Hat From the Past

A quick note- I’ll be away from the blog for a week until next Wednesday. There will be a new “Hat From The Past” post daily and I encourage you all to share any hats worn this week in the comments of these flashback posts. See you all in a week!

Royal Hats to a hat with sweetly scalloped brim worn 73 years ago for a future queen’s first solo engagement.

Photo from Getty as indicated

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22 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. Back to the “Hat From the Past” Princess Elizabeth ‘s hat looks plastic in this picture. I am sure it was nothing even close to that, but am curious what material it is made out of to give that look.

    • Got so caught up in HM’s repeat I forgot to post about this ensemble from Camilla; thanks @sofy! Definitely not a favorite look of mine; still don’t like the fringe on the coat, and the proportions of this hat are a little off. Finally, there is a thing called color, Camilla; please wear it more! But it is nice to see her smiling!

      (Sorry for all my commenting; I seem to have many opinions today haha!)

    • It’s interesting how the orange in her dress seems slightly more washed out than the orange of her hat; if the dress orange was a bit more vibrant, I probably would like this more. Personally I think it looks better with the blue coat because the color blocking is different from her usual matchiness, and all this orange kinda blends in with her skin tone a bit more.

  2. Agree with Jake about the orange and blue hat –very cheery, needs a bigger brim. I think the color combo and trim are beautiful, however the basic hat shape is too weird and in my opinion doesn’t look as good from the sides and back.
    Prince Philip and Prince Edward wore summer hats (Panamas?) to the Gold Award Reception at Buckingham Palace and looked mighty fine.
    By the way, I saw a picture at Paris Match of a female guest to Pippa Middleton’s wedding wearing a pink top hat!

  3. I honestly don’t care for this one, but mainly because it looks like a cake stand we sell at my work turned upside down on her head.

    Also, did you see what HM wore when visiting Manchester this morning? A beautiful repeat from Ascot last year (https://royalhats.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/day-3-royal-ascot-queen-elizabeth/). I still believe a slightly larger brim would be better, but otherwise I love it, and these are such great colors to brighten a sad situation.

    • I’m actually somewhat surprised this outfit was repeated. Its color scheme is so unusual, and the hat is rather over the top. It’s a perfect choice for cheering people up in Manchester — particularly at a children’s hospital. I also surprised that the Queen went to Manchester today, but one can’t help but be inspired by her courage and determination to carry on. (In case anyone missed this outfit at last year’s Royal Ascot, I’m sure all worldwide press will be carrying this photo today!)

  4. Happy holiday Hat Queen! For some obscure reason I have been rereading “The Little Princesses” by Marion Crawford, so this hat is very much of that era. Reading the book with a critical eye makes me realize how “betrayed” the Royal Family must have felt when it was published.

  5. I don’t think I have ever seen it before. It is a sweet hat, but I wish we could see it from different angles if possible, and maybe a different fabric. She looks so incredibly young and earnest. I do love these hats from the past. I hope you enjoy some well deserved time off; we will miss you.

  6. Enjoy your break HQ!
    Here’s a 53 sec video of Princess Elizabeth’s engagement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYtOU3gZfHg How HM has grown in confidence since that nervous beginning!
    What strikes me is how much the princess (who had just turned 18) is dressed like a Head Prefect addressing the Student Council at her school. The hat is no small part of the school uniform effect. When she wears the same outfit to an RAF base (below), there could hardly be a greater contrast between the unfailing elegance of her mother, Queen Elizabeth, and the girlish details, such as those scallops, of the attire of her daughter —who is clearly a grown woman of exactly the same height: http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/world-war-ii-queen-elizabeth-and-daughter-princess-news-photo/79665257#world-war-ii-queen-elizabeth-and-daughter-princess-elizabeth-with-raf-picture-id79665257
    In an era when all 18-year-old females had already left school the year before, and were either in the workforce or at university (many were married by the age of 21), it’s intriguing to see the Queen presenting her daughter to the public in such a young style.
    A side view of the hat: http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/world-war-ii-queen-elizabeth-and-daughter-princess-news-photo/79665256#world-war-ii-queen-elizabeth-and-daughter-princess-elizabeth-with-raf-picture-id79665256
    Actually I do like the scalloped hat (in the ‘sixties Princess Margaret would have made that hat look cool)- it’s just the utilitarian outfit I dislike. Those pleats! I bet their mother Queen Elizabeth kept her pleated skirts strictly away from the public gaze — at Balmoral.

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