The third garden party of this summer season was held today in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty, The Queen.
For the occasion, Queen Elizabeth repeated a hat we’ve not seen in nearly three years. With a dark blue silk covered crown, the design features a double straw brim (turquoise on top, dark blue on the bottom) with turquoise silk covered kettle raised edge. The hat is trimmed with diagonal pleats of overlapping dark blue and turquoise silk and a pair of peacock feathers at the side.
The colour and contrast in this piece is lively and energetic and the dark blue, with its wonderful purple undertone, grounds the bright turquoise so well. If I’m honest, I don’t exactly love the crown shape – the diagonal slope and the pleated trim give two sharp peaks that if softer, could be more flattering. This, however, is not a soft hat and I suppose the shape is meant to mimic the punchy colour scheme. The last time we saw this hat, it was worn primarily with a matching coat which made for almost too much graphic contrast. Today’s outing, with the printed dress, is a really lovely pairing on the Queen.
Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: June 25, 2015
The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, in morning dress and a top hat
Princess Eugenie topped her navy summer coat with a black straw boater hat trimmed with a silk hatband, a wide swath of dotted net tulle veil and a message of love hand beaded in silver beads. A quick look through Eugenie’s millinery history shows this is her first publicly worn boater, a shape that works very well with her face shape and hairstyle. The other first- I think this might be the first word we’ve seen written on a royal hat! The hat is perfectly timed after one family wedding, months before her own, turning what might be a cheesy statement into a rather sweet one. If there was ever a time for Eugenie to wear a declaration of love, now is it.
Designer: Misa Harada. It is the “Nina” design from SS 2018
Previously Worn: this hat is new
The Duchess of Gloucester looked to be wearing a new straw pillbox in vibrant blue that paired beautifully with her pumpkin shirtwaist dress. I love how the Duke matched his silk tie to this hat!
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Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Princess Alexandra repeated a hat with tall, squared navy straw crown and upswept brim in almond straw printed with navy dots and bound in a stripe of black straw. The hat is trimmed with a multi-knotted bow in the same dotted straw as the brim and a handful of trimmed navy feathers. It’s a great pairing with her dotted skirt and jacket, which highlights the uniquely patterned brim.