Favourite New Royal Hat: June 2018

After looking at the impressive group of repeated non-Ascot royal hats worn during the month of June,  we turn our focus now  to the month’s new designs. Between Epsom, Trooping the Colour, Luxembourg National Day, weddings, a christening and normal engagements, there were fifteen new hats that stood out.  It is now time to take a closer look at this group of boater, saucer, percher, bandeau, sidesweep, stovepipe, saddle and folded headpiece designs and choose two (or three?!) to put forward as finalists as Readers’ Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these seven finalists for January and February, shown in the order they were worn:
1.   2.  
Princess Alexandra’s pink straw Rachel Trevor Morgan boater with striped hatband worn June 2
Princess Haya’s red straw sidesweep Philip Treacy saucer with silk roses worn June 2
3.   4.    5.
Queen  Máxima’s green straw sidewept Fabienne Delvigne picture hat  worn June 5
Princess Christina’s ecru metallic straw folded headpiece with quills worn June 8
Duchess of Cambridge’s aqua Juliette Botterill sideswept saucer with lavish trim worn June 9
    6.   7.   8.
Princess Eugnie’s silver Bee Smith leaf & flower imprinted picture hat worn June 9
Autumn Phillips’ fuchsia percher with roses & net tulle from Emily London worn June 9
Duchess of Kent’s lavender straw Jane Taylor bandeau headpiece with feathers worn June 9
  9.  10.  11. 
Lady Frederick Windsor’s cream Siggi Hats pyramid saucer with feathers& twists worn June 9
Julia Ogilvy’s grey stovepipe hat with straw flowers & leaves worn June 9
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s cream straw Philip Treacy hat with flowers & twists worn June 9
  12.  13.  14. 
Lady Kitty Spencer’s burgundy felt Philip Treacy percher with roses & veil worn June 16
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa’s lavender straw Philip Treacy percher with twists worn June 24
Princess Stéphanie’s pink straw Les Folie’s Bibis saddle hat with flowers worn June 24 
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, August 19, at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo, Mark Cuthbert, Patrick van Katwijk via Getty; Stella Pictures; Mark Cuthbert, Max Mumby/Indigo, Yui Mok/ PA Images via Getty;  Paul Ratcliffe and  Mark Stewart and via Twitter; Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo, via Getty; Geoff Robinson Photography/REX/Shutterstock; Catholic Church of Luxembourg

9 thoughts on “Favourite New Royal Hat: June 2018

  1. I think the comparison made between James Middleton and Lady Kitty Spencer and their relationship to the Royal family is fair , neither is Royal which takes me back to the Original comment from Catherine . There was no intent to compare the status or class of Janes Middleton and Lady Kitty Spencer but to question the reply that Lady Kitty was royalty because her father is Earl Spencer .

  2. Have to query the Earl of Spencer as being part of the Royal family, he is an aristocrat who has connections through his sister to the Royal family . This is the same relationship that the Middleton family ie. James Middleton has to the Royal family through marriage , but he is not classed as Royal .

    • We’ve included Countess Brabourne in this poll before, without question, and regularly include members of British aristocracy (especially at Ascot and royal weddings) here on the blog as well. I don’t feel the comparison between Lady Kitty and James is fair at all- she is titled and the daughter of an Earl. He is untitled and the son of a commoner.

      • Also, the Spencer family tree has been traced back to the 1400s and has long had a close association with the royal family, while the Middletons (to my understanding) are basically middle-class people who became wealthy through good business decisions. I realize that we no longer focus on those class distinctions in modern times, but in an Upstairs Downstairs/Downton Abbey sort of way, there seems to be a clear distinction between the Spencers and the Middletons.

      • But Kitty and James are both related to people who’ve married into royalty – I think that’s the point being made. Not to do with her being titled and him not. They both have relatives (a late aunt and a sister) who have married royals but they are not royal themselves.
        I think Countess Brabourne is somewhat different, as that family actually do have royal ancestry.
        I like seeing aristocratic hats, no objection to that at all, but it is inaccurate to refer to Kitty Spencer as royal when she is not.

        • My rationale for inclusion, in this case, was greatly due to the outstanding hat. In the end, it’s my call to make and it’s done. Let’s move on, please.

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