Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Wolverhampton today where they openned the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre and paid a visit to International Security Printers to view their work on specialist postage stamps. For these engagements, the Queen repeated a her turquoise hat with velvet flower trim. I adore the colour of this piece and think the jauntily upturned brim frames Her Majesty’s face so well. The velvet flowers also add great texture to this piece.
The photo below awards us our first good view of the inside of this hat’s brim, which appears to be covered in the same fabric as the Queen’s dress. I don’t often like Queen Elizabeth’s fabric covered hats (I prefer the subtle texture and sheen of a straw or wool felt hat) but this hat is wonderful. My only qualm about the ensemble is the open neckline on the coat. The first time we saw this hat, on Christmas Day in 2012, the Queen added a fur stole around her neck which worked beautifully. The more open neck, in comparison, falls a little flat. What do you think?
Photos from Getty as indicated