Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1940, 78 years ago, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited several bombed areas of London. Queen Elizabeth’s dramatically sideswept brim hat (with swirled pleats on the underside of the raised brim) is all kinds of wonderful and shows, again, how a brim shape we think of as rather contemporary isn’t truly so.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Looking back to August 1980 and the 80th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Still in her turban era, the birthday hat she donned that day was a voluminous concoction of silk organza dotted ruffles and white feathers. For one’s 80th birthday, why not?!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1935 when a young Duchess of York opened the Middlesex Hospital in London in a lace gown and wide bow trimmed picture hat with fascinating circular cutouts (or an underlay of silk printed with large dots?) on the brim.

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Hats From The Past

Royal Hats to another pair of newlyweds, on honeymoon in a casual pair of hats, ninety-five years ago this month.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to the early 1980s and a marvelous flowered turban worn by the Queen Mother.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 40 years ago on this day when a beloved queen wore a signature halo brimmed hat in the most glorious shade of cobalt blue velvet complete with coordinating ostrich feather poof. Simply divine.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day, 20 years ago. We usually think about the Princess of Wales, Duchess of York or other ‘younger’ royals as ones who embraced the polka dot craze in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I adore that the Queen Mother got in on the trend as well.

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