On this day in 1842, Queen Victoria became the first reigning British monarch to travel by train, travelling from Slough (near Windsor Castle) to Paddington Station in London. Today, on the 175th anniversary of this milestone, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh repeated the same journey.
For this historic trip, Queen Elizabeth repeated her coral straw cloche variation with linear crown and short brim. The punchy, dark coral straw accent on this piece, above the paler straw hatband and on the looped bows, gives life and movement to the piece and the feathers contrast beautifully against the matching coat’s austere neckline. I’ve said before that the ensemble hits just the right balance of flourish and restraint- something Rachel Trevor Morgan does so very well, time and time again.
This evening, the couple attended Evensong Service at Hampton Court Palace to celebrate the Centenary of the founding of The Order of the Companions of Honour, an award limited to 65 individuals at any one time, each who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine or government. Queen Elizabeth repeated her straw hat with lavender straw “split crown” and short, white straw brim piped in lavender. A lavender straw knotted hatband edged in a stripe of white straw completes thie piece along with a coordinating spray of feathers. The balance of these two colours has always worked well on this hat and it plays wonderfully off Her Majesty’s floral dress.It’s not my favourite shape but it’s a lovely enough summer hat.