31 July 2012

Lord Nelson's New Hat

Visitors to London will be in for something of a surprise when they crane their eyes upwards to the statue atop Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. Overnight, with the help of a crane, Lord Nelson has received new hat.  His is one of 24 of London’s most famous statues to be given the treatment, as part of a week long Hatwalk.

The event, which is to mark both the creativity of the UK’s milliners as well as the country’s heritage includes creations by hat designers like Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones. The statues upon which they sit include those of Sir Charles Napier (above) General Sir Henry Havelock and King George IV as well as Lord Nelson.

One can only wonder what those who the statues commemorate would make of Hatwalk. I imagine Victoria (if she is included) would not be terribly amused. At least she might have been relieved by the fact that the hats will be auctioned off for charity at the end of the week.

We'll post more pictures up as we get them!