Queen Elizabeth was joined by the Duchess of Sussex today for a ‘day away’ in Cheshire with a program that included opening Mersey Gateway Bridge, a visit to Chester Town Hall and opening a combined theatre, cinema and library facility. For these events, the Queen repeated her lime straw hat with tall crown and short, sideswept brim trimmed with a lime crepe silk hatband in the same fabric as her coat and a handmade straw flower.
For a small hat, this design has a lot going on- unique crown shape, sharply upswept brim, strong colour, oversize flower trim – but Rachel Trevor Morgan’s adept hand pulls the design into balance. Stewart Parvin’s design hand also helps here- the streamlined neckline on the coat gives a clean foundation to show the hat off to great effect and the coat’s open bottom allows the outfit’s patterned dress to peek through, linking with the red stamens on the flower. Yes, the ensemble is a lot of lime but not to the extent that it overpowers and, as these photos show, allows Her Majesty to be easily spotted in a crowd. It’s a lighthearted hat and outfit that fit well with the events of the day.