Largest Feather?

Sad news, dearest readers- an aggressive spam attack here at Royal Hats two weeks ago required me delete our hat discussion question from two weeks ago. Because your comments and shared hats were too fantastic to loose forever, I’m going to pose the question again, with apology- which royal hats host the largest feathers? Let’s concentrate on ostrich feathers in our comments today and discuss non-ostrich feathers tomorrow.

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60 thoughts on “Largest Feather?

  1. some queen mother feathered hats

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    and finally, love this one (sorry it wont ’embed’)
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  2. Princess Haya at Ascot in 2009 …

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    … and Sophie Wessex at the Commonwealth Day Service in 2012. This is one outstanding hat!

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  3. A swirl of feathers on a gorgeous hat for Princess Haya, at Ascot in 2016.

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  4. King Christian X of Denmark and his wife Queen Alexandrine. Christian was King of Denmark from 1912-47 and of Iceland from 1918-44. Likely photographed in about 1912.

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  5. Two Queens, two feathered hats – Margrethe’s reminds me of a fly whisk! – at Windsor Castle in 2000.

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  6. Sophie Wessex in 2013. I love this hat on her.

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    While the same year Zara Tindall wore a hat where the peacock feather was contained, rather than set free.

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  7. Princess Anne has numerous examples of exploding feathers, but this may be her largest single feather example, worn in 2014.

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  8. QEII at the races in 2003 – I thought it was a wonky feather at first but another angle shows more than one feather in her cap!

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  9. Queen Elizabeth 2016. I love the blue background in the first photo …

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  10. Queen Maxima in 2015 (worn again in India 2019)

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  11. Resurrecting this one from the last post, Beatrice Borremeo in 2013.

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  12. I think these are the largest feathers for the Duchess of Kent and Queen Margrethe
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    • And Camilla’s largest (non ostrich)
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    • It looks like Queen Margrethe’s exuberance has put the whole bird on her head with this one (2000):

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  13. I think these are Zara Tindall’s biggest feathers.
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    Sophie Wessex has this same hat, covered in ecru silk, with gold feathers
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  14. The Prince of Wales has been gifted with traditional headdresses from several aboriginal cultures. Here he’s pictured in headdress as honorary Indian Chief Red Crow of the Blackfeet nation during a visit to Canada in 1977, and a hawk feather headdress after being crowned chief of a tribe in the Iwokrama Rainforest of Guyana, South America, in February 2000

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  15. A swirl of feathers for Princess Caroline at the 2005 enthronement of her brother, Prince Albert.

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  16. Sophie’s ostrich feathers from Ascot 2018.

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  17. When this was posted last time, the poster noted that the hat embellishment looks like exploding pigtails! Not sure if these are feathers, it almost looks like hair …?? Camilla at Ascot, 2006.

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    • She also wore “The Pigtails” for Trooping the Colour in 2007- here’s a slightly better view
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  18. Non-royal, but WOW, I couldn’t resist! The ‘Gilles’ who parade on Shorve Tuesday year in the Belgian city of Binche wear an elaborate costume that includes a ‘hat’ that doesn’t just rain ostrich feathers, it pours them. The Binche carnival is on Unesco’s World Heritage List – and the oranges are a traditional part of the event.

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  19. Queen Mary at the investiture of the eventual Duke of Windsor, when he became Prince of Wales. That is one big pile of plumes. There is another photo from the event of Queen Mary with Princess Mary who is wearing a slightly smaller version of a very similar hat, though MrFitzroy couldn’t locate it!!

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    • The second photo in embed was added as thumbnail, and detail was not apparent till it posted….this appears to be the same hat as the plume and net confection HatQueen posted below, though certainly worn at different events!

  20. A good view of the size of this ostrich feather in Diana’s hat during a meeting with Australia’s PM Bob Hawke in 1983.

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  21. Two versions of the same hat. The one without the bright pink ‘flowers’ was worn in 2018 at the Sandringham Christmas Day service. The pink ‘rosebuds’ were added for an outing to the 750th anniversary of Westminster Abbey in 2019. Whichever way you look at it, the ostrich feather trim is sadly messy.

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    • I think it’s difficult to keep ostrich trim looking neat, particularly on a windy day!
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  22. Princess Margaret at Kew Gardens in 1991 in a feathery hat and outstanding jewels.

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  23. Not one ostrich feather, but feathers all over … Serena Linley at Ascot, 1994.

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  24. A nice exuberant 1992 photo of Diana and the photographer, Jayne Fincher (a second-generation royal photographer) has included that the hat was by John Boyd.

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  25. So sorry to hear about the cyber issues HatQueen.
    For a single ostrich plume, The Princess Royal in Garter robes still gets MrFitzroy’s vote! It’s not just the angle of the close up photo, she sports a huge plume…. There are a lot of big plumes floating around on Garter Day, but I think she takes the cake!

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  26. There are some historical hats that come to mind for inclusion here- Queen Maud of Norway around 1907

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    • Queen Mary in 1911
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    • The future Edward VIII receiving ostrich feathers in South Africa in 1925. I think he’s stuck one in his hat
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    • And while not officially royal, Dennis and Margaret Thatcher’s wedding photo shows the Iron Lady married in a hat with some mighty feathers.
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  27. Sorry to hear about the spam attack! Alas for those who expend their energies on destruction not creation – what miserable lives they must have!

    That blue hat on the left is very Georgian in look, isn’t it? Especially with that hairstyle.

  28. Princess Michael of Kent has worn some large ostrich feathers at Ascot.

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  29. Diana had some big ostrich feathers in the early 80s
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  30. Sarah in Canada:

    July 18, 1987 with hat in car
    July 24, 1987 in Klondike costumes
    July 25, 1987 at Niagra Falls, sans hat (same outfit as July 18)
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  31. I think the trim on Infanta Elena’s hat at Princess Alexia of Greece’s wedding was also ostrich feather
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  32. i think that i also posted this beauty of queen maxima’s (which i think someone else posted too) – though not the largest it must be one of the longest. this is one of my all time favourite hats.

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    i really loved seeing all of the older posts including queen mary’s ostrich trimmed hats, and the photos from princess elizabeth’s wedding, so am hoping these will be reposted too….

  33. O – what a shame

    this was my first suggestion which i originally posted- a huge navy ostrich trimmed picture hat as worn so beautifully by the duchess of cornwall. although as described by hq this would actually be more than 1 single feather…

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    camilla also has at least 3 other ostrich trimmed hats including these ‘triplets’ – another navy, worn earlier this year;

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    this light grey/natural version, worn from at least 2011 (which i’m pleased to say she has worn often, as i think it is one of my favourite camilla hats)

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    and this also oft worn black version

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  34. The tour was In Canada…she accepted or bought a fur coat with hand painted interior design. It had to be given back as she could not accept gifts or buy. There was a problem of some kind..it was beautiful
    Their helicopter got in trouble over Niagara I think. Emergency landing and Sarah lost her hat… a person found it. The ladies in the group had time to try it on and take pictures before a person arrived to retrieve it. It was large brimmed affixed with hat pins and I believe it was a beige tone. Somethings to remember. Maybe a picture can be found of the hat. Must be one of the most famous ones in a sense. I would enjoy seeing it. I would also like to see the coat. Trust hat queen does not mind this post. A piece of history. Delete the f you wish.

  35. Sorry to hear of the spam attack. Unfortunately I don’t know how to add pictures, but I will say in Sarah’s defence that the hat she was wearing above was supposed to be fancy dress – it was at a Wild West event on tour!

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