49 years to June 21 and July 3, 1972 and a wonderful green patterned halo brimmed hat worn by Princess Anne for a polo match in Windsor Great Park and a visit to Monaco. Classic 1970s groovy chic!
Photo from Getty as indicated
We wrap up our look through all of Queen Elizabeth’s Epsom hats today with a look at those worn this millenium. It’s a colourful, brimmed bunch that contrasts against the hats we’ve seen so far in terms of shape and scale, showing an extension of the impressive arc of evolving millinery style we’ve seen during past decades. My immense thanks to Jimbo for researching photos for this entire series.
Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 2000 until last year:
So…. what do you notice about the hats during these two decades?
I hope you have enjoyed this look at the Queen’s Epsom hats, a retrospective replacement for the hats we will not see at the races tomorrow. Here are links to the other three posts in this series:
After sweeping through Queen Elizabeth’s hats worn to the Epsom Races from the late 1940s until 19643 and from 1965 through the end of the 1970s, we turn our attention today to her colourful hats of the 1980s and 1990s. Again, my thanks to reader Jimbo for his assistance with photo research.
Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 1965 to 1979:
1980, 1981 and 1982
1983, 1985 and 1986
1987; 1988 in Frederick Fox; 1989 in Philip Somerville
1990 in Philip Somerville; 1991 in Frederick Fox
Frederick Fox designs in both 1992 and 1993
1994 and 1995
1996 and 1997
1998 and 1999
What do you notice about Her Majesty’s hats during these two decades?
Stay tuned tomorrow for the last post in this series featuring hats from the past 20 years.
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In ordinary circumstances, this weekend would see us admiring hats worn by members of the British royal family at Epsom races, held the first weekend in June at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey since 1870. Queen Elizabeth has attended nearly every year of her adult life and this week, we’re going to look at all the hats she has worn to this event. Immense thanks to Jimbo for his assistance researching these hats.
Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 1947 to 1965:
1947: June 3 and June 5, 1948
1949 and 1950
May 30 and June 1, 1951
1953; June 2 and 4, 1954
1955 and 1956
June 5 and 7, 1957
June 4, 5 and 6, 1958
June 3 and 5, 1959
June 1, 2 and 3, 1960
May 31 and June 2, 1961
1962 and 1963
June 3 and 6, 1964
Retrospective give us a fascinating glimpse of evolving millinery style- I had forgotten reminded me how frothy and romantic Queen Elizabeth’s hats were in the late 1940s (not surprisingly, during her newlywed early 20s). It’s also interesting how the bonnet-shaped brims dominated in the early 1950s were replaced by calots, in various forms, for the rest of the decade. What do you notice about the Queen’s hats over this two decade span?
Stay tuned tomorrow for a look at hats through the rest of the 1960s and 1970s.
Photos from: Popperfoto, Fox Photos/Hulton Archive, Harry Shepherd/Stringer, Keystone-France\Gamma-Rapho, Topical Press Agency, Paul Popper/Popperfoto, Paul Popper/Popperfoto, Paul Popper/Popperfoto, Paul Popper /Popperfoto, Keystone-France\Gamma-Rapho, Hulton Archive, PA Images, Popperfoto, Popperfoto, Fox Photos/Hulton Archive, PA Images, Fox Photos/Hulton Archive, PA Images, PA Images, PA Images, Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix, Paul Popper/Popperfoto and Fox Photos/Hulton Archive, Ray Bellisario/Popperfoto, Keystone-France\Gamma-Rapho, Fox Photos/Hulton Archive, Fox Photos/Hulton Archive, Stanley Sherman/Express, and PA Images,
73 years to a quartet of royal hats worn in May 1947 to the Chesea Flower Show. Longtime reader Mitten Mary sent me this photo yesterday, insightfully drawing attention to unique and lovely shape of Princess Elizabeth (if you can look past her linebacker fur vest) and Princess Margaret’s hats, and the dashing bowler on King George VI.
This was an entirely new photo to me- immense thanks to Mitten Mary for sharing it!
Photo from Getty as indicated