Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1937, 83 years ago, when Queen Mary opened the Rachel MacMillan Training College in one of her characteristic toque hats. This one has an architectural ruffle trimming the top of the crown.

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10 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. This post had me looking at your excellent ‘glossary’ of hats, Hat Queen. While I had noticed the word toque before, perhaps because it is getting chillier, I realized the meaning of this word (and I suspect the pronunciation) is very different from what my Canadian eyes would normally see or understand. Yes, the Canadian toque (prononcée ‘tooque’’ where I live) is brimless so I can see the derivation. Thanks for broadening my view of hats!

  2. It occurs to me that Queen Mary’s toques perfectly suit her face in the same way that Zara Tindall’s perchers suit hers. You never really hear about anyone wearing toques today – did the percher evolve from the toque?

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