British Queen's 'EU Hat' Steals the Show at Opening of Parliament

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivering the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in London, June 21, 2017.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivering the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in London, June 21, 2017.Credit: ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP

Queen Elizabeth II's hat was the talk of Twitter on Wednesday, with many speculating that she deliberately chose one resembling the European Union flag when she delivered the Queen's Speech in Parliament.

Talks for the United Kingdom to formally leave the European Union began on Monday, so the queen's decision to wear a blue hat with yellow dots immediately became a talking point in Britain. 

"Is that a EUROPE HAT?" asked journalist Barbara Tasch.

Comedian and former "Great British Bake Off" host Sue Perkins also spotted the similarity, writing, "Loving the queen's EU bonnet..."

The Version kindly put the hat and EU flag side by side for easy comparison:

Some journalists tried to respectfully suggest the hat was no accident. "Not to be facetious but the queen's hat looks like the European Union flag," wrote Financial Times journalist Federica Cocco.

Fellow journalist Sinead Ryan was quick to add that the queen's choice was deliberate. "All her clothes are carefully considered with optics and messages in mind. Absolutely not coincidental," she wrote.

Not everyone was convinced. "It's a blue hat. You are being absurd," chided Old Person.

Still, it wasn't long before tweeters started using the hashtag #conspiracytheory and wondering about the political message the queen's hat was delivering.

"Has the queen subtly shown how she feels about Brexit by wearing a hat that looks a bit like the EU flag?" asked comedian Sam Russell.

Andreia Sabina Berri, meanwhile, wrote: "Apparently the queen dressed as the EU flag. I bet she voted to remain in the European Union."

Many users wondered if Elizabeth II was actually attacking the Conservative Party and its beleaguered leader, Prime Minister Theresa May. "Is she trolling the incompetent Tories?" asked Sarah Lee.

Jane Duke, meanwhile, noted, "The award for 'Best Trolling Using a Hat' goes to the Queens Speech."

Still, the queen's hat wasn't the only thing catching the British public's eye. "Bring your child to work day," wrote Matt Chorley after seeing a glum Prince Charles sitting next to the queen in the Houses of Parliament.

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