What the Queen Mother wore to celebrate VE Day in 1945

75 years ago, as we celebrated VE Day, the Queen Mother met with people in the capital.  She also hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace for prisoner’s of war.

Volume 1, Page, 55, Picture, 1, World War II, 1945, Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) with repatriated prisoners of war at a garden party for them held at the Royal Residence. (Photo by James Jarche/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

As you can see here, she is wearing her favourite colour, blue; it suits her so well.  Her hat has a lovely fitted crown with a dramatic upturned brim.  Queen Elizabeth liked wearing upturned brims as she felt it was important that her face was visible to all.

War and Conflict, World War II, pic: 10th May 1945, HM, Queen Elizabeth pictured in Deptford, South London as the War in Europe ended (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)


The hat is trimmed with an elaborate fan of ostrich feathers & a pretty little bow.  This hat is elegant & fitting to the occasion; it doesn’t steal the show & enables her to talk to all people she met easily, without the brim covering her face.


London, England, May, 1945, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth speaking to a large crowd of children at Deptford, South London during their tour of London in Victory Week at the end of World War Two (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)


Can you imagine members of the Royal family freely walking around with this close proximity to the general public these days? How lovely for everyone that got to meet the King & Queen.


9th May 1945: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (1900 – 2002) during a Royal tour of East London. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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