Thanks to longtime reader Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for Queen Elizabeth’s hats featured in this “Monday Multiples” series.
Jimbo’s Introduction: Queen Elizabeth visited Canada in 1983 and again in 1984. For both trips she wore a very nice pale yellow dress with matching coat featuring a faint yellow and white plaid pattern. For her 1983 trip to Vancouver, Her Majesty selected a unique, coarsely woven tan straw hat which reminds me of a picnic basket. Current records do not indicate a second outing of this unusual hat. Perhaps it was either uncomfortable to wear, or it was met with comments other than highly flattering, or both!
For her 1984 trip to Winnipeg, she wore what was possibly this hat’s debut – much lighter in weight and design. Apparently, the Queen liked this hat so much that she kept it in her closet until at least 1990, when she paired it with another ensemble.
Look #1: The textured woven straw boater hat with black velvet hatband tied in a front bow worn March 9,1983
Look #2: The white stitched satin voluminous tam ‘o shanter with bow worn October 6, 1984
Thanks, Jimbo! Now dear readers- which hat do you prefer with this pale yellow plaid coat?
Photos from Getty as indicated