Hats From the Past

Royal Hats sixteen years to June 18, 2002. While the connection between Ascot and British royal hats is an unbreakable one, there are occasionally royal friends and relations from other royal houses who join in the racing festivities. Back in 2002, the Danish and Swedish monarchs were guests at Windsor Castle and attended Ascot,  both queens in vibrant hats.

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I’ve always loved the two directional double brim on Queen Margrethe’s hat (a creative feature still today!), the play between the two shades of pink and the subtle repetition of the red dots on her silk dress on the upper, lighter pink brim of the hat. Queen Silvia’s bright pink sidesweep reminds how long this style of upturned brim has been en vogue, balanced here by a flat crown and lovely contrasting feathers in unexpected yellow and black.

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I wonder if any continental royal friends will be in attendance this year?

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17 thoughts on “Hats From the Past

  1. Margarethe’s hat is fabulous, and I definitely remember it from Felipe & Letizia’s wedding. It’s a unique design that’s quite flattering for her, and the color is great!

    The fuchsia color of Silvia’s hat is a good choice for her, but the shape of the crown and the trim say 2000s to me. The addition of the yellow in the trim also perplexes me a bit. Soften the crown a bit and fix up the trim a bit, and it would work just as well today!

  2. This was when nearly all of the European monarchs were at Windsor for the Golden Jubilee. I think Silvia looks amazing, and I really like he splash of yellow and black. Marge looks like Marge, it’s not my favourite of hers but it’s a well put together look.

  3. I tend to appreciate Queen Margrethe’s hat even more when it’s seen with the entire ensemble. HQ, you actually posted this hat after its 2nd wearing (to a Spanish royal wedding) back on August 15, 2014, for its 10th anniversary in service. Both then and now, your comments directed our eyes to the wonderful polka dots! It’s a great piece for her.
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  4. My goodness Queen Silvia looks FANTASTIC….Queen Margarethe looks, um, exactly the same as she does now — which would be a compliment sixteen years later? For a split second MrFitzroy thought that was Princess Diana rather than Sophie Wessex, and had to double check the date!

    • mrfitzroyobe, I agree regarding Sophie’s hat. I also recall that at the time of the Wessex marriage, there were many comments about the facial resemblance between Sophie and Diana, though now that the Countess has come into her own, it’s scarcely noticed.

  5. One of Queen Margarethe’s best outfits ever, I think. The European monarchs were at Windsor for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and some went to the Garter Service and Ascot. Those were the days…..

  6. Queen Margrethe’s hat is simply smashing! Has she worn it again? I am, on the other hand, perplexed by the yellow and black trim on Queen Silvia’s hat. It doesnt seem to relate to the rest of her ensemble at all, I am also curious to know why the Danish Queen is wearing an “Ascot Badge” (my term) while the Swedish Queen is not. But then, I always find these badges amusing. Most people at Ascot can identify The Princess Royal and the Duchess of Cambridge!

    • I believe the Ascot badge is one’s ticket for the day and indicates which enclosure one is able to enter. Perhaps one of our British readers can confirm this?

      • Yes! That is correct. The badge has ones name displayed on it, and the name of which enclosure one is attending. Badges are normally only given to those attending the Royal Enclosure. For example, The Duchess of Cambridge’s badge would say ‘HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’ and ‘Royal Enclosure’. Badges for each day of Ascot week are different colours, so even if attending all 5 days, one would have a new badge every day.

      • Others’ comments on the Royal Enclosure badges are all basically correct. The badge is your “ticket” to the Royal Enclosure and each attendee wears the badge so that the staff of Ascot will allow persons wearing the badge entry to the various areas of the Royal Enclosure (there are gated areas around the larger Ascot facility that are restricted to the Royal Enclosure). As mentioned, the badge has one’s name hand-written on it, so occasionally you can “spot” someone by name that you possibly didn’t recognize. For example, I was able to read the names of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon a couple of years ago and, after reading their names, recognized their faces (and I had a nice chat with them while waiting for a race to start).

        If one attends for the 5 days (s)he receives one badge for the week, color-coded distinctively to stand out as a 5-day badge. There is also a 3-day badge, issued for members who attend on Tuesday through Thursday. And, as was mentioned, there are one-day badges, each day a different color. The colors allow for the staff to quickly recognize the badge and its color so an attendee never has to actually show a ticket – you just walk in and out of the various areas and never have to present a ticket to anyone, including as you enter from the street or car park.

        There is a separate badge for the Royal Box of the Royal Enclosure (with, of course, a distinctive color for that badge). That’s why in the photos above Queen Margarethe is wearing two badges – one for the day in the Royal Enclosure and one to allow her entrance into the Royal Box. As mentioned, some women clip their badge onto a purse so as not to harm the material of their clothing. This year, I think for the first time, they are offering a magnetic badge so you don’t have to pin the badge to your clothing (I opted for that this year so we’ll see if it works).

        2002 was the year when many European (and the Japanese Imperial couple) visited Windsor for the Garter Service in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee. I attended Garter in 2012, the year of the Diamond Jubilee, and was expecting/hoping some other royals might again attend. Alas, none did. But in 2016 Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended Opening Day at Royal Ascot and were included in the carriage procession that day. We’ll see if any European royals attend this year…

    • Glitter Girl, I’ve always also felt that (about the royals wearing badges), but on the other hand, I do recall a gag that took place during the administration of Mrs. Thatcher, where a television station installed a Thatcher double in a first class airport lounge and then filmed the many people interacting with her thinking she was the genuine article, so maybe we can’t assume that the security staff positioned at the entry gates might not be fooled.

    • Queen Silvia will have a badge, some attendees prefer to pin their badges onto their bag or keep it loose. Ascot badges act as ones ID/ticket for the day, so every guest bar the Queen will have one

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