Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 2

Yesterday, we began our look at Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday hats with those worn until 1969. Today, we continue through the mid 1980s and a period which brought some memorable (and voluminous!) millinery looks:

1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 (the Queen was in New Zealand in 1970 and did not attend)

1975, 1976, 1978 and 1979 (photos from the April 7, 1977 service at Westminster Abbey can’t be found)

1980, 1981 and 1982

1984 and 1985

My thanks to Jimbo for hunting down the 1978 photo! This series shows another interesting evolution in the Queen’s hat shapes- the voluminous turbans of the late 1960s and 1970s are intermixed with equally inflated fabric tam ‘o shanters. The early 1980s sees a series of embellished pillboxes with two brimmed designs: the lovely floral trimmed fedora of 1984 and the low-crowned cowgirl design (with veil!) in 1983 . It’s simply a colourful bunch that makes me smile!

What do you think of this bunch of Maundy Thursday hats from the past?

Photos from Keystone/Stringer, PA Images, Serge Lemoine/Stringer, PA Images, Popperfoto, Anwar HusseinPA Images, Tim Graham, PA Images, PA Images, David Levenson, Ron Bell/PA Images, PA Images

6 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 2

  1. I’m a big fan of the 1975 fur number. That’s very chic, and the coat that Jimbo posted in his link is very 70s fabulous! A lot of variety here, HM really hasn’t been unafraid to go there hatwise has she.

  2. the hat style evolves, I am surprised how many differents twists and turns are added during the years,
    putting them next to each other shows it clearly
    some shapes remain solid and adapt to changes
    they are all style statements frozen in time.

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