Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1981 when Zara Tindall was christened at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth matched her purple and blue printed silk dress with wore an oversize rounded pillbox hat. Pleated fabric covered the hat and it was trimmed on top with similar ruffles to those on the neckline of her dress. Zara’s pateral grandmother, Anne Phillips, wore a pale green dupioni silk turban trimmed with bias stripes of the grey floral on her dress. The Queen Mother wore one of her signature veiled capulet hats covered in the same spring green floral as her caped frock and trimmed with a matching ostrich plume around the back.

True to form, Princess Anne’s finely woven yellow straw hat with curved brim, simply trimmed with a rolled silk hatband tied in a side bow (likely made by John Boyd), is still worn from time to time.

Princess Anne on July 27, 1981 and on a visit to Cumbria on July 17, 2013

Images from social media as indicated; Lord Litchfield; REX/Shutterstock

Hats From the Past

Royal Hats We began this week with a christening so let’s end it with one as well!

On May 28,1926, the Duke and Duchess of York christened their daughter, Princess Elizabeth, in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace. It’s a great look at millinery fashionable at the time with lavishly trimmed brimmed hats on Lady Elphinstone (the Duchess of York’s sister, far left) and Princess Mary (the Duke’s sister, far right) and cloche on the Duchess, a shape that would become her signature.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Images from Getty as indicated

Hat From the Past Queen Mum

Royal Hats to this day in 1950 and a wonderfully sassy hat on the Queen Mother.

Embed from Getty Images

Images from Getty as indicated

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to March 1982 when the Queen Mother attended the Cheltenham Races in this fantastic woven pink turban with silk flowers.

Embed from Getty Images

Image from Getty as indicated

 

Reader Query

Royal Hats Reader Evelyn submitted a request for millinery information with a most personal connection:

In the 1950’s my Aunt and my Mother worked in “The Hat Hospital” somewhere in Kensington, London. It was quite near the palace. They made and mended hats for members of the Royal Family. Does anyone remember it? There is no trace anywhere on the internet. Thank you.

Is anyone able to help with this?

Embed from Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth in a rose-trimmed at the Festival of Britain, summer 1951

Image from Getty as indicated