Queen Elizabeth’s Tallest Crowns

A few weeks back, one commenter suggested we search for the tallest crowned royal hats worn in recent memory. Since we’ve already looked at Queen Elizabeth’s widest brims and biggest bows, I thought we’d start in her millinery closet. So, dearest readers- which of Queen Elizabeth’s hats has the tallest crown?

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22 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth’s Tallest Crowns

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    This rather confusing hat is from South Africa, 1947:
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    Perhaps not the tallest crown, but certainly out of proportion:
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  2. I don’t think anything can beat the mauve floral wedding cake that HQ has offered on a young Queen, but … (she has a few of these that rise higher on one side)

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    I hate this one with a passion:

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  3. I must say that I keep having a vision of HM standing up against the molding of a doorway to have someone mark her height (with hat), much as many of us keep track of our growing children! That would tell us for sure which is the tallest. Some of these high-crowned hats are unusual indeed!

  4. How about this one? I always thought the height of the crown was vastly out of proportion to the rest of the hat!

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    • George, I agree with you – still a nice ensemble though. Here’s another pink one. What do you think?

      March 24, 2011
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      • I think we have a winner. I think this hat only came out once, and I’m not entirely surprised. It just looks like it got inflated, its waaaaay too tall for her, and I have fair bit of patience for these tall crowns.

        • JamesB, this inflated hat actually debuted 4 months earlier, Canada Square, London. Not my favorite, but I’ve certainly seen worse.

          November 12, 2010;
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          • And so badly constructed, sort of adds insult to injury….look at the stitches puckering along the brim and the unevenness of the piece they attach to, The ribbon band being comically small in scale is almost unnoticed in the whole cacophony…and yet HM smiles bravely through it!
            Bad design can just be an error in judgement, but poor construction is just sloppy.
            (No, MrFitzroy, tell us how you REALLY feel!)

          • Jimbo, I think the following could be the twin of the unusual pink hat you’ve found. It’s the black and white one on HQ’s hat inventory page (can’t find the original image online) https://royalhats.net/2017/01/17/inventory-queen-elizabeths-black-hats-part-1/
            I find the mushrooming crown style sooo unappealing. In fact, top hats aside, all taller crowns look cartoonish to me, especially those with exaggerated curves. I am so glad the tall crown fad is well and truly over.

        • You’ve nailed it with “…looks like it got inflated,” JamesB. I’m getting a little queasy from the mismatched pinks, too. Bad all around.

    • What an interesting hat and ensemble, and not in a good way! Thank you GeorgeA for the pink outfit, I know that I’ve never seen that picture before. The fabric used on both the hat and coat is overkill, the pink maple leaves look wrong and the hat is too tall. A miss in my opinion.

  5. Interesting to see her in these taller styles over a long time span. I guess tall hats, like a lot of other things, go in and out of fashion.

  6. I think the pale blue with yellow ribbon, 4th in the first block of photos, seems to be the tallest. I can’t say that I care for the colors, or the height!

  7. All of HM’s hourglass hats seem to fit this description of “tallest crowns.” How about the following as tallest crown, biggest brim, most mad-cap, AND most beautiful purple shade of hat? It’s understandable why gentlemen, many times, remove their top hats before climbing into a car.

    August 31, 2007
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  8. The chartreuse hat that appears to be at Ascot looks as if it is far too large for her head, and might slip down over her eyes any moment. This style really doesn’t do Her Majesty any favours, in my opinion. But I don’t mind the taller hats sans brims. They have a kind of timeless elegance. But it is all a matter of taste, isn’t it?

    • I agree with the chartreuse hat at Ascot. It is pretty tall, but my eye kept going to the orange hat. For some reason it looks taller than the rest.

      Thank you Hat Queen for this fun post! It sure made me smile. We might need to have an actual Poll. 🙂

  9. Ooh you’ve not mentioned the royal blue stovepipe that you love so much!

    I don’t mind a tap hat, but some of these go over the cliff edge slightly. Still, she’s really tried lots of different shapes hasn’t she. And that’s to be applauded!

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