When Queen Elizabeth opened the Scottish Parliament on July 1, 1999, it was an historic moment. As she does at such times, the Queen chose an ensemble of significance, this one in very fitting Scottish heather purple.
On display now at Holyrood House for this year’s exhibition on 90 years of the Queen’s fashion, the Royal Collection Trust shared these snap which give us a better view of the hat than we have seen previously.
Until seeing the closeup of the hat above, I did not realize how heavily patterned the purple wool silk is- it certainly gives a strong sense of texture to this design. This view also confirms the feathers as dark mottled green, a much more interesting design choice (and one that links much better to the Queen`s green dress) than the black ones I thought they were. In the end, I`m left admiring the shape of this design but wishing that part of it was made of straw to give a break in the busy texture of the ensemble. While Queen Elizabeth wore the tartan shawl pictured above as a traditional plaid (pinned to her brooch and trailing down her back), the way it is draped in the exhibition photo shows how beautifully it ties the ensemble together. It`s a shame it wasn`t as visible when it was worn.
What do you think of this hat design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty and the Royal Collection Trust as indicated