With the sheer number of hats in her closet, Queen Elizabeth is bound to have a few that look similar. She has, however, on several occasions, ordered two versions of the same hat. Take these Philip Somerville hats, for example:
On a visit to Wells during her Golden Jubilee tour, May 2, 2002; opening a shelter in Whitechapel, February 12, 2002
These hats both came into circulation in early 2002, the year of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. I strongly suspect that she ordered a number of new hats and outfits for her Jubilee tour that year (just as she did for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012) and perhaps, she liked this hat enough to request it in two colours? It is a fairly simple hat shape that is made rather memorable by the unique cut-out in the front of the crown. While the bands trimming the crown are slightly different on each of these hats, they are both linear and very simple.
These hats have both stayed ‘in service’ for more than a decade- the Queen wore the green version most recently in April 2012 and the black version last year for Remembrance Day (see above). I have a sneaking suspicion that neither have been retired. What do you think of this pair of twin hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated