Hats off to Queen Elizabeth: All the fantastic hats worn by Her Majesty

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Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
When we think of the Queen’s style, particularly in her later years, we will remember her in an array of bright colours and perfectly matched hats.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth walks through a field of ceramic poppies that form part of the art installation “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, at the Tower of London in London October 16, 2014. . REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) – LM1EAAG0W9J01

The Queen’s senior dresser Angela Kelly revealed in her 2019 book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe that many of Queen Elizabeth’s outfits were designed and made in-house, and explained that “colour is key”.

“The colour chosen must suit the Queen and the occasion,” Kelly wrote. “Vibrant colours work well in the daytime: they allow her to stand out from the crowd and be visible to the well-wishers who have come to see her.”

18th March 1963: Queen Elizabeth II using a Flying Doctor Service radio to address the people of Alice Springs, Australia during a visit to the town’s flying doctor base. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth visits The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn to open the new Ashworth Centre, and re-open the recently renovated Great Hall, in London, Britain, December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville – RC19FEA4ECB0

Kelly also disclosed that the Queen liked to choose her hats according to the type of event.

Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Margaret

“For example, when Her Majesty visits a school or a children’s centre, she is always dressed in a bright, jolly colour, and her hat has the kind of details that will appeal to children — feathers, twirls, twists, flowers and ribbons,” Kelly said.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh view the restored bed-chamber at the Maritime Museum in London, in this May 1, 1990 file photo. The Queen reopened the Queen’s house at the Museum which has recently been refurbished at a cost of five million pounds sterling. REUTERS/Mike Parsson – LM1DSUZOQYAA

“When she visits a nursing or residential home for older people, she prefers to wear a strong, well-defined colour, with a structured hat, to help those who are visually impaired to see her.”

The Queen at her Jubilee celebrations in 2022

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