Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to the Royal Academy of Arts earlier today to mark the completion of a major renovation of the facility. For this visit, she repeated the orange felt hat she debuted at Christmas with sideswept brim and flared crown, trimmed with orange magnolia blossoms, twigs and brown straw leaves.
While this colour is not for the faint of heart (nor is everyone’s cup of tea), the Queen manages to wear it instead of the colour wearing her, and she carries it very well. I’m afraid I still do not warm to this signature Angela Kelly flared crown shape, although I do appreciate the restrained hand which applied the trim. What leaves me scratching my head, however, is how the hat’s trim relates to the teal printed dress which accompanies this ensemble. The dress appears to be a traditional floral print and while I don’t think this hat would benefit from a lavish bouquet of silk flowers plonked on the side, its austere trim seems at odds with the traditional print. Perhaps this is one of those times when we need to see the hat alone with the dress for the ensemble to really make sense.