Hats From the Past

Royal Hats While much has been said about Queen Maxima’s ensemble at Prinsjesdag earlier this week, a look back through history at this event shows it is not the only time a strong (and, um, unsuccessful) millinery statement has been made. Case in point- forty years ago today when Queen Juliana and Princess Beatrix appeared in the balcony in memorable looks-  one in particular that defies description

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day in 1989 and a young Duke of Sussex acting as pageboy for his uncle, Earl Spencer’s, first wedding. His ensemble, including wide-brimmed hat, was inspired by a 1786 ancestral painting of John Charles Spencer, Viscount Althorp by Sir Joshua Reynolds. From hatted head to silk slippered toe, it’s quite a look, even for a prince.

 

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to 54 years ago yesterday to another Prinsjesdag balcony scene in The Hague. Queen Julianna sported a voluminous hat very much of the time while Princess Margriet (right) wore a multi-piece floral headpiece. Princess Beatrix’s flat crowned hat looks like it was wrapped in tulle with feathers on the brim.

 
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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Looking back to August 1980 and the 80th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Still in her turban era, the birthday hat she donned that day was a voluminous concoction of silk organza dotted ruffles and white feathers. For one’s 80th birthday, why not?!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 71 years to this day in 1947 which saw the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, open the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh in a veiled calot hat trimmed with daisies.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1964 when Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, former queen consort of Iran, wore this fantastical costume headpiece in a scene from the Italian film, I Tre Voti (The Three Faces), in which she starred. It’s a whopper.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 2002 when Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako took a wee Princess Aiko, in an adorable white bonnet, on a hike. Scroll through the gallery below for additional photos.

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