Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to 45 years ago this weekend and some wonderful green hats worn by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne during a tour of Turkey.

15 thoughts on “Hats From the Past

  1. I agree that the Queen looks rather like a leprechaun in the first pictures. What also jumps out is that it appears the Queen is wearing blue gloves rather than her traditional black or white.
    My initial reaction was that the three hats (except for Princess Anne’s chartreuse cap) all look similar, serviceable but not overly creative.
    After seeing the closeup refereed to by LBG, though, I rather like that one, which I guess is white and brown rather than white and black. As the current displays of the Queen’s hats have shown, when viewed up close, many (probably most) of these hats are much more intricate and more interesting than they first appear.

  2. Love the second outfits worn by both the Queen and Princess Anne. There was a comment on identical white shoes. My thought was that the white hats looked similar, just different coloured bands.

  3. Princess Anne wore the fashions of the sixties and seventies with panache, proving a real head-turner when she used her height to showcase oversized hats like the trendy lime-green Carnaby street cap (second pic set). Her hat in the first pic set is fine, but tame in scale compared to what she was capable of carrying off in that era.
    HM’s green and blue ensemble contains interesting design ideas that don’t quite come off. I wish the hat with the buckle didn’t say “leprechaun” to me.
    HM’s black-and-white outfit (pic set 2) looks surprisingly modern. We don’t see HM in these non-colours very much, but it’s a refreshing look. That interesting white hat appears to have a unusual helmet crest on it – I’d love to get a closer look. Another view here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/queen-elizabeth-style-through-the-ages/queen-wardrobe-1971/

  4. Wow. We always think that the Queen is beyond fashion, but these outfits are so of their time, and totally fabulous. The colour block coat is particularly great – I could just see Margot Leadbetter in that one!

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