Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to 1963 and Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother, inspecting hats at the Christy’s London factory in Stockport. Christy’s has been making hats since 1773 and we still see them on royal heads today.

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to Trooping the Colour 33 years ago. There’s a mix of hats here that seem pretty standard for their wearers and the fashion of the times…. except for the Duchess of Gloucester’s wide plaited headband at the far left. That one nearly defies description.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 36 years ago to a 19-year-old British aristocrat at a society wedding (her own nuptials would take place two months later). The photographs of Lady Diana Spencer this day in the most wonderful red hat with raised brim around the back showed a foretaste of the fashion wonder that was to come.

   

This wedding – of Prince Charles’ good friend Nicholas Soames (grandson of Winston Churchill) to Catherine Weatherall – also closely foreshadowed the wedding dress we’d see on July 29. The two are surprisingly similar and clearly, reflective of the fashion of the times.

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Hat From The Past

Royal Hats We’re wrapping up our month of hats from the past with one many of us have seen before- a glorious turban covered in silk hydrangea blossoms worn on this day in 1966 to the Epsom races. These floral covered turbans appeared on a few royal heads during the 1960s and while I’m happy the style is no longer en vogue, I couldn’t resist including at least one.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to sixteen years ago today and a British royal state visit to Norway. Queen Elizabeth’s pink and purple straw bucket/cloche hybrid hat by Frederick Fox made a memorable statement…. if you look closely at Queen Sonja’s classic white and navy straw design, you’ll see it had a larger brim, here on its first outing, than it does now (jump over to this post for its most recent outing earlier this month for Norwegian National Day). Which version of Sonja’s hat do you prefer?

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats91 years to May 29, 1926 and the christening of Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary- a princes no one expected would one day become queen. The Duchess of York predictably wore a cloche hat she so favoured during this period, trimmed with a hat band and a side posy of flowers. Lady Elphinstone (Queen Elizabeth’s maternal aunt, left) and Princess Mary (her paternal aunt, right) wore wonderful, large brimmed designs lavished with bows and boas.

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