Hat From the Past

Royal Hats56 years back to October 28, 1965 when Princess Hanako wore a marvelous, textured pillbox for a visit to St. Thomas’s Hospital during a trip to London with Prince Hitachi

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5 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

    • I don’t know if this is true in Britain, but an American friend of mine who was a nurse once told me that in the past when nurses all wore those white caps, each nursing school had its own unique style, and if you were familiar with them, you could tell what school the nurse had gone to just by looking at her cap.

      • Yes, true here in the UK as well re nursing hats. Each hospital would have its own design, also the higher and more ornate showed the more senior role. Uniform colours also applied the same rule.

        In fee-paying hospitals it was still applicable in the late ‘80s. I had an operation in the late 80s and distinctly remember the Matron coming into my room the next morning and her high, ornate cap along with the darkest green uniform that looked so effective against her Titian hair.

        In NHS hospitals that had pretty much been replaced by more scrub-like uniforms and short sleeves for everyone. If doctors wore ties the ends were tucked away.

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