Queen Elizabeth attended the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival in Surrey today, as is her tradition the first weekend in June each year. For this day at the races, the Queen repeated a very familiar hat covered in the same paisley silk/wool cloqué fabric as on this outfit’s matching coat. The design features a straight-sided, flat crown and upturned kettle brim and is simply trimmed with a double bow on the side.
On the eve of the US state visit, it’s an interesting choice of hat to wear today, with it’s close association to the President’s last visit and the famous first wearing to Open Parliament- both political events. Perhaps that’s why today’s repeat happened, the choice of a leisure event being as far from politics as they come. I still find this hat to be a bit heavy (oh, how I wish it had a straw brim to lighten it up) but the colour is lovely and it was great to see it with the coat removed today. This hat has taken a more interesting path than most and I’m curious to see where it appears next!
The queen was joined by her cousin, Princess Alexandra, who repeated her dove grey straw hat with tall, flat crown and cartwheel brim. The hat is trimmed with large straw flower and knotted, multi-looped bow which are studded with slim grey feathers.
On its own, the hat is a fairly simple one and the colour doesn’t stand out. However, the pairing of hat with Alexandra’s impeccably tailored mint jacket and printed silk dress is a beautiful one that comes together as an exceptionally elegant summer look. Not all hats need to make a focal statement and this one is perfect for this ensemble.
Judging by the Queen’s animated expressions, an enjoyable day was had. What do you think of these two hats? Were there other hats at the Epsom Derby today that jumped out to you?
Photos from Getty as indicated