when QE2 (the person not the vessel) arrivd in Virginia yesterday I thought of that Sondheim lyric. today one rarely sees an American woman wear a hat while the Brits delight in the custom. the queen had quite the creation on but it suits her. unlike that poor frump Mrs. Parker-Bowles who always wears the silliest millinery.
of course there was a time when American ladies wdn't be caught out on the town without a chapeau. just look at yr family albums. in fact that's where I found this period shot of my mother (on the right) with her sister Sophie.