Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1986 and a trip to China that saw Queen Elizabeth in a white silk covered hat with cartwheel brim by Frederick Fox, trimmed with a simply tied scarf hatband in the same blue and white silk print as her suit.

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4 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. It’s very interesting to see a close-up of today’s hat from the last photo, (in the display) showing its construction – all the seams are visible, and the little bump at the top of the crown seems to have disappeared. This could have been a perfect hat to reuse, swapping out the hat band with different material for a new ensemble.
    HM wore it again the following year for the Trooping the Colour, then the following year when visiting Merseyside. Enjoy other outings.

    June 13, 1987: Trooping the Colour
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    August 8, 1988: Port Sunlight 100th Birthday celebration

  2. Oh wow, do I ever remember this tour. It was historic on so many levels. She was the first British monarch to visit China and the photos of her visiting the terracotta army, and especially The Great Wall were incredible. This hat and dress combo are great. She really is a living legend.

  3. HM’s wardrobe in China was one of her more chic episodes in the 80, she had some very smart outfits. I always quite liked this, though the hat did have slight pith helmet vibes.

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