While we’re waiting for today’s events to be underway at Royal Ascot, I have a hat quandary for you to ponder.
Last Sunday, the Queen attended the Queen’s Cup Polo Final at the Guard’s Club in Windsor. She wore, what at a very quick glance, I thought was a much admired, repeated coral pink hat trimmed with a distinctive straw rose.
Because I’m a bit distracted this week, I didn’t think much about the hat. During Monday’s Order of the Garter post, however, several of noticed changes from its previous outing. This piqued my curiosity so I went back to this hat’s last appearance on March 10, 2014 for some side-bypside comparisons.
March 10, 2014 photos on the left; June 16, 2019 photos on the right
Even with less than ideal photos, there are some clear differences. Most obvious is the new brim and hatband. The flowers are different but the very similar petal individual shapes lead me to suspect that the flower has simply been rotated 180 degrees and is, essentially, now upside down.. The hatpins are different. Finally, the crown on this week’s hat appears to be a shorter version of the same formed shape- the space between the middle pleat (just about the hatband) and the top seems smaller in the more recent version. If this is indeed a crown shape change (and not my eyes playing tricks on me), it suggests that we have a new hat, maybe with some recycling of the old hat’s trim?
What do you say, dearest readers?