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 Hatsto 1906 and a royal stay at Abergeldie Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Queen Mary, who was a princess and young mother at the time of these photos, dressed in a marvelous flowered and plumed hat for play in the garden with her children.

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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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Hat From the Past


Royal Hats 67 years to this day in 1953 and Queen Mary’s return to London from the Sandringham winter break in one of her quintessential draped silk toque hats with feather pouf. Marvelous.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats eighty one years ago yesterday to August 12, 1938 and Queen Mary in a wonderful summer lace dress topped with a draped (and feathered!) toque hat.

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