On Sunday, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery staged a 41 Gun Royal Salute to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 93rd birthday. Princess Anne attended on behalf of Her Majesty in a hat we had some questions about at its last outing. Photos here give much better views of this toast brown straw design and confirm it is a new design to Princess Anne’s millinery closet.
The hat is built around an asymmetrical, hourglass shaped crown and oval brim that is sharply upturned on its wider side. The outside of this sidesweep is covered in oatmeal feathers; the base of the hat’s crown is wrapped in a wide, warm brown silk hatband and the design is completed with a flat spray of pheasant and other assorted feathers on the side.
Overall, I’m afraid it’s a miss. The scale and proportion are skewed and the very awkward shape looks like a leftover from the late 1990s. The feather cover on the outer brim sets the hat off balance and looks messy in most photographs. It’s not flattering to its wearer and while I appreciate there is some lovely potential in the warm brown colour and the feathers on the hatband (love the mix of teal and orange feathers with the pheasant ones) and there is workmanship in the design, the hat simply looks dated and unattractive with the crown and brim shapes as they are.
Previously Worn: March 18, 2019
I hate to be so harsh about a hat, particularly when its wearer is as hardworking as the Princess Royal is. Please tell me, dearest readers- am I wrong about this one?
Photos from Getty as indicated