Top New Royal Hat: April 2017

Between Easter, Koningsdag and regular royal engagements, April often sees a number of new royal hats and this year was no exception. Nine designs below stood out in particular, based on your comments, and from these nine designs we’ll choose a single winner to put forward as a finalist for favourite new royal hat of 2017.

Please click on each hat to jump back to its original feature post with additional photos and and information. Here are the nine designs, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Queen Máxima, Apr 7, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   2.Princess Beatrix, Apr 7, 2017 | Royal Hats
Queen Margrethe’s plaid Pork Pie hat worn April 11 in Aarhus
Queen  Elizabeth’s blue felt hat with teal velvet leaves by Angela Kelly worn April 13
 5.Countess of Wessex, April 16, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats     6.Autumn Philips, April 16, 2017 in Emily London | Royal Hats
Countess of Wessex in a black straw pillbox with feather trim by Jane Taylor worn April 16
Autumn Phillips’ Emily London designed black felt beret percher with feather worn Easter Sunday
7.Queen Elizabeth, Apr 16, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats   8.Duchess of Cambridge, April 17, 2017 | Royal Hats  
Queen Elizabeth’s turquoise and black straw hat with pink floral trim by Rachel Trevor Mogan worn April 16
Duchess of Cambrige’s cream silk square pillbox with bow worn Easter Sunday
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Queen  Máxima’s navy silk smocked calot with silver bead embroidery worn April 27 for Koningsdag
The poll will remain open for two weeks until Friday, May 19 at midnight GMT. As usual, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish and results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Happy voting!

8 thoughts on “Top New Royal Hat: April 2017

  1. These hats are beautiful! I have always been a fan of the culture of the royals and also their fashion. Royals tend to wear such incredibly ornate and yet classy stuff. They are definitely trend setters. In many ways, I feel like our American first ladies take their style cues from the British Royals. As another commenter said, hat styles tend to shift and change along with the times. Hats worn in 1975 are going to be different than hats worn in 1990. Hats worn in 1990 are going to be different than hats worn in 2017. The styles are generally conservative, but I think that come summer time we will see much more avant garde styles.

    The hat placement has evolved over time. I think that the older royals tend to stick to what is traditional and works best for their head shape. The younger ones are more liberal with their experimenting.

  2. That back view of the Duchess of Cambridge’s hat is gorgeous, but the square shape doesn’t work so well from other angles.

  3. Thank you HQ for recommending that we should comment more on the hats we favor or find interesting.

    I have been visiting your excellent site long enough now that I am seeing the many, many repeats of the same hat styles which most of today’s appear to be.

    They may have been just made so are deemed “new”, but there is little new about them. I thought I had clicked on the wrong page LOL. So I have voted for Queen Maxima’s calot which is very, very pretty although I wonder too how it might look positioned differently.

    Any ideas on why she and other royal hat wearers seem to wear pillboxes and calots so far back on their heads. Is there some precedent for this? There must be examples from previous years on these hat types being worn more attractively.

    • “New” here are always been defined as a hat worn for the first time. It’s simply an easy classification to use in our determination of favourite hats of the year. It always bothered me that the readers’ top choice for 2014 actually made its debut in 2013.

      I hear what you are saying- like all fashion, hat shapes follow trends of the moment. If we were to look at all the new hats worn in April 1997, the shapes would be quite different. I’m not sure there would be a percher cocktail hat to be found! This style is popular in current fashion and as many royals do follow current fashion, we’re seeing them a lot. I’m surprised that The Duchess of Cambridge’s square pillbox isn’t considered a new style- I can’t ever remember seeing a square pillbox and find it a very interesting variation on a traditional shape. As I mentioned earlier, I thought the York Princess’ leather hats were also interesting (we don’t see many leather covered hats) but they were widely criticised and didn’t make it to this poll.

      I think it’s also worth saying that a number of regular royals we see in hats here are older women. Queen Margrethe, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Sonja, Princess Beatrix- these women all have developed a certain hat style that works for them. I think it is completely understandable that we don’t see these women widely experimenting with hat shapes and styles, And finally, April also isn’t a time of year where we usually see many avant garde designs- wait until June and see if you’re still bored by the new hats we see!

      As far as hat placement- it’s a matter of personal taste and again, current fashion. Wearing it back on one’s head allows the hair to still frame the front of one’s face (and works with the low chignon hairstyle that many royal women sport right now), which I personally think looks attractive. You clearly find this placement to be unattractive- a completely fine opinion to hold but one that proves the subjectivity of hat placement!

      • Thank you so much for your detailed explanations.

        I have always liked the pillbox look from the Jackie Kennedy days.

        It seems to me the late Princess of Wales wore a pillbox from time to time. A light blue one? And both wore theirs a little more forward?

        Love the Duchess of Cambridge’s for sure and may have to change my vote!

    • Interesting- I was really taken by the leather hats worn by Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie on Easter Sunday but based on the comments, they were not popular with readers at all. When there is an unusual piece that you like, do comment so those pieces can be brought forward.

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