Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 63 years to this day in 1956 when Queen Elizabeth visited the newly restored Queen Victoria Room and State Apartments at Kensington Palace and an exhibition at the London Museum in a ruched velvet brimless hat with button trim.

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Monday Multiples: Princess Anne

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for these “Monday Multiples” posts- you’ll see more in this series in coming weeks!

Jimbo’s Introduction: Princess Anne has been creative with fashion through the years, using one coat with at least two different hats. Here is one wonderful example with a red plaid suit.

Look #1: Dark fur pillbox worn on an April 20, 1978 visit to Nailsworth, near her home in Gloucestershire

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Look #2: Ecru trilby in brushed felt with red hatband and curled feather brim worn on a December 5, 1986 visit to the East Midlands.

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Which hat do you prefer most with this suit?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats sixty-two years back to November 19, 1957 and the first year Princess Caroline took part in Monaco’s National Day celebrations. At just ten months old, she is the picture of charm in a traditional Monegasque folk costume complete with pyramid shaped hat. I wonder how her hat tomorrow will compare?!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to the 1977 Silver Jubilee tour and a stop in Portsmouth that saw a very interestingly shaped, striped hat on Queen Elizabeth. A bit of a UFO vibe on this one, I adore its creativity.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1941 when Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and King George VI visited the London & North Eastern Railway’s Doncaster Works in Yorkshire. The Queen’s jaunty hat with upswept brim is the basis for a very familiar hat shape we often see on royal heads today but clearly, one that is not as contemporary as we might think!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1986 and the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to China. The Queen donned a silk-covered brimless, domed hat with navy base, yellow top and navy silk petal trim by Ian Thomas. We don’t often see a hat’s original sketch and it’s fascinating to see an ensemble’s original idea (with TWO hat options!) against its end creation. I’m a little disappointed the feathers on the design didn’t make it on to the hat but I’m even more curious- which of these two hat designs would you have chosen for Her Majesty?!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats41 years ago today when Princess Margaret took joined in independence festivities on the island of Tuvalu in the most marvelous headdress.

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