Queen Elizabeth attended Maundy Thursday service today at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. For this service, at the end of which she distributes traditional Maundy Thursday monies to 92 men and 92 women (for each of her own years of life), she wore a vibrant blue new hat.
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Covered in the same textured blue silk cloque fabric as her coat, the hat features a square crown and downward facing brim with black faux fur wrapped raised kettle edge. The hat is simply trimmed with a hatband covered in the same fabric.
There is much to like about this ensemble- the open collar links Her Majesty’s floral dress with the ensemble (much more easily than a peek at the hem) and the black cuffs, collar, buttons and brim edging give a punchy contrast that link with the ever present black shoes and purse. The texture on the blue fabric is also lovely… which brings me to my quibbles. Like many fabric covered Angela Kelly hats designed for the Queen, this one is too much of a good thing. The faux fur wrapped kettle brim edge is also clunky- I think it would have been more refined in velvet instead (with velvet cuffs on the coat to match?). I sense that the sharp colour palate of the hat would benefit with sharper execution (like diagonal seams on the faux fur brim edging, a basic technique that leaves the seam barely visible) that we often see in hats made for the Queen by other designers.