Hats From The Past

Yesterday, Princess Anne attended the annual Not Forgotten Association Christmas Party, a national tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities. While she did not wear a hat, Buckingham Palace released two nostalgic photos of a royals at this same event- below is a young Duke and Duchess of York in 1921 and the late the late Princess Mary (daughter of King George V and Queen Mary) in what looks like the 1940s. The resemblance between Princess Mary and Queen Elizabeth is remarkable- as are the hats!

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8 thoughts on “Hats From The Past

  1. The first picture is very interesting, seeing all the men’s hats lined up on the wall, and the duke holding his shiny silk topper as he cuts the cake. Wonderful glimpses into the past.

    • Nice catch Jimbo! The Duke’s hat is very shiny indeed. Oh how nice it would be to have a valet polish one’s hat each morning before setting off for the day’s engagements.

      • Hmm, Rosie, interesting question. I’m working on that right now! It is taking some convincing with the “powers that be” aka my partner, to explain to him how much we should go again this year. LOL! I’ve even employed our friends in the UK to rally behind the effort.

  2. Very moving to think of the Royal family supporting this endeavor since 1921. Too bad Princess Anne didn’t maintain the hat-wearing tradition, though!

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