After looking at the first wave of Queen Elizabeth’s many blue hats worn over the past six years, we’re continuing our inventory with a look at what I’m calling the “Medium Blue” hats. Here are they are, in the order they were introduced into the Queen’s wardrobe:
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Designer: unknown; unknown (likely Philip Somerville); Angela Kelly
Introduced: May 16, 2004; November 3, 2004; November 28, 2008
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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren)
Introduced: December 25, 2012; June 21, 2013; October 23, 2013
UPDATE: Since this inventory was first published, Queen Elizabeth has added four new medium blue designs:
While I suspect #2 has been retired, it appears that the remaining fourteen are still in service (#1’s last outing was in September 2013). I’m struck by the varied brim shapes (they really are going off in all directions!) and diverse trims- everything from navy lace to feathered flowers to metallic straw twists. I’m also fascinated by the consistent imprint of these hats- they are all a very similar size. After 70 years of full-time hat wearing, it’s no surprise that the Queen has a good sense of what works for her and sticks to it. She clearly loves blue and looks beautiful in it.
Which pieces in this group stand out most to you? Which ones would you like to steal for your own millinery wardrobe? Stay tuned first thing tomorrow, we’ll look at the turquoise hats before concluding this mini-series with the Queen’s light blue hats.