Did the Queen send a Brexit message with her hat?

One is wondering

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One is wondering

After being delayed for a very strange reason, Queen Elizabeth’s speech finally happened in front of Parliament on Wednesday.

Despite the important issue of Brexit being top of her agenda, people were far more interested by her choice of hat than her proposed laws.

Because you see the Queen wore a hat that, intentionally or not, looked a bit like the EU flag. Which is a bit awkward when you’re talking about departing it.

It was bright blue and featured flowers with yellow centres that mimicked the stars on the flag.

Of course, the wonder that is the Twittersphere was quick to point out the similarities.

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We'll never know for sure whether this was intentional or not, but we do find it hard to believe none of her many aids (including that person who breaks in her shoes for her) spotted the similarities.

Plus, we kind of like the idea that her Madge opened her closet that morning, chatting away to Prince Philip and decided, 'You know what love, I think I'm going to try and break the internet today'.


Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.