After staying privately at Craigowan Lodge in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth took up residence at Balmoral Castle today. She was met at the castle’s gates today by the 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland and their mascot, Shetland Pony Lance Corporal Cruachan IV!
For this arrival, the Queen repeated her cerise straw hat with stepped crown, sidesweeping brim and double straw hatband. The design is trimmed with a trio of vibrant handmade silk flowers on the side studded with arrow trimmed feathers.
The colour is dynamite on Her Majesty and I really like how the contrasting materials between the straw hat and tweedy coat give some dimension to the overall ensemble. While the hat’s balance and shape are beautiful on their own, it’s those incredible silk flowers that are the standout, the multiple colours on the inner petals magnetically drawing the eye in while the ruffled outer petals give such texture and movement. Masterful, really.
What do you think of this hat today on its third outing?
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