Hattingdon looks regal in her jewel embellished crown hat. Our posting here is a nod to the late Queen of England whose burial will take place tomorrow.
This design is vintage Hattingdon. We are not 100% certain, but we believe it dates back to 2008. It is one of Vivian’s first designs. She cannot remember the particulars of it or what inspired her to create it. She is glad she did.
We will not be posting on Monday, and will publish the classic hat selected for it on the following day.
Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the British throne today, 6 February 2022, a milestone never reached by any of her predecessors over the last 1,000 years, and one that only a few monarchs across the globe have ever achieved.
On 6 February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II became the first sovereign in over 200 years to accede the throne while abroad.
Princess Elizabeth was on a trip to Kenya when she ascended the throne. She became the Queen of Britain, and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, following the news of her father George VI’s untimely passing at the age of 56.
Her Majesty has achieved an incredible feat as she officially marks 70 years since she acceded to the throne.
We mark the occasion with a vintage design — called Regina.
Vivian, a lifelong photographer, originally created Regina during the Christmas holidays in 2008 in Washington, D.C. where she had been lobbying for horse protection laws.
“This old design looked impossible to save to begin with,” she states. “I didn’t have Photoshop then. Who knows what I used? All the layers were locked anyway. Thankfully I was able to salvage the crown totally intact! I didn’t fancy having to recreate that.”
Vivian is purely self taught. “I learned through trial and error. Lots of trials, and lots of errors,” she laughs. “But I have plenty of imagination . . . . and ‘never say die’. I was such a newbie when I created that design. I am pretty astonished by it actually.”
We hope Regina brings you a ‘hatful of smiles’.
Before you go, look at this. Lovely. “I want that new Barbie Doll of the Queen,” says Vivian. “It is gorgeous. What do you bet I won’t be able to get one? Sigh.”
Here is the fabulous doll referred to by Vivian above. Mattel made a Barbie doll of HM in honor of her Platinum Jubilee. So very fabulous.