After recent Friday discussion posts on Queen Elizabeth’s largest brimmed and largest bow trimmed hats, reader DD suggested we look at the she has worn to various weddings over the years. It seemed an especially fitting thing to do today, on the eve of this weekend’s grand event here goes! I’ve listed hats worn to the weddings of all immediate family members below and will leave those worn to weddings of extended family and friends for you to share in the comments. If you post a photo link, please ensure the link includes original photo sources.
May 18, 1960 Princess Margaret & Antony Armstrong-Jones: Norman Hartnell designed blue veiled hat with roses
November 14, 1973 Princess Anne & Capt. Mark Phillips: Norman Hartnell designed royal blue ruffled hat
July 29, 1981 Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer: Ian Thomas designed sky blue crepe turban with flowers
July 23, 1986 Prince Andrew and & Ferguson: Philip Somerville cornflower blue diagonal brim hat with flowers
October 8, 1993 Viscount Linley & Serena Stanhope: Philip Somerville pink pleated brim
July 14, 1994 Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones & Daniel Chatto: Ian Thomas designed coral and cream straw
June 19, 1999 Prince Edward &Sophie Rhys Jones: Frederick Fox lavender feather bandeau
April 9, 2005 Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles: pale yellow hat with flower print brim
May 17, 2008 Peter Phillips & Autumn Kelly: grey and bronze feathered headpiece
April 29, 2011 Prince William & Catherine Middleton: Angela Kelly yellow crepe boater with velvet roses
July 31, 2011 Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall: Rachel Trevor Morgan pink straw angular cloche with feathers
That’s eleven different hats and headpieces (with brims and trims of all varieties) over 50 years. My favourite here is the cornflower blue silk crepe hat with diagonal brim and chiffon roses by Ian Thomas worn for the York’s wedding in 1986- a hat of such exquisitely beautiful shape, scale and colour that it’s among my top favourite of ALL Queen Elizabeth’s hats!
I can’t wait to see what other wedding hats you share and hear about which ones stand out in your memories, most.