The first day of Royal Ascot kicked off today with a new hat for the Queen! In sunny yellow (your second guess for the hue of hat she’d wear today!), the design follows a familiar shape with straight, sided, slightly flared, dome topped crown covered in the same wool silk as Her Majesty’s coat and short straw cartwheel brim. The hat is trimmed with a blue silk hydrangea bloom wrapped in curling yellow straw bow loops and tails.
The colour is lovely and the straw brim and embellishment lighten the fabric covered crown. I’m less certain about the crafty-looking hydrangea trim and suspect a slimmer fabric binding on the brim would make it less clunky but these finishing quibbles aren’t new ones and the Queen wears the sunny hat very well.
Previously Worn: This hat is new