This week has been a quiet royal hat week (don’t worry – there are a few royal tours next week and there will be lots of activity around the Dutch coronation) so I thought today we would take time to look back at another hat from the past.
Queen Elizabeth’s mother, affectionately known as the Queen Mum, was a prolific hat wearer. Her MANY hats were almost always the same shape – an oversize capulet with a high upturned brim in the font that formed a sort of halo around her face. While they were the same shape, they appeared in a kalaidescope of every pastel rainbow colour you can imagine. More often than not, they were also adorned with a veil and either feathers or flowers (the Queen Mother’s hat philosophy was “more is more”). Twenty years ago today, when she was ninety-three years old, she wore this yellow flowered hat to church on Easter Sunday. With the upturned shape (see the halo effect?!) veil and side spray of feathers, this hat captures this unforgettable Queen’s style.
Photo from Tim Graham via Getty