Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 20, 1969 when the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret arrived for the fourth day of racing during Ascot week that year. The Queen Mum’s blue hat covered in tulle ruffles and wraped in dotted veiling is memorable, but it’s the sweet daisy-covered brim on Princess Margaret’s halo hat that makes me smile.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 21, 1989 and proof from the Duchess of Kent that even with the omnipresent 1980s bow, some elegant and streamlined millinery looks could still be found during this decade. As for the Queen Mum’s pink veiled capulet hat- well that’s the classic hat shape I think we’ve all come to associate with her. So charming.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats86 years to this day in 1933 and an outing, by members of the British Royal Family, to the British Industrial Fair. It’s a look at two quintessential hat shapes- the young Princess Royal and Duchess of York in cloches that were so stylish at the time and Queen Mary in a striped toque.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats almost thirty-three years to June 17, 1986. Sarah Ferguson was a month away from becoming the Duchess of York and appeared at Ascot, with Prince Andrew, in a wonderfully graphic white, navy and green linen dress topped with a classic navy pillbox hat anchored on one of her dramatic 1980s updos.

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Sarah was photographed that day speaking with the Queen Mother, whose bright pink capulet hat with silk hatband tied at the side and veil captures the quintessential millinery style she adopted for the final two decades of her life.

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hats twenty-three years to June 21, 1996. While the Queen Mother’s blue veiled capulet hat is a classic and very recognizable millinery look for her, the Countess of Snowdon’s ecru straw design with black stripes is a unique shape I can’t remember seeing on another royal hat- can you?

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to Ascot in June 1982. Although pale ice blue was the colour chosen on this day by both  the Queen and her mum, the Queen Mother’s look is far from restrained in this marvelous helmet of blue and palest pink organza flowers overlaid in a delicate chevron printed veil.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to November 11, 1932 and an Armistice Day ceremony in Whitehall, London, just as we will see this weekend. A young Duchess of York wore a black cloche (one of her go-to hat shapes at the time) while Queen Mary wore an elegant but interesting black hat with curved kettle brim.

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