Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1969, a St David’s Day parade in Pirbright, Surrey, and a young British princess in a daytime version of a riding helmet.

Photos from Getty as indicated

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8 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. Whilst it is very dated, it’s easy to forget that Anne was quite funky as a young woman wasn’t she, before she got stuck in a style tut in the late 70s (which she has lately moved out of, until she goes for the odd revival). It’s quite fun and youthful, and that skirt is very short – which is exactly what you should be doing at 18 of course!

  2. I remember having a version of this hat as a young teenager! My first trip to London was as a 13 year old in 1968. My father took me to Carnaby St. and I stared in awe at all the coolness I’d only read about in New Jersey! All Anne needed was some white go-go boots (and I’m sure there are a pair in the depths of her closet!)

  3. Very Carnaby Street and British Rock Invasion. Oh I do miss the 60s – except for the bell bottoms and straight hair, which I never could manage.

  4. I feel old! I remember that picture, and I think she did have several of them. I remember a larger white one.

    • I remember it too! I saw Princess Anne at close quarters last summer, and she hasn’t changed a bit. I have.

  5. more pics here http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/incoming/gallery/princess-annes-first-solo-engagement-10827562 and here’s the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8gZ6jDLAsI.
    I’m not sure what PA has done with her hair on this occasion – perhaps it is a french roll turned in to her left — but whatever it is, it looks oversprayed and bulky, and I feel a simple ponytail would have been preferable. In fact, what to do with her long hair when wearing a riding helmet with no strap seems to have been a problem for formal equestrian events, judging by the number of photos of PA wearing a heavy hairnet. http://trevorsmith.photoshelter.com/image/I0000NKGAU7jdka8
    Invisible hairnets were certainly available in that era, but I can only assume they were not strong enough to keep the hair in, or this style of helmet on, during riding events.
    At any rate, the fashion hat PA is wearing seems to have stayed secure despite the apparent absence of hatpins. PA wears all military/equestrian hats to the manner born, and this one is no exception. Love the gold chain trim and her gold charm bracelet!

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