Hat From the Past

Royal Hats81 years ago to this day in 1939. The Queen Mother  departed the liner  ‘Empress of Britain’ at Southampton in a uniquely shaped, folded hat trimmed with a pair of jeweled brooches.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 73 years to this day in 1947 and a trio of most memorable plumed and flower trimmed royal hats worn on a visit to South Africa.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1941 when Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and King George VI visited the London & North Eastern Railway’s Doncaster Works in Yorkshire. The Queen’s jaunty hat with upswept brim is the basis for a very familiar hat shape we often see on royal heads today but clearly, one that is not as contemporary as we might think!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 80 years to August 6, 1939. It’s a lovely picture painted here- a wonderfully whimsical feathered hat on a young Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), who appears to be having a lovely time with American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. There’s a joyful lightheartedness here that would be obliterated less than four weeks later with the outbreak of WW II.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats With this year’s Order of the Garter procession just a week away, here is a look back to Garter Days in 1913 and 1948. The British royals take tradition seriously- no surprise that in 116 years, the ceremonial hats have not changed!

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Today is Garter Day! This annual event celebrates the Order of the Garter - the senior British Order of Chivalry, that was founded by King Edward III in 1348. The 'founder knights' of the Order were military men, skilled in battle and tournament.  The saint chosen to be their patron was St George – already the patron saint of soldiers - who still appears on the insignia today. Since its creation, generations of members of the Royal Family have been appointed to the Order, always with the Monarch as its 'Sovereign'. This photograph from @royal_collection_trust shows George V and Queen Mary in the distinctive Garter Robes at Garter Day in 1913. Follow the link in our bio to read more.

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