Hats From the Past

Royal Hats twenty-five years ago today and a pair of unusually similar hats worn by Queen Elizabeth in Cyprus. For her arrival (this was the 13th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting), she wore a vibrant pink Philip Somerville hat with upswept, side vented straw brim, crown covered in the same silk print as her dress and twee side bow.

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Later in the day, she donned another Philip Somerville hat, this one in vibrant blue with the outer side of the brim covered in the same silk floral print as her dress and a bow at the back.

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Am I the only one who finds the choice of such similar hats, both worn on the first day of a high profile overseas visit, a little odd?!

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5 thoughts on “Hats From the Past

  1. Two such loud floral ensembles with matching hats does seem a little much, and I am almost certain we wouldn’t see it today. But this is a trip to Cyprus. In 1993. Possibly not so odd in that context.

  2. I always found Philip Somerville’s hats to be lovely creations with beautiful bows and draping of fabric. His hat shapes were interesting and as Her Majesty moved into the 1990’s, the twee elements became less and less. Although his bows were fantastic, fashions change and then before you know it, they’re back again but reimagined as twists, flying twists, knots etc as envisioned by Philip Treacy for example. I like both of these flashback hats very much but I think I like the pink one better just based on the split/vented brim.

  3. Just shows HM’s lack of real interest in clothes, I suspect. Completely different colour; therefore completely different!

    • Elizabeth, I respectfully disagree with you. I am a firm believer that HM has had (and still has) a great interest in her clothes/persona/appearance. Personal tastes and fashion trends of the times aside, when could we EVER say that she was inappropriately attired for any specific occasion? I’d venture to say “never.” I tend to hold my comments at bay with some of the other current-day monarchs, (Maxima, Margrethe, and the Japanese Imperial family, in particular) because I know that my own personal tastes are not the same as current, hip, main-stream tastes. Weren’t you amused several days ago, when HM was “hat shopping” in a department store? I grinned from ear to ear, since we all know what an extensive hat wardrobe she has, yet she showed interest in the millinery display!
      HatQueen, as for the two hats you’ve given us today for discussion, I see enough difference in them to ward off any similarity concerns. I prefer the blue one, but both are beauties for their time. Thanks for another fantastic Flashback.

      • Jimbo, I love that you’re generously including the Japanese Imperial family members in the same sentence as the words, “current, hip, main-stream taste”!

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