The Queen was at HM Naval Base in Portsmouth today to bid farewell to aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of its maiden voyage. The ship, which carries eight RAF and 10 US F35B stealth fighter jets on board, is on a 28-week operational deployment to the Philippines for its first operation, accompanied by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a Royal Marine company.
For this sendoff, the Queen wore a new red cashmere coat with black velvet collar and buttons and matching hat.
The hat’s indented crown gently slopes to just above average height, the scale balanced by its cartwheel brim and high-contrast layered black and red hatbands. The hat is trimmed with an open red silk rose, rosebuds and green velvet leaves.
It’s not the first hat we’ve seen with that punchy black hatband stripe which is good news, because it works so well. We’ve talked before about coat necklines and how they add (or detract from) a hat’s success and this sharp black velvet collar is a winner, giving a beautiful base for the hat.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
This new hat is a standout for me (it certainly stood out amidst today’s sea of navy uniforms!)- what do you think of it?
Images from Getty as indicated