Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to September 3, 1989 when members of the British royal family attended the Braemar games. While the Queen Mother’s peacock blue halo brimmed hat with feathers is a familiar shape and style for her, Princess Diana’s plaid pyramid is a bit perplexing

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to August 1997 and the 97th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. In white straw with a characteristic upturned front brim, a swath of green dotted pink veil and painterly silk blooms at the side, the hat she wore this day is the very epitome of romantic millinery she favoured during her later years.

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Royal Hats to ninety-three years ago this month and a hatted trio on annual vacation at Balmoral Castle. The Duke of York’s Scottish tam ‘o shanter is particularly wonderful.

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Hats From the Past: Christening of Prince William

Royal Hats to this day, 35 years ago, when Prince William was christened.

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Princess Diana wore a pink straw hat by John Boyd with a gently upcurled side brim, wide silk hatband and side bow. Interestingly, the hat would undergo a renovation (reshaped brim, narrowed hatband and bow moved to the back) when it appeared again the following March during a tour of Australia.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a ruched turban by Frederick Fox in the same dotted blue silk organza as her coat, trimmed with a lavish spray of trailing feathers (you can see a closeup view at this post). The Queen Mother wore a pale blue straw hat in her go-to cloche shape with upturned front brim, trimmed with a net veil and blue silk flowers.

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Princess Alexandra, named one of Prince William’s godmothers (in yellow at left, below), wore a simple white bowler hat with short, upturned brim.

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Princess Anne, seated behind her mother below, wore a vibrant blue brimless hat. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, behind Princess Alexandra, wore a large white pillbox with what looks like a large bloom at the back.

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 I think the hat shapes here are all reflective of early 1980s millinery fashion, perhaps, with the exception of the hat worn by the Queen Mother, whose signature style and shape became a nearly timeless look for her. Your thoughts about the other hats worn to this event?
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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats thirty-five years ago today to the Queen Mother, attending the Sandringham Flower show in one of her signature capulet hats, this one in in green and white with feathers, silk flowers and a net veil.

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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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