The royal calendar was a busy one last month with several high profile events – Cheltenham Festival, state visits and Commonwealth Observance Service – that inevitably included some new royal hats. Ten of the new designs we saw last month received particularly positive feedback. It is now time to take a closer look at the beret, saucer, fedora, upsweep, cocktail perchers and wide brimmed designs that make up this colourful group and choose a top pick. The winner of this poll will again move forward as a semi-finalist in our year end contest for Readers’ Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.
Meghan Markle’s sleek Stephen Jones designed ivory felt beret worn on Commonwealth Day, Mar 12
Zara Tindall’s red felt saucer with silk rose trim by Juliette Botterill worn to Cheltenham on Mar 14
Zara Tindall’s peacock blue felt percher with leather camellia by Sally Ann Provan worn Mar 15
Autumn Phillips’ black bumper base cocktail hat with pheasant feathers worn on Mar 16
Queen Elizabeth’s pink felt Rachel Trevor Morgan design with silk flowers worn Mar 27 in Plymouth