‘New’ Hat From the Past #32

Royal Hats to a red straw hat with braided texture brim and a velvet ribbon hatband worn in Geneva in April 1980 (with cherry trim) and in the South Pacific in October 1982 (sans cherries). Queen Elizabeth had similar hats in this shape, as I recall, but the textured straw and vibrant colour on this design makes it stand out- do any of you remember seeing it before?

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Please use the comments here to share any hats worn today- if the Queen heads to church this morning, you can be certain she’ll be in a hat!

Photos from Getty as indicated

10 thoughts on “‘New’ Hat From the Past #32

  1. I’m in the “no” group regarding the cherries. They seem very pedestrian and overused. The color of the hat, the brim size and overall shape are very pleasing on Her Majesty and makes for a very nice ensemble. I also love the QV Bow Brooch, white gloves and white purse and am wondering if she wore white shoes as well?

    • SoCal Gal, check out this cherry outfit! Better or worse?
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      • Oh my gosh! This is a terrible look and must be banished! What was her dresser thinking of? The only nice thing about her outfit is the lovely brooch, the Jardine Star, I believe. Now the Queen Mother’s hat and matching outfit is lovely but unfortunately it only emphasizes the disastrous hat and dress that the Queen is wearing! Thanks Jimbo, I will now retire to my fainting couch and smelling salts.

  2. I like the hat itself equally both with and without the cherries, agreeing with Bristol that cherries seem more permitted on hats than other fruits without veering into satire. However, I don’t like it either way on HM. Looking at it particularly in the 3rd photo, it’s just so ordinary, like a hat anyone could buy from a department store display, lacking any special features that make it Royal.

  3. I love the colour on the Queen here. The jacket balances the dress and hat perfectly and is a great backdrop for Queen Victoria’s bow brooch. I’m probably in a minority here but I like the cherry trim. I think it is whimsical without being too twee. If there had been an apple or a banana, it would have been too Carmen Miranda but the cherries bring a new dimension to the hat and the outfit.

  4. I much prefer the outfit with the jacket, and rather to my surprise I prefer the hat with the cherries… They certainly don’t offend me, perhaps because for some reason cherries are a traditional hat trim whereas most other fruit isn’t, I have no idea why!

  5. Fruit belongs in a bowl, not a hat. Carmen Miranda would have loved it, though. Maybe the birds in Geneva nabbed them.
    With feathers on hats, it’s just fine, and floral chapeaus are divine. But anything edible, like cherries – incredible! When dining on hat, drink white wine.

  6. This is one of her better ones from this era. The lovely red, and most of all the wider brim are really flattering. I just wish she hadn’t been so harsh with the face powder; she often gave herself a ghostly look at this time. Stilll, a good outing, on reflection I like it with the cherries.

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