Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 19, 1973 and a form-fitting turban/helmet covered in green ruffles worn by Queen Elizabeth. The shape and trim on “The Brain” I’ve always found a bit perplexing. I’m also wondering to those of you in the know (you know who you are) – is the Duke of Edinburgh’s grey felt top hat a smidgen small?


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Please share any royal hats worn today in the comments below.

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21 thoughts on “Ascot Hats From the Past

  1. Wishing you happier days ahead, ChicagoChuck. Congratulations on the weight loss. Your insights about top hats are always appreciated.

  2. It’s probably a style that we would not wish to return, but I don’t think it looks =that= bad for its time, and as stated already, it’s a very flattering color for HM. I never thought of it as a “brain”, more as green persian lamb. Remember those awful fur coats that weighed a ton?

  3. One of the best things about this blog is the friendships and concern displayed by all. Take care ChicagoChuck and Happy Birthday Jimbo!

    • Friendship, concern, respect and some giggles along the way. I keep this blog going not only for the love of hats, but because you all have made it such a lovely little corner to visit. Best wishes to Jimbo and hugs to you, ChicagoChuck. I hope amidst this difficult time, there have been a handful of hats that have brought you a smile.

  4. Just wanted to thank you, HatQueen, for keeping us entertained with these charming posts during your absence!

  5. Trickymum, I think you are correct. My hats fit differently after a haircut, and I’ve been follically challenged for years now! I LOVE your name! My mother could have easily had the same nickname, because I swear she had eyes in the back of her head – she saw everything!
    Chuck, we haven’t heard from you in a while – I am totally jealous of your weight loss! Congratulations, I had striven to drop 20 pounds before a milestone birthday this week, but it didn’t come to pass. Is it possible to lose 13 pounds in 4 days? I’m gonna try.
    About the hat, what is lurking behind HM in the photo below, a big flower, perhaps? I’ll try to find another, better photo, time allowing.
    https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/Stock-Images/Rights-Managed/HEZ-2322810

    • Sometimes background details make it look as though there is something on a hat that isn’t really there, but I think you are right, Jimbo. I agree with trickymum that this soft green is very flattering to HM.

      Jimbo, hope you enjoy your Milestone Birthday without fretting about weight loss!

    • Hi Jimbo, the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 have been a bit of a trial. Beginning to pull out of it – I had a very low point and major loss just before Christmas and a horrible family tragedy with accompanying loss in January. As part of my self-prescribed therapy, I started running again, hence the significant weight loss. Still working to get back to my former self, attitude-wise, but having to go out and purchase new pants helps one’s attitude quite a bit! Happy Birthday to you.

      • Chuck, so sorry to hear of your past few months. I hope and pray that things do continue to improve for you soon.
        It IS a morale booster, buying 34 inch instead of 36 inch waist pants! I don’t even know you, but I’m proud of you.
        PS I’m planning a possible trip to the Windy city in mid July – never been to Wrigley, and my team plays yours!

        • Thank you Jimbo. On a lighter note – I’m actually on my way to Opening Day at Wrigley with the very rare almost 70F and sunny Chicago day in early April. Now to bring home a W. Why don’t you email me directly – I’m likely to have tickets to the game in July and we can connect and meet. ctstanford@mac.com

        • Thank you all for the kind words of support. I didn’t mean to be a downer on the fun of royal hat watching! But your words mean a great deal to me.

  6. I don’t know about a brain, but the Queen’s hat here reminds me irresistibly of the ladies’ swim hats that were in vogue at that time! Maybe she got her sports mixed up?
    I have to add that I think the colour and off the face style really suited her.
    Chuck, you’ll have to let your hair thicken up a bit, if you’re not follicly challenged like my husband!

  7. The famous grey top hat of the Duke of Edinburgh! First, to answer your specific question, no, I do not think it is too small. It seems to fit quite well, actually. Ideally, one has a space between the bottom of the brim of the hat and the top of the ear approximately the thickness of one finger. So that looks about correct to me. But also look how much fuller the Duke’s face is – he probably weighs quite a bit more than he has in the last few years. While one’s head/hat size doesn’t change with fluctuations in weight the way the waist size changes, it can still change a bit. I’m wondering this very thing about myself as I have just lost ~50 lbs. with a goal of 15-20 more. I hope my top hat fits correctly the next time I try it on (it is in storage until later this year as I’m in transition between homes) because my face is significantly thinner due to the weight loss.

    • Chicago Chuck I am so sorry to read that some you loved are no longer with you. It sounds like the way you are dealing with this loss is very stabilising and healing .
      On variation in one’s own head size: here’s what the stylish gentlemen at FedoraLounge think: https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/do-heads-really-shrink.50909/
      I’ve noticed that the hats of my own mother, who is in her nineties, are getting too big for her; so I suppose that advanced age may cause head shrinkage, too.

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