Queen Elizabeth hosted a garden party yesterday in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. For this annual event during her week-long residency each July, she wore a new hat in vibrant pink.
The design follows a familiar Angela Kelly shape with square angled straw crown and wide straw brim with upturned kettle edge – this iteration’s brim edge is wrapped in silk crepe, giving us a strong hint that this ensemble has a matching coat in this same fabric. The hat is trimmed in two rows of rope made from the same silk crepe fabric, placed just above the base of the crown that finish in a figure eight bow, anchored by a pink jeweled button. A final swath of pink ostrich feathers, placed around the bow, complete the design.
It’s a rare day that we see a new hat make its first appearance, paired with only its matching dress without coat. The two pieces pair well together, the cream background of the silk dress providing some calming contrast to the bright hat. Its nice to see a wider than usual brim on Her Majesty and I’m so glad that the silk crepe was used only on the brim’s edge, leaving light to pass through the main part of the brim, bathing her face in a lovely pink glow. I’m just not sure about the ostrich feather trim- we’ll have to wait to see this hat indoors to see if its haphazard look today was the result of a breeze or placement too far around the front of the hat.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The Queen was joined by her two younger sons, the Duke of York and Earl of Wessex, both who wore their black silk top hats.