Researching Queen Mary’s Milliners

 British author Tim Symonds (acclaimed author of the Sherlock Holmes series) recently wrote to me with a request for royal hat assistance. He is setting a new novel series between the years of 1916 and 1920 and is researching who the milliners to Queen Mary were during these years, as well as where their millinery workshops were located. This question stumped me- can any of you help? Please share any information in the comments below.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats111 years to this photo of a young Princess of Wales (as was the future Queen Mary’s title in 1906) in the most marvellous flower and feather trimmed hat with a young Prince George, her fourth son and future Duke of Kent, catching a ride.

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Hat From The Past

Royal Hats to ninety-three years ago this month and a hatted trio on annual vacation at Balmoral Castle. The Duke of York’s Scottish tam ‘o shanter is particularly wonderful.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to a photograph that appeared in The Illustrated London News on this day, 107 years ago. King George V had been king for just eight days and is pictured in naval uniform along with the future Edward VIII. Queen Mary was resplendent in an Edwardian feather trimmed hat.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1942 that saw Queen Mary visit Cheltenham in one of her signature ruched toque hats with bejewelled feather trim. The average royal daytime look has certainly decreased in glamour in the intervening 74 years, hasn’t it?

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