The final day of Royal Ascot saw the Queen’s horse Dartmouth win the Hardwicke Stakes, bringing this week of horse racing to an end on a royal high. For the races today, the Queen repeated a turquoise straw design with pleated crin overlay and a royal blue silk rose at the side.
Fiona: A nice bright colour palette again today these are great colours on the Queen. I like this hat, the pleated crin softens the whole look around her face and makes her look far friendlier! The crin is not perfectly sitting, but that is the nature of the pleated crin and I admire the milliner for using it in this fashion. Sometimes I wish we could see the dresses she wears underneath, in this case its only possible to see the peep of aqua blue with the royal blue neckline, but the whole ensemble is very nice – probably up there with yesterdays coral pink outfit.
Christie: What an interesting hat! She’s gone away from her angular crown to a rounder shape and the crinoline is an different addition indeed. I feel like, if the flower was placed just a bit lower, that this look might just work. I do applaud Queen Elizabeth in constantly being open to mixing up her style.
Jill: I do like the color of this hat although I wish her jacket was a bit more open so we could see the dress for which the color was matched. The brim of this hat is perfect, the shape is very nice on her and I think the wide straw edge and the pleated crin overlay all work nicely. The crown unfortunately does not work in my opinion. The crin gives it a bit too much width and the trim seems an afterthought, popped on to make it work with the coat. Thankfully she has that gorgeous broach to divert my attention from this unremarkable hat!
Royal Hats: I have warmed to this hat since we first saw it last year and really like the pleated crin simply because it’s something totally different. It’s a great hat that I’m afraid falls a bit placed with another awkwardly designed neckline on the Queen’s dress and coat.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 23, 2016
We have not seen this hat in almost a year, dear readers- have your thoughts changed about it since its first outing?