Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Canada House this morning to officially open high commission after extensive renovation and refurbishment. For this reopening, 90 years after her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary opened Canada House for the first time, Queen Elizabeth repeated her teal straw hat with band of lace wrapped around the base of the crown.
The first time we saw this hat, at last year’s christening of the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier, I declared the hat a success but overall ensemble ruined by an ill fitting and unattractive coat. My opinion of the coat has not changed (further proven by the bunched neckline below) but my thoughts on the hat are less complimentary. The colour is beautiful on Her Majesty but the flat shape and lace trim is… it’s SO flat and one note.
Today’s photos did provide one insight- the lace trim looks black on nearly every photo we have seen of this hat so far but I think it is actually navy blue, as shown below. While this colour combination works marginally better, it still does not make this hat and accompanying outfit a success.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: July 4, 2014
Since today’s royal engagement was all about seeing renovations, let’s brainstorm our own renovation, dearest readers. What renovation does this hat and accompanying ensemble need to work for our much loved Queen? What changes would rescue this ensemble?
Photos from Getty as indicated