Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1942, 78 years ago, and a wonderful array of hats worn to the christening of Prince Michael of Kent. Princess Marina (holding her son) and the Queen Mum’s jaunty brimmed designs are particularly wonderful and add an air of lightness and fun amidst the military uniforms and tragedy that would soon befall this family (the Duke of Kent, Prince Michael’s father, would be killed in an airplane crash just 21 days later).

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Special thanks to reader Jake for sharing this photo.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 48 years ago to an August 2, 1972 visit to the Isle of Man when Queen Elizabeth debuted a turban/bucket hat hybrid entirely covered in white silk petals and lily of the valley blossoms. Up close, the detail is astounding (see bottom photo) but from a distance, I’m afraid it’s an overturned flowerpot.


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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 60 years to the April 1960 state visit that saw Queen Elizabeth welcome Charles de Gaulle in a most interesting hat. With a hybrid lampshade cloche shape, the hat’s flat crown curves in an angular hourglass curves to a short brim. Wide silk ribbon is used for a hatband and for the brim’s binding, which is unusually tied in a side bow. My thanks to reader Mary for suggesting this fascinating design!

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Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for the posts on Queen Elizabeth featured in this “Monday Multiples” series.

Jimbo’s Introduction: As a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a river pageant was held in Queen Elizabeth’s honor.  Only once before in British history was a Royal able to achieve such a noteworthy feat, that being Her Majesty’s great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, whose reign lasted 63½ years. The white coat and hat stood out against the barge’s red upholstered furniture, and the various red and black uniforms.  Even her shawl’s edges matched the ensemble. Three years later, Her Majesty traveled to Berlin, where SIX hats were debuted!  Among them was a bright white straw hat with a large central bow made of the same material as the dress, replacing the Diamond Jubilee hat. By happy coincidence, this ensemble was also worn for a boat ride, this time on the Spree River.

Look #1: White fabric covered hat with pleated silk oblique brim trimmed with bejeweled gold, silver and bronze feathers worn June 3, 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant.

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Look #2: White straw hat with pork pie shaped flared crown and flat, kettle edged brim with prim bow worn June 24, 2015 in Germany

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Which hat do you prefer most with this coat?

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York Wedding

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married yesterday morning in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

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Princess Beatrice wore an ivory silk gown with silver motif beaded on the bodice and upper ballgown skirt made by legendary designer Norman Hartnell in the earlier 1960s. Silk puffed sleeves were added by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly, who also replaced the gown’s balloon hem with a wide stripe of silk for a sleeker silhouette.

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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What a lovely photo! Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi posted this on his social media account. So happy for them! Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi released photos from their wedding yesterday and today as a thank you for the well wishes. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Beatrice topped the dress with an ivory silk veil, anchored with Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara.Also borrowed from her grandmother, the fringed tiara was also worn for Queen Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947 and Princess Anne’s in 1973. The tiara choice was a surprise but its linear lines echoed the beading on the vintage gown.

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More photos were released today as a thank you for the well wishes they received following their marriage. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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Guests were limited to immediate family only- the only hat we’ve seen was the pale aqua wool crêpe covered design with pink straw flowers worn by the Queen. 

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Like many couples, Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding plans were impacted by the pandemic. I’m sure you join me in wishing them the very best for the future.

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