Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for this “Monday Multiples” series.

Jimbo’s Introduction: During her trip to Canada in 1984, Queen Elizabeth wore a beautiful, fresh mint green coat, and brought two totally different hats along.  The zig-zag turban is too awesome for words!  Not many hat wearers can carry this look off with such style and grace. One of the following photos discloses a polka-dot dress under the coat – again, very nice.

Look #1: With a pale green ruched toque hat overlaid in net veil with and trimmed with silk lily-of-the-valley worn on February 5, 1984 to open a Liverpool Garden Festival and on October 1, 1984 in Windsor and Brantford, Ontario during a visit to Canada

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Look #2: in a pastel chevron printed silk ruched turban knotted on one side worn on October 5, 1984 in Dauphin, Manitoba on the same Canadian Tour

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Which coat do you prefer most with this hat?

Photos from Getty as indicated 

23 thoughts on “Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

  1. I think it’s interesting she wore polka dots in October as I think of them as a choice for summer. The turban and the coat don’t “go together” to me although I like both of them separately. The toque is a perfect match and I love the mint green color.

  2. The zig zag turban reminds me of this hat worn by Her Majesty during her Silver Jubilee tour of Fiji in 1977.
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    They are both of their time but have a certain nostalgic charm.

    • I had to find another photo of this, to confirm that HM is not wearing a scarf, but an actual hat! I still can’t decide!
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  3. I love the turban as a piece, but it doesn’t seem right with the whole outfit. The colors of the turban and coat don’t have a great relationship to my eyes, and the black gloves are a harsh landing at the end of the arms.

  4. Not a fan of the turban (never have been). I do, however, love the toque. It coordinates well with the green coat and the polka dot dress underneath!

  5. I surprise myself, but chevrons all the way! It’s perky and coordinates unexpectedly well with the coat. I like the contrast of the turban’s sheen against the matte fabric of the coat. Yes, it’s dated, but the other one is too. ‘Toque’ seems generous to the shape; it looks like a towel wrapped around the head at the salon.

  6. Hmmm. I like both these vintage hats and what a pretty coat! I especially like the way the pattern is placed on the chevron hat, and find the print itself just lovely, so I’ll vote for the chevron.

  7. I really like the flower-trimmed hat. Just the sort of thing you’d expect a Queen to wear! However, my horror of the ‘turban’ knows no bounds. It is so much of its time (both in style and the patterned fabric) and hasn’t dated well, whereas the first hat could still be worn today.

    • I think the first hat would look equally dated if worn today. For one thing, that quality of net veil isn’t being made anymore (it is all polyester now) giving the hat a definite “vintage” look.

      • I just meant ‘worn today’ in general terms, Wies, ie, it wouldn’t look as extraordinarily out of place as the other one. I don’t have your eye or expert knowledge so you’ll have to forgive me my lumpen observations. I’d be interested to know which type of veiling is ‘better’ in your opinion as I couldn’t intuit that from your reply.

        • I’m sorry Sandra, I didn’t want to sound pedantic. Your opinion is as good as anyone else’s, I am just looking at it from a different angle.
          Net veiling used to be made of stiffened cotton or silk and also of something called “rayonne” (artificial silk). The way you could shape it and drape it was different from the way modern net veil behaves. We milliners love to get our hands on some meters of vintage veiling!
          I don’t know the exact date when polyester production took over, I think it was somewhere in the nineties. It was one of those heartbreaking things, together with the disappearance of real sparterie, vintage petersham ribbon etc. etc.
          (Note: vintage veiling is also more fragile. Quite often when you find a hat from a bygone era, in a thrift shop for instance, the veiling will be somewhat damaged.)

          • Ah, I thought I detected a note of sadness there which is why I was keen to know more. Thank you. And no need for apologies; I took no offence from your original reply. I always look forward to seeing your comments. They are so educational. xx

  8. If one blows up the following picture, it appears that when the chevron turban was worn, the dress is not the polka-dot worn with the toque but rather a light green that appears to be of the same material as the coat. Of course, I was expecting to see the chevron material used as a dress. I wonder what the idea behind the chevron fabric was.
    I don’t like either hat but am entranced by the coat!
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    • Yes Fairbanks I am often struck by HM’s coats of those decades. Also Princess Anne’s. The construction, styling and use of fabric and trim is phenomenal.

  9. The chevron is fun, but I’m going with the toque. I like the softness with the tailored coat. Beautiful color.

  10. The tailoring on the coat is impeccable. I’d love to see one of her granddaughters wear it. It’s very interesting that she re-wore a coat only a few days apart.

    The chevron hat is my favorite of the two because it’s so very different. You would not miss her in a crowd, and I think it’s fun that she jazzed things up.

  11. I’m going to go with the patterned turban. Both hats look dated now, but that one had a little bit of added pizzazz! I wonder if the dress underneath at that occasion was also the chevron print? Hmmmm… I’m also noticing the interesting placement of the Cambridge emerald on the collar of her coat.

  12. The colour of the coat and first hat is lovely, but I find the style a bit of a hangover from the 70s. Even though it too, is a bit dated, the chevron turban is lovely, you’re right. She did a good line on patterned hats for a while, it’s a shame she’s stopped that little trend. I think some fabric covering on her modern hats could be really effective.

      • The shapes are slightly different and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a milliner along on the tour to make this change over in 4 days! If you read the post, you’ll notice that the chevron hat was worn in between times that the green hat was worn. They are 100% different hats.

      • I wondered about that too, but defer to greater millinery knowledge! The chevron material certainly seems to be draped tightly over a hat that has a solid shape beneath, to the point that it’s hardly a turban at all. I quite like the fabric, but prefer the net and flower trimmed hat.

        • It is difficult to tell, as we don’t get to see the toque from as many angles as the turban, but it is quite possible that both were made on a basic shape that was molded on the same block. The proportions are very similar. In both cases there would be a foundation underneath the fabric, most likely made out of sparterie.
          Wooden hat blocks are expensive. It is the art of the milliner to produce a great variety of styles starting from the same block!

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