Favourite New Royal Hat of 2020

While the global pandemic slowed royal hat appearances in 2020 down to a slow trickle, it made us all the more appreciative of the designs that did manage to make a debut.

Several of the royal hats that made first appearances in 2020 were met with particular admiration. These beret, saucer, fedora, calot, sidesweep, and cartwheel brimmed designs reclaim our attention once again as we now choose our favourite of the year. As with the poll for repeated royal hats, I have included the first and second place winners from each of this year’s six individual polls to round out this field.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the contenders for Favourite New Royal Hat of 2020, shown in the order they were worn:

1.   2.
Duchess of Cambridge’s blue felt Hicks and Brown fedora with pheasant feather hatband worn Jan 5
Queen Máxima’s brimless beret-calot covered in pheasant feathers worn February 18 

3.   4.
Duchess of Sussex’s green teardrop beret with net veil wrap and bow by William Chambers worn March 10
Duchess of Cambridge’s red felt saucer with flowers and oxblood bow by Sally Ann Provan worn March 10

5.   6.
Autumn Phillips’ black felt percher with olive silk camellia blooms and leaves by Sally Ann Provan worn March 10
Zara Tindall’s claret felt curved percher with cutout bow and arrow feathers by Juliette Botterill
 worn March 11

7.   8.
Zara Tindall’s navy straw beret percher with cascade of flowers by Juliette Botterill worn June 16
Queen Elizabeth’s pale aqua hat with feathers and straw rolled pink roses by Angela Kelly worn on July 17
9.  10.
Queen Máxima’s cream, tan and black striped straw saucer by Bettina Thomas worn Sep 16
Princess Benedikte’s turquoise woven raffia hat with upswept brim worn Sep 26
11.  12.
Queen Elizabeth’s black hat with stitched leaf trim worn for Remembrance Sunday on November 8
The Duchess of Cambridge’s black felt beret percher with multi bow by Philip Treacy worn Nov 8
This poll will remain open until Monday, February 22 at midnight GMT.  As usual for these polls, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

6 thoughts on “Favourite New Royal Hat of 2020

  1. Considering that the field was so much smaller than usual, I must say this is a really good field! Some outstanding hats here, and all ones I admire.

  2. I wonder how the pandemic will influence the style of hats to come. As with fashion it reflects the time frame.
    Will they go bold or minimalistic will there be more color or the opposite. Will each royal house adapt to the new era in a different way.
    will we be seeing a lot of repeats or a fresh news start?
    I just wonder (a lot)

      • Fewer public appearances will necessarily mean fewer hats, but I’m hoping a commitment to new hats will remain, if for no other reason than as a means of supporting local businesses (i.e. milliners and the suppliers of millinery materials). That said, I would like to see in the upcoming period some spectacular alterations and re-embellishments of existing hats – I love it when that happens.

  3. You know, given the absolute dearth of new royal titfers, this selection has some absolute winners. Zara brought it early in the year; Kate’s fedora is a stunning departure for her; Max’s rings of Saturn is one of her best in years… but I’m sure Meghan’s now iconic green hat for their swan song will be the most memorable of this lot for years to come…

    • It’s hard to choose, isn’t it JamesB?
      I love Zara’s claret percher, but Autumn’s olive and black percher is so lovely – a color combination we don’t often see. The 2 Remembrance Day hats are so striking. Lots of gorgeous choices!

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