You guys: you have absolutely no idea how giddy I was when Kate showed up at her first official royal engagement in a hat. Way to keep the royal hattery tradition going, Kate! And not just any hat -- one that's a cross between a Michiko teacup saucer and a Sophie Wessex feather explosion!
The more I look at pictures of this, though, the more I like it. The wackiness is toned down a bit by the neutral colors, and it's helping to keep the hair out of her face in the wicked Welsh wind. (Also -- hair pulled back, everyone! Hooray!)
Plus, there are the embellishments:
Those are Prince of Wales feathers on the larger badge -- since she's going to be a part of the Wales family, presumably -- some reports have pointed out that they're also part of the cap badge of the Welch Fusiliers. I'm having trouble positively identifying the smaller one -- but to me, it looks like it might be a version of the RAF badge? Thoughts?
Anyway, there was clearly some thought put into even the details of this slightly-wacky hat, which, as a hat blogger, I appreciate thoroughly! Kate's clearly on her way to princess-hood. She even managed to tick two royal must-dos off the list today -- sing the national anthem of a principality in its native language, and christen a ship!
Even a rubber lifeboat counts. Well done, Your Almost Royal Highness!
ETA: Here's an excellent video of the event from The Sun, which features William's speech and Kate's big christening moment.
PHOTO CREDITS: PHIL NOBLE/AFP/Getty Images, Belga/PA