Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to the 1977 Silver Jubilee tour and a stop in Portsmouth that saw a very interestingly shaped, striped hat on Queen Elizabeth. A bit of a UFO vibe on this one, I adore its creativity.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1941 when Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and King George VI visited the London & North Eastern Railway’s Doncaster Works in Yorkshire. The Queen’s jaunty hat with upswept brim is the basis for a very familiar hat shape we often see on royal heads today but clearly, one that is not as contemporary as we might think!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1986 and the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to China. The Queen donned a silk-covered brimless, domed hat with navy base, yellow top and navy silk petal trim by Ian Thomas. We don’t often see a hat’s original sketch and it’s fascinating to see an ensemble’s original idea (with TWO hat options!) against its end creation. I’m a little disappointed the feathers on the design didn’t make it on to the hat but I’m even more curious- which of these two hat designs would you have chosen for Her Majesty?!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats41 years ago today when Princess Margaret took joined in independence festivities on the island of Tuvalu in the most marvelous headdress.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1978 and a visit to Australia that saw Princess Alexandra in a textured hat with relaxed brim and braided hatband. Interesting how the very rounded crown of this hat is sewn in wedge panels.

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Royal Hats to this day, 50 years ago, in 1969 when Queen Juliana of the Netherlands opened a new session of parliament in a statement hat to end all statement hats.

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Royal Hatsto the early 1980s and this blue cloche with darling butterfly trim. While we see LOTS of feathers and flowers trimming royal millinery, there are surprisingly few butterflies.

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