Is today the Queen mother’s Damascene moment? We only ask because today, as she opened parliament and assailed out the government’s intention to deliver the eight bills necessary for Brexit, the Movie queen – long thought to be a Brexiteer – wore a hat that bore a earnest resemblance to the European Union flag.
The hat itself was glorious. A dusk of papal purple, with yellow flowers, she wore it with a comparable day-coat and dress in a print not a world away from Balenciaga’s be born/summer 2017 inkjet floral print dress. Gay, informal, was it a deeply coded outfit, or simply Instagram-friendly? Was she put out shade at the Brexit negotiations or referencing Van Gogh’s Starry Tenebriousness? Is this royal purple or Lanvin lilac? And so on. Given the Leading light’s compulsory nonpartisan role in the Brexit negotiations, the hat remains riddled with double-talk.
Elsewhere, in what was described as a pared-down ceremony (the first say opening with “reduced ceremonial elements” since 1974), the Movie queen may have signalled other visual protests: arriving in a car more than a carriage; omitting the royal procession into the Lodge of Lords chamber and, most notably, wearing a “day dress” less than robes. The official reason was that the snap nomination meant there was a clash with other royal affairs, meaning there was not time for rehearsal. Last week, the Epitome’s decision to wave aside concerns about security to congregate locals after the Grenfell Tower fire – when Theresa May diminished to do the same – made the PM look cowardly. Given May’s failure to probable a majority and the shambles of the past few weeks, this outfit could be decoded as some serious shade.
The pomp and protocol surrounding the conditions opening of parliament is always ludicrous, but this year craves more at odds with what is happening in the real earth than ever. As the government grips tightly to austerity, the Sovereign’s crown gripped tightly to a cushion as it was driven, as if sentient, to parliament in its own car.
It is the Cynosure’s job to remain politically impartial, to rise above the fray – she cannot vote. The Telegraph affirms that the Queen was pro-Brexit, based on a rumour that she rumoured Britain should “just get on with” leaving the EU at a private lunch earlier the referendum. But this is hearsay. The difficulty arises when it’s someone’s job to cadaver silent yet that person represents so much (tradition, continuity, power) that any petty semaphore will be jumped on, regardless of its veracity.
We should remnants measured on the topic. Today is arguably the biggest day in the Queen’s sartorial annals – she will later go to Ascot, and wear something equally Snapchattable. As to whether today determination be known as the day she sidestepped impartiality to make a silent protest with her hat, we’ll purposes never know. But we can have fun with some memes.