The first hat worn by the late Princess of Wales after her marriage was one she plucked from the wall of milliner John Boyd’s London studio, drawn to its distinct shape. A smaller profile hat with rolled Breton brim, the tricorn design is formed by an upfolded back that creates the unique, triangular shape. The hat became a signature millinery look for the princess during the first two years of her royal life, working well with her feathered hairstyle and allowing the crowds that flocked to see her a full view of her face. She wore eight versions of this tricorn; all but the last, embellished with a lavish ostrich plume.
Look #1: Coral straw worn July 29, 1981 to embark on her honeymoon and March, 25 1983 in Australia. Suit by Bellville Sassoon.
Look #2: Burgundy felt worn October 29, 1981 on her first visit to Wales, on a November 1983 visit to St. Austell in Cornwall and March 23, 1984. Velvet coat by Jasper Conran.
Look #3: Royal blue felt worn November 11, 1981 for a visit to the Guildhall in London, a visit to Wrexham, Wales in November 1982 and an October 1983 visit to Renfewshire. Coat by Jasper Conran.
Look #4: Pale grey straw (with the back folded down instead of up) worn April 8, 1983 western Australia.
Look #5: White straw worn April 11 & 18 1983 in New Zealand and June 15 & 30, 1983 in Canada. All three dresses by Donald Campbell.
Look #6: Emerald green straw worn June 24,1983 in eastern Canada and November 1, 1983 in Bethnal Green, UK. Suit by Jasper Conran.
Look #7: Yellow straw worn June 28, 1983 on a visit to Prince Edward Island in Canada.
Look #8: Loden green velvet worn September 1983 for the Braemar Games in Scotland and a November 1983 visit to Guard’s Chapel, London. Velvet suit by Caroline Charles.
What version of this John Boyd design do you think worked best?
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