Queen Opens City Investment Firm

Queen Elizabeth was in the City of London this morning to officially open the new headquarters of Schroders, a global investment manager founded in 1804. For this event, she repeated her teal blue wool hourglass shaped cloche hat trimmed with black velvet flowers and leaves.

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I still love the saturated colour and contrast provided by the black velvet trim (which links so beautifully with the coat’s collar) but the exaggerated shape of the crown makes the hat a non-favourite for me.

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Designer: Angela Kelly.
Previously Worn: Oct 23, 2017;  Dec 3, 2015; Apr 2, 2015Oct 16, 2014
It’s lovely to see the Queen out and about today- any new thoughts about this hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated

17 thoughts on “Queen Opens City Investment Firm

  1. I’ve never minded the shape or the colour combo. I get it’s slightly cartoonish, but don’t forget HM is of diminutive stature and so it gives her height and visibility. It’s the cut on the coat I’ve always struggled with, though that’s not so visible in these pictures.

    It’s bad more than the one outing though, it’s done an Easter outing as well I’m sure, this must be about the fourth time we’ve seen it I think.

  2. I think because the hat is so plain in design, it can take the extra element of the exaggerated shape well, it adds interest and a bit of panache. Without it, the hat would verge on the boring, certainly in photos, where the velvet trim appears without any definition at all. Excellent colour and complement to the outfit, though.

  3. I like that the embellishment is more restrained then the usual huge flowers / feathers. But if the crown had been no quite this tall, I believe it would have worked better.

  4. I am of the opinion that if you are still doing your job well after 90 years of age and you like what you are wearing-go for it! The outfit looks comfy and cozy and I adore the colour. Velvet is to me a `rich“ fabric that I was allowed to wear as a child on VERY special occasions. Perhaps the . Queen is complimenting her audiences with some of her `nicest` clothes.

  5. It was interesting to read the comments about this hat’s maiden voyage, October 16, 2014. The color was popular then, and the shape was called in question then, also. I say cut her some slack – she’s 92, and was horseback riding on Monday, for Pete’s sake!

  6. Unlike previous commenters, I don’t mind the shape of the crown, but I don’t care at all for the velvet trim. Velvet is kind of hard to bend and fold while making each part distinctive – from a distance, both front view and side, it just looks like a big black blob — the contours of flowers and leaves are not apparent to me. However, I do like the color and the black contrast.

  7. What a beautiful blue! But the hat is a no-no. I wonder if HM has any input regarding her hats or if she just accepts what the designers serve up?

  8. The Queen can wear every colour I can think of. I do wish her designer(s) would find a more relaxed shape and style…a more friendly less formal design.
    I think of the Queen as being approachable …not withdrawn…these stiff formal hats do not allow that to show.
    Probably have not explained that correctly.

  9. Cartoonish is right. Really, this hat size and shape are verging on undignified for a tiny elderly person, in my opinion.

  10. I am never a fan of the hourglass shape (there is something cartoonish about it for me), but the colour is wonderful on Her Majesty. But then, Her Majesty is wonderful.

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