A selection of bright red hats for sale are displayed on a table. The Red Hatters are a social group for ladies over 50.
A selection of bright red hats for sale are displayed on a table. The Red Hatters are a social group for ladies over 50.

Oh my hat! Here's a new queen

AT PRECISELY 10 minutes past 12 on Wednesday, March 26, the woman they would call Queen Kate of Ipswich Irresistible Red Hatters, stood in front of her loyal subjects and was coronated.

Emerging from the concealment of a temporary dressing room at the Ipswich Showgrounds Reception Centre, a smiling HRH Kate Swift was led towards her throne by her Vice Queen, Denise Williams.

Flanking the throne left and right were the members of Ipswich Irresistible Red Hatters.

As she surveyed the gathering, Queen Kate was framed by an arbour of elegant white flowers, and she sat on a specially decorated lawn chair.

The Lady Mayoress, Mrs Janet Pisasale, conducted the formal proceedings.

Mrs Pisasale took a moment to personally congratulate Her Royal Highness before placing the exquisite diamante tiara on the Queen's coiffured hair.

There was a tense moment in proceedings as the Mayoress omitted the third and final daub.

Faithfully committed to the smooth running of the auspicious event, the Queen's closest aides stepped in to assist and crisis was averted.

The handcrafted scepter in her bejewelled hand, and the tiara crown resplendent upon her royal head, Queen Kate made to take her oath, but baulked before reciting the noble lines.

A royal insider later revealed that reading glasses had to be retrieved before the oath could be read - a minor hiccup with which the gathering of women over 50 could well sympathise.

Newly crowned, Queen Kate promised always to wear her red hat, even though it gave her hat hair, and vowed to have fun until screeching in broadside to her final days. It was an emotion-charged moment as guests nodded and smiled approval.

Visiting dignitaries, including queens from the Bonzer Sheilas and Bubbles and Butterflies chapters congratulated the new monarch.



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