Queen Embarks on Scottish Residency

Queen Elizabeth arrived in Scotland yesterday to embark on a week of engagements known as “Holyrood Week” in reference the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official Scottish residence. For her arrival yesterday and the traditional Ceremony of the Keys, she repeated a pale blue sinamay hat with tall, domed, straight-sided crown and a short, downward facing cartwheel brim with hatband and silk blossoms in shades of purple and blue.

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The flowers on this hat have been substantially trimmed since its first outing at Ascot in 2019:

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It’s an interesting way to make an Ascot hat more suited to every-day events! I was going to lament the loss of exuberance to the hat until I saw the ensemble complete with peek of the patterned dress, which adds that lightness and fun. It’s lovely.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Dress and coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: June 19, 2019

The Earl and Countess of Wessex also attended the  Ceremony of the Keys, the Countess in a natural textured straw hat with slightly indented crown wrapped several times with a green scarf hatband and a flat boater-style brim.

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The classic shape suits Sophie well, her green dress pairing well with the natural straw and other cognac accessories. My issue is with the hatband, which looks like a hastily applied last minute addition. It’s a good example of how not all shades of green coordinate well together.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Today, the Queen attended an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. She wore a new hat covered in lilac crepe with a diagonally sloped crown with point on one side and a reverse mushroom brim. The hat is trimmed with a hatband that vertically crosses at the front and two faceted burgundy buttons also used on the matching coat.

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The hat is impeccably made, with not a pucker or even visible stitch in sight. While the colour is lovely, I think the combination of side pointed crown and flying hatband put the design off balance. It feels like another design with just too much going on.

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What a treat to see Her Majesty looking so well in this pair of hats in Scotland!

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Platinum Jubilee Finale

The fourth day of official celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee concluded with a pageant parade and balcony appearance by the Queen.

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She wore a new hat covered in the same vibrant green fabric as her coat with slightly flared, domed crown and short brim. The hat is trimmed with a black stripe around the brim, a green hatband wrapped around the base of the crown, a Celtic knot and a black pompom pin.

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The colour and layered hatband stand out on this design for me.

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Designer: Looks to me like Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Anne’s granddaughters Savannah and Isla Phillips and Mia and Lena Tindall all sported headbands for today’s Platinum Pageant.

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And we end this weekend with the most beautiful message from Her Majesty

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Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour

The Queen’s official birthday celebration, Trooping the Colour, kicked off four days of celebration for the Platinum Jubilee beneath sunny skies in London today.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a pale periwinkle ensemble for this event, one familiar from the new portrait released of her this week.

The outfit’s matching hat, impeccably covered in the same fabric, features a shallow crown and open halo brim. Both the coat and hat are trimmed with the most exquisite platinum beaded scroll braid.

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The placement of the platinum trim around edge of the brim is a brilliant one, encircling Her Majesty’s face in a highlight of subtle sparkle.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella Mclaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Purple and platinum, on paper, feel like obvious colour choices for today but these softer shades make this such a fresh and flattering choice for Her Majesty. What do you think of her new hat today?!

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We’ll look more at hats worn by other family members in the next post.

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Platinum Jubilee Countdown: 1

 

Today, on the eve of Trooping the Colour tomorrow, we return back one year to this event in 2021, in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth wore a grey hat with flared crown covered in the same silk cloque fabric as her coat. The design’s mushroom shaped straw brim is overlaid in pleated crin and the hat is finished 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. Worn to Ascot, the opening of Parliament and Trooping the Colour, it felt like a fitting hat to end bridge our 70 day journey through Her Majesty’s history of hats to what she will wear for this celebration. Any predictions?!

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Platinum Jubilee Countdown: 2

The Queen stood out in a crowd even more than usual when wearing this vibrant magenta purple hat with domed crown trimmed with a pair of large red feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan to events from 2014 to 2018.

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