Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1942, 78 years ago, and a wonderful array of hats worn to the christening of Prince Michael of Kent. Princess Marina (holding her son) and the Queen Mum’s jaunty brimmed designs are particularly wonderful and add an air of lightness and fun amidst the military uniforms and tragedy that would soon befall this family (the Duke of Kent, Prince Michael’s father, would be killed in an airplane crash just 21 days later).

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Special thanks to reader Jake for sharing this photo.

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Monday Multiples: Princess Beatrice

One of my favourite hats in Princess Beatrice’s closet is an architectural, wide brimmed green straw design with navy starburst stitching on the brim and a navy hatband and bow. She has paired this eye-catching hat with two ensembles:

Look #1: With a teal A-line lace dress with three quarter length sleeves worn at Royal Ascot on June 17, 2014

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Look #2: With a pale green beaded collar silk dress and navy tuxedo jacket worn two years later on June 17, 2016 also to Royal Ascot

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Which outfit pairs best with this hat?

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This Week’s Extras

Alina Medforth-Mills, wife of former Prince Nicholas of Romania, added a traditional Romanian embroidered hatband to her casual sun hat by French brand Maison Michel for a visit to Transylvania this week.
Several new millinery designs caught my eye:
Textured black straw saucer with ecru bows by British milliner Awon Golding for Lock & Co.
Red button percher with ruffle and silk abaca rose by American milliner Inna Walker
Chic grey straw cloche with delicate silk floral and veil trim by German brand Malinè
Vibrant circles of feathers completely covering this percher by UK milliner Marie-anne Talbott
White parisisal beret percher with palest pastel rainbow feather trim by UK milliner Georgina Blyth
Beautifully shaped and patterned sun hat in classic cream and navy by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir

Striking angular shape on this navy felt trilby with orange feathers & hatband by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Pink and red chinoiserie button percher with statement bow by American milliner Nicky Miller
Lovely detail on this green layered silk organza rose headpiece by UK milliner Judy Bentick
For our dear gents, a handsome fedora in moltofino Milan straw with silk hatband by German milliner Nicky Marquardt
Lilac straw saucer with pearl edge, silk wisteria flowers and flying bow by Irish brand Marc Millinery
Ivory straw brimmed hat with cascade of delicate butterflies by British milliner Bundle MacLaren
Such creative shape and use of colour on this felt headpiece by UK brand blackmore hats (recently awarded the Craftmanship Award in the 2020 Feltmakers Design Awards)
Black and white ruffled crin hat with button crown by Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Ruby pink straw vertical saucer with yellow stamen feather flowers by British milliner Juliette Botterill
Ecru straw boater with feather hatband and handpainted brim by Spanish designer Lidya Diaz
Absolutely perfect shades of blue on this breezy Panama straw fedora by Dutch milliner Pauline Bisscheroux
Fantastic grey patterned percher with statement hand-dyed ombre straw orchid by French milliner Sylvia Martinez

Members of the Greek royal family enjoying time together on the island of Spetses

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Hat Types: Halo

Characteristics: A brimmed hat that when worn, the brim underside creates a circular halo shape around the face. The halo effect is created by placing the hat toward the back of the head and brim shape, which usually curves upward, off the face toward the hat’s crown (often to a greater extent in the front) without touching it. Halo hats cover a wide range of sizes and proportions, some with shorter brims that hug the head like a bonnet and others with wider brims that create a larger circle around the wearer’s head.

History:  This millinery style first appeared in popular fashion in the 1880s known as an aureole, which means ‘a circle of light or brightness surrounding something’. The style reappeared in the 1930s, its open, off-the-face shape a welcome departure from the over-the-brow cloche shape that dominated millinery fashion in the 1920s. Two famous royal faces helped the style gain popularity- the Duchess of York appeared in one at a charity event in 1933 and Wallis Simpson  famously wore a halo hat made by Parisienne milliner Caroline Reboux for her wedding to the Duke of Windsor in 1937.

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Halo hats experienced a decade-long revival in the mid 1960s and again in the late 1980, when oversized versions were trendy into the early 1990s. These days, it is a style we seldom see.

Royals Associated with this Hat Style:  During each period of popularity this style was widely worn by royal women at the time, as you’ll see below. Queen Elizabeth included numerous halo hats in her 1977 Silver Jubilee wardrobe and wore several larger scale designs during the early 1990s.  The Duchess of Cornwall’s wheat feather wedding headpiece in 2005 also followed a halo shape.

Royal Halo Hats:

Queen Elizabeth, April 1940; Princess Marina, July 1949; Princess Elizabeth, June 1951; Princess Sofia,1961

Princess Grace, 1966; Princess Margrethe, June 1968; Duchess of Kent, July 1969; Princess Margriet, August 1970

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Princess Margaret, June 1969; Queen Juliana, April 1971, Queen Elizabeth, March 1972, Princess Michiko, May 1973

Princess Anne, June 1972; Queen Elizabeth, June 1976; Queen Mother, June 1977; Queen Elizabeth February 1977

Duchess of York, Sep 1988; Princess of Wales, June 1990; HGD Maria Teresa, July 1993; Queen Elizabeth, March 1994

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Princess Marilene, August 2005; Princess Caroline, November 2011;
Princess Margriet, May 2014; Princess Michael of Kent, November 2015 

I arranged the hats above in roughly chronological order so we could see the slight tweaks in shape and proportion between each of this hat’s trends back into popularity. While halo shaped bandeau headpieces are very popular now, we don’t see many full-on brimmed halo hats- what do you think of this millinery shape?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 48 years ago to an August 2, 1972 visit to the Isle of Man when Queen Elizabeth debuted a turban/bucket hat hybrid entirely covered in white silk petals and lily of the valley blossoms. Up close, the detail is astounding (see bottom photo) but from a distance, I’m afraid it’s an overturned flowerpot.

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