Trooping the Colour 2021

The Queen’s Colour of F Company Scots Guards was trooped at Windsor Castle today to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday, followed by a flypast by the Red Arrows.  

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For this event, the Queen repeated  the same grey hat we saw her wear a few weeks ago to the opening of parliament. The design features a flared crown covered in silk cloque fabric and a mushroom shaped straw brim overlaid in pleated crin and is trimmed with a grey goose feather mount and vine of gold silk flowers that wrap around the front that echo the floral applique around the neckline of her coat.

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It’s unusual to see the Queen repeat the same hat within such a short timeline, to two high-profile events. We’re also used to seeing Her Majesty in a colour that sets her out in a crowd and this grey ensemble uncharacteristically blended in. I was hoping for a bright new chapeau today and while I’m a bit disappointed, rumours are swirling that we’ll see the Queen next week at Ascot where she usually debuts a few new hats.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella Mclaren
Previously Worn: May 11, 2021;  June 20, 2019

The Queen was joined by her cousin, the Duke of Kent. The texture of his hat looks to be faux fur (the British military no longer uses real bearskin pelts for their famous dress uniform hats).

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This is the second year running that we’ve seen a mini Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle- next year’s event will be celebrated as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and it will be wonderful to see a return to the full event complete with  the Queen and her family back on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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19 thoughts on “Trooping the Colour 2021

  1. I like this colour on the queen, I think it suits her complexion. Grey and yellow are also the 2021 Pantone colours of the year . Maybe she’s bringing this message of positivity and strength to the people through those colours or of course so soon after the death of Prince Philip she may not wish to wear her usual bright colours.

  2. I didn’t mind to see the grey ensemble again as it is one of my favourites at the moment. I was more struck by how brave the Duke of Kent stood up to the occasion being obviously somewhat handicapped.

  3. I felt a tad disappointed when I saw she had this number on; it’s lovely but so recently seen. I also surmised that it was half mourning worn for such a high profile event. Maybe she just really likes it!
    Again the brooch choice is a puzzler, it clashes so badly. I really want to see the wattle work with this outfit, or at least a plain diamond one!

      • HM also did a very quick turnaround in 2017: June 1 at a garden party, then June 17 for Trooping, in a TWELVE year old hat! May we there is something to this repetition theory.

  4. I’ve just had a little Google as the flowers look like Forsythia and I wondered if they may have a symbolic meaning. According to Google they do! I think this choice is incredibly apt given the current pandemic situation in the UK and the Queen’s own personal tragedies. “Because of the flowering in spring, Forsythia stands for spring sun and anticipation. After a long and cold winter, we are all longing to the sun and the first flowers to bloom. The yellow color of Forsythia is more than welcome in springtime” (source:

  5. My compliments to whoever successfully identified the Duke of Kent, under the circumstances – or rather, under the hat!
    HM’s ensemble is rather subdued in tone, but as Mr Fitzroy CBE says, perhaps it’s a nod to half-mourning.

  6. So disappointed to see the Queen repeating an outfit so quickly, after such few sightings of her. Even if the half mourning colour idea is correct, she has other grey outfits she could have repeated, or even royal white mourning.
    I also thought the Duke of Kent made a sad figure – his hat engulfed him and the octogenarian clearly has mobility problems, which seemed accentuated by the uniform. He would have looked better in morning dress.

    • The Duke of Kent had a stroke not so long ago and that’s the cause of his mobility problems and that he decided to use his ceremonial sword as a quasi walking stick.

      His bearskin has always been a source of amazement to me, it’s one of the tallest ever seen at Trooping and accentuates his height. I wish I knew if it was his father’s.

  7. Disappointed and confused were how I felt upon seeing this, despite me liking this hat and outfit. It is rare to see such quick repeats from HM, and I was really hoping we might see something more vibrant for this event (I also hoped a few other family members might’ve joined her this time, but alas no). Let’s hope the rumors turn out to be true and we see HM at Ascot at least one day this coming week in something vivacious!

  8. It seems likely that HM is continuing a nod to half mourning at the more major ceremonial events?
    This repeat so quickly after The State Opening of Parliament, kind of points out this is one niche on the royal wardrobe color wheel that is a bit bare.
    Getty searches show few lavender, gray, or soft lilac ensembles– and often those have a bright pop of vibrant color for trim, boldly decorated hats, or fabrics which are actually checks or small plaids. They also tend to be work-a-day rather than occasion ensembles.
    While she has lots of purple in her wardrobe, most are likely seen as overly bright or saturated — within the half mourning context.

    Thus a fast repeat may have seemed like the best option, unusual as it is.
    No way to know for sure –but it may seem to explain the speed of this particular repeat.

    The selection of aquamarine jewelry once again is also interesting, while the stone has no particular history with mourning, it is considered the ‘sailors stone’ meant to protect mariners…..whether this is at all a nod to The Duke of Edinburgh there is no way to know, but it could certainly be viewed that way, considering different settings of the gem have been worn both times with this ensemble.

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