Queen Elizabeth, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Cardiff this morning to attend the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd.
For this occasion, the Queen repeated her dusty pink cashmere covered hat with domed crown and downward facing brim, trimmed with layered black and pink hatbands and a side spray of handmade silk flowers.
It’s amazing how much visual impact that slim black pinstripe of hatband brings to this design (along with the black buttons on the coat), adding punchy contrast amidst all the dusky pink. It’s another take on the stovepipe silhouette we often see on Her Majesty’s hats, this one set apart by the extended brim which is beautifully balanced by that slight dome on the top of the crown.
The Duchess of Cornwall wore a new beret percher hat in red felt trimmed with a side spray of monochrome felt leaves and berries.
The colour nod to the red Welsh dragon is a lovely touch and the different textures on hat and coat dress (note the tassels at the the back!) make the monochrome look work. This is a case when a large brimmed hat in the same colour would likely have been too much and while beret shapes are a secondary go-to silhouette for Camilla, the shape and scale of the fantastic trim on this design make a striking, stand-alone statement.
Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Fiona Clare.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this pair of hats today in Cardiff?
Images from Getty as indicated