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The Tricorn Hat

What is a tricorn hat?

A tricorn hat is a hat with a very wide brim that has been pinned up on three sides, giving the hat three corners, or points. It is traditionally made out of black felt, and was popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when it was part of civilian dress and military and naval uniforms.

The first Speaker to wear the hat in Prince Edward Island's legislature was Dan Compton, in 1979.

What does it mean in parliamentary tradition?

The dignity and authority of the Speaker is reinforced in dress as well as in tradition. When sitting in the Assembly, the Speaker wears a black robe, originally in imitation of the power and authority invested in Queens' Council of the court system. The Speaker also wears a tricorn hat when entering and exiting the Assembly, removing it while in the chair.

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