While Queen Elizabeth informally began her summer retreat in Scotland several weeks ago (staying in a cottage on the Balmoral Estate while Balmoral Castle was open to the public), she officially arrived at her summer residence today. For the arrival, where she inspected the Pipes and Drums of 4 SCOTS Royal Regiment of Scotland at the Balmoral Castle gates, she wore a new hat.
In sky blue felt, the hat features a flat crown with slight hourglass shape and subtle sidesweep on the brim. The hat is wonderfully trimmed with cut green feathers, gold sprigs, large amber glass beads and small blue heather flowers.
The hourglass crown shape is a but clunky for my liking but easily ignored with the trim. Is there too much embellishment? Maybe, but the mix of colours and materials in the trim add interest, delicacy and colour contrast to the design that makes the hat work really well against the rest of the all-blue ensemble that I think I can overlook its overabundance as well.