Hat From the Past

Royal Hats At the beginning of June, the Royal Collection Trust shared this wonderful photograph of Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia, wearing a hat (I suppose one that was considered casual and sporting at the time), riding a penny farthing. Fascinating!

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Today’s posts will be up late in the day (to avoid our Australian guest milliner having to get up in the middle of the night to talk with us!) so to keep you entertained, here’s a fantastic flashback of Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Ascot hats, shared yesterday by the British Monarchy.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats With this year’s Order of the Garter procession just a week away, here is a look back to Garter Days in 1913 and 1948. The British royals take tradition seriously- no surprise that in 116 years, the ceremonial hats have not changed!

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Today is Garter Day! This annual event celebrates the Order of the Garter - the senior British Order of Chivalry, that was founded by King Edward III in 1348. The 'founder knights' of the Order were military men, skilled in battle and tournament.  The saint chosen to be their patron was St George – already the patron saint of soldiers - who still appears on the insignia today. Since its creation, generations of members of the Royal Family have been appointed to the Order, always with the Monarch as its 'Sovereign'. This photograph from @royal_collection_trust shows George V and Queen Mary in the distinctive Garter Robes at Garter Day in 1913. Follow the link in our bio to read more.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Next Saturday, all eyes will be on the Buckingham Palace balcony to see the hats and faces that gather for Trooping the Colour this year. The balcony has hosted all kinds of interesting hats for Trooping the colour over the years and I can’t remember two that delighted me more than the pair of pillboxes in this photo, generously sent to me yesterday by reader Jake. It’s June 14, 1969 and shows a wonderful bias striped design on Princess Alexandra (in the same fabric as her jacket) while a youthful Princess Anne is in one covered in giant daisies. How brilliantly of the times are they both?!

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Thanks for sharing this, Jake!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Well known British company Lock and Co. Hatters recently shared this wonderful photo of a groom arriving at his wedding in 1908, 1111 years ago, wearing a one of their gleaming silk top hats. While he’s not ‘officially’ royal, I think his pedigree (grandson of a duke, son of a lord) and status is close enough to warrant featuring here.

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Sir Winston Churchill wears a Lock & Co. silk top hat on his wedding day to Clementine Hozier in 1908. 🎩 The silk top hat is the pinnacle of a gentleman's formal wardrobe, and Lock & Co's antique ones are the finest. Lovingly restored in our atelier, our toppers are made from rare Parisian silk and finished with a silk crêpe band. Due to their rarity and complex sizing, these heirloom pieces can only be purchased in our shop. With only 3 weeks to go until Royal Ascot, to arrange fitting please book an appointment online or call us on +44 20 7930 8874. 🎩 @lockhatters @ascotracecourse #lockhatters #lockandcohatters #winstonchurchill #tophat #silktophat #vintage #vintagehats #photooftheday

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day in 1987 when a white bumper hat trimmed with a dotted veil and large red silk poppy was worn in Berlin during a state visit to Germany. Designed by Ian Thomas, this hat is one of the rare ones that looks better off the head, I think, all due to the position of that poppy. Much better on the side than smack in the middle of the back, don’t you think?

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to this day, 200 years ago, when a princess was born at Kensington Palace who would, ultimate, change the course of the British Monarchy. Remembered more for the immense industrial, scientific, cultural and political change that came during the era of her reign than for her fashion, we celebrate the bicentennial of Queen Victoria’s birth today with a look at a handful of her hats.

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