Queen Elizabeth’s Iconic Hats: 2000s

 We continue our quest to identify Queen Elizabeth’s most iconic hats with a decade I think you will enjoy- the 2000s. When you think about hats the Queen wore during this decade that are “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence”, which ones come to mind? As always, add your voice of support to suggestions made by other readers and feel free to link to articles, youtube videos or photo galleries featuring a particular hat; please avoid pinterest links (original sources please!) and any hotlinked photos.

What hats from 2000 to 2009 do you consider to be iconic looks for the Queen?

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46 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth’s Iconic Hats: 2000s

  1. I have always loved this hat, probably because of the color combination. I’m sure it won’t be deemed iconic, but it is certainly memorable.
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    • I liked the styling of this hat as well as its embellishment, and found it a very successful alternative to a red hat, which would have been the more obvious choice, but I never liked the fuzziness of the grey fabric. I like the shade of grey but not the fuzziness, and would have liked the hat better with a smoother fabric in the same color. Also, though it’s outside the realm of this discussion, I think HM’s signature brooch would have shown up better against that strong weave if she had chosen one with some red stones in it. (I’m not at all familiar with her brooch collection, but I’m sure she must have one, she has so many!)

    • I’ve always liked this hat too. I think the colours work so well together and the feathers make it look whimsical. It was a perfect choice for a Christmas morning.

  2. If HatQueen will indulge an off-topic comment, we Americans don’t get to celebrate our own iconic hats all that often, since hats are so rarely worn here — here is an iconic hat of the 2000s worn by our own queen, the Queen of Soul, at the 2009 presidential inauguration. RIP, Ms. Franklin.

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  3. A few more hats for consideration, including one of my favorites, the chartreuse 2002 Epsom hat:
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    This furry one from the Queen Mother memorial unveiling in 2009:
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    The Sir Edmund Hillary memorial service hat:
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    The Charles & Camilla wedding hat:
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    The Peter & Autumn wedding fascinator:
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    I’m certain there are many more I’m missing still, but can anyone confirm if the Union Jack hat falls into the 2000s decade? I thought it did, but I can’t seem to find a photo earlier than 2011 at this point.
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  4. Although I believe this hat has been worn only twice, its cousins has been worn a lot, making the shape easily identifiable with Queen Elizabeth.

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  5. It’s an on going amusement for people to try and make soldiers smile when on parade 😊 but in 2006 the Queen made two visits to Sandhurst and she made two soldiers crack up … one was William and one was Harry ! her outfits were a little subdued befitting the occasion but lovely just the same ! 😊 the photos show two very attractive hats and coats and two very proud grandsons !!

  6. The green hat with the pink flowers (first slide in the selections on the right) is one of my very favorite hats, so it gets a vote in my mind. Was this time period when HM started wearing RTM’s hats? That must be why I love so many of them. I also like the pale blue & peach hat shown in the slideshow, the underside of the brim in peach is really very different and pretty, casting a lovely color on HM’s face.

    I had never seen the hat with butterflies (too juvenile) or the rustic straw one (too casual) before.

  7. I love the soft green hat with pale pink flowers and mushroom brim shown at the beginning of this post. Not sure when it was worn but it is lovely and frames HM face well. I think the 2000’s were a transitional time for HM millinery choices and I think that some of her most lovely hats come from this time period. Thank you everyone for the pics and links to pics.

  8. This is a great decade for Queen Elizabeth – larger brims with fantastic colors! HQ, your two slide shows are wonderful, and the 1st one gave me two huge smiles – the 2nd hat (green Mousetrap hat) which is screaming for a marble to be placed at the top, and the 5th one which is actually one of my all time least favorite hats! As much as I love this current series of iconic hats, I’m afraid many of the choices are straddling the fence of iconic/memorable, especially mine.

    1. The very first at HM wore into the new millennium was actually, technically debuted in 1999. Later, it was altered, and improved.
    December 31, 1999; October 30, 2003 (Halloween Eve!)
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    2. May 7, 2007; the famous wink
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    3. May 13, 2008; Turkey
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      • Nonie, I agree with you, and I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As for the first hat, there is a humorous picture of HM on New Years Eve, holding hands and “singing” during the celebration. Her face suggests anything but unbridled revelry! The 2nd hat, all black and white, is actually quite nice when viewed with the entire ensemble. As for the 3rd hat, worn in Turkey, a discussion on it here at RoyalHats long ago proved it was elegant and beautiful – even with the acid green trim! Who’d a thunk? I’ll try my hand at this decade again today.

        • Is this the photo you’re referring to?!
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          • That is EXACTLY the pic I was referring to. Can you read her mind? It would make a great “caption this” opportunity!

    • I prefer the deeper orange The Queen wore at Christmas but the New Year’s Eve hat is smart of its kind. Some may feel that the date makes it iconic but it was also worn on one of the rare occasions when The Queen and Prince Philip were seen to exchange a kiss in public. I find the black and white uniquely attractive too: not particularly fashionable or trendsetting just Queen Elizabeth being her royal self.

