2018 saw some truly wonderful hats enter the world of royal fashion- hats that delighted, wowed and awed us. Each month, dearest readers, you chose a favourite new hat and assembled a list of eleven beautiful designs as your standouts of the year. Choosing a single winner from these eleven great hats proved a difficult task and the resulting poll was neck-and-neck to the finish.
There are some surprises here- this is the first British Royal sweep of the top five hats in this category and two of the heads are ones that have received considerable fashion criticism in the past (a vindication here that tickles me with glee!) in hats worn by milliners who only joined our list of Royal Milliners in 2018. It’s exciting stuff.
Without further ado, here are your top six (thanks to a tie for fifth spot!) Favourite New Royal Hats of 2018:
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Autumn Philips’ ice blue Juliette Botterill button percher with silk abacca looped bow worn April 1
Princess Eugenie’s straw picture hat imprinted with leaves & flowers by Bee Smith worn June 9
Lady Kitty Spencer’s burgundy felt Philip Treacy percher with silk rose spray & veil worn June 16
Lady Sarah Chatto’s textured navy straw mushroom brim hat by Stephen Jones worn May 19
Princess Beatrice’s black & white saucer with black roses & feathers by Sally Ann Provan worn June 21