British milliner Philip Somerville passed away earlier this week at the age of 84. One of the most prolific hat designers during the 1980s and 1990s, Somerville designed hats for Queen Elizabeth, Queen Silvia, Queen Anne-Marie, Princess Diana and numerous other members of the British, Greek, Danish and Dutch royal families. His obituary in the The London Telegraph details his life and beautifully describes the near 30 years he spent making Queen Elizabeth’s hats. While I did not always like his designs, his creativity and millinery craftsmanship are something to be deeply admired.
I thought we would pay tribute to this brilliant man with a look at just a few of the many hats he designed for the Queen. The first, below, was worn in 1988 and the last, at a Buckingham Palace Garden party just a few months ago. This small snapshot into Somerville’s vast talent shows how truly remarkable it was.
Photos from Getty, Zimbio and Corbis. Please click on each photo to link to the original photo source which includes a description and date of the event.