This Day in Hat History

A Flashback Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, were scheduled to visit Rome this week. As you may already know, the Queen has been ill and the trip was cancelled (Buckingham Palace released a statement today that the Queen is now much better and will be back to work as usual on Monday).  For today’s post, my plan was to review the hats worn by the Queen on her trip to Rome; in lieu, I thought it would be fun to look back through history to see what other hats Queen Elizabeth has worn on this date, the 8th of March.

We start with March 8, 1983 (30 years ago today) when the Queen was visiting the city of Victoria here in Canada. She wore this interesting pleated turban hat with back bow in purply-pink and cobalt blue to match her cobalt mohair coat.

The next hat worn on March 8 was this black and coral wool hat worn on a visit to Brighton in 2007. While the hat shape is quite simple (squared crown and small, flat brim), the unusual band and button trim around the crown make it unique.

On March 8, 2010, Queen Elizabeth attended the Commonwealth Observance Service at Westminster Abbey in London. She wore this vibrant blue straw high-crowned hat with double brim and front bow. I love how the straw is woven in a diagonal lattice pattern.

And finally, one year ago today, the Queen officially began her Diamond Jubilee tour of Great Britain with a visit to Leicester with Prince Philip and The Duchess of Cambridge. For this special engagement, the Queen wore a striking magenta and black wool hat with more black buttons designed by Angela Kelly (she had previously worn this hat in March 2011 on a visit to Warwickshire. We also saw it on her again over Christmas last year). Kate wore a black wool beret with felt flower and leaf on the side designed by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co. (the “Fairy Tale” style which is now discontinued).

That’s some interesting hat diversity for just one day, isn’t it? It might be difficult to judge since these hats cover a 30 year span but I’ll still ask- Which one is your favourite?

Photos from David Levenson via Getty, Tim Graham via Getty, Chris Jackson via Getty, Indigo via Getty and Zimbio

5 thoughts on “This Day in Hat History

  1. All of these hats have a weird shape or something that is odd. And only one of them is a really old hat! The other ones should be better. The only nice one is Kate’s hat. Her hat is beautiful and looks so gorgeous with her hair tied back.

  2. The blue hat from March 2010 would be a perfect St. Patrick’s day hat in green 🙂
    Seriously, the March 2012 hat is the best.

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