Stripes?

We often see hats with hatbands or brim bindings in a contrasting colour that give a punchy note of contrast but, dearest readers, can you think of royal hats with multiple stripes?

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145 thoughts on “Stripes?

  1. Brilliant job uncovering all kinds of wonderful hats with stripes, everyone! Your memory for specific millinery continues to leave me gobsmacked!
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  2. Oh good heavens! I’ve just remembered this one. The pinnacle of striped hats! The Adidas!

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  3. Thanks for this post on stripes, HQ, as well as a recent post on knots!

    I am a little weary of excessive floral trim these days. Liked most of the hats with stripes, and most of the hats with knots. Have decided that both stripes and knots can impart crisp elegance, if employed on the right hat and the right outfit, i.e., if you wear a hat with striped trim, that’s enough. Let the hat shine and don’t mover-stripe the whole outfit. HM’s purple hat in 1991 is a good example. Of course, the hat is dated, and didn’t exactly match the color of the coat, but it worked.

  4. Queen Mathilde
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    • Queen Maxima has a headpiece in the same striped silk abaca, also by Fabienne Delvigne (and in the very same shade!)
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  5. Queen Beatrix
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  6. Princess Margaret
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  7. I always thought the diagonal placement of these dark grey stripes on Queen Sonja’s cloche was particularly interesting. Maybe not entirely successful, but interesting. Photo by Isifa/Getty Images

    • Same for this striped hat on Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Perhaps not successful, but interesting.
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      • And for Maria Teresa’s sister-in-law, Countess Diane of Nassau
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  8. Stripes for Jalila and stripes-adjacent for Haya:
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  10. Princess Anne wearing the full ensemble that Matthew had mentioned previously…..the cape is really something, and certainly balances the hat and dress!

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    • Thanks for locating an embedable version of this photo, Mr. Fitzroy! One thing that interested me about it is that I’ve had the impression that most royal mothers wear something new to the christening, but if Anne was already wearing this outfit while pregnant, then to her first child’s christening, she wore something she already had hanging in the closet. Which based on discussions we’ve already had concerning’s Anne’s thrift where clothes are concerned, is right in character!

      • Matthew, I double checked on Getty and this was the photo caption:
        “Princess Anne Pregnant With Zara — GREAT SOMERFORD, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 06: Princess Anne With Her Husband, Mark Phillips, Just Weeks Before The Arrival Of Their Daughter Attending The Wedding Of Her Sister-in-law.”
        So it appears she wore the outfit for Peter’s christening — then repeated it for the wedding a few years later while expecting Zara….

        Which would in fact play true to Anne’s thrift…..though if the outfit was also worn prior to Peter’s birth, that would indeed be very interesting.
        Considering Anne’s re-wearing of her Charles/Diana wedding outfit only a few years ago, we could, conceivably, see this one trotted out of the vault again some day! I do wonder now whether the cape was original to the ensemble, or added later.

    • Mr. Fitzroy and Matthew, apparently the ensemble was NOT new for Peter’s christening. Anne wore it earlier that year in Canada. Sorry, not the greatest photo.

      June 12, 1977: Toronto, Canada
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      • That’s AMAZING Jimbo, your sleuthing knows no bounds!! Well done, and that certainly answers the question about whether the cape was original to the ensemble!

  11. Being a bit late to the party, MrFitzroy assumed someone would have already snagged this rather unforgettable little number, worn in Fiji during the Silver Jubilee….

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  12. Here are a couple from Empress Michiko:
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    And annoyingly these of Michiko could not be embedded:
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    https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/emperor-akihito-and-empress-michiko-wave-to-well-wishers-on-news-photo/494321894

    And this one from then-Crown Princess Masako in 1994 (also could not be embedded): https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/crown-princess-masako-visits-masmak-fort-on-november-7-1994-news-photo/884844522

  13. Also in the red zone, this very notable Golden Jubilee titfer. Which seems to be giving us a wave in this picture!

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    Blimey, I’ve gotten a bit too into this topic. I’ll stop, I promise.

