Reader Chicago Chuck, our resident expert on top hats, posed the following question during the first few days of Ascot:
I’ve noticed in the last few years that Charles’s top hat seems to be trending small. My guess is he’s had the same hat for many years and possibly his face has gotten fuller as he’s aged (happens to the best of us!) so his hat seems smaller than it used to. The fit looks correct – one should be able to put 1 or even 2 fingers between the bottom of the hat and the top of the ear. Possibly Hat Queen would be so kind as to post a few photos of Prince Charles from over the years to see if I’m correct.
ChicagoChuck- I apologize it has taken me so long to respond to your request but here goes:
Ascot in 2016, 2013 and 2009
Ascot in 2006 and 2003
Ascot 1990, 1987 and 1987
Ascot 1981, 1978 and 1972
Ascot 1986 and 1989