Queen Elizabeth kicked off her annual week in Scotland today with visits to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld and the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Accompanied by her grandson the Earl of Strathearn (as is William’s title in Scotland), she debuted a lovely, new, blue hat.
The design features a slightly sloped, stepped crown covered in the same cornflower blue fabric as Her Majesty’s coat. That same fabric is used on a wide, folded hatband, side bows and binding on the hat’s upturned kettle brim and the piece is finished with blue and white silk fuchsia blooms on the right side.
The colour and scale are lovely, the stepped crown, hatband and brim binding creating a series of horizontal stripes that break up the monochrome design. A peek at the ensemble’s blue and white patterned silk dress links with the unique floral trim (how many other royal hats can you think of that are trimmed with fuchsia flowers?!) and the upturned brim gives the hat a lightness and lift that balances well with the collarless coat.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Stewart Parvin coat and dress.
Previously Worn: this hat is new