On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth visited Watergate House to mark the 100th Anniversary of Government Communications Headquarters (GCH), the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber Agency. For this visit, she repeated her sky blue hat with hourglass curved crown and gently sideswept brim (straw on top, the same wool silk as the crown and coat on the bottom), The photos taken on this day finally give us a close-up view of the hat’s trim- cut green feathers, amber beaded gold sprigs, and large, round amber and darker blue glass beads.
This design’s trim has really grown on me, particularly as the use of glass beads on hats is not something we often see. Is the shape still a bit clunky? Yes. But it has presence (even with that stray bit of thread on the brim!) and that’s always a good thing when it comes to a royal hat.