Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife, Mary Chee Bee Kiang, on a state visit to Great Britain today. The Queen used this occasion to debut a new hat in navy straw, trimmed with a pink silk rose to coordinate with the rose print of her dress. The shape of this navy straw hat is leaving me scratching my own head a little- after staring at it for a while, I think there is a wide band of straw wrapped around the crown of this hat which adds dimension and a slight hourglass shape to the crown. The navy straw is repeated curled tails around the rosette trim. I really like the interesting shape and the gently angled brim, which perfectly frames Her Majesty’s face. I just wonder if the rosette and curling tails might have worked better on the side of the hat instead of the front? Either way, it’s an unexpected and interesting hat that will no doubt, give us much to discuss.
Designer: Angela Kelly. Coat & dress are Karl Ludwig Couture
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her dove grey wool percher cocktail hat trimmed with large multi-looped organdie bow. The unique shape of this hat, with its gently waved base, is such a departure from other hat shapes that it becomes rather distinctive, despite the neutral colour. Kate’s hairstyle today, in a low and polished ponytail, works beautifully with this hat.
Designer: Jane Taylor. Coat is Alexander McQueen.
Previously Worn: April 20, 2014
I adore that both Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge chose hats today in rather unusual shapes. These little style departures make hat watching for us all the more fun, don’t they?. What are your thoughts on this pair of British royal hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated