Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to September 5, 1932, 88 years ago, and a very sweet tam-sporting Princess Elizabeth returning to Balmoral Castle from attending Sunday morning service at nearby Crathie Kirk with her grandparents. Queen Mary’s pleated toque hat is embellished with fabric leaves and a diamond brooch, an addition that also seems to be on her granddaughter’s tam, in mini version.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 95 years back to the Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1924 that saw one boat led by King George V in a marvelously nautical hat.

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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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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to a photograph that appeared in The Illustrated London News on this day, 107 years ago. King George V had been king for just eight days and is pictured in naval uniform along with the future Edward VIII. Queen Mary was resplendent in an Edwardian feather trimmed hat.

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