The British are a funny lot as exemplified by Monty Python, Absolutely Fabulous … Top Gear. There is a long list of zany, creative Brits. But that’s not the subject of this discourse. I’m talking about the very serious and obviously infectious British affliction known as “kapelophilia”, the morbid addiction to the wearing of hats. Please note that this condition is not solely ascribed to the British but they do seem the most affected.
Be advised that this “definition”, though widely cited, comes directly from the US Government’s National Institutes of Health. Personally I think there should be a travel advisement for anyone planning a trip abroad. Otherwise, you could look like the afflicted young women in the following photographs:
Compiled is a sampling of the effects of the British affliction on the sidebar. Most of the photos are from the very peculiar annual summer opening of the Royal Ascot racecourse, an event that has been a British High Society tradition for 300 years. HRH Queen Elizabeth II is similarly stricken and has been for the majority of her reign. HRH seems to have a duller form of the condition. A few of her photos are displayed here: