Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1986 when the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in Japan for the start of a state visit. Diana’s dress and simple (but jauntily placed) hat led the news around the world that day- diplomatic dressing at its finest.

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12 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. What was this hat made of? It looks like plastic in the pictures, it’s so smooth and shiny, although I agree it was the perfect hat for that dress. Always beautiful Diana.

  2. Just peak Di this outfit. Absolutely stunning. I love the pic with the Japanese flag – she was a gift to the photographers.

  3. Diana had a touch of the Edwardian spirit in her hat choice and placement. And in the last photo, which one might have thought would look like a completely chaotic collision of two fashion cultures, she manages to make the whole assemblage completely charming.

  4. Like Kate’s maple leaf-trimmed cocktail hat when in Canada, this ensemble is a great nod to the Japanese flag without being too obvious or costumey.

  5. I remember that dress and hat especially, because I love red. The picture where she is in the kimono and is holding the collar, is a wow. Just gorgeous. She is the one that really started my love of hats.

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