Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 3

After looking at Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday hats during the first two decades of her reign and through the 70s and early 1980s, we turn our attention now to the designs she wore to this service in the later 1980s and 1990s:

Royal purple and bumble bees in 1986, 1987 and 1988

High upturns in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992

1993, 1994 and 1995

1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999

Special thanks to readers Jimbo and Scarfie for helping me track down the 1990 and 1992 hats! Until preparing this post, I hadn’t realized how the Queen’s early 90s millinery style was dominated by these wide, upturned fly-away halo brims. The late 90s experimented with more rounded shapes until 1999 when we finally see something familiar and close to the sort of millinery shape we see the Queen wear today.

Next up we’ll look at the hats so far this millenium, many of which will be familiar to your eyes. Until tomorrow, I’m curious what you think of these 80s and 90s designs?

Photos from Tim Graham, PA Images, Tim Graham, Tim Graham and Tim Graham via Getty; Glenn Harvey; Chester Chronicle; John Shelley Collection/Avalon, John Shelley Collection/Avalon, Wojtek Laski, Tim Graham, John Shelley Collection/Avalon, PA Images and Tim Graham via Getty


8 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 3

  1. How great to see all these hats! Such an interesting evolution as well. Some odd shapes here but I quite like them!

  2. I find the bees on her hat in 1988 to be rather adorable, although I don’t like how low the hat sits on her head, it’s still my favourite in this group.

  3. Those upturned halos create a rather severe line across the forehead, so they’re not entirely flattering. I can see why HM has tended to brimmed hats for the 21st century. Still, there are some interesting details and wonderfully saturated colors. And some of these, like 1987 and 1995, make me think of Suzanne Moulijn’s creations for Princess Beatrix.

  4. I remember the upturned brims of the 90s well
    And I’m not really a fan. They just need a bit more of something. The bumblebees aside they’re a bit forgettable. There are a few good ones here though, the purple with the folded brim is lovely, and I’m drawn to the pleated orange somehow.

    Fabulous retrospective, thank you!

  5. I am so very much loving this retrospective- Since it’s the same event every year, the dress requirements are fairly similar so we can really see just the style progression in the hats. Really interesting. This is probably my least favorite set so far- in common with lots of other millinery from the 80s, the proportions just feel too small for my eye, but I love seeing them.

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