    • Don’t stop! You’ve uncovered a treasure trove of hats (and the waving hat above is hilarious!). Here’s another view of this one:
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  14. Just remembered this strangely unseasonal hat from Eugenie. This pic is hilarious, looks like they’ve had a falling out!!
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  15. Queen Sylvia, Moscow 1978:
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    Princess Grace, Monaco 1970:
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  17. The only striped hat which I could find for Maxima (leaving aside the unusual “tropical coral” cap . Seems she just doesn’t do striped hats. Interesting, isn’t it? I didn’t search, but she probably doesn’t do dots and spots either. I can see that her hat style is more focussed than I realised.
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      • This navy hat has a lime/highlighter green twin, and there are a few other stripe/stripe-adjacent (at least material-wise) hats worn by Máxima in this slideshow:
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  18. I’m loving all the 1980s stripes on Princess Diana! My grandmother was a true southern belle had a hat made just like this pink one with the double bow in the back for my cousin’s wedding in the mid 1990s. She was really upset that they didn’t get the pink stripes woven into the design like Diana’s and my mom and her sisters had to convince her to wear the hat without them!
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  19. Princess Diana 1995

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    1995 Ascot

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    Pink and Purple stripe, Ascot 1990 (I can’t locate on Getty Images…sorry!) https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/358176976591786621/

  20. Another subtle stripe, this time worn by Beatrix in The Netherlands in 2005.

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  21. Some offerings from Beatrix. Photo 1 in Copenhagen in 2000; the pink hat in Chile in 2003; and the yellow also in Chile in 2003.

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    • Also from Chile in 2003.

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      • And to finish the ‘bumblebee’ hats, this one is from Slovakia in 2007.

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    • Brilliant! The ones with the striped crowns are certainly memorable (not necessarily in a good way!) but that grey boater with the black and ivory stripes is a classic that could easily be worn today. It’s so chic!

      • yes, the dark hat struck me as being something different and quite lovely for Beatrix. Her ‘cake’ style suits her but she’s pretty unvarying with it.

  22. I am lost for words as to what this style of hat might be called so am calling on HQ’s expertise! Worn by Princess Anne in Germany in 1970.

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  23. Then Crown Princess, Mathilde in 2004. I like how subtle this stripe is.

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  24. Just squeaking in perhaps is this hat of Queen Sonja’s, worn in London in 2002.

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    • Interesting how the ruched straw (looks like sinamay) hatband appears to have abstract stripes from some angles. Here’s another navy and cream striped ensemble on Queen Sonja. It works well with the classic straw boater hat, doesn’t it?
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  25. The Queen and Eugenie at Epsom in 2011.

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    • A similar sort of stripe is this one, worn in London in 2015.

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  26. Sophie at Ascot in 2015. Don’t know what she’s saying but Edward’s face is priceless!

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  27. We don’t always include Imperial royal hats in these discussion posts- here’s a great green and burgundy hat on Princess Hisako

  28. This is a corker from HM back in the 70s.
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  29. Prince Philip with a striped band on his panama straw trilby:
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    And Máxima sporting non-uniform stripes on her calot:
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  30. oops- queen noor looking tres chic in 1984

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  31. maybe bit of a cheat with a striped ribbon

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    • That definitely counts! Infanta Elena also has several fedoras with striped hatbands
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  32. does this count??

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    • Absolutely!
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  33. another diana

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  34. And I’ve never seen this one on Diana before, which is unusual. Stripes carrying on right to the top. Embed from Getty Images

      • These 1980s stripes were something! We have to include this whopper, worn to a Dec 19, 1992 society wedding and again for Christmas day, that same year.

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      • The 1980s had some… err… memorable striped millinery looks. This rolled, striped headbandy thing on Queen Anne-Marie for Prince Philippos’ christening in 1986 is another case in point.
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    • Another just a little bit striped from Diana:
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  35. Two from Princess Alexandra of Kent:
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    Other older Kent family stripes:
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    Barely visible, but there are stripes on Josephine-Charlotte’s hat:
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    And some of my favorite stripes for Margrethe:
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    May 14, 1991

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      • well there’s the Kent amethyst (i do believe) with the amethyst dangles (for lack of a better description) that i have never seen! hmmm…
        such a great color on Her Majesty. ❤

  37. HM at Ascot, 1970
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  38. Two for One: October 8, 1993; Lord Linley wedding
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    • I forgot about this pink hat with pleated brim- Rachel Trevor Morgan made her a similar one in yellow that she wore for Ascot in 2009
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  39. April 8, 2007: Easter
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  40. May 20, 1988
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  41. This one is so hard! I have a recollection of the young Duchess of York in a Turquoise and black striped hat but I couldn’t find a picture of it anywhere so maybe it’s just my imagination!

    • This is probably not the one you’re thinking of, since it’s turquoise and tan rather than turquoise and black, but it is striped:
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        • Here’s a better view but good catch- I hadn’t noticed the close connection between these two before!
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  43. Possibly my favourite striped royal hat. From 1967 (before she had become engaged to Crown Prince Harald):
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  44. I can’t post photos, but the only one I found was Eugenie in a navy hat with large navy and white striped ribbon trim. Worn with a houndstooth checked dress, it looked very smart!

      • Found it! I think it’s a Stephen Jones design. Interestingly, her mum also wore this hat to Ascot in 2017
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