Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1981 when Zara Tindall was christened at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth matched her purple and blue printed silk dress with wore an oversize rounded pillbox hat. Pleated fabric covered the hat and it was trimmed on top with similar ruffles to those on the neckline of her dress. Zara’s pateral grandmother, Anne Phillips, wore a pale green dupioni silk turban trimmed with bias stripes of the grey floral on her dress. The Queen Mother wore one of her signature veiled capulet hats covered in the same spring green floral as her caped frock and trimmed with a matching ostrich plume around the back.

True to form, Princess Anne’s finely woven yellow straw hat with curved brim, simply trimmed with a rolled silk hatband tied in a side bow (likely made by John Boyd), is still worn from time to time.

Princess Anne on July 27, 1981 and on a visit to Cumbria on July 17, 2013

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Queen Pops In For Polo and Carriage Driving

Queen Elizabeth was all smiles yesterday at the Guards Polo Club at Smith’s Lawn to attend the Royal Windsor Cup polo match and a carriage driving display by the British Driving Society.

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For these events, she repeated her lime straw hat with tall crown and short, sideswept brim. The hat is trimmed with a lime crepe silk hatband in the same fabric as her coat and a handmade straw flower.

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Despite its small sale, this hat’s unique crown and brim shapes, vibrant colour and oversize flower trim make a statement. The streamlined coat works so well to balance the hat and the delicate floral print on the dress sweetens ensemble’s overall impact (it’s a lot of lime!).  The overall look is a lighthearted one that the queen wears well.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 14, 2018; June 20, 2017June 6, 2014

What do you think of this lime hat on its fourth outing yesterday?

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Queen At Horse Show and Day In Manchester

Last Saturday, Queen Elizabeth attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the pink straw hat with gently sidesweeping brim and multiple bow trim she first wore last month to host President and Dr. Biden.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Dress and coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: June 13, 2021

On Sunday, she was back at the show in her blue hat with straw sidesweeping brim and fabric covered crown (which also binds the brim edge in a wide stripe) trimmed with a posy of blue and white silk flowers, blue seed pearls and slim white feathers, along with several looped blue blue wool silk bows.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: May 23, 2019

Today, Her Majesty was in Manchester where she paid visits to Manchester Cathedral and the set of Coronation Street.

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For these visits, she debuted a peacock blue textured wool covered hat with upturned kettle brim, slightly raised on one side. The hat is trimmed with a large ostrich feather and an unusual wrap of silver lurex threads around the hatband on the side (notice that the ensemble’s coat is embroidered with silver Celtic knots around the collar and on the buttons).

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The colour is so beautiful on the queen and while the ostrich feather doesn’t photograph well in every shot, it provides some textural contrast needed in an ensemble with hat and coat in the same textured fabric.

Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this trio of hats on Her Majesty?

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Queen Concludes Holyrood Week

Queen Elizabeth wrapped up her annual week in Scotland yesterday with a visit to the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

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For this event, she wore her third new hat of the week. Another one of Angela Kelly’s teardrop shaped crown designs, this piece in deep teal has a downturned brim bound with wide binding. The hat is finished with a trio of rolled teal straw lilies studded with black and white cut feathers.

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I’m not as keen on this hat as the other new ones we’ve seen this week. The colour is lovely and the black and white feathers provide wonderful contrast (my guess is they link with this ensemble’s dress, which we didn’t get a peek of today). It’s the teardrop crown that doesn’t work for me-  while I appreciate the creativity of the shape, its lines make this one appear awkwardly wobbly.

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: this hat is new

This concluded the Queen’s week in Scotland- she jetted home in time to make an appearance yesterday afternoon at the Royal Windsor Horse Show!

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Day 3 of Holyrood Week

Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth had a busy day, visiting Skypark and the Children’s Wood Project in Glasgow accompanied by Princess Anne.

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For these visits, she debuted a wonderful new royal blue hat. Covered in the same fabric as her coat, the hat’s crown is slightly elevated on one side with a gently domed top, a line echoed by two folded, layered hatbands also raised on one side. The hat is trimmed with beautiful white and blue feather flowers, nestled on one side of the hat’s cartwheel brim, which is shortened around the back.

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It’s magnificent! The colour, the scale, the wider-than-usual brim (around the front and sides!), the lift provide by raising the crown slightly on one side- all these things are so very good. And the flowers. Wow! They give a painterly, beautifully contrasting element that makes the design feel very modern. I adore the different shades of blue and how, from some angles, the flowers look like butterflies!

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Coat and dress by Stewart Parvin
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this new hat yesterday for the queen?

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