The goat skin finally dried, and today Queen Elizabeth II finally delivered the Queen’s Speech, outlining the Government’s legislative agenda for the coming year.
The Tories have dropped a number of things from the Queen’s Speech that were in their manifesto – gone are plans to scrap free school lunches and re-legalise fox hunting, and Trump’s state visit to the UK was nowhere to be seen either.
Largely, it was a speech notable for it’s brevity. With the UK still technically in a hung parliament as the DUP and Conservative Party finalise details of their partnership, there was little to set in
stone goat’s skin.
Looking at embargoed version of #QueensSpeech and let's just say Her Majesty is going to be done in plenty of time to get to Ascot for 2pm— Stuart Millar (@stuartmillar159) June 21, 2017
So with attentions elsewhere, political commentators soon began to take notice of the Queen's outfit.
Specifically, how Her Majesty appeared to look like the flag of the European Union.
Not to be facetious but the Queen's hat looks like the European Union flag pic.twitter.com/1nDJ3sWDTd— Federica Cocco (@federicacocco) June 21, 2017
Be it the shade of blue, or the choice of five flowers on her hat (The Queen's crown was delivered to Parliament in a separate vehicle on Wednesday), many began to wonder if the Queen's sartorial choice was a subtle Brexit dig. Perhaps Her Majesty was in favour of Remain?
I like how the Queen's hat looks like the EU flag. Always knew she was a remainer.— Andy Parmo 🇪🇺 (@andyparmo) June 21, 2017
Or was this a subtle dig at the Brexiteers, who'd asked her to deliver an interesting Queen's Speech, before suspending the next one until 2019?
🇬🇧 Queen's hat 🇪🇺— Maciej Sokołowski (@sokoIowski) June 21, 2017
Message received. pic.twitter.com/oJfBUYpYSV
Or maybe it was done in jest? The Queen is known for her apparent sense of humour, maybe she just liked the shade of blue and wanted to take us all for a ride.
The Queen wearing her EU flag hat. Nice sarcasm there. #QueensSpeech— angela garrod (@angegarrod) June 21, 2017
All the Queen's clothes are made especially for her, so that hat was intentional.— Josh Spero (@joshspero) June 21, 2017
Soon the jokes started...
"I don't mean to question your judgement, darling, but wouldn't you prefer one of your many thousands of normal ha--"— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 21, 2017
"No fuck off, EU hat" pic.twitter.com/k3HNerpMYu
I can't believe the queen wore a hat that said "the only thing I love more than the Britain being part of the EU is Grime For Corbyn"— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) June 21, 2017
Before a certain special someone picked up on the message.
(That would be EU Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt. He's going to be kind of a big deal in the next few years.)