Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1961 which saw a young queen visiting New Delhi in an interesting conical hat with braided straw brim.

Photo from Getty as indicated

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6 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. I could find only one other picture of this hat, also taken while HM was riding in the carriage.
    There must be a reason why! It looks borderline silly for a queen!
    Intrigued by all these recent Flashbacks, I just went to Ebay and purchased the Feb. 3, 1961 Life magazine, (original price: 20 cents) and the Pitkin Pictorial Guide to the Royal Tour of India and Pakistan – and early Valentines gift for Mrs. Jimbo. Both publications set me back just under $15. Keep ’em coming, HQ!

  2. Hmm. This wouldn’t be my favourite of HM’s conical hats of that period. It does indeed have a handcrafted vibe as Liz says –its execution is just not refined or elegant enough.
    Conical hats can easily veer towards the comical — it’s the “cute” factor of the pointy top — which tends to make it a young person’s style; but HM does pull the look off very convincingly I feel on the same trip, with this more sophisticated cone hat :http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/royal-tour-to-india-queen-elizabeth-ii-and-prince-philip-the-duke-of-picture-id78965268

  3. Hmm. I’d like to get a closer view because from afar it looks rather like hats I’ve crocheted and there is no way anyone would hire me as a royal milliner!

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