While the weather did not completely cooperate, 10,000 guests still gathered on The Mall for a lunch to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday and her Patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations. The birthday girl joined in the festivities and watched a carnival parade with members of her family, wearing magenta hat. The design is one we’ve seen before with in silk crepe and straw, trimmed with small flowers and striped feathers. I have quibbled about the trim on this piece during past wearings and while it’s still not to my taste, the scale and colour of the overall design is wonderful on Her Majesty.
The only other member of the family to wear a hat was Princess Michael of Kent, who wore her go-to giant white pillbox.
While there were many memorable moments during today’s speeches and parade, I thought the one where the Duke of York captured a group photo of his family on his phone was particularly delightful.