Members of the British Royal family attended the annual interfaith Commonwealth Day service today at Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth led her family in a new hat with crown overlaid in the same oxblood wool silk crepe as her coat and a straw brim. The square crown and upturned brim with gentle upsweep on one side is a familiar shape on Her Majesty and the colour scheme, while dark, is uplifted with the silk cherry blossom and feather trim which links to the Queen’s silk printed dress.
The ensemble’s success is thanks to a few factors: the scale suits Queen Elizabeth so well and the coat’s v-neck allows the light print of the dress into easy view, tying beautifully with the cherry blossom trim on the hat. Angela Kelly millinery designs often show a heavy hand applied to trimming, something that works here to lift and liven the dark hued design. I also love the use of velvet on the coat lapel, a small touch that gives textural contrast against the hat, allowing it to stand more on its own.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The rest of the family followed in a consistent palate of navy, cream and blue (something that can’t have been a coincidence). The Duchess of Cornwall topped her beautiful navy and cream embellished coat with her much worn scream straw hat with upswept brim, wide navy folded straw hatband and knotted silk side detail. When she debuted this coat last fall, Camilla wore it with a new, more angular cream straw hat; while today’s hat has been repeated many times, I prefer it’s gentler, rounder lines with this coat. A side note to Camilla’s dresser: PLEASE steam the collar on this coat.
Previously Worn: Sep 8, 2017; Jul 1, 2016; Jun 18, 2016; May 11, 2016; Jun 2, 2015; May 22, 2013; Jul 11, 2009; May 8, 2009; Jun 8, 2007; Jul 14, 2006; May 15, 2006; Jul 20, 2005; and Jun 28, 2005
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her classically shaped navy rabbit fur felt hat with wide mushroom brim and tapered, square crown simply trimmed in a wide Petersham ribbon hatband and neatly folded bow at the back. I suspect some of you will notice that the hat is a slightly different shade of navy than Kate’s Beulah London coat and dress- something that bothered me until a closer look convinced me that the hatband matches the coat and dress quite well. While I might have preferred some colour contrast on the hat, the all blue ensemble works.
Meghan Markle attended this event for the first time, debuting her second royal working hat. A simple beret in cream felt, the hat is trimmed only with a classic beret ‘stem’ on top. It’s not the most exciting of designs but an excellent choice for an almost-but-not-quite member of the family I suspect is trying not to claim any more media spotlight. The hat looks great on Meghan- the scale is wonderful and she carries the colour so well. And the placement! The beret’s perch, placed perfectly over Meghan’s right eyebrow, is SO GOOD. That is exactly how a percher hat is supposed to be worn.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The Countess of Wessex repeated her navy moulded percher hat with swirling cream and gold feather trim. I need to repeat myself for this hat- great scale, great colour, great placement. This hat has become a workhorse for Sophie and no wonder- it’s a great piece on her.
Previously Worn: Nov 14, 2017; Nov 24, 2016; Aug 16, 2015; Sep 15, 2012; Jun 5, 2012
Princess Anne repeated a picture hat with navy straw crown and cream straw brim edged in navy piping and trimmed in navy feathers, straw bow loops and long curved quills. Anne, who often wears smaller brims, carries the larger scale design well and this piece does well to substantially update this decades old coat.
The Duchess of Gloucester repeated a hat we’ve not had a chance to review yet here on Royal Hats. In pale, ice blue, the design features a squared felt crown and straw upturned brim with upsweep one side. The brim is bound in a stripe of felt and the hat is trimmed with a triple layered silk hatband and spray of blue and taupe striped feathers at the side. It’s difficult to assess the hat without a good front view (a small photo at its first outing can be seen here) but I think it has good potential.
Previously Worn: June 10, 2015
Princess Alexandra repeated her ice blue straw hat with tall crown, ruched silk hatband and net tulle overlay. The classically shaped hat has an Edwardian feel that suits Alexandra so well.