Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” WWI memorial art installation at the Tower of London this morning (learn more about this piece here– 888,246 poppies will be planted in the moat by volunteers by November 11, 2014 with each poppy representing a British or Colonial fatality in the First World War).
The Queen surprised with a new hat in vibrant turquoise blue. The hat was another one of Kelly’s ‘Hourglass’ hats with a sharply curved, tall crown- this version was made in the same turquoise wool as Her Majesty’s coat and trimmed with a simple black velvet rosette. While I think this version is the most successful of the seven hats Queen Elizabeth has in this shape, it still looks bulbous, off balance and a little Mad Hatter-ish to me. It is, however, a fantstic colour on the Queen and perfectly contrasted against the sea of red poppies today. What do you think of this new hat?
Designer: Angela Kelly. Coat by Stewart Parvin.
Photos from Getty as indicated