Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day in 1997, 23 years ago. Princess Christina of Sweden attended the unveiling of a monument dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg in an ivory wool cloche with sidesweeping mini-brim and a mass of ivory looped bows on the side. I love it when a small hat in a neutral colour makes a strong statement, as this one did!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to another royal skating outing, this one in The Hague in 1917, 103 years ago. Queen Wilhelmina, in a fur hat and muff is at center left beside a young Princess Julianna.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto February 15, 1968 and a braided turban with giant tassel trim on Queen Elizabeth to attend a reception for the Confederation of British Industry. Surprising to see a hat with such a craft-project vibe on Her Majesty.

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Royal Hats to February 10, 1971 when young Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko, in a white fur hat, skated on the Makomanai speedway in Sapporo during the 1972 Winter Olympics.

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Royal Hats fifty-nine to January 21, 1961 when Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in New Delhi for a six week tour of India and Pakistan, the Queen in a memorably voluminous pale blue/grey tulle and silk flower trimmed turban.

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Royal Hats 67 years to this day in 1953 and Queen Mary’s return to London from the Sandringham winter break in one of her quintessential draped silk toque hats with feather pouf. Marvelous.

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Royal Hats to this day in 1969, 51 years ago, and a return to London from Christmas break at Sandringham. Princess Margaret’s fur pillbox is a familiar winter hat but it’s the unusual shape of Lady Sarah’s velvet covered design that stands out as particularly interesting.

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