Jordan Royals Bid Farewell to Duke of Wellington

The funeral of Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington, was held today at Stratfield Saye Church in Hampshire. Among the mourners in attendance were Princess Sarvath  and Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. Princess Sarvath wore a close fitting turban-style hat in black fur while Prince El Hassan wore a Papakha hat in grey Karakul sheep’s wool. It is not often that we see royal men in such hats and I thought this one was memorably fitting for the occasion.

 Princess Sarvath  and Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, January 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

Photo from Getty as indicated

15 thoughts on “Jordan Royals Bid Farewell to Duke of Wellington

    • It is not correct at this time to wear any newly purchased fur items. However, if the fur garment is purchased used or handed down from another person, then it is completely appropriate. Since we don’t know the provenance of the hat, he may be completely PC. Also, it appears to be Persian lamb or possibly an older animal, killed for its meat. Wasting the animals pelt would be of no use, and stealing a farmer’s income isn’t so PC, either.

    • His hat is not fur, it’s wool. Astrakhan hats, as this is a form of – Astrakhan is from the karakul sheep breed of central Asia – have been around for donkey’s years. The breed has been domesticated since perhaps 1400BC. The wool is also used to make Bukhara rugs (the sheep originated in the Bukhara area).

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