CELEBS

Fabulous Hat Affair: Royal Women Over The Years Have Worn Some Of The Most Iconic Hats In Britain

Date July 30, 2018 14:36

Before the 1960, hats were a big part of wardrobe traditions in the UK. However, they started to fade out in the following years. Still, the royal family held on to the tradition of wearing hats and it is compulsory on some occasions.

READ ALSO: Lesson Learned: Princess Beatrice Decided Against Wearing Huge Awkward Hat To The Royal Wedding

Fashion forward Beau Brummell takes credit for making hats popular in the 19th century and popularized top hat among men. In addition, he is largely responsible for the amazing display of hats that make the news at the Royal Ascot every year.

gettyimages

At first, the hats were quite elaborate and restricted to the royals alone, but with the introduction of new races, Brummel decided that even commoners should wear hats, albeit not as sophisticated as that of the royals.

These days most women wear hats just for the fun of playing dress-up and the range of pieces continues to expand with each year. Most royals still keep their hats modest and stay away from the outlandish, but every so often, some break all the stops. These are perhaps some of the more remarkable hats worn by the royals.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon

gettyimages

Marina, Duchess of Kent

gettyimages

Princess Elizabeth

gettyimages

Princess Margaret

gettyimages

READ ALSO: It’s All About Hats: Queen’s Own Hat Maker Explains The Important ‘4-Inch’ Rule At Royal Ascot

Queen Elizabeth

gettyimages

gettyimages

Princess Anne

gettyimages

gettyimages

Princess Diana

gettyimages

While there are no strict rules for hats, Her Majesty prefers women keep hats modest and non-obstructive, especially hats worn to social events. So, no large attachments or outlandish brims. Sadly, there is not hat police to stop women from embracing their creative side, thus the explosion of hats at events in the UK.

Hats complete the formal look for members of the royal family and appearing without one is a serious fashion no-no. Hilary Alexander, fashion director at The Daily Telegraph says that hat wearing is a "part of the social fabric" at posh events in Britain.

gettyimages

At the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, all the women in attendance wore hats as expected; even the visitors from other countries respected the age-old tradition. Do you have a hat or two in your wardrobe? Awesome! Thanks to ever-changing fashion, not everyone has to be royal to pull off a stylish royal look.

READ ALSO: Creator Of Princess Beatrice's Infamous Wedding Hat Feared He'd End Up 'With His Head On A Spike'