It has been several long months since we completed our last royal hat inventory. When we left off, I promised a look at all of the green hats in Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet, a promise that has been a longtime coming to fruition. Settle in, dear readers, because the length of this list may surprise you. Here are all of the green hats we have seen Queen Elizabeth wear so far this millennium, shown in the general order they were introduced:
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Designer: all are unknown (likely Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville)
Introduced: late 1990s
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Designer: Frederick Fox; Frederick Fox; unknown (likely Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville)
Introduced: May 5, 1999, October 17, 2000; October 19, 2000
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Designer: Frederick Fox; Philip Somerville; unknown
Introduced: February 19, 2002; February 20, 2002; February 24, 2002
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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan ; Philip Somerville; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 22, 2006; September 1, 2007; November 22, 2007; May 2, 2008
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Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 27, 2012; June 6, 2014; June 18, 2014
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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella MacLaren; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly
Introduced: April 21 2016; June 11, 2016; June 28, 2016
Update: Since this post was published, several additional hats have been added
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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly
Introduced: June 23, 2017; Jan 21, 2018; June 22, 2018
That’s 43 green hats worn over the past 16 years. Putting this post together, I came across a few surprises. First were the 11 green hats that debuted in 2002 (the year of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee). Jubilee years are busy ones that see more new hats than usual but eleven is new green hats feels especially high. Second is the complete absence of anything in a dark, forest shade (a given, I thought, for a winter wardrobe) – something Her Majesty rectified in 2018!
I was also surprised to see that the soft, romantic picture hats we associate with the early 1990s (#2, #4, #6) were still in circulation after 2000…. and that for the past four years, all the new green designs have been in fresh, citrussy shades. Finally, there are several hats in this group that have been worn only once or twice and as a result, I honestly didn’t remember seeing them before (#10, #18, #21, #25, #26, #30, #31).
I know several of you have been patiently waiting for this review so I turn it over to you- what do you think of the green hats Queen Elizabeth has worn so far this millennium? Were any hats here new to you? What shades of green work best for Her Majesty?