Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to July 31, 1917 and Prince and Princess Alexis of Serbia photographed in hats while on a visit to Stratford upon Avon. The Prince was a claimant to the Serbian throne through the Karageorgevitch family line while the princess was Myra Abigail “Abbie” Pratt, an American golfer who won a bronze medal in the 1900 Summer Olympics.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1981 when Zara Tindall was christened at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth matched her purple and blue printed silk dress with wore an oversize rounded pillbox hat. Pleated fabric covered the hat and it was trimmed on top with similar ruffles to those on the neckline of her dress. Zara’s pateral grandmother, Anne Phillips, wore a pale green dupioni silk turban trimmed with bias stripes of the grey floral on her dress. The Queen Mother wore one of her signature veiled capulet hats covered in the same spring green floral as her caped frock and trimmed with a matching ostrich plume around the back.

True to form, Princess Anne’s finely woven yellow straw hat with curved brim, simply trimmed with a rolled silk hatband tied in a side bow (likely made by John Boyd), is still worn from time to time.

Princess Anne on July 27, 1981 and on a visit to Cumbria on July 17, 2013

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats110 years on this day back to the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Carnarvon Castle. I adore the contrasting statements between Queen Mary’s gigantic ostrich plumed hat and the 17-year-old prince’s streamlined gold coronet!

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Royal Hats fifty-one years to July 3, 1970 and the Women’s Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Princess Margaret presented awards to winner Billie Jean King and runner-up Margaret Court in a statement blue circle headpiece with large bow.

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Royal Hats to this day in 1897 when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a service of thanksgiving outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. The hats are difficult to see in detail but one thing is clear- the occasion was well celebrated!

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Hats aside- looking back at such spectacles, I’m amazed how they were organized without the modern communication devices we so rely on today!

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