Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for this “Monday Multiples” series.

Jimbo’s Introduction: On April 21, 1986, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 60th birthday by gifting US: two hats on the same day, and they couldn’t be more different!  The sunny yellow brim-less tam which matched HM’s cheerful spring coat could be seen from the Buckingham Palace balcony very easily.  For the Royal carriage ride, a black straw hat with a wonderfully unique brim was chosen – sheer and wavy.  Her Majesty chose the same ensemble two months later for the Royal Ascot, sans coat this time.  Chic and elegant.

Look #1:  Yellow stitched tam trimmed with white braid and silk flowers and leaves worn February 17, 1986 in Nepal and on April 21, 1986 on the Buckingham Palace balcony

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Look #2: Black straw crowned hat with transparent, waved brim also worn on April 21, 1986 and on June 18, 1986 to Royal Ascot

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It’s not often that the Queen changes hats half way through an event. Which hat do you prefer most with this yellow coat?

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Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On: British Royal Guests

The British royals have long been close with their Greek royal cousins (the Duke of Edinburgh was, after all, a Greek prince by birth) and as such, several members attended Princess Alexia’s wedding in London in 1999. Queen Elizabeth wore a yellow and white silk jacquard dress and jacket with the same fabric covering the crown and binding the brim of her cream straw hat.

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The hat’s sideswept brim gave the design jaunty air and shape which, without the sunny polka dots, seems like it could be fashionably worn today.

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The Duchess of Gloucester wore a cornflower blue hat with flat crown and gently upturned brim overlayed in a swath of dotted net tulle veil in the same shade.

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Princess Alexandra wore an ecru straw hat with tall crown and cartwheel brim embellished with all-cream trimmings- a wide silk hatband with flat bow, widely woven ivory net veil, and silk flower. I believe it is the only hat worn at this wedding that we still see in regular rotation (worn most recently last summer).

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Princess Michael of Kent wore a cream hat in lattice woven straw with tall sidesweep over the hat’s crown, simply trimmed with a slim hat and that tied in a side bow. The shape and patterned straw enabled this hat to make a great statement despite its neutral colour and modest size.

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Lady Elizabeth Anson, Queen Elizabeth’s cousin through the Bowes-Lyon side of her family, played a major role as The event’s coordinator. She wore a large red straw hat with wide pleated silk hatband and cream and red straw flowers that wrapped around the front of the hat.

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Lord Romsey was photographed at the wedding– I suspect Lady Penney Romsey (as was Countess Mountbatten of Burma’s title at the time) also attended although I can’t locate any photos of her. Maybe one of you can help?

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This Week’s Extras

Empress Masako in a classic navy and cream hat on Monday to attend the 2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium with the Emperor in Yokohama
Also on Monday, Princess Yoko of Mikasa atteded the National Kendo Competition For elementary junior high school children in Tokyo in a cream short-brimmed hat with mustard hatband
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Wonderful jade leather percher with silk flowers and lilac feathers by Australian brand Reuben Rose Millinery
Modern mix of straw and silk abaca in classic black & white by East African milliner Lali Heath
Spiky soft pink starburst percher hat by Irish milliner Laura Hanlon
Ecru straw mushroom brimmed picture hat with dimensional blue leaf hatband by British milliner Katie Vale
Vibrant lime oversize saucer with a rainbow of butterflies by Irish milliner Carol Kennelley
Lovely brim shape on this veiled design in almond sinamay by Dutch milliner Marilène De Zomer
Statement swirling headpiece in red paper by American brand Chuchu NY
Two stunners from Irish milliner Aiofe Harrison: gold-tipped blush feathers and ombre pink-purple feathers
Cream straw pillbox veiled percher with beautiful yellow silk roses by Italian milliner Guilia Mio
Crimson felt saucer with handmade flowers (love the sparkling centers!) by Scottish milliner Zara Gray
Taupe oversize straw saucer with statement coral twist by Irish milliner Caithriona King

Adore the pheasant feather placement on this black straw hat by Australian milliner Sylvy Earl. So chic.
I have completely fallen head over heals for two hats by Australian milliners this week! First, from brand Katie Tee,
and second is this stunning Breton made with latticed black and white shantung straw with curling black quills by Jill Humphries, who works under the Jill and Jack Millinery label

 

The divorce proceedings between Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammad took a turn for the terrifying this week with the Princess’ appeal to Britain’s High Court for a Forced Marriage Protection Order for one of her children (widely understood to be Jalila, who is 11 years old) (Washington Post)
Jazmin Grimaldi shared this lovely snap taken last weekend at Louis and Marie Ducruet’s evening wedding reception, posing in a stunning gown with her partner and step-brother Alexandre
We wrap up this week with some very sweet snaps of little Lena Tindall (and her big sister) enjoying the 2019 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park with their mum
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Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for this “Monday Multiples” series.

Jimbo’s Introduction: Whether Queen Elizabeth wears her hat brim down or up, she is the picture of beauty in this fuchsia and white ensemble.  Taking a hat from 1999 (Look #1), she reworked it with a new outfit in 2008 (Look #2), then replaced it with a new hat in 2009 (Look #3). As always, Her Majesty looks fantastic each time around!

Look #1: Pink hat in silk covered straw with tall crown and mushroom brim with pleated hatband, trimmed with wide pink and floral twists on the side worn November 8, 1999 in Ghana

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Look #2: Same hat with floral twists removed and replaced with a large magenta flower and pinwheel of white goose biot feathers worn on May 15, 2008 during a state visit to Istanbul

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Look #3: With a magenta straw Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with sidesweeping brim, sloped crown, folded white straw hatband, multi-looped side bow and arrow trimmed feathers worn on June 17, 2009 at Ascot, on June 4, 2011 at the Epsom races, on May 6, 2016 to celebrate the 475th anniversary of Berkhamsted School and on May 28, 2017 to attend church at Balmoral 

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It’s an interesting look at how Her Majesty updates her fashion and while Look #3 is my favourite, Looks #1 and #2 make great statements for their time. Which combination of hat and outfits here do you think works best?

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Largest Feather?

Last week we looked at largest flowers, this week, it’s largest feathers.  So rack your memories and search your archives, dearest readers: Which one of Queen Elizabeth’s hats hosts the largest feather? 

To clarify, we’re not looking for the hat with the most feathers (stay tuned in a few weeks for that search) but instead, that hat with the largest feather. This feather might appear on a hat by itself or may be part of other trimmings. To keep things interesting, I’m going to discount ceremonial hats like those at the Order of the Thistle and Order of the Garter, below.

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