Post # 1
Lots of activity and a little strain showing on the etiquette board today… so I am, unsolicited, going to provide you with an etiquette tidbit for you to enjoy and have a little laugh over.
Princess Grace- that epitome of wedding perfection, all things classy, ladylike and royal?
Grace Kelly, raised in American traditions and etiquette (a Main Line Philadelphia family, no less), marries a European monarch. They go to lots of fancy-schmancy European functions with fancy-schmancy people with rules, rules, rules. And, as the wife of a reigning prince, she was expected to abide by them all
She went to a formal function hosted by then-President Charles DeGaulle of France and his wife. Etiquette of the time and occasion dictated that she wear a hat. She did not wear a hat.
Mrs. DeGaulle later called her out for it. In the press.
Her Serene Highness responded serenely: “Oh, poor dears, they have a whole country to run and they’re worried about my hats.”
Post # 3
Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 4
Grace Kelly was born in 1929. I can assure you with absolute certainty that hats were worn by both ladies and gentlemen in the United States, too.
Thus, to imply that she was raised in a non-hat wearing culture is incorrect. Hats were a common feature in the U.S. well into the 1960s, and no lady would have been seen in public without one. I am not taking issue with Grace’s response or the inappropriateness of a public critique, but I am taking issue with your premise that hats were not worn in North American society.
This is a scene from the famous film “Rear Window” which, like all her films, preceded her marriage. I would definitely call this a hat.
Post # 6
OP, as a local I cannot help but wonder what you mean by “a Main Line Philadelphia family, no less”. Seems a bit degrading. Main Line Philadelphia is not Philadelphia but actually a collective of Philadelphia suburbs. Additionally, she was raised within Philadelphia lines, not on the main line, and the stage wear she started her career still stands not far from her home on Henry Ave. There was also a major road in the same neighborhood renamed in her honor less than 20 years ago.
However, if she chose not to wear a hat in France it is because of the style icon she was. She really could do no wrong in that department.