Favourite New Royal Hat: July & August

Overseas visits, an engagement announcement, a christening, a major anniversary, a national day celebration, a wedding, and two Scottish residencies brought us more than the usual number of new royal hats over the summer. During July and August, twelve new royal hats stood out, based on your comments, as particularly successful at their debut. It’s now time to take another look at this beautiful millinery dozen and choose your favourite.

This group also contains diversity of colour, scale and shape with perchers, sidesweeping pictures, kettle brims, a ringed disc, a bandeau and an unresolved millinery mystery (I still don’t know if #11 is a renovated hat but since this was its first outing in this form, I’m including it as new!) in the group. As always, the winner of this poll will be put forward as the first semi-finalist for 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 twelve finalists for July and August, shown in the order they were worn:
1.July 2, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats     2.July 2, 2018 | Royal Hats
Queen  Máxima’s green picture hat with unfinished edges by Fabienne Delvigne worn in Curacao July 2
Princess Ayako’s pink button percher with pearl trimmed silk bow worn at her engagement announcement July 2
3.July 5, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats      4.
Queen Elizabