Queen And York Princess Attend Maundy Thursday Service

Queen Elizabeth as joined by her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie of York, today for this year’s Royal Maundy Thursday service which was held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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For this service, the Queen repeated her yellow straw hat with a tall crown and gently angled brim, trimmed with a triple pleated hatband, yellow arrow trimmed feathers and a large folded straw bow. Interestingly, turquoise, royal blue and purple goose biot feathers have been added to this hat since its first outing (below left):

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It’s a good hat for Queen Elizabeth with great proportions and scale. While I understand the addition of the coloured feathers to link with the turquoise patterned dress of this ensemble, I think I prefer the hat in its original state- more streamlined but not boring in the least.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Coat and dress by Stuart Parvin.
Previously Worn: June 21, 2017

Princess Eugenie topped her floral dress with a navy straw pillbox hat embellished with a straw plait around the side of the design. The dark hat is a great counterpoint for the dress (and a great compliment to her grandmother’s ensemble, something I can’t imagine is coincidental!) and a colour that Eugenie wears well. This is a good look for her that fits well on what is clearly, a beautiful spring day.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is a bespoke version of the “Pleated Pillbox” from SS 2018 Dress by Erdem.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

After our look at more than 60 previous hats Queen Elizabeth has worn to Maundy Thursday services over the years, how does this one compare? What do you think of those newly added feathers?

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Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 4

So far in our look back at Maundy Thursday services from years past, we’ve seen the hats Queen Elizabeth wore in the 1950s and 1960s; the 1970s and early 1980s; and the later 1980s and 1990s. Today we wrap up this series with a look at the designs the Queen has worn to this Easter weekend service so far this millennium:

2000, 2001 and  2002  

Marie O’Reagan in 2003; 2004 and 2005

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Pale yellow and cream in 2006 and pale dusty pink by Rachel Trevor Morgan in 2007

Rachel Trevor Morgan in 2008 and 2009; Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) in 2010

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Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) in 2011; Rachel Trevor Morgan in 2012; Kelly/McLaren in 2013 & 2014

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Trio of turquoise designs by Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) in 2015, 2016 and 2017

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Royal blue silk cloque with brown faux fur by by Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) in 2018

While the shapes here are familiar, what greatly surprises me is with the exception of the magenta boater in 2014, every hat worn to this event in the past decade has been some shade of blue. No question, there are some lovely blue hats here but this streak of one colour at the same event is rather curious. An interesting side note- in preparing this post, I learned that the Queen has visited every single cathedral in the UK for Maundy Thursday (the last to be checked off her list was in 2017 at Leicester Cathedral). Back to the hats- what do you think of this group and what colour do you think we’ll see the Queen wear for this year’s Maundy Thursday service, later today?

With a weather forecast tomorrow calling for a sunny 22 degrees and my great wish for an end to this decade-long blue streak, I’d love to see Her Majesty in one of the vibrant yellow hats she debuted last summer (this one or this one).

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Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 3

After looking at Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday hats during the first two decades of her reign and through the 70s and early 1980s, we turn our attention now to the designs she wore to this service in the later 1980s and 1990s:

Royal purple and bumble bees in 1986, 1987 and 1988

High upturns in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992

1993, 1994 and 1995

1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999

Special thanks to readers Jimbo and Scarfie for helping me track down the 1990 and 1992 hats! Until preparing this post, I hadn’t realized how the Queen’s early 90s millinery style was dominated by these wide, upturned fly-away halo brims. The late 90s experimented with more rounded shapes until 1999 when we finally see something familiar and close to the sort of millinery shape we see the Queen wear today.

Next up we’ll look at the hats so far this millenium, many of which will be familiar to your eyes. Until tomorrow, I’m curious what you think of these 80s and 90s designs?

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Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 2

Yesterday, we began our look at Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday hats with those worn until 1969. Today, we continue through the mid 1980s and a period which brought some memorable (and voluminous!) millinery looks:

1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 (the Queen was in New Zealand in 1970 and did not attend)

1975, 1976, 1978 and 1979 (photos from the April 7, 1977 service at Westminster Abbey can’t be found)

1980, 1981 and 1982

1984 and 1985

My thanks to Jimbo for hunting down the 1978 photo! This series shows another interesting evolution in the Queen’s hat shapes- the voluminous turbans of the late 1960s and 1970s are intermixed with equally inflated fabric tam ‘o shanters. The early 1980s sees a series of embellished pillboxes with two brimmed designs: the lovely floral trimmed fedora of 1984 and the low-crowned cowgirl design (with veil!) in 1983 . It’s simply a colourful bunch that makes me smile!

What do you think of this bunch of Maundy Thursday hats from the past?

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Queen Elizabeth’s Maundy Thursday Hats: Part 1

Last year, we looked back at the hats Queen Elizabeth has worn this century on Easter Sunday. Sunday service, however, isn’t Her Majesty’s only outing during Easter weekend. At the conclusion of Maundy Thursday service, she (or a royal representative) hands out symbolic alms to elderly recipients – a tradition that goes back to 1210 when John, King of England, gave food and clothing to the poor in Knaresborough, Yorkshire. We will undoubtedly see Her Majesty this week at the Maundy Thursday service and in preparation for that, I thought we’d take a look back at the hats she has worn to this event in years past:

1935; first public engagement as sovereign in 1952, 1953 and 1955 (in 1954 she was away on the Commonwealth Tour)

1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959 (in 1960 she did not attend due to Prince Andrew’s birth)

1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965 (Prince Edward’s birth prevented her attendance in 1964)

1966, 1967 and the same orange ruffled turban in 1968 and 1969

The hat shape evolution here is interesting- the 1950s calots grow in volume to the 1960s turbans, with that brimmed halo hat in 1966 (in vibrant blue) for some contrast. I didn’t know that Her Majesty’s first public engagement as queen was to attend the 1952 Maundy Service until researching this post and the beautifully veiled capulet she wore that year shows how young she was.

We’ll continue our look at the Queen’s Maundy Thursday hats through this week- stay tuned!

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Queen Enjoys Spring Newbury Races

Queen Elizabeth took in one of her favourite past times today, attending the second day of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend at Newbury Racecourse.  For this day at the races, the Queen repeated her modified dark green felt cloche with high, stacked asymmetrical crown and short brim. The hat is trimmed with a wide dark green felt hatband punctuated with an under-hatband in lime green, a knot in these two green shades and a pair of curved dark green quills.

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I really appreciate the textural contrast between the felt hat and nubbly wool coat and admire how those small lime green accents lighten and brighten the dark hued hat. While I love the knotted trim (something we just don’t see often), it’s the quills that make this hat for me, giving the design such a lovely sense of movement. Overall, it’s a restrained piece but I’m OK with that, particularly when we think about some of the other hats in Her Majesty’s millinery wardrobe that are more exuberantly trimmed. What is fascinating, however, about today’s ensemble is <gasp>… the complete absence of a brooch. We certainly don’t see that very often.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Jan 21, 2018

What do you think of this hat today on its second public outing?

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 19, 1973 and a form-fitting turban/helmet covered in green ruffles worn by Queen Elizabeth. The shape and trim on “The Brain” I’ve always found a bit perplexing. I’m also wondering to those of you in the know (you know who you are) – is the Duke of Edinburgh’s grey felt top hat a smidgen small?

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Please share any royal hats worn today in the comments below.

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