Two weeks ago, we enjoyed a lively discussion here about the largest brimmed hats we have seen Queen Elizabeth wear. Following a cheeky reader suggestion (thanks, Matthew!), we’re going to dive into debate again today, this time over which is the biggest bow to top one of Her Majesty’s hats.
Here are a few of the major bows that pop out in my mind:
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Blue straw and silk Aage Thaarup design worn 1980 in Morocco
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Black straw & white silk confection by Philip Somerville last worn April 25, 2015;
patriotic blue and red Rachel Trevor Morgan design last worn in Scotland in 2016
However, I think the one to top will be the red velvet bow on the bonnet she wore for Prince Charles’ christening on December 15, 1948. When it comes to millinery embellishments, it’s a whopper topper.
I turn this quest now over to you, dearest readers, to bring on the bows. What other large bows have topped Queen Elizabeth’s hats? Is the one bigger than this?
UPDATE- Here’s your winner!
November 26, 2009 in Bermuda
Photos from Sterling Henry Nahum via the National Portrait Gallery; Reuters and Getty as indicated