To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 94th birthday today, we’re taking a collective look at her yellow hats, using the year 2000 as our starting point. Twenty years ago, there were a handful of yellow hats in regular use in Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe, all of which have been long retired:
Since 2000, she has added an additional 20 yellow designs. Here they are, in order of introduction:
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Designer: both are Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Introduced: May 9, 2005; March 15, 2006
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Designer: Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren); Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren)
Introduced: June 26, 2015; March 27, 2016; June 10, 2016
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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan and Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren)
Introduced: June 21, 2017 (revised version April 18, 2019); June 19, 2018
There were a few surprises here for me. First is the consistency of shade, with most of these hats in a softer, lemony shade of yellow. Second are two distinctive designs (#7 and #12) that I don’t recall seeing before. We’ve seen Her Majesty in a blue version of #7 with the lovely pleated hatband which fans out over the brim so it’s not entirely surprising. However, the frothy, ruffled bejewelled #12 is unlike any other hats in recent memory (same for the tiered silk organza ruffled skirt on the dress it is paired with).
So… what do you notice about this group of hats? Which designs do you think suit the Queen best?
Photos from Ian Walton/Getty Images; Getty Images as indicated