Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1963 that saw a young Duchess of Kent attending church in Buckinghamshire in a coral pillbox hat.

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8 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. One of my all-time favourite royals. Such a warm and thoughtful personality. Back in the day, she was a real fashion icon too as illustrated by this photo.

  2. The Duchess looks lovely. A pillbox? I would have called it a cloche, but I’m no expert! The hat reminds me of the old style football/rugby helmets from back in the day.

  3. I think I might like this hat better if it were pulled down a bit over the forehead, more like a cloche. It looks like quite a substantial pillbox, but maybe not big enough for what I envision. It’s a nice color for fall or winter, kind of spicy. Nice with the brown accessories. That was back when coats were coats–meant to go over more thick, warm clothing. I guess now that indoor heating is not as much of a luxury (at least for some of us), people can wear thin dresses under a fitted coat. Interesting how economics can influence styles, possibly even for the royals.

  4. She was always very beautiful. When I was younger, I thought that she, Princess Michael and the Duchess of Gloucester were the best of the Royal Family. They were so young and effortlessly chic. These days Princess Alexandra is more often seen than her sister in law, She and the Queen are firm favorites but I do love to see the other ladies out and about too.

    • I’m pretty sure that the Duchess of Kent is not well and has retired from public appearances because of that. Thankfully, Princess Alexandra seems, much like HM The Queen, to be in excellent health and is carrying on with engagements.

  5. She was such a perfect English Rose in her younger years. And she looked marvellous in coral. I remember her wedding when I was a young girl and thought she was so beautiful. I miss seeing her about as much these days.

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