Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to April 5, 1939 and a wonderfully dramatic halo brimmed hat worn by Princess Martha of Norway on a visit to America.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to Queen Margrethe’s 18th birthday on April 16, 1958. For this coming of age milestone, she wore a lovely floral frock with matching calot hat. Photos from the time are all in black and white but, thanks to the Danish Monarchy, we have a view of it in full colour.

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Next week we’ll celebrate Queen Margrethe’s 81st birthday with another inventory of her hats- what colour would you like to see?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to sometime between 1850 and 1860 when this hat stepped out on the head of Queen Victoria. The caption describes it as “‘Calash’ style with wiring in silk casing. Plain weave silk, trimmed with silk ribbon, and inside with blonde lace and velvet flowers with aerophane leaves.” A ‘calash bonnet’ was a new hat style for me- see a great description here.

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It’s the placement of the flowers that intrigues me most here, tucked deeply inside the bonnet to closely frame the face. What do you notice about this fascinating design?

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Queen Elizabeth visiting Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on May 25, 2005 

As Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit reminded yesterday, today is “Wear A Hat Day” in support of brain tumor research. Join in milliners and hat wearers around the world on Instagram here donning a hat for this important cause (and by all means, share your social media selfie in the comments here as well!)

Thanks, Mittenmary, for suggesting this very fun photo!

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