Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto February 26, 2002 and a visit to New Zealand that saw this voluminous pink and apple green straw hat worn for a garden party at Government House. Interesting how much more streamlined Queen Elizabeth’s hats have become in the intervening 17 years, isn’t it?!

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats86 years to this day in 1933 and an outing, by members of the British Royal Family, to the British Industrial Fair. It’s a look at two quintessential hat shapes- the young Princess Royal and Duchess of York in cloches that were so stylish at the time and Queen Mary in a striped toque.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 51 years to January 1968 and the loveliest peachy-yellow silk ruched turban with rose trim worn by Empress Michiko (she was crown princess at the time) to the Ueno Cultural Center in Tokyo.

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 16, 1954, sixty-five years ago, when a young Queen Elizabeth appeared at Ascot in a saucer hat with fluted-edge crin brim and velvet crown. The star shape on the crown is a unique feature that sets it apart from all others- can you think of any other star shaped royal millinery?!

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This hat ends this look back at past Ascot hats- I’ll be back tomorrow. If there are any other royal hats worn today, please share them in the comments below.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats almost thirty-three years to June 17, 1986. Sarah Ferguson was a month away from becoming the Duchess of York and appeared at Ascot, with Prince Andrew, in a wonderfully graphic white, navy and green linen dress topped with a classic navy pillbox hat anchored on one of her dramatic 1980s updos.

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Sarah was photographed that day speaking with the Queen Mother, whose bright pink capulet hat with silk hatband tied at the side and veil captures the quintessential millinery style she adopted for the final two decades of her life.

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Please share and discuss any royal hats worn today in the comments below.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to 2002 and our final duet of foreign royals that joined in Ascot fun that year. The late Grand Duchess Josephine wore a classic ecru straw hat with a beautifully curved brim, trimmed simply with a silk organza hatband and side rosette (and I can’t omit mentioning Princess Anne’s ice blue straw hat with mushroom brim and ruched straw crown wrap). Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her blue suit with a matching straw hat with wide, upturned brim trimmed with a wide hatband and large flower. Unfortunately, Maria Teresa’s hat was a touch large for her, leaving it to sit unusually (and unflatteringly) low on her forehead.

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Thanks for sharing any hats worn today (likely a few to church at Sandringham) in the comments below.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats twenty-two years back to the carriage procession into Royal Ascot on June 17, 1997. The late Princess Margaret wore a ruched toque hat overlaid in the same blue and white silk as her scarf while the Duchess of Gloucester sported some Puritan vibes in this peach straw hat with wide, flat brim and tall crown.

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I don’t expect there will be many (or any?!) royal hats worn today but please do share and chat about any do make an appearance in the comments here.

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