Queen Kicks Off Holyrood Week

Queen Elizabeth arrived in Scotland this morning for the start of Holyrood Week, attending the Ceremony of the Keys at Holyrood House in Edinburgh and visiting Greenfaulds High School in a repeated primrose yellow hat some of you will remember from its first outing three years ago at the Service of Thanksgiving celebrating Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

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The hat features a white straw brim with upturned kettle edge and crown covered in the same yellow silk wool pique as the ensemble’s matching dress and coat. The brim edge is embroidered in the same delicate white flowers as embellish the coat and the hat is finished with a large yellow and white silk dahlia bloom on the side.

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The Queen is such a master of dressing in ways that will enable her to stand out- even in such a soft shade of yellow! The colour is very pretty on her and while some parts of the ensemble still seem overly fussy (scalloped edges on the coat and all that embroidered on top of a patterned fabric), the hat coordinates with a scale that suits the Queen very well.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016

What do you think of this hat on this, its second outing?

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24 thoughts on “Queen Kicks Off Holyrood Week

  1. Also a little surprised to see this out again, but a welcome surprise from me. I’ll never warm to this severe hat shape, but otherwise I love everything about this. Yes, it’s a bit more detailed than many other outfits, but why not be a little extravagant when kicking off one’s annual holiday in Scotland? The Scottish deserve some flamboyance as well!

  2. Love this color on HM! There’s a lot going on with this ensemble, it’s very fussy with the embroidery and scallops so the relatively clean hat is a good pairing. I wish the trimming was a bit more integrated with some leaves or smaller bits rather than one giant flower plonked on, but I often think that. The “belt” on the back of the coat is making me nuts though, the scallops should be pointing the other way!

  3. Lovely! I’m very happy to see this ensemble again. Scallops as a design element suffer from their association with icing, doilies, umbrella and awning canopy edges, and paper doll cutouts; and it would be fair to say that in the past, I’ve had a poison eye for scallops and given them short shrift. But HM looks so dainty and feminine in this outfit!– I have to concede that the girly scallops enhance that effect.
    I admire again the hat’s crown which does not repeat the embroidery found on the brim edge, and the way white is used to at once soften yet brighten the adjacent yellow — whether it’s in piping, buttons, embroidery, or a dahlia; and especially that white brim, which highlights the silvery whiteness of her hair, and casts clean light onto her complexion.

  4. I too am surprised to see this outfit repeated. The coat is so decked out — which made sense for its original outing — but does seem overtrimmed for everyday usage. Perhaps a special message is being sent to Scotland today. The hat, by contrast, seems lovely and somewhat restrained.
    Actually, several years ago there was a turquoise / red outfit the Queen wore with scalloped edges on the jacket bottom and sleeves as well as on the bottom of the dress. And all those scallops were embroidered as well.

  5. The pale primrose colour is a great choice for an early summer’s day in Bonnie Scotland, and I don’t mind the dahlia at all. It brings an unusual touch and makes a pleasant change from the more traditional blooms.
    I agree entirely, the rest of the outfit is just too, too fussy.
    But we are here to comment on the hats and not on the rest!
    I wonder if we will be treated to any new hats during Holyrood week?

    • As the Queen very often wears a floral or other print dress under a plain coat, I wonder if all these details aka fussiness, is to offset the plain dress? I could do without the scalloped edges on the coat, but really like the light and summery hat.

  6. I’m curious as to how Her Majesty decides on a color to wear for an event, and how things are rotated. Some outfits only seem to reappear after several years, while others are worn more frequently. Is it really just as simple as what she’s in the mood for?

  7. HM looks very regal and just plain fantastic, scallops and all! Slideshow1, photo 4 shows a great rear shot, including the omnipresent rear seam on the crown of the hat. This is the 3rd year in a row that yellow was chosen for the Ceremony of the Keys . . . coincidence?

        • Wies, clever as you are, you’ve have put the seam behind the dahlia, right? I think this idea may have been mentioned before – it SEAMS so logical to me.

          • Royal Hats now includes Dad jokes! I love it!

            I don’t know, Jimbo- as large as it is, I’m not sure that dahlia would completely cover a vertical crown seam. I think it’s probably best to leave it in the back.

          • Hat Queen is right. And seams tend to show up not only as a line, but also in volume. The coat has a back seam (among others), so does the hat. You’ll have to learn how to live with it!

          • Thanks HQ and Wies – I will sleep much better tonight, because of you two wonderful ladies. The next issue I am now facing is whether the limes for my G&Ts tonight have been properly cut – wedges, not slices!

          • Your good sleep- that’s what I’m here for, Jimbo. Stay tuned Monday for the first of the summer series, “Monday Multiples With Jimbo”

  8. I’m really surprised to see this outfit again, outfits for such special occasions are often one wears. I still like the colour scheme, but there’s a few too many design elements here for me, as you say the fabric, the scallops, the dahlia… it’s all just fighting for attention a bit. If that coat were streamlined, and the hat a little softer in shape; we’d have a winner.

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