While 2020 will be remembered for many things, royal hats won’t be one of them. However, even amidst a dramatic decline of royal public engagements, there have been pockets of joy and hope which have included a few hats.
Several of the royal hats that made repeat appearances in 2020 caught our attention. We’re now taking a look back at these fedora, sidesweep, beret, slice and pillbox designs to choose our favourite of the year. To make this poll brighter and more hope-filled, I have included the first and second place winners from each of this year’s six individual polls.
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 Repeated Royal Hat of 2020, shown in the order they were worn:
Queen Elizabeth’s oxblood hat with cherry blossoms by Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) worn Feb 25
Princess Anne’s turquoise felt fedora with double hatband and feathers by Amy Morris-Adams worn Feb 29
The Duchess of Cornwall’s navy felt picture hat with ostrich feather wrap by Philip Treacy worn March 10
Queen Máxima’s green straw upswept slice picture hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn March 11 in Indonesia
Duchess of Cornwall’s ivory and navy straw picture hat with knotted trim by Philip Treacy worn June 18
Princess Beneditke’s picture hat in raspberry pink straw worn in Germany on July 31
Queen Máxima’s pink straw picture hat with high upswept slice brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn October 1
Queen Elizabeth’s pink felt hat with layered hatbands and silk flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn October 15
The Duchess of Cornwall’s black felt Philip Treacy percher with crin twist and silk rose worn Nov 8
The Countess of Wessex’s navy felt Jane Taylor pillbox with dotted veil worn November 11