John Boyd: Royal Hat Maker Dies

John Boyd, a royal milliner, died on Tuesday at the age of 92.

Born in 1925 in Edinburgh, the milliner was based n London where he designed hats for over 75 years.

Boyd is well known for his creations for the late Diana, Princess of Wales as well as her mother Frances Shand Kydd and grandmother Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy.

Other members the Royal Family who wore his creations were Princess Anne and The Duchess of Cambridge.

Mr Boyd started his apprenticeship in Grosvenor Square with Aage Thaarup, the Danish Royal Milliner. His time there was interrupted when World War II broke out, and he was drafted. Boyd would go on to be part of the D Day landings in Normandy.

In 1946 he opened his shop in London and worked with designed Clive Duncan who was well connected in royal circles.

In 1967 he designed a hat for the then 17-year-old Princess Anne. She took a liking to his creations and would call on him to create her many hats throughout the years.

After creating hats for Diana’s grandmother and mother, Boyd would then have the chance to design for the most photographed woman in the world: Diana, Princess of Wales.

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He would see his client list grow by leaps bounds with the likes of Princess Michael of Kent, Baroness Thatcher and other ladies of high society.

Mr Boyd’s hats were so popular, that some are in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

By Garry Rigby (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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