Members of the British Royal Family attended the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey yesterday. There was a smaller group than in previous years (Princess Anne is in Scotland, the Countess of Wessex is in Malawi) with just two hats for us to admire. Queen Elizabeth led her family in her pale yellow hat with straw brim, bound in a contrasting grey stripe, and feather pouf trim.
The last time we saw this hat, we debated the straw brim. This textural contrast is growing on me, although I do wish a more finely finished straw (woven in straighter lines) was used on this piece. What continues to save this hat for me is the soft but interesting yellow and grey scheme.
The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her purple velvet felt hat with flat crown and diagonal brim. The shape, scale and sheen of this hat is magnificent on its own but the addition of the rough edge, pleated silk (used in lieu of a hatband) and spray off feathers gives the hat texture, whimsy and depth. Last time we saw this hat, I used the word “knock out” and I stand by that assessment after seeing it again yesterday.