Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1977, 42 years ago. Princess Alexandra presented the Ryder Cup, held that year at the at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, to a victorious American team in an ensemble that proves even a princess was not safe from the least kind of 1970s fashion.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to thirty-one years ago this week and a state visit to Brunei where Queen Elizabeth wore a large blue hat with woven brim and braided straw trim by Frederick Fox. We usually associate this familiar hat with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002 but this piece actually made its first appearance, four years earlier.

September 18, 1998 in Brunei: 

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June 4, 2002 for the Golden Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral:

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On display at the 2003 “Hats And Handbags” exhibition at Kensington Palace:

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1977 and a multi-coloured butterfly headpiece on a young (and very tanned!) Princess Caroline of Monaco.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 95 years back to the Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1924 that saw one boat led by King George V in a marvelously nautical hat.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 2002, seventeen years ago, that saw Princess Nobuko wear a wide-brimmed, cream straw hat wrapped in net veiling to open an exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross Society. It’s a far larger scale Imperial royal hat than we usually see these days and I’d love to see more of this!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to 57 years ago this weekend when Queen Elizabeth attended Crathie Church (as she did today) in this salmon pink turban with lace, net veil and bow trim.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to August 15, 1995 and a sharp navy and white Philip Somerville hat worn to watch a parade down the Mall during V.J. Day commemorations. While the colour scheme is classic, the oversized, flared crown shape and wide hatband are certainly of the time.

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