As we continue our inventory of blue hats in Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet (jump over here for Part 1 and here for Part 2), we’re going to look at hats within the turquoise spectrum. Her Majesty has worn a surprising number of turquoise hats over the past six years and this group includes the greatest diversity of shape we have seen so far. Here are these hats, in the order they were introduced into service:
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Designer: unknown; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 26, 2007 (renovated and reintroduced June 30, 2014); Apr 9, 2009
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Designer: Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren); Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly
Introduced: June 25, 2014; October 16, 2014; June 23, 2015
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Designer: Angela Kelly, Angela Kelly, Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: November 28, 2015; April 13, 2017; April 16, 2017
Update: The Queen added new turquoise design during her Balmoral stays in 2017 and 2018.
I usually love the Queen in blue but turquoise? Not so much. Many shades here are so vibrant that they cast a harsh, almost neon glow onto her Majesty which is less than flattering. Quibbles about colour aside, the shapes here are so interesting. The indented crowns(#5 and #12), marshmallow bubbles (#1), unusually tall stovepipes (#6) and exaggerated angles (#3 and #9) show just how adventurous Queen Elizabeth is when it comes to trying new hat shapes. That alone is something to be greatly admired.
What do you think about the Queen’s turquoise hats?
Photos from Bauer Griffin;; Tim Rooke/Rex Shutterstock; Peter Jolly/REX/Shutterstock; and Getty as indicated