Simply put, Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations last month were a royal hat extravaganza. With most members of the British royal family attending both the Service of Thanksgiving and Trooping the Colour, this birthday party was a two day long festival of royal millinery. Twelve designs stood out to you, based on your comments, as stellar pieces. From this dozen, we are going to name our top two favourites to put through to our year-end contest for favourite new royal hat of 2016.
Click on any of the photos to jump back to original feature posts with additional photos, explanation and discussion on each hat. Here are the twelve millinery finalists, in the order that they were worn:
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Queen Elizabeth’s yellow and white hat by Angela Kelly worn at the Service of Thanksgiving on June 10
Countess of Wessex in a pale blue Jane Taylor percher hat with organza bell flowers worn on June 10
Princess Beatrice in a white straw hat with black bow trim by Sarah Cant worn on June 10
Princess Eugenie in a navy straw headpiece with half bow by Sarah Cant worn on June 10
Zara Tindall’s pale blue Rosie Olivia straw percher hat with bow and navy feathers worn June 10
Viscountess Linley’s blue patterned straw pillbox with silk bow by Rachel Trevor Morgan on June 10
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Countess of St. Andrew in a navy pleated straw and white crin headpiece worn on June 10
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s cream saucer picture hat with straw curls and net veil by Philip Treacy on June 10
Queen Elizabeth in Rachel Trevor Morgan’s bright green hat with pink flowers for Trooping the Colour on June 11
Duchess of Cambridge in a Philip Treacy white slice brimmed hat with pink rose trim on June 11
Princess Eugenie in Vivien Sheriff’s ecru raised saucer hat with pheasant and purple feathers on June 11
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s oatmeal straw Philip Treacy angular picture hat with straw twist trim on June 11
This poll will remain open until Thursday, July 21 at midnight GMT. Each computer or mobile device may vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish- we are looking for two winners so please please vote for more than one hat! To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes.
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