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My Kingdom For a Hat!

May 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

It’s been 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II first ascended the British throne and over those sixty years there have been a lot of hats. It has been estimated that over the past 60 years Queen Elizabeth has worn over 5,000 hats. The hats have ranged from delicate floral or feathered confections, called “fascinators“, when she was a young Queen, to the Swami inspired turbans of the 1970’s and the pleated and “direct” simplicity she now prefers to sport on her noggin. And it cannot be just any hat that graces Her Majesty’s royal head. The hat must frame her face in such a way so that her face may be seen from all angles. It must be comfortable and look good on her, as well. She is also quite thrifty, often wearing a favorite hat twenty or thirty times. Her hat makers have replica heads of the Queen on hand in their establishments so they can fashion proper fitting headgear with a minimum of fuss for the queen. The Queen’s fashion sense has often been considered suspect and sometimes politely called “whimsical” or “diverse”. A quick search of the Internet reveals a “hat timeline” that one can only sit at and wonder. In honor of the Queen’s Royal Jubilee I want to take the time to mention that the library has several interesting books on hats and hat making. So if you are as inspired by the Queen as we are, then please be sure to visit the library and check out a book or two on hats and hat making!

See you at the library!

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