The Commonwealth Observance Service, the UK’s largest multi-faith celebration, took place this morning at Westminster Abbey. As in years past, the service was attended by Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the British Royal Family. For this event, the Queen repeated her cream and gold split crown hat with black and gold feather trim. The photo taken inside the Abbey shows (bottom left) shows the textural depth of this hat and the warmth of its colour. It has always been a great hat on the Queen and judging by the number of times she has worn it, she obviously agrees.
The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her navy wool felt hat with squared crown and angled brim, trimmed with a navy twisted rope wrapped around the base of the crown. While I have already been clear on my feelings about this hat’s strange ‘sausage’ rope, I thought this hat’s paring with Camilla’s silk dress and velvet trimmed wool coat was beautiful. Mixing different shades and textures of blue fabric in one outfit can be tricky but the result here is cohesive, interesting and very elegant.
The only new royal hat we saw today was the one worn by the Duchess of Cambridge who topped her blush pink McQueen coat with a coordinating percher hat. The hat, a tear drop shaped straw beret, was trimmed with pleated silk twists. The addition of pleated silk gave the hat constrast, movement and a decidedly modern feel and provided some sculptural edge to balance Kate’s coat. While I would love to see Kate venture with different (larger?) hat shapes, she has years and years of royal life ahead of her to do so and I thought this hat was a winner.
Designer: Jane Taylor.
Previously Worn:This hat is new
While I would love to see the Duchess of Cornwall expand her millinery wardrobe with a few new additions, I think this trio of hats was a strong and attractive one. What did you think of these three hats today in London?
Photos from Getty as indicated