Leaders of the Allied Nations joined Queen Elizabeth (and the third day of the American state visit) in Portsmouth yesterday on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to commemorate this historical event.
Queen Elizabeth stood out in a repeated pink ensemble and hat. The hat follows a familiar Angela Kelly shape with square angled straw crown and wide straw brim with upturned kettle edge – this design’s brim edge is wrapped in the same silk crepe as the ensemble’s matching coat (something we’ve not seen a good view of until today). The hat is trimmed in two rows of rope made from the same silk crepe fabric, placed just above the base of the crown, which finish in a figure eight bow, anchored by a pink jeweled button (again, same as the coat) and surrounded by pink ostrich feathers.
I really like the lightness that this design’s straw brim lends it- you can see light gently filtering around the Queen’s face- and the textural contrast it provides to the smooth crepe on the coat. My main quibble here is wishing for more tidy feathers (a few arrow trimmed feathers sweeping around the design, maybe?). Not many can wear this shade of pink, especially to such an event, and it certainly made Her Majesty stand out in a sea of navy suits.
Because the American state visit is officially still underway, I’ll give a nod to Melania Trump’s hat- a sleek, wide-brimmed straw saucer. It’s a great design (so great to see her in a Philip Treacy design!) and I particularly admire how great the scale is on her (particularly paired with her cream, belted coat) and the perfect angle she placed it on her head.
Designer: Philip Treacy
Thoughts about these hats yesterday in Portsmouth?
Photos from Getty as indicated