Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled to Frankfurt for a number of events yesterday on Day Three of their German visit. The Queen's parade of new hats continued with two more designs today, again in blue and white (the official millinery colours of this visit, I suppose?!) The first hat, in the same contrasting periwinkle blue and aqua green as is used on the Queen's coat, features a silk covered crown and straw brim (blue on the underside and aqua on top. The upturned brim of the piece is trimmed with a stripe of aqua silk around the brim and a spray of peacock feathers on the side.
The second hat followed the form of a cloche. The crown of the hat was made of a textured, woven straw while the brim was plain, making the crown appear as it it was covered in ruffles. A silk carnation adorned the side of the hat along with red-tipped feathers which coordinated with the red treads in Her Majesty's coat. Worn for an outdoor reception, the white ensemble made Queen Elizabeth stand out in the garden. The unusual texture of this piece intrigues me and the wonderful red feathers tip me toward liking it.