Hat From the Past

Royal Hats fifteen years to July 21, 2004 when Princess Claire attended National Day celebrations in a noteworthy toile suit with matching exaggerated fedora hat. Not surprisingly, this ensemble has only been worn once.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day, 102 years ago, in the midst of WWI when Prince Arthur and Princess Alexandra of Connaught attended a society wedding, he in military uniform and she in a lovely picture hat.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to a pair of summer hats, worn by a doppelganger pair of royal cousins, 110 years ago. Despite the handsome nautical hats, there’s there’s an air of tragedy that surrounds this photo, taken at the last visit the future King George V (right) would enjoy with his cousin, Russian Czar Nicholas II.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats At the beginning of June, the Royal Collection Trust shared this wonderful photograph of Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia, wearing a hat (I suppose one that was considered casual and sporting at the time), riding a penny farthing. Fascinating!

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Today’s posts will be up late in the day (to avoid our Australian guest milliner having to get up in the middle of the night to talk with us!) so to keep you entertained, here’s a fantastic flashback of Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Ascot hats, shared yesterday by the British Monarchy.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats With this year’s Order of the Garter procession just a week away, here is a look back to Garter Days in 1913 and 1948. The British royals take tradition seriously- no surprise that in 116 years, the ceremonial hats have not changed!

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Today is Garter Day! This annual event celebrates the Order of the Garter - the senior British Order of Chivalry, that was founded by King Edward III in 1348. The 'founder knights' of the Order were military men, skilled in battle and tournament.  The saint chosen to be their patron was St George – already the patron saint of soldiers - who still appears on the insignia today. Since its creation, generations of members of the Royal Family have been appointed to the Order, always with the Monarch as its 'Sovereign'. This photograph from @royal_collection_trust shows George V and Queen Mary in the distinctive Garter Robes at Garter Day in 1913. Follow the link in our bio to read more.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Next Saturday, all eyes will be on the Buckingham Palace balcony to see the hats and faces that gather for Trooping the Colour this year. The balcony has hosted all kinds of interesting hats for Trooping the colour over the years and I can’t remember two that delighted me more than the pair of pillboxes in this photo, generously sent to me yesterday by reader Jake. It’s June 14, 1969 and shows a wonderful bias striped design on Princess Alexandra (in the same fabric as her jacket) while a youthful Princess Anne is in one covered in giant daisies. How brilliantly of the times are they both?!

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Thanks for sharing this, Jake!

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