Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined this morning by the Earl and Countess of Wessex for a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey marking the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh awards. The queen honored the awards, started by her husband in 1956, with the debut of a new hat.
In purple velvet felt, the linear design features a square crown and cuff style upfolded brim and is accented with a dark purple velvet hatband which coordinates with the collar and buttons on Her Majesty’s coat. The crisply precise lines of the hat are contrasted with its trim, a mass of purple edged white silk iris blooms, green silk leaves and purple felt curling leaves. The colour of this hat is simply superb on The Queen and its straight lines are a nice change from many of her other current millinery designs. It’s this trim, however, which lets the hat down. If there were less of it, placed on the side instead of smack dab at the front like a floral headlamp, we’d have a stunner.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The Countess of Wessex repeated her navy straw moulded percher hat with cream and gold feather trim. I think this is one of the better closeup views we have ever had of this hat- a view where I’m caught more impressed than ever with refined feather work on it. Sophie seems to have reserved this hat for special occasions- the Diamond Jubilee and 70th anniversary of VJ Day- and I wonder if its outing today offers a nod of special respect to her father-in-law and the great success the Duke of Edinburgh awards has been.