Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to July 1,1949 when Princess Elizabeth opened the Avon Tyrrell Centre for young people in a wonderful calot hat with bonnet style brim- a brim covered in silk flowers or lace that frames the young princess’ face with a sun-filtered lovely pattern.

The Avon Tyrrell Centre now hosts an outdoor activity center run by British Charity UK Youth, a charity whose patron is Princess Anne. To celebrate the Princess Royal’s 70th birthday, British sculptor Frances Segelman created a striking bust of her that will now be housed at the Avon Tyrrell Centre, 71 years after her mother opened it.

Photo from Getty as indicated

7 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. Princess Anne’s bust is life-like indeed. It reminds me of the accuracy of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum celebrities, but not as creepy.
    I like Princess Elizabeth’s hat, and here she is wearing it later that month. Maybe these photos will shed more light on its materials and construction.

    July 27, 1949: Trafalgar Mills
    Embed from Getty Images

  2. That’s a wonderful bust of Princess Anne, and I love the idea that it is housed in the youth center that Anne’s mother, The Queen, opened so many decades ago. That’s also a very interesting hat on HM in the 1949 photo — do you know if that’s a ribbon in front of the brim, or part of the actual crown itself?

    • It looks to me like a solid calot hat with bows at the temple on each side, with an additional straw halo brim over top covered in what looks like silk flowers. It’s a fascinating design, isn’t it?!

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