Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Blue Hats Part 4

We have come to the fourth and final post in our inventory of Queen Elizabeth’s blue (and white and pale blue) hats! Keeping our focus on hats worn since 2010, we turn our attention today to the largest group, Her Majesty’s pale blue hats. Here they are, roughly in the order each was introduced into her public wardrobe:

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Designer: Philip Somerville
Introduced: June 20, 2003 (renovated and reintroduced June 11, 2005); 

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Designer: Philip Somerville; Philip Somerville; Rachel Trevor Morgan 
Introduced: July 2, 2004; November 26, 2005; June 21, 2006 

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Designer: unknown; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 23, 2006; October 19, 2006; May 16, 2008

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced:  March 9, 2009 (renovated and reintroduced December 2, 2009)

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Designer: Philip Somerville; Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly
Introduced: June 20, 2009; October 27, 2009; June 18, 2010

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly; unknown
Introduced: June 30, 2010; November 27, 2010; November 23, 2011

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Designer:  Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly
Introduced: June 19, 2012; June 26, 2012; November 27, 2012

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; unconfirmed; Angela Kelly
Introduced: April 20, 2014; May 18, 2014; June 26, 2015

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Designer: all are Angela Kelly 
Introduced:  July 9, 2015; November 26, 2015; November 27, 2015 

UPDATE: The following designs have been introduced since this post was first published:

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Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan; unknown
Introduced: May 13, 2017June 20, 2018August 12, 2018 

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Designer: Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: October 12, 2018; June 18, 2019; June 19, 2019

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: Jun 28, 2021

It is another diverse groups of hats with varying brim shapes, crown heights and decoration. I’m struck by the colour combinations- we see light blue paired here with red, gold, black, fuchsia, grey and lime green- some of which are unexpected and brave. As with the other hats, I’m awed by the incredible use of trimmings that give each of these hats, which are very similar in shade, decidedly unique character. This group also includes a number of more austere hats which provides some interesting contrast when looking at the group as a whole.

You have weighed in with your opinions, dearest readers, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this final group. To see the other groups of blue hats in Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe, jump over to this turquoise post, this medium blue post and this dark blue post.

Photos from Cate Gillon/Pool via Corbis; Leo Mason via CorbisWPA Pool,WPA Pool, Samir Hussein and Mike Egerton/PA Images and Chris Jackson – WPA Pool via Getty; and Getty as indicated

24 thoughts on “Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Blue Hats Part 4

  1. This is a good selection of hats, not too many duds here. Sure, there a few quibbles about decoration or placement of it, but on the whole perhaps the best selection of HM’s blue hats.

    So glad the brim was redone on hat #1.

    Favourites for me are: #20, 7, 9, 16 and 18.

    I kind of like #13 (but may want that flower moved a bit further to the side) and #22 I’m not sure about. I like the size and style but that velvet bow(?), hmmm ….

  2. HatQueen, you have REALLY outdone yourself with this four-part post. Thank you!

    #9 is really extra-special, but I’d like to see #1B again, too

  3. At first my choices were 5,7,10 & 20. I wanted to like 9 but had never seen it from the front. Now that I have seen it from several views I do love it. I love the sheerness of the lattice work in the brim and the slight amount of texture the flowers on the crown give it. It looks like the perfect summer hat.

  4. The color combination of #6 is so beautiful, I’ve always loved it. The Philip Somerville at the top is wonderful as well, especially 20. The first one looks a little bit like it got wet and lost it’s shape; the brim shape of the second look makes more sense of the trim. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’ve always liked #10, the AK with the black feathers. The black feathers add such interest to the hat. On the other hand #13 is truly awful, just put the Queen into some white boots and hand her a baton and it would be perfect.

  5. Her Majesty is truly a Hat Queen! She wears such beautiful hats! Masterpieces!

    @HatQueen: What will be the color for February? I’m looking forward to more inventories! They are amazing!

  6. What a historical assortment! My favorites are 16, 18, 12, 9 and 15. That Wedgwood outfit remains perfection in in my view! Hat #22 is a big miss at the moment, but it could be greatly improved since it’s the name hat block and good fabric. Although a typical AK design, hat #10 I find particularly attractive too because of its black underbrim and starkly contrasting trim. Hats #2 and #7 looks dated, hat #11 is just unattractive, and I’ve never been fond of 8A or 8B, no matter how those pesky little buttons are arranged. Although we’re really commenting only on the hats, I pay special attention to hat #20 from the end of the Germany trip because its coat is absolutely gorgeous.

    • Have to agree with you there Snug Harbour- number 20 for me too. Not only because of the gorgeous stand alone grey coat, but it’s teaming with this clean lined, pared back, elegantly trimmed hat. I just thought it was a standout….and a more modern look for Her Majesty IMO. And only last year too! Really nice.

  7. #9 steals the show. Thank you for showing it from different angles.
    I was wondering where the hat HM wore to Prince Andrew’s wedding was and then remembered we were only doing the past six years!

  8. #’s 8, 12 & 18 are among my very favorite hats of HM’s. I don’t see a lot of difference between 8A & 8B though. The brim is just slightly smaller? Once again, Rachel Trevor Morgan does so well with HM’s millinery, her trim is always wonderfully placed and creative.

    #9 is so different from what HM usually wears and it’s really beautiful. Thank you for the alternate views HatQueen.

  9. I really love #7 on Her Majesty. I love #12 too, but the photo of QE is not flattering. The feathers as flowers are just amazing.

  10. #9 just received a higher score, because of the wonderful pictures which were added!
    #18, 9, @ 14 are my picks!
    #1a . . . was that the original intent? It looks like either it got caught in the rain, or it was badly stored in the box.
    Even when it turned into 1b, I still don’t like it.
    #12, 16, @ 23 (YES, 23!) come in 2nd on my score sheet.
    #19, the safari helmet, is my least favorite of the lot!

    HQ, how many posts would it take to cover the pink/fuschia family? Thanks for some fun posts to start a dreary February!

  11. Another great selection for HM. The obvious winner for me is #9; it has long been one of my favorite hats ever for HM, and Somerville knew what he was doing when he made this hat. A close second is #7, which I would like to see be brought out again. Other favorites are #6, #11, #12, #14, #15, #18, and #23. The only one I don’t care for is #20, but I’ve never warmed to these tiny, asymmetrical brims on HM.

  12. I like a lot of these. Numbers 1b, 3, 6, 8, 13 and 15 are tops for me. Thanks for the great post. I too like Philip Somerville’s work. Didn’t he do hats for Princess Diana? I remember liking almost all of her hats which tended to be simpler, either picture hats or an embellished beanie style.

  13. What this retrospective does show is how sadly missed Phillip Somerville is, his hats have a lightness of touch to them. Yet again, RTM’s hats have the edge, but there are a few fabulous Kelly ones; the Wedgewood hat is always a favourite. Number 8 for the win for me I think…

  14. Number 9 is so different from her usual shapes. Is it possible to see it front-on?

    Thank you so much dear HatQueen for all your hard work! You give us so much pleasure.

    • Here you are Barbara- it’s a really beautiful piece.

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