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 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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Hats From The Past

Yesterday, Princess Anne attended the annual Not Forgotten Association Christmas Party, a national tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities. While she did not wear a hat, Buckingham Palace released two nostalgic photos of a royals at this same event- below is a young Duke and Duchess of York in 1921 and the late the late Princess Mary (daughter of King George V and Queen Mary) in what looks like the 1940s. The resemblance between Princess Mary and Queen Elizabeth is remarkable- as are the hats!