This past Sunday, Queen Elizabeth was again spotted en route to church with a group of family members that included Lady Sarah Chatto (sorry, no hat), the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. While the Duchess repeated her red felt blocked beret with pheasant feather – a hat we’ve seen numerous times in Scotland this year – the Queen’s choice of millinery gives us a peek at a hat I’ve been waiting to see again for nearly three years.
When we first saw this hat, back on Christmas day in 2015
, it was obscured by an umbrella and a good view eluded us. While photos through a car window are hardly ideal, they do show a flat, cylinder shaped crown with straight sides, all covered in the same silk wool as the ensemble’s matching coat, and a faux fur kettle style brim with what looks to be a round pompom trim on one side. I’m not a great fan of the combination of mottled grey faux fur with the red ensemble – perhaps narrower cuffs, the same width as the brim, might add refinement and better balance to the ensemble.
This past Sunday was the Queen’s final weekend in Scotland- she and the Duke of Edinburgh were spotted boarding a flight back to London, likely in preparation for Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday. The Queen has worn new hats to all of her grandchildren’s weddings so far- we’ll have to wait and see if she continues this tradition.
In the meantime, what do you think of this hat on this second viewing?
Photos from Getty as indicated