Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 20, 1969 when the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret arrived for the fourth day of racing during Ascot week that year. The Queen Mum’s blue hat covered in tulle ruffles and wraped in dotted veiling is memorable, but it’s the sweet daisy-covered brim on Princess Margaret’s halo hat that makes me smile.

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Thanks for sharing any royal hats that happen to be worn around the world today, in the comments below.

Photos from Getty as indicated

12 thoughts on “Ascot Hats From the Past

  1. for what it’s worth..i was amazed at the difference in the Queen Mother’s posture from this post to the one where she is seated in the carriage with the late Princess of Wales. getting (ahem) linear-ly challenged is not for sissies..

  2. Princess Anne and Zara attended Grand National Meeting at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on April 4. Anne’s dark green hat is new to me.
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  3. Very apropos for “Margaret” to be wearing daisies! (Margarita in Spanish)
    Here’s a close-up shot, taken in Oxford, unconfirmed date in 1970. The daisies look life like!
    https://outlet.historicimages.com/products/dfpa46729
    In honor of Doris Day’s recent 97th birthday (she went to high school with my deceased mother-in-law!) may I remind everyone:
    “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.”

    • Thanks Jimbo, I knew I could rely on you! And I agree, the daisies look very life-like in the picture you attached. Also, I am LOVING the brooch that the Princess is wearing and don’t recognize it, but then again I haven’t been a close follower of Princess Margaret and her jewels.

    • Jimbo, I will do my best to refrain from eating daisies, though I can’t speak for the rabbit who often visits our yard. Loving your connection to fame via your mother-in-law– my mother went to HS with Dorothy Gilman, author of the Mrs. Pollifax novels. New Brunswick, NJ, where the novels are set, was where they were actually from (and where the HS was)! And just to keep this on topic, here is a link to an article containing a photo of the actress Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Pollifax, in a very odd looking hat.

      http://tomsavagebooks.com/why-i-love-mrs-pollifax/

  4. I’d love to see the back of Princess Margaret’s halo hat. Perhaps Jimbo can work his magic? Classic Queen Mother in a lovely blue ensemble that matched her eyes.

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