From time to time, questions arise here about which royals wear the most royal hats. I’ve pulled together some statistics from 2019 for us to discuss this week and next, starting with hats by royal house; the measurement here is the combined number of times that each royal member of house wore a hat/headpiece (click on the graph to see a larger version of it):
I’m sometimes asked why I cover so many Imperial royal hats and the answer lies above- it’s because we see them most frequently. I recognize there are some grey areas in these metrics (I’ve included Queen Elizabeth’s photographed church outings and counted hats worn to weddings even though they are, arguably, not “public” events and am limited to counting the Imperial royal hats covered in the media- and suspect there are more actually worn) but even with a degree of error, these totals give us an idea of hat wearing realities for different royal houses.
For another perspective, this averages out to us seeing a Danish and Dutch royal hat worn roughly once a week, a Belgian royal hat worn once every other week in comparison to six Imperial and five British royal hats a week. It’s a significant difference of frequency.
Do these numbers surprise you as they did me?! Stay tuned tomorrow- we’ll compare number of times each of the queens/consorts wore hats last year. Some of the results will surprise.