Reader Sarah contacted me earlier this week with an interesting hat observation. Do you notice anything between this hat, worn by Queen Silvia for King Carl Gustaf’s official birthday celebration in April 2004:
and this hat, worn by Queen Silvia for Princess Estelle’s christening on May 22, 2012Embed from Getty Images
Great observation, Sarah! It is clearly the same hat, with the addition of seed pearls, pleated silk ribbon, feathers and silk blossoms. While I am mildly surprised that Queen Silvia recycled a hat for this important event, the transformation of this hat really does make it into a completely different piece. It is an interesting idea to take a previously worn hat and “jazz it up” for a single, important event (instead of ordering a bespoke hat for that same event which would likely be worn just once). This approach to hat recycling greatly intrigues me.
Which way do you, dear readers, prefer this straw hat? Thanks again, Sarah, for sharing this great observation.