Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day, seventy-nine years ago, when not yet a year after the abdication, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were met in Paris by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

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4 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor look so polished and fashionable together. It made me think they could of been a good King and Queen, but of course, they wouldn’t have accepted the Duchess of Windsor as Queen at that time in history. I mean no disrespect by this comment.

  2. Looks like 3 of the subjects may be wearing red poppies; the date is one day after Remembrance Day. BTW, when men wear hats these days, how often to they remove them when indoors, as we see here? I think only the British royal gentlemen are still following that rule.
    I like Princess Alice’s hat, although I don’t think the fox fur stole works with the hat or that boxy swing jacket with the contrasting front panels (there’s a better view of it in the video. 0:02 to 0:10 . The video also shows more clearly that there is a contrasting tassel hanging from the top left of the hat.
    The Duchess of Windsor’s hat: There’s a modern feel, a touch of the Duchess of Cambridge about this look, with its tightly cinched coat, the clutch purse and the jaunty angle of the pillbox, which seems to be made of the same astrakhan as the panels of her coat. Great texture, the placement is perfect and the style suits her. Those shoes are pretty special too. I bet this hat and outfit looked most impressive in real life.
    (In the video, the DoW is seen on the day after the Gloucesters arrived, but I believe she is wearing a different hat, not the hat in the photo.)

    This video might be a record for the most number of times the words ” duke” and “duchess” can be fitted into a 45-second commentary.

    • Mcncln: You are amazing, invariably finding the perfect video! I counted 9 “dukes” and 9 “duchesses” from the announcer. HM looked absolutely wonderful last night, at the Remembrance concert, albeit without a chapeau. And Prince Philip’s attached metals made him walk a little wonky, due to the extra weight! You gotta love those two!

  3. Good grief! I have a black hat not terribly dissimilar to that of the Duchesss of Gloucester! It has a higher brim and I tend to wear it more squarely on my head.

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