Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to April 1944 and a wonderful snap caught at an 18th birthday celebration featuring a fascinating pair of hats. Queen Mary’s usual toque is replaced here by a jaunty design with upfolded brim trimmed with large flowers on the side. Princess Elizabeth’s pleated cap with visor brim has such a ‘military uniform’ vibe that one must look twice to see it’s not such. 

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats 72 years today to the christening of a future king, held at Buckingham Palace.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1937, 83 years ago, when Queen Mary opened the Rachel MacMillan Training College in one of her characteristic toque hats. This one has an architectural ruffle trimming the top of the crown.

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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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