Hats From the Past

Royal Hats sixteen years to June 18, 2002. While the connection between Ascot and British royal hats is an unbreakable one, there are occasionally royal friends and relations from other royal houses who join in the racing festivities. Back in 2002, the Danish and Swedish monarchs were guests at Windsor Castle and attended Ascot,  both queens in vibrant hats.

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I’ve always loved the two directional double brim on Queen Margrethe’s hat (a creative feature still today!), the play between the two shades of pink and the subtle repetition of the red dots on her silk dress on the upper, lighter pink brim of the hat. Queen Silvia’s bright pink sidesweep reminds how long this style of upturned brim has been en vogue, balanced here by a flat crown and lovely contrasting feathers in unexpected yellow and black.

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I wonder if any continental royal friends will be in attendance this year?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1935 when a young Duchess of York opened the Middlesex Hospital in London in a lace gown and wide bow trimmed picture hat with fascinating circular cutouts (or an underlay of silk printed with large dots?) on the brim.

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Hats From The Past

Royal Hats to another pair of newlyweds, on honeymoon in a casual pair of hats, ninety-five years ago this month.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to May 21, 1985 when, on a visit to Newcastle, the Princess of Wales wore this wide brimmed red and white hat trimmed with folded cone flowers. This is not a piece I remember seeing before and two things jump out at me. First, how the scale seems a marked departure from the small hats Diana favoured during the early years of her royal life and second, how generously padded shoulders on a coat can set a hat completely off balance!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats twenty-five years ago today to a visit to Hungary that saw Queen Elizabeth in a bright straw turquoise hat with mushroom brim and twisted pixie top, trimmed with a velvet hatband. This hat, designed by Marie O’Reagan, came up in conversation here a few weeks ago and is such a unique design, I thought it warranted a closer look:

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 34 years ago this month to a radiant Princess of Wales (expecting Prince Harry) in a smart cream and navy felt hat with upsweep and veil trim. I’m not sure about the sharply upswept mini brim- adorable, yes, but does it work in this scale?

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