‘New’ Hat From the Past #39

Royal Hats For Friday the 13th today, I thought a black hat would be fitting- imagine my surprise to find this design, worn October 30, 1994 on a visit to Russia. Queen Elizabeth seldom wears black hats for regular engagements and this design, with upswept brim and yellow houndstooth-esque patterned hatband, seems like an unusual choice for a state visit. Do any of you remember this hat?

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Please use the comments to also share any hats  or royal hat news from today.

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25 thoughts on “‘New’ Hat From the Past #39

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    • I am plumping for black for the hat and a black and yellow abstract print on silk for the blouse and hat band based on a mix of photos I have seen and the rest of The Queen’s accessories. That black and gold combination was popular in the 1990s. The idea of The Queen wearing a Hawaiian print in Moscow in October had me hooting with laughter. I quite like this hat especially this side view.

      • Despite that Reuters photo, I’m also thinking that it’s black, mainly because I’m old enough to actually remember that trip! However, to New Gardens hatter’s reference to the fabric as a Hawaiian print, I have to disagree – I live in Florida, which is probably home to more Hawaiian prints anywhere besides Hawaii, and this print doesn’t come close to being a Hawaiian print – it’s only got two colors in it!

  2. I think it’s actually navy, which makes much more sense with yellow. It’s not doing a lot for her, washes her out a bit I think.

    • I still think black but The Queen is wearing Queen Mary’s Russian Brooch (sapphire and diamonds) which was a gift from Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia for Mary’s wedding to the future George V in 1893. Maybe the hat matches the brooch.

    • No doubt about it – it’s navy. Here HM is on her 70th birthday, April 21, 1996. Happy weekend everyone.
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      • Much as I was sure it was black, I do have to concede that it definitely looks navy blue in these two photos, and actually so do her gloves! Navy blue would certainly justify the wearing of the sapphire brooch more than black would.

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