Hats From the Past

Royal Hats On July 1, 1923, this photo was taken of Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (left) and Princess Margarita of Greece of Greece and Demark (right) with their aunt, Lady Louise Mountbatten. Lady Louise married the widowed Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden months after this photo was taken and years later, became Queen of Sweden. The two teenage princesses, daughters of Prince Andrew of Greece and thus, older sisters of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (who would have been just two years old at the time), both married German princes in 1931. The trio of hats are truly wonderful, aren’t they?!

Lady Louise Mountbatten with Princesses Princess Theodora and Margarita of Greece and Denmark  July 1, 1923  | Royal Hats

Photo from PA Images

11 thoughts on “Hats From the Past

  1. Amazingly I have borrowed a hat very like that of Lady Louise to wear as hostess at a tea on Saturday. Mine, however is a pale coral colour, and I am looking forward to wearing it.

  2. I find it interesting that even at the ages of 17 and 18, Theodora and Margarita still are dressed alike in this photo, like younger siblings often were at that time. We often think of the 1920s as being an age of small hats (i.e. cloches), but good to be reminded this wasn’t always the case.

    • It is interesting that Theodora and Margarita were dressed alike, especially as the family had fled Greece less than a year before and were refugees (albeit with connections) in France.

    • I’m not sure that it’s so much that they’re dressed alike (the dresses have some small differences in detail, especially Pss. Theodora’s waist) as that they likely shared a dressmaker and that the particular style of the day tended to toward such similarity. One wonders what the colors of these frocks were – they look dark for summer. Some sort of maroon, perhaps? Terribly distinctive of the era, though. Lady/Queen Louise always looks like such an interesting person, and she was of course instrumental in ensuring the well-being of her sister Pss. Alice during her long illness.

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