Sixty-two years after launching the royal yacht Britannia, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived at the Ocean Cruise Terminal in Southampton today to formally award the name of their beloved yacht to a new, larger P & O cruise liner. Queen Elizabeth repeated a peach hat with fabric covered crown and straw brim.
The brim of this hat is edged in the same wool bouclé fabric as the crown (and the Queen’s coat) and the hat is simply trimmed with four peach feathers anchored by two circles of fabric and a slim knotted bow.
This ensemble is all about texture – maybe even too much texture. On its own, the Queen’s bouclé coat is dangerously close to ‘fuzzy bathrobe’ territory but I think the hat saves the day. The straw brim and use of feathers on the hat breaks up the overall ‘fuzziness factor’ and miraculously, gives balance and focus to the ensemble. Is it my favourite of the Queen’s hats? Not by a long shot. I do, however, think that this outfit is vastly improved by it. In the end, isn’t that precisely what a royal hat is supposed to do?