Another one of Queen Elizabeth’s instantly recognisable hats from the past is the design Simone Mirman created for Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969.
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It’s no surprise that this famous ensemble is included in this year’s landmark 3-part exhibition “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe.” The Royal Collection Trust recently shared the following photo and video of the outfit and hat on display at Holyrood House. The video below gives a wonderfully close view of the hat.
This glimpse uncovers a few surprises- not only are the hat and coat pale yellow (I always thought they were both cream), the hat is much more elaborately embellished with bugle beads and pearls than it shows in photographs. The level of detail is simply astounding- while the snood shape is not likely a favourite, the workmanship on this piece garners serious respect.
What do you think of this famous hat, now that we’ve had a closer look?
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