Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors yesterday to mark the organization’s 150th anniversary. For this event, she repeated a bright pink hat with straight sided, domed crown and cartwheel brim. The hat is covered in the same vibrant textured wool bouclé as the ensemble’s matching coat and finished with a double folded hatband and a gold and pink rope bow.
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The colour certainly makes Her Majesty stand out in a crowd! This hat was a surprise- it has only been seen in public once since its original debut in 2012 (likely commissioned for the Golden Jubilee) for a private church outing so, until yesterday, fell into the “only worn once for a working event” hat category. Also interesting is that this hat replaced an earlier, more traditionally shaped Breton, which originally accompanied this coat. Between the two designs, I like the more angular crown on this design and the creative use of decorative rope- certainly not something we see often on a royal hat. This isn’t my favourite design in the Queen’s millinery closet but it holds its own and it’s a welcome surprise to see it again.