to a Faberge exhibition, held 68 years ago this month in London, attended by the late Princess Margaret. She is photographed here with the great Russian jeweller’s son, Eugene Faberge, examining a small jewelled box. Her hat, a conical design with short brim, bow and veil, is equally memorable.
to 1966 and a perplexing hat worn by Princess Margaret to a service at Westminster Abbey. To my dear reader sleuths- any front views you can provide to help make sense of this hat (shape, colour, material) would be greatly appreciated!
Reader Buffy posed the following panicked question, “Hi HatQueen, Hoping you or somebody in the Royal Hats community might be able to help me. My son is going to be Bert from Mary Poppins for Halloween. The costume came with a straw boater hat but because it was from one of those party stores it came in a plastic hanger bag and the brim is all bent. Can I rehabilitate it somehow? Put heavy books on it? Spritz it with water and try to block it dry? Or should I just bail and buy him a new hat? He’s so thrilled (Mary Poppins is his favorite movie) that he hasn’t noticed it yet but as a hat person I can’t let him go out in a sub-par hat, even on a dark Halloween night! He LOVES hats (wears a different one every day) so I don’t mind spending money on a new one if this one can’t really be fixed. Thanks for any suggestions!”
Buffy- we certainly cannot have your son going out in a sub-par hat! I’m turning your question over to our readers for help. Dearest readers- what can be done to straighten the brim on this piece?
Photos from Buffy.
Young reader Jordan posed a question, “Help me understand what type of hat my favorite royal, H.R.H The Princess Margaret, is wearing in this photo? Maybe you could post it to your site. Your help would be appreciated.”
Princess Margaret, June 1970, Yugoslavia
Jordan- you ask a great question. I’m going to turn this on over to my wonderful readers to give classification to this hat which defies traditional hat type definition. Dearest readers- If you were to name this hat a type, what type would it be?
Photo from Reginald Davis/REX/Shutterstock
to a tour of the West Indies, 55 years ago today, which saw Princess Margaret in a yellow organza trimmed helmet.
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.
twenty-two years ago today to a service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII. Princess Margaret wore a yellow hat with wide brim and tall crown, swathed in a frothy cloud of tulle.