In what must be the most visually arresting State Opening of Parliament in Great Britain in recent memory today, we saw a ceremony without robes, gowns, diamonds, carriages or even the Duke of Edinburgh. There was, however, a hat.
Queen Elizabeth’s new hat is covered in the same cornflower blue paisley silk/wool cloqué fabric as her coat and follows a standard shape: moderately tall crown with flat top and straight sides with an upfolded kettle brim. What sets it apart, aside from the patterned fabric, is the mass of blue feather flowers placed on the front. The yellow flower heads in the center obviously coordinate with the ensembles blue and yellow patterned dress.
Previously Worn: this hat is new