brims keep the Queen’s face and bright smile unobstructed from public view and make it difficult to adorn this hat shape with too much of the feathery/flowery/bowed bric-a-brac that top many Kelly designs – this hat shape seems to yield hats with more subtle details on the brim or around the crown, avoiding the Kelly tendency to become overdone. Most of the time.
I am curious, dear readers, what do you think of this signature Kelly design? Which one is your favourite?
**The other posts in this series include: the “Diagonal Crown Hats”, the “Flat Brim Hats”, the “Teardrop Crown Hats“, the “Split Crown Hats”, the “Oblique Brim Hats”, the “Wrapped Crown Hats“and the “Hourglass Hats”, all designed by Angela Kelly.
Photos from Getty as indicated