Queen Elizabeth the Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Maundy service at Leicester Cathedral this morning. For the service, which concluded with the Queen distributing traditional Maundy Monies to 91 men and 91 women (for each of her almost 91 years of life), the Queen wore a new hat. In vibrant turquoise felt, the design includes a moulded crown, Pork Pie indented crown, upturned brim edged in dark teal velvet and is trimmed with overlapping velvet leaves on the side.
The felt hat pairs really well with Her Majesty’s jacquard coat in the same hue – the different textures on the two pieces give great dimension to the ensemble while the velvet trim used on both pieces brings it all together. While I adore the seam work on the velvet leaves, I wonder if the embellishment is a little heavy here and if the hat might be improved with a few less of these leaves (or no velvet trim on the neckline of her dress?). This quibble aside, I do love the play between the velvet collar on the Queen’s coat and the matching velvet trim on her hat.