Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to September 5, 1932, 88 years ago, and a very sweet tam-sporting Princess Elizabeth returning to Balmoral Castle from attending Sunday morning service at nearby Crathie Kirk with her grandparents. Queen Mary’s pleated toque hat is embellished with fabric leaves and a diamond brooch, an addition that also seems to be on her granddaughter’s tam, in mini version.

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Life Of A Hat: Princess Anne

Most of the royal hats we see stay the same during their working lives. Some might be paired with different ensembles but a vast majority stay in their original form.  However, while wading around in my archive of Princess Anne’s royal hats last week, I found a hat that has undergone subtle transformation. Designed by the late British milliner John Boyd, I believe the hat first appeared in 1983 while on a visit to Japan.

The pale wheat-hued straw brimmed hat with ivory crin overlay was repeated for a May 1985 Buckingham Palace garden party and with a printed dress for the agricultural “East of England” show (in June 1985, 1986 or 1987), both seen below.

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Princess Anne paired this hat with a nautical navy jacket with brass buttons and white trim on June 4, 1986 for the Epsom Races. This outing is probably the most famous for this hat and photos captured at this event provide great views of its shape, trim and detail.

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On June 23, 1990, the hat appeared at Royal Ascot with the addition of a twisted, polka dot hatband.

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For a May 6, 2008 WWII memorial in France, the crown’s crin overlay was removed and an insignia brooch looked to be affixed to the front of the hat.

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The hat’s most recent outing on October 16, 2011  was without the insignia brooch and showed all the original trim – the twisted hatband, back bow and crin swirled rosette on the side – to be intact.

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The removal of the ivory crin over the crown is a minor touch that significantly altered the look of this hat- I can’t help wondering if it was removed for necessity or deemed an easy ‘fix’ to make more fashionable, 30 years after it’s creation? We’ll never know the answer to these questions… but I’m very interested to hear your theories!

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York Wedding

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married yesterday morning in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

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Princess Beatrice wore an gown of  ivory peau de soie taffeta with silver and diamanté motif beaded on the bodice and upper ballgown skirt made by legendary designer Norman Hartnell in the earlier 1960s. Silk puffed sleeves were added by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly and fashion designer Stewart Parvin, who also replaced the gown’s balloon hem with a wide stripe of duchesse satin for a sleeker silhouette (and, I suspect, to make the gown long enough for Princess Beatrice, who is taller than her grandmother). It was reported that these adjustments were all reversible.

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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What a lovely photo! Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi posted this on his social media account. So happy for them! Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi released photos from their wedding yesterday and today as a thank you for the well wishes. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Beatrice topped the dress with an ivory silk veil, anchored with Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara. Also borrowed from her grandmother, the fringed tiara was also worn for Queen Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947 and Princess Anne’s in 1973. The tiara choice was a surprise but its linear lines echoed the beading on the vintage gown and the pieces paired beautifully together. The warm tone of ivory is exquisite with Beatrice’s colouring and auburn hair and the personal connection to her grandmother through the dress- no doubt, a choice the Queen was actively involved in- is charming and sentimental and all kinds of perfect.

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More photos were released today as a thank you for the well wishes they received following their marriage. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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Guests were limited to immediate family only- the only hat we’ve seen was the pale aqua wool crêpe covered design with pink straw flowers worn by the Queen. 

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Like many couples, Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding plans were impacted by the pandemic. I’m sure you join me in wishing them the very best for the future.

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Queen Knights Centenarian Captain

Queen Elizabeth was all smiles today, welcoming 100-year-old veteran (and NHS fundraising hero) Captain Tom Moore to Windsor castle for an outdoor investiture to confer the Honour of Knighthood upon him. For this, and a family wedding earlier in the day, she wore a summery new hat.

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The straw hat, covered in the same pale aqua wool crêpe as her coat, follows the shape of Angela Kelly’s split crown hats with a slightly upturned bound brim. The hat is trimmed with a wide ruched hatband, pale grey arrow cut feathers and hand rolled pink straw flowers and curling green leaves on the side. 

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It’s a good hat- the colour is lovely on Her Majesty and the floral trim, which links well with her dress adds lift and brightness to the piece. Seeing the darker green straw leaves from side view helps them make sense- not only do they link with the dress pattern, they give great movement to the hat. My only quibble is the brim pinch on the side, which makes the brim shape a little awkward and wasn’t necessary in a design that has enough other things going on.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Queen was overheard telling Captain Moore that she had attended her granddaughter’s wedding earlier this morning; Princess Beatrice and Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi were married in a small, private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints which is opposite Royal Lodge, close to Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace will release photos tomorrow but the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were photographed traveling to the wedding, Queen Elizabeth wearing this hat.

I think this hat is a great choice for both a granddaughter’s wedding and a garden investiture- what do you think of it?

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Duchess of Cornwall Visits Chelsea Pensioners

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Royal Hospital Chelsea this morning where she met with some of the home’s 300 pensioners (all retired members of the British Army) in their distinctive scarlet coats and smart gold piped black tricorn hats. For this event, in place of the annual Founder’s Day parade in May that was closed to external visitors during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, she repeated a lovely hat in natural straw with upswept brim, simply trimmed with a straw hatband knotted at the side.

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We’ve seen Camilla in numerous other hats of similar shape (the brim sweep above her face suits her so well) and what makes this one distinctive is the texture of this woven straw. It’s downright delicious, giving movement and interest to the piece while keeping the overall design effortlessly light and so summery.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Nov 18, 2019; Jul 9, 2018Nov 9, 2012

What do you think of Camilla’s straw hat today?

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