Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Sunday service this morning at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Flitcham on the edge of their Sandringham estate. The Queen repeated her royal purple felt homberg style hat trimmed with black velvet oak leaves at the side. The shape remains a rather masculine one for Her Majesty but it works, thanks to its marvellous shade of purple and its great compliment to her Stewart Parvin coat. The comments here often mention overly fussy trimmings on some of the Queen’s hats and this design provides a welcome contrast.
Previously Worn: Dec 21, 2014; Nov 21, 2013; May 13, 2013; Feb 3, 2013; Nov 26, 2012; Oct 25, 2012; Nov 11, 2009
The Queen and Duke were joined by Viscount and Viscountess Linley (who will not assume their new titles of Earl and Countess of Snowdown until after Lord Snowdon’s funeral). Serena wore a wonderful pillbox hat trimmed in rows of pleated silk ribbon. This brilliant use of trim gives such lovely texture to the pillbox (a hat shape that can easily fall a little flat) and paired with Serena’s streamlined wool coat, mades for an elegantly modern ensemble.