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 a quartet of royal hats worn in May 1947 to the Chesea Flower Show. Longtime reader Mitten Mary sent me this photo yesterday, insightfully drawing attention to unique and lovely shape of  Princess Elizabeth (if you can look past her linebacker fur vest) and Princess Margaret’s hats, and the dashing bowler on King George VI.

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This was an entirely new photo to me- immense thanks to Mitten Mary for sharing it!

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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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