Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to a pair of summer hats, worn by a doppelganger pair of royal cousins, 110 years ago. Despite the handsome nautical hats, there’s there’s an air of tragedy that surrounds this photo, taken at the last visit the future King George V (right) would enjoy with his cousin, Russian Czar Nicholas II.

Photo from the Royal Collection Trust via social media as indicated

8 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. I have watched “The Last Tsar” on Netflix. It is excellent. I learned several things about Empress Alexandra that I didn’t know. It was great being able to binge watch the whole thing.

  2. Do you suppose they would look so much alike if they were clean-shaven? I see more of a resemblance in the facial hair than in their actual features. In any case, there certainly is a melancholy look to the czar.

    On the important issue of the hats, I’m impressed by the shine on the visors. Could they have been made of patent leather?

  3. Fantastic photo! Here’s two more from the same day, including the cousins’ sons, and a pose with the whole family, huge hats and all! The future King Edward VIII is on the left in both photos. Little Alexei looks like he could have been a handful!
    Embed from Getty Images

  4. They could literally be twins. I assumed King George V was on the left. Oops.

    Has anyone watched The Last Czars on Netflix? I haven’t yet, so wondering if it’s worthwhile.

    • I made the same assumption! The similarity between these two is amazing.

      Yes- I’d love to hear a review of “The Last Czars”. Has anyone watched it?

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