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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Hat From the Past

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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Hat From the Past

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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Hat From the Past


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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Hat From the Past

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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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to June 7, 1977 and a wonderful pair of flower trimmed hats on Princess Margaret and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, en route to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee.

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Merry Christmas!

Today, on Christmas Eve, we look back at two sweet photos of Queen Elizabeth, boarding the train in London to travel to Sandringham for Christmas. The first photo might be one of her first hats, in 1929, while the second is a memorable flared crown shape worn in 1965. May all our travelling bonnets make such statements!

Wherever your travels take you this holiday season, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year filled with joy, love, hope and peace.

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