  9. The 2000s were a period with many hits and many misses. At the beginning of the decade we still saw some Frederick Fox beauties such as the 2000 lavender layers with floral trim, and the 2000 black with lovely veil for a visit with the pope. I tend to favor most of the Rachel Trevor Morgan designs which avoid the wonky crown shapes and overly matched trim of some others. Some of my favorite RTMs from 2006 are the light green with pink peonies you pictured, and the tall gold/tan one with gorgeous trim (picture from Jake). Some of my favorites from 2007are two by Philip Somerville: the purple decorated with a bunch of violets and a feather, and the half pink half green worn to the KY Derby (I saw that in the Kentucky Derby Museum). I like RTMs yellow hat from 2007, her red winter hat from 2007, the blue woven hat with blue and black bows from 2009, and the acid green hat worn to Jamaica in 2009. There are so many to love. For iconic I guess it is good to link a hat with an important occasion, as long as it is also beautiful and representative of the Queen’s style. I’ll agree with Jake’s picks (except the purple one which I don’t care for as much).

  10. Overall. I like the variety …presently so many hats seem basically the same. Perhaps the designers are thinking about her age and are less playful with colour etc.
    interesting. Thank you.

  11. The 2000s were when I first started truly paying attention to royal hats, so this is the decade that I can think of many more iconic hats. Although this, along with the Internet and photos becoming much more widely available, does make it a little more difficult for me to determine what is considered “iconic” and which hats are more just “memorable”, especially with so many significant events happening in this decade.

    For me, the first hat that comes to mind for the 2000s is this one from the 2006 Diana Memorial Service, also worn at Trooping the Colour:
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    Also, the hat from the Queen Mother’s funeral; major event, but also my favorite of her black mourning/memorial hats:
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    And how about the Kentucky Derby hat:
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    Finally, not certain how iconic it is, but HM wore RTM for the first time for her 80th birthday in 2006:
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    • I think the 80th birthday hat makes the grade here because it’s her first RTM, so she clearly likes it! Shows yet again why her hats are such winners I think!

      • I did some research this morning and the creamy gold first RTM hat was worn in November 2006 for a joint service for the Queen’s 80th AND the Duke of Edinburgh’s 85th birthdays. Interestingly, there was an earlier service in April (actually on her birthday) at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor and surprise- she wore the peach and grey/blue hat!

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  12. Also in 2008 there was a betting scandal at Ascot regarding the colour of the Queens hat ! bookmakers stopped bets before her arrival – there was a run on bets that she would wear a feathered fascinator … but she arrived in a pale blue outfit and hat by Stewart Parvin and Philip Somerville ! 😊

    • Here it is. She wore the same hat to Princess Margaret’s funeral in February 2002 (lower photo)

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  13. I’m a sucker for when the Queen wears black and white !😊 in 2008 she went on a visit to Slovakia – her whole outfit was black and white – her hat was a standout but the topper for me was the fabulous ‘hatpin’ ‘ I’ve tried to find other pictures of it but no luck !!

      • Oh agreed on this one a lot. Worn for the second time a couple of years back I think – it’s a winner and a close relative of the much loved pink swirl!

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        • That particular red hat is a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat. It’s certainly one of HM’s favorite red hats, and certainly my favorite!

          That black and white hat definitely is a favorite of mine, along with the pink swirl. Both unusual hats, yet still sedate and elegant. I wish they would both make a comeback.

          I find this structured toque from that same trip to Slovakia quite iconic for me, as HM looks a lot like her grandmother, Queen Mary:
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          • This hat does indeed call Queen Mary to mind! Likewise, the furry hat pictured elsewhere in these comments that was worn at the Queen Mother memorial in 2009 — when I first saw that photo, I thought just for a moment that it actually WAS the Queen Mother, I guess because of all the fluff near the face, uncharacteristic for HM.

            By the way, speaking as a weaver, I love the fabric on that toque and matching coat, it looks like it has a wonderful texture. If anyone finds any full-length photos of HM in that ensemble, please share them!

      • What a fantastic ensemble, Matthew! GREAT choice!
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  14. I would say both hats worn on Golden Jubilee day would fit the iconic bill on this decade. Firstly the blue wide-brimmed hat worn for thee procession and the service: Embed from Getty Images. This is notable because it is the last occasion when the Gold State Coach was used.

    Like the hat worn for the Silver Jubilee, this was not new, having been worn in Brunei in 1998. Embed from Getty Images

    One of my favourites was also the red hat worn for the balcony appearance.Embed from Getty ImagesTo my knowledge, this has only been worn the once.

    • I wonder if this blue outfit was selected because HM had worn it at Clarence House on her mother’s 101st and last birthday. It is a great hat!

  15. Yep this’ll be fun. One of my favourite ever of HM’s hats is the blue with peach flower number that you’ve got in the slideshow above. I just love that hat, so well balanced and a flattering colour scheme on her.

    The red and black hat worn for the golden jubilee balcony appearance fits the brief of being iconic certainly as well. It’s a well known hat for a special occasion. As I like it too, even though the brim is a little wobbly. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/royalty/6840783/Pictures-of-the-decade-the-Royal-family.html?image=9

    Another one I was always a fan of was the apple green hat with the side knot worn to visit the Eastenders set. It’s a small hat like she no longer wears but it packed enough visual
    Interest for me to be memorable and the colour was fab. http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a4332/queens-visit-to-eastenders-set/

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