Queen Elizabeth followed the tradition started by her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria in 1848, attending the annual Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Today she opened the brand new Braemar Highland Games Center and attended this festival of Scottish history, culture, tradition and sport accompanied by her two eldest children.
This event often marks the Queen’s transition from summer straw hats to autumnal felts and such was the case today. She repeated her dark turquoise felt hat with Pork Pie indented crown and upturned kettle brim edged in dark teal velvet. The hat’s streamlined trimming includes a cluster of overlapping velvet quilted leaves on the side.
I really like the contrast provided by the teal velvet trim and its coordination between the hat trim and the coat’s collar. The crown shape is a bit clunky (particularly the slightly higher side) but not enough to set the ensemble off balance. The colour is magnificent on Her Majesty and the mix of textures between the silk crepe, velvet and felt give interest and dimension to the overall look.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: April 13, 2017
Princess Anne repeated her grey felt square crowned cloche hat with triple layered black ribbon hatband. The hat’s feather trim – both on the side of the hat and overlay covering the short brim – remains a strong look somehow fits this setting and event better than some of its previous outings. The scale is great on Anne and she wears the hat well.