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A pillbox hat is a small woman's hat with a flat crown and straight, upright sides.
Pillbox hat of Jackie Kennedy.


Historically, the pillbox was also a military headgear, often including a chin strap, and can still be seen on ceremonial occasions in some countries, especially those belonging to the Commonwealth. For example, the Royal Military College of Canadamarker dress uniform includes a pillbox hat. Royal Military College of Canada uniform. In military terms the pillbox is a round defence structure for ground troops, popularized in World War I by the British. The Defence of Britain: the Welsh Aspect Pillbox fortifications still stand today and are particular prevalent in Wales, such as those at Nant Ffranconmarker.

Cultural references


  1. William J. Spurlin, 'I'd Rather Be the Princess Than the Queen', Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief, ed. Adrian Kear and Deborah Lynn Steinberg, Routledge, London, 1999, page 158

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