Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day, 101 years ago, that saw Queen Alexandra visit the Handley Page Aeroplane manufacturing facility at Radlett Aerodrome in Hertfordshire to see women at work on planes during WWI. Her hat is an interesting one, with bulbous crown, saddle brim, large Edwardian feather plume and veil pulled low over her face (something Queen Alexandra did in later years to hide the inevitably visible signs of ageing).

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4 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. Her hat is certainly more glam than those of the women at work!
    I quite like the dramatic look of hat-veils myself, but here wearing anything more fancy than a sunhat is considered Dressed Up, so a veil would almost certainly count as Over-Dressed. Unless you’re wearing impractically high heels, clutching champagne, and in the vicinity of horses running in circles.

  2. Fascinating on many levels! I don’t associate Queen Alexandra with PR visits to factories in the way of later royals. She certainly received an enthusiastic welcome. The contrast between the Queen’s heavy Victorian clothing and the lighter, mid-calf dresses of the working ladies is so striking.

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