Platinum Jubilee Countdown: 51


On May 27, 1965, Queen Elizabeth wore this distinctive turban made by Simone Mirman in West Berlin during a visit to West Germany.

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17 thoughts on “Platinum Jubilee Countdown: 51

  1. I defer to the majority on ‘spaghetti’ but I thought chow mein noodles at first…..

    Does anyone have any idea from what the ‘noodles’ are made? I do love that rich yellow.

    And, once again, the beautiful material in the coat is gorgeous. I love the textures and sheen of so many of these outfits.

    • In Thomas Pernette’s book “Elizabeth II: Les Chapeaux de la Couronne” he interviews Simone Mirman’s daughter, Sophie. She describes it as being made from small tubes of silk organza, which took a lot of time (and incredible dexterity) to create.

      • I was wondering what and how it was made. Regardless of whether you like them or not, the skill and dexterity involved in some of these hats is staggering.
        It really is time for a retrospective of Simone Mirman, her work was so incredibly intricate.

        • Mon français est très rouillé, et hélas, ce qui se serait avéré être un livre intéressant (j’en ai lu sur Amazon) n’est pas en anglais ! Pauvre de moi. (Merci, Google Translate!)

  2. The first thing I thought when I looked at the first photo was, “Why does she have a pile of spaghetti on her head?” and then I read everyone else’s comments! LOL It is kind of interesting though!

  3. Very interesting that HM wore two completely different yellow outfits for her 1965 trip to Germany. Then the following year, she wore the coat
    we see today with the other, more trimmed yellow hat to present a winner’s trophy at Wembley, where Britain beat Germany! Coincidence?

    July 30, 1966: Wembley Stadium
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  4. It’s an idiosyncracy of the way the posts and comments arrive in my email that I generally see the first several comments BEFORE I see the actual photos, and thus have fun imagining which hat is under discussion based on the comments — in this case, the spaghetti references did not disappoint! Echoing Lesley’s note of how perfectly turned out HM always is, I’d like to add, and what a good sport she is, willing to wear whatever odd creations her designers place before her. In some cases, her hat is a good example of what women in general are wearing at that time, but in others such as today’s, I can’t recall ever seeing any photo anywhere of any other woman wearing a hat like this!

  5. I actually like the overall effect of this, although I can’t imagine why! It’s certainly distinctive, and must be unique with that spaghetti. I was wondering why you referred to it as a turban, HatQueen, so I had a closer look at the colour film, and at first, looking at 1:08 and 2:53, I thought it had a flat insert at the back of the head, but later, looking at 3:40, 4:10 and especially 4:29-4:33, I’m fairly sure it’s a doughnut hat! Isn’t that the Queen’s hair making the brown patch in the centre of the back of her head?

  6. I’m not sure about this one but I agree Queen Elizabeth always looks perfect.
    The coat is gorgeous and I love the light beige accessories.

    These photos and newsreels are capturing 70 years of history and emphasising the longevity of the Queen’s reign. Amazing!

  7. Holy Macaroni, I don’t dislike this for some reason. I love the coat’s neckline. This series has given me an appreciation of just how bandbox perfect she always is, I may not like an outfit or hat but she is never less than perfectly turned out with not a crease to be seen.

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