Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Royal Engineers

Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to the the Corps of Royal Engineers at Brompton Barracks in Chatham yesterday on the occasion of their 300th anniversary. For this celebration, she repeated her pale aqua hat and matching coat with black trim.

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While this hat is one we have seen numerous times before, yesterday’s photos captured more detail than we have seen before. I particularly admire the subtle chevron weave of the aqua wool that provides textural interest to the piece, saving it from the flat, one dimensional look that ensnares many other fabric covered hats. The black feather dahlias show spectacular detail close up and the velvet trim gives such a punchy and sharp contrast. An aqua and black colour scheme could easily fall out of balance on a hat of this scale but as usual, Rachel Trevor Morgan keeps it perfectly balanced.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: January 12, 2014; May 11, 2013; January 20, 2013; November 28, 2012; April 9, 2009
The last few times we have seen this hat has been at lower key events (Sunday church and the Royal Windsor Horse Show) and I am glad to see it worn to something higher profile again. Your thoughts on this piece?
Photos from Getty as indicated

15 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Royal Engineers

  1. Just whack off the top tier, and it’s great. The color combination is different and beautiful.
    This one, from the 2014 France trip, has the same problem, I think. I also think that the material is too thick/heavy. It reminds me of a coal miner’s helmet.

    • Well spotted! I double checked and yes, these photos are all taken the same day. It appears the top button lost its black velvet covered ‘cap’ sometime during this engagement. So, even the Queen is not immune to wardrobe malfunctions.

  2. So nice to have closeup photos which really show the construction detail of the black feather flowers on this hat (vs the black splotch, as they usually appear in previous photos). RTM so rarely disappoints, and with this outing, this hat has gone up a few more notches on MrFitzroy’s mental hat ranking. The outfit remains fresh, and it is lovely to see it again!

  3. I do like this, lovely colour combination. Having commented on a recent hat appearance that I associate this shape ( high crown, rather narrow brim) with Angela Kelly, here is another example by Rachel Trevor Morgan!

  4. to me it resembles a train conductors hat in height, I don’t find it flattering at all , it is the color that makes it nice

  5. I do not like this hat. It is too contrasty and the black fluff reminds me of Fraggle Rock. However, I think if the fluff were removed, it would make a very nice hat for the stunning coat (minus the black pocket flaps). I love the way her black gloves and bag look with this coat.

  6. Fabulous outfit, one of the Queen’s best. I too am glad that it continues in the rotation.
    The lapels on the coat are symmetrical, hat beautifully proportioned. I see the coat seems to be lined with black. And speaking of black, since there is black trim on coat and hat, the Queen’s ubiquitous black accessories are appropriate with this outfit rather than jarring.

  7. We have occasionally complained about some of HM’s hats being overdue for retirement, but i hope this one stays in the rotation. Thanks for the close-up, HatQueen. As you say, the chevron, black velvet, and feathers really make this a stunning piece.

  8. Still love this outfit. It’s a fantastic colour combo and design, and I’m glad that HM is still getting plenty of wear from it after 7 years.

  9. Ithe proportions on this hat are great. I feel like the stark aqua and black combo, which could easily be too much, are nicely balanced by the smaller brim.

  10. An oldie, but a goodie for sure. RTM is one of the most sophisticated milliners of our time in my opinion, and her attention to detail is amazing.

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