Queen Elizabeth visited the King George VI Day Centre in Windsor this morning to celebrate the elder care program’s 60th anniversary. For this visit, she repeated her ‘split crown’ style hat in deep purple felt.
We didn’t catch a good look at all sides of this hat when it debuted in February and today’s photos show a gentle side upsweep on the kettle brim, a felt bow and trio of pompoms, two in purple and one in black. The colour is what works best for this hat- it’s beautiful on Her Majesty- as does the wonderful contrasting textures between the wool coat, silk dress, felt hat and pompom trim. From there, however, things fall apart. The crown and brim shapes on the hat feel overworked and clunky and the awkward neckline of the coat gives an off-balance note of distraction in nearly every shot. While a small, crisp collar on the coat would help the ensemble’s overall look, it wouldn’t change the ponderous feel of the hat.