Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to this day, 200 years ago, when a princess was born at Kensington Palace who would, ultimate, change the course of the British Monarchy. Remembered more for the immense industrial, scientific, cultural and political change that came during the era of her reign than for her fashion, we celebrate the bicentennial of Queen Victoria’s birth today with a look at a handful of her hats.

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4 thoughts on “Hats From the Past

  1. The first two photos show Queen Victoria wearing the same thing, but several years apart from each other, methinks.
    I actually can see Queen Elizabeth in the 5th photo, just after her horse lost!

  2. The photograph of Queen Victoria actually smiling always makes me cringe. The hat she is wearing in that picture looks like something one of her grandchildren might have cobbled together. Very odd. But, as you say, aside from her wedding dress, which is groundbreaking in its colour, her fashions weren’t very memorable.

  3. The one in the middle was a bit odd, with the flyaway veil thing at the back!
    I liked the early flat hats – were they Leghorn hats?
    The later ones tied on with scarves look rather strange to our eyes, but to folk used to seeing bonnets, less so, I expect.
    I think Queen Victoria was interested in fashion, but whether she was stylish is another matter.

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