Hat From the Past

Royal Hats again to 1948 and Queen Juliana’s inauguration- in yesterday’s post, I neglected to include the fantastic jeweled Juliet cap she wore for the inauguration ceremony (thanks, Jimbo, for the excellent video, which I’ve posted below, that gives a great view of this hat).

The Juliet cap was decorated with a central diamond star edged in pears surrounded by four smaller diamond stars and a smattering of pearls and rublies, gemstones all taken from the Dutch royal family’s jewelry collection.

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The Royal Court Jeweller details other jewels that completed Queen Juliana’s inaugural look. “She paired the necklace from the Ruby Peacock Parure (borrowed from Wilhelmina) with the ruby cluster drop earrings and large ruby and diamond stomacher from the Mellerio Ruby Parure. A ruby and diamond bracelet from her mother’s collection completed her jewelry.”

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We’ve talked before about other sparkling royal hats but I think this one, with a restrained (but still very sparkling!) gravitas that reflects the solemnity of such an occasion, very fittingly takes the cake.

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What do you think of this jeweled royal hat from the past?

Photo from Getty as indicated; Hulton-Deutsch/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

7 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. Thank you Jimbo for this great video. It must have been not only a solemn, but also a very moving moment for the Dutch population. Queen Wilhelmina was worn out after fifty years of reign and the hardships of the war, as Queen Juliana mentions in her speech.

    I don’t think the choice of a jeweled Juliet cap had much to do with it being soon after the war. Queen Juliana could be simple in appearance (she used to circulate on bicycle when in the country), but for state visits and important occasions she would be, as Mittenmary remarks, loaded with jewelry! I think it was just a fashionable headdress at the time, often seen on brides, like Barbara Preszler’s mother.
    The image of Queen Juliana in her inaugural Juliet cap was immortalized on the Dutch currency of the time, the guilder.

  2. Did you see Peter Townsend in the clip behind princess Margaret? Did something sparkle in Amsterdam? To think she was just 18 at the time.

  3. So glad that you posted this, HQ. I noticed the cap in yesterday’s post, but guessed that it must be some sort of traditional Dutch regalia along the lines of the Order of the Garter cap. I’m surprised to hear that it was a break in tradition. It certainly is a striking look with all those jewels,

    I’ll buy the theory that the decision to not wear a tiara was due to postwar austerity, but then she was laden with all those other jewels!

  4. I’ve always liked a Juliet cap, it is not an exaggerated shape, and does not hide her face from the crowds of well wishers. This one was gorgeous and appropriately jeweled.

    Side note: my mother wore a beaded Juliet cap for her wedding in 1946. I wore that cap for my own wedding in 1972.

  5. Lovely hat, but I wonder why a bejewelled hat and not a tiara? Beatrix and Maxima both wore tiaras for their respective ceremonies (given that Maxima is a consort of course.)

    • Might the choice of a jeweled cap rather than a tiara have something to do with it being so soon after the war? Just thinking…

      • That’s an interesting hypothesis. Queen Wilhelmina wore the Stuart tiara for her inauguration in 1898- you can see faint photos here and here. It’s the biggest tiara in the Dutch royal collection and would have been a lot for a young queen (just 18 at the time of her inauguration) to carry.

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