Queen Elizabeth II was at Ascot Racecourse yesterday to take in the QICPO British Champions Day. For this fun day out, she repeated her beautifully proportioned lilac-grey straw hat with gently sloped crown and raised brim, trimmed with handmade straw flowers and bow loops.
While I usually prefer more saturated colour on Her Majesty, the subtle colour play between the purple and grey hues in the hat (likely created through layering sinamay in both colours, with a purple top layer on the crown and grey on the upper side of the brim), highlighted by it’s nuanced shape, works so wonderfully. These things, combined the lift-lending bows and those exquisite handmade straw roses (or camellias?!) to create a hat with presence, statement and pure beauty that defy its pale hue.