Trooping the Colour 2017

Under clear, sunny skies in London today, 1400 troops from the Queen’s personal division, 400 musicians and 200 horses took part in Trooping the Colour today, a military parade and ceremony to officially celebrate the birthday of the monarch.  After a moment of silence in honour of those lost in the recent Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, members of the royal family followed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the parade by carriage on its route from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to the Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall for the pageant, then back to Buckingham Palace for their annual balcony appearance.

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Queen Elizabeth contrasted against the sea of red in her pale plue straw hat with linear woven crown and lattice woven brim. The square crowned design is simply trimmed with a slim hatband that wraps around the base of the crown three times, ending in a knotted bow at the front. I’ll admit- the Queen’s choice of this hat surprised me today as we saw it just two weeks ago at a Buckingham Palace garden party. I suspect this familiar and slightly understated choice ties in with the poignant statement the Queen released this morning but whatever the case, it’s a beautiful hat and it was lovely to see it at such a high profile event.

Queen Elizabeth, June 17, 2017 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats

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Designer: Philip Somerville
Previously Worn: June 1, 2017June 10, 2014June 19, 2008November 26, 2005

For the first time in memory, the Duke of Edinburgh wore morning dress instead of military uniform, with his black silk top hat. Whether this choice was due to the heat (the Duke of Kent also went with morning dress instead of red tunic and undoubtedly hot bearskin hat) or related to his upcoming retirement from official duties, it’s a smart look, especially with that impressive breastplate of medals.

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What do you think of this first pair of royal hats at Trooping the Colour today?

To see hats worn by other members of the British royal Family, follow these links:

Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Earl of Wessex
Princess Anne and Autumn Philips
The Gloucester and Kent families

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13 thoughts on “Trooping the Colour 2017

  1. HM and the Duke look fantastic! They are both stalwart in their duty to the UK and to each other. I agree they must sometimes just want to stay home and let the others lead the parade but they provide comfort to many during this time of tragedy.

  2. It is interesting how this outfit of HM’s (which ordinarily would have been retired by now) is having a late resurgence. It’s still very lovely of course, and I think you’re right, it’s an understated choice to match our national mood right now.

  3. In the side close-up picture it appears that the Queen is using two (2) hatpins! I never thought much about them, but on reflection her Majesty would certainly not want her hat to fly off in the wind! Especially in such a public manner as the Trooping the Color. That said, I would like to say that I love the icy blue outfit. The hat is interesting and the lattice brim really makes it special. The bow matches her coat tie and makes it feel cohesive. I would never guess that it was twelve (12) years old. I am getting a little tired of Angela Kelly’s zany hat shapes and do like the more conventional crowns.

  4. I was a bit surprised to see this repeated again so quickly, but I do agree I think it has something to do with the statement put out this morning. She’s already getting a lot of attention today, and not wearing a new outfit (or one we haven’t seen recently) demonstrates (in my opinion) that she thinks there are more important things to focus on, but is going through with the ceremony as part of her duty; again, pure speculation on my part of course.

    The DoE looks splendid in his black top hat and morning outfit; I do think that at 96 he deserves a break from the formal military attire, which certainly requires more stamina to deal with.

    At any rate, HM and the DoE looked like pure class!

  5. Our Queen looks fantastic and appropriate as does the Duke. There must be days or times when they just want to throw in the towel, put their feet up, have a drink and watch it all on TV, but their dedication to duty is inspiring. (And I’m hoping they had a nice cold Pimm’s or G&T after all the hoopla was over!)

  6. What an absolutely beautiful hat in every respect! A wonderful outfit. (In the first of the photos of the queen in the carriage, she reminds me a good deal of her aunt, the late Princess Mary, the Princess Royal.) The duke looked very elegant in morning attire, and no doubt much more comfortable. Very satisfactory.

  7. Good choice for HM today – subdued in color in light of all the recent turmoil England is been experiencing. Ballyhoo that the Duke of E wore morning attire. Must have been a lot more comfortable this way than in a bearskin hat.

  8. Thank you for your link to the Queen’s statement. You must be right: a very recently photographed outfit was chosen to mark the somber mood and not to compete in anyway with the several recent problems in the UK. Of course, the outfit’s wearing at a Garden Party just a few weeks ago was a surprise itself since the same blue outfit had been worn just 2 or 3 years ago for a Garden Party. It IS a very nice outfit, and the hat is excellent, but such repetition is highly unusual.

  9. I’m actually very thankful that the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Kent chose to wear morning attire rather than uniform and bearskin hat. For several years now I’ve been concerned for their stamina wearing the heavy garb. And the morning attire with top hat and medals is very appropriate and a smart look. The fact that, at 96 years old, the man is making regular public appearances is amazing in and of itself. And can you imagine climbing in and out of a carriage in public at that age?!?! God bless and save the Queen and the Duke!

    BTW, I love the outfit that HM wore today – all of it. And by wearing blue it makes my bet for purple on Opening Day of Ascot that much more assured of a win. LOL!

    • Different blue shades 3 days in a row! My favorite color! Pink on Tuesday or I’ll eat my hat! HA HA! God bless HM and duke for their perseverance and dedication, not seen in all parts of the globe these days!

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