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Have Hat Will Travel — Carleton Place Royal Tea — September 9th



On September 9th, there is a tea in our local Town Hall put on by the town of Carleton Place. It is to celebrate the day her majesty, Queen Elizabeth, becomes the longest reigning Sovereign of Canada.  Seeing I don’t receive mail from Buckingham Palace I was naturally intrigued when I saw the event posted.  Getting an invite to Buckingham Palace isn’t easy, so the Carleton Place town hall it is!

There was no information on dress code, suits, day dresses and hats, uniforms, and I took this to NOT to dig up my old Girl Guide uniform. Not that my left foot could get into it! Dressed in our finest clothes and looking our best, should we travel by foot, or those horse drawn carriages they rent out in Almonte? Like most guests I’ve never had tea with the Queen, but I did catch a fleeting glimpse once of Prince Andrew, or was it Edward, at an RCMP event many moons ago.

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I am curious as to whether the guests are all vetted before the event because the town of Carleton Place doesn’t want any undesirables, or out-spoken anti-anything, wandering around spreading sedition. That might put a cog in my wheel! For a lady guest, I would suggest wearing a nice dress, but make sure this covers up any unsightly tattoos, I don’t think that the towns officials would care for snarling skull body art.  A hat is a good idea, maybe a fascinator, or something that won’t fall off. Losing a hat, as I have done on several  occasions, might be undignified to some. Speaking of undignified I have constructed my own hat in homage to milliner Philip Treacy, and oh yes, to that Princess Beatrice– one of those crazy royal hat wearers.


Well her hat did get its own Facebook page.:) But it was fun having a reason to make yet another hat.




I thought the paper towel holder made a good hat rest while working on it. It was better than the can opener!


The finished product, give or take a few rhinestones falling off here and there. Yes, those would be Christmas decorations I used. I bought them from the nice ladies at the Calvary Church when they had their garage sale last week. You can do all sorts of things with Martha Stewart products.


See you September 9th at the Carleton Place town hall! GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
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Just heard from Diane and the dress is casual

Hi Linda,

Thank you for posting the invitation to the Tea. Regarding the dress code, it is definitely casual.
Hope to see you at the event.
Dianne Saunders
President IODE Captain Hooper Chapter
Carleton Place

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