About & Comments

I have been a royal fan since before I can remember. It’s in my blood- my mother, aunts, and grandmother all followed the British Royal Family religiously and I grew up knowing more about them than I did some of my own relatives. My own royal passions have been fashion related and for more than four decades, I have been utterly mad about royal hats. Writing this blog has brought me into conversation with others who share this crazy admiration and together, we have created a lovely space for all royal hat lovers to congregate, engaging in fun conversation about hats and sharing our passion for millinery.

Photos here are all attributed to their source and all text here, which is copyrighted, may not be duplicated without permission.

How To Share A Photo In A Comment

If you know the date a hat was worn, the easiest way to share a photo is to go to Getty Images and type in the royal hat wearer’s name and the date (i.e. June 25, 2012) in the search box. A number of photos should come up in the search. Click on the one you want to share, and it should open in a new window. Scroll down to the bottom of the photo and click on the Embed box. A new box will open with a long standard code at the top- copy all of this and paste it in the comment (to create a slideshow, click on additional photos on the right side under “Add items to create a slideshow” then post the new code from the code box in the comment here on Royal Hats). The photo(s) should automatically show up when you post your comment.

If you want to share a specific photo from somewhere other than Getty, post a URL link to it at its original source (please don’t post links to Pinterest).

Comment Policy

 All opinions and comments about hats are welcome. Opinions and comments about the real people involved – those both wearing or designing  these hats –  must remain respectful. This is not a place for personal attacks on any fellow human, either royal or non-royal. Inappropriate comments, including speculation about a royal’s character or level of taste and comments about body type, will be deleted without notice. Those who leave three inappropriate comments will simply find themselves unable to comment here again; those who make racist comments will be immediately banned.  Fun, wit, questions, and sarcasm is welcome as long as the overall tone remains respectful.

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23 thoughts on “About & Comments

  1. Long time reader first time commentor! Since The Queen is in Balmoral, how about a retrospective of Tam O Shanter style hats she’s worn, whether in Scotland or not?

  2. I love the “new millinery” post. I look for this on the first or end of each week. You blog is refreshing, fun, and informative! Thank you!

  3. Whenever I take a photo, my phone tells me what I’m taking (green fields, lake, people, etc). When I took a photo of one of Queen Mary’s torques, currently on display at the Fashion Museum, Bath, and posted by another reader, it said, “cat”.
    Have to say, AI had a point.
    In all seriousness – fabulous exhibition, fabulous museum – take time for a visit. Worth popping in at nearby Gray MCA for an insight into fashion illustration.

  4. Hi friend! Just thought I’d “crow” a bit to someone who will appreciate it – my partner and I have decided to attend Royal Ascot 2016! Time to polish the topper and get everything in order. I’m very excited.

  5. Hi HQ, thank you for your prompt reply to my suggestion regarding men’s top hats. The link you provided was great and included some wonderful photos of the various royals in toppers. Here is a link to a now-abandoned blog (but thankfully still linkable). The author of this blog includes an amazingly thorough and comprehensive collection of information on top hats, especially info on antique silk top hats. For what it is worth, in the photos on the link you provided from your previous blog posting about top hats I notice that all the royals photographed, except Peter Phillips are wearing old hats. It is easy to pick out Peter’s hat as new as the crown has little to no curve but, more importantly, where the crown meets the top it isn’t as crisp as those old hats covered with silk. From the photos the best example of a fine hat in tip-top condition is the Earl of Wessex – shined to its full luster. Prince Harry always frustrates me as his topper always needs to be polished. Lastly, the Duke of Edinburgh has had his hats since they were new – and now they are nearly 80 years old! You can see the aging of his hats in photos through the years (sort of like his Garter robes and Garter sash). God love him! If you’ll instruct me on how to post a photo (or 2-3) I’ll send you a few from my last visit to Garter and Royal Ascot. Thanks for your great blog!

  6. Hi HatQueen! I’m new to your blog but based on the few times I’ve looked at your posts I’m very impressed – well done! I have a request for a future blog post and that one dedicated to the top hats worn by the male members of the royal family. So far I’ve not come across a full blog post dedicated to top hats (I did see one short comment on one of the Royal Ascot postings.) I suggest this because top hats, especially the antique silk top hats that have not been made for 75+ years are fascinating. I purchased a hat that is almost 100 years old (and also a 100 year old leather top hat case) about 4 years ago after my first trip to Royal Ascot. However, learning about how they were made, why they are no longer made in silk, etc. I think would be an interesting post for your readers. Thank you! (PS – and if I could figure out how to post a photo I’d send along a photo of me in my top hat and morning attire at Ascot!)

    • Welcome here, Chicago Chuck! Have you seen this post devoted to top hats? Your post suggestion is a good one- I’ll try and dig up some research. And please do post a photo of yourself in the antique piece you described!

  7. I love your blog!!! I stumbled upon it looking for more blog inspiration and typing in Princess Beatrice Blogs into google. I am so glad that this blog was one of the ones that popped up. I have already subscribed to it and I can’t wait to read many of your other posts.

    Thank you so much!

  8. I found you accidentally and have become addicted! I love the honour and respect you show in each post. The beautiful, wonderful hats are a delight and make me happy. Thank you.

  9. Have you ever watched the movie “Charade” with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant? She wears some of the most interesting and wonderful hats! None of which I’ve seen covered before on your blog. She’s not royal but certainly carried herself like one!

  10. Hi there
    Sorry I sent this earlier but to your but remember that you said previously about changing blog set ups !!!!
    Not sure you saw this – it was a little hidden ! Anyhow Stephanie (Monaco) wears a hat !!!!! Looks great also !!! Photos 39-41 (you may have to advance a couple!!! the link doesn’t land correctly!!)

    Take care and I love reading your blog as always.





  11. I congratulate you on such an interesting, informative and enjoyable blog. I live in New Zealand and follow it regularly as I have long been a hat wearer and admirer. Interesting too to see the European, the minor royals and others as well as the British royals. Did you know Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is currently in Australia on tour (with some wonderful hats I imagine)

  12. Visiting your blog is part of my daily routine. I love it !!!! I know this doesn’t relate to hats but has anyone noticed the similarity between suit Kate wore to Christening and a suit worn by PoW I think in 1985 when she visited USA ?

  13. I love HATS, they make a woman look so elegant and classy….I love your blog and will be here daily. Thank you for a place to go to see these beautiful hats that I so wish I could own.

  14. Have just discovered your blog and it is great! You really know your hats and your comments are such fun. Keep up the very entertaining work.

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