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Beautiful detailing on the coat and hat and lovely color contrast. I love the fabric of that gorgeous coat as well and it looks like cake icing on the hat. And she's wearing the Paisley brooch, always a delight to see.
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She looks fantastic of course!
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HM looks as lovely as always, in those bright colors with matching hat of course and lovely brooch naturally.
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Did the queen go to the gala hosted by Prince Charles?
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Her Majesty wore a lovely blue ensemble for today's Parade.
Love the whole look, especially the hat (and the brooch, naturally).

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I do like the "artichoke" pattern on the cuffs and the hat. Nice color on HM.
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Did the queen go to the gala hosted by Prince Charles?
No, as planned it was Charles hosting the dinner for the foreign monarchs without the Queen in attendance.
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Queen Elizabeth at Chelsea Flower Show today:
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I like the coat and the dress but the hairnet... Please, please throw it away.
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Thanks for posting this, Artemisia. This is the second year that I've seen HM appear at the flower show wearing a decorative netting embellished with flowers rather than a hat. I have to say that I don't like the look - it looks a protective hairnet one would see in food services - although I do like the blue coat and the always gorgeous Jardine Star brooch. I would have loved to see her wear a pretty hat with floral decorations for the event instead.
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Here's the comparison - I like this year's hair accessories a bit better. Innovative but not worth copying/repeating


** 2012 ** Flower show 2011 **
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Thanks for posting last year's photo, Iceflower. My memory deserted me; it was a beribboned hairnet instead. I disliked it last year and don't like the current one either. As you say, innovative, and definitely quirky but not my cuppa tea!
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does anyone know if there is a practical reason she is wearing a net as opposed to a hat? it seems deliberate as it is 2 years in a row. And I dont recall any other event where she has used such a headpiece.
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Thankfully, Her Majesty hasn't worn that hairnet piece to any other event.
I don't see how it can serve a practical purpose though; if anything, it's the single most impractical headpiece I've ever seen.
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Thankfully, Her Majesty hasn't worn that hairnet piece to any other event.
I don't see how it can serve a practical purpose though; if anything, it's the single most practical headpiece I've ever seen.
Don't you mean impractical or your comment is kinda odd? :)
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Don't you mean impractical or your comment is kinda odd? :)
Indeed, thanks for noticing!
I doubt the headpiece could be called practical by any stretch of imagination.
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It's only practical if HM is pressed into service as a food handler!
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my theory....

The Queen always wears gloves when she is meeting people to protect her hands. Daytime gloves are always worn with a hat. Hats may not be encouraged at the Chelsea flower show (competition with the flowers? attracting bees? Im just guessing here) the website doesnt address a specific dress code, but some sites have said hats are not expected other than sun/rain hats. perhaps HM feels naked with gloves and no hat and the hair net is the solution?

I really dont know -just surmising... but curioser and curioser as to why this sartorial choice was made deliberately 2 yrs in a row. there must be a method to the madness.
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Perhaps this net hat, popular in the 50s and 60s, is a better option when bending down to look at a floral specimen. Not much chance of it blowing off or falling off.
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Good answers...Perhaps she just got tired of wearing a hat! :)
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It's just at this venue she doesn't wear a hat, so maybe she does just want to sniff the flowers without her hat in the way. But it's definitely not a favorite look of mine.
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Here's the comparison - I like this year's hair accessories a bit better. Innovative but not worth copying/repeating


** 2012 ** Flower show 2011 **
Another variation on a theme, but the theme is wrong!
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