The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge took part in a rare joint engagement today, officially opening the new campus University College London at Bush House, the old home of the BBC World Service in central London.
For this event, Queen Elizabeth repeated her dusty pink coat and hat with domed crown and downward facing brim, trimmed with black and pink hatbands and a side spray of handmade silk flowers. A close look at this hat shows a straw underbrim, leading me to conclude the brim is covered in the same wool silk fabric as the Queen’s coat (instead of made of felt, as I believe the crown is). The hat is impeccably finished and beautifully balanced, that slim black hatband adding a punch of contrast and the flowers adding some dimension and colour to the design.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: Mar 27, 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated one of her most oft worn hats, a black felt beret percher trimmed with felt leaves and a cut felt feather and chrysanthemum bloom. This is the seventh outfit we’ve seen paired with this hat and, I think, it’s most successful – I really like how the sharp velvet collar on the dress links with the hat and black accessories, creating a very polished ensemble. Some of you will remember this hat made its debut at Kate’s first joint engagement with the Queen back during Diamond Jubilee visits in 2012 and I think it’s hardly a coincidence she brought it back today.
We don’t see many joint engagements such as this and it looks like an enjoyable day for the Queen and Duchess. What do you think of their hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated