Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day, forty years ago, when Queen Elizabeth wore a striped golden peach and vanilla helmet-esque turban with trailing spaghetti trim while on a visit to Montreal, Canada. It’s a lot of look, this one.

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24 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. But this look wasn’t even fashionable in the 1970s! How unfortunate to liken the ribbons to spaghetti!
    It bears all the indicators of Mlle Mirman’s handiwork, don’t you think?
    The orange-yellow of HM’s suit is quite pretty, though.

  2. The hat is kind of fun and pretty even. Turban hats take a kind of confidence and boldness to wear (in my opinion) and read non-girlish to me, so they have a niche. It is very of-its-time.

  3. More than anything else, this reminds me of the knit snow hats that girls used to wear with a hole on top so their real ponytails could be brought through!

  4. The 70’s were a definite no! I remember far too many outfits that I would prefer to forget! Her Majesty looks wonderful to me though! But I do think the spaghetti on the hat needs a trim!

  5. She did several of these turbans with fun going on round the back in the 70s. This is certainly one of the more interesting. What makes it work for me is the colour, it’s neutral enough to succeed. I quite like the contrast of the polka dots and the stripes on the hat. The pony tail could use a haircut, but other than that…. she wore a lot worse In the decade that style forgot!

  6. It’s a whimsical hat, this one! I would like to know how it was made, and what it was made of, but unfortunately the resolution of the pictures is not high enough to see the details.
    It is not so much the hat that is odd, I think, but the combination of the hat with the very conventional deux-pièces with pleated skirt and the white gloves-shoes-handbag set up. Brr!

  7. The 70’s are best left in the past. I should know, I was 18 when Her Majesty visited Canada in 1978 and her hat and ensemble were so “au curant” with the white gloves, white shoes, white handbag and orange-yellow outfit. Oh my….it takes me back… and not in a good way. Thank goodness things improved in the 80’s. Hahaha!

    • Hello SoCal Gal,
      What does “au curant” mean? I live in France and have never come across that expression!
      Many thanks in advance…

  8. I like the overall idea of this hat and it looks good when viewed from the very front, but yes, it does unfortunately look like pasta is cascading down from the top of the crown. Is this a Simone Mirman hat?

  9. Reminds me of a hat she wore in the 60s – a yellow one – looked like the waiter had dumped a plate of spaghetti on her head !! 😊 funny I don’t remember a repeat appearance !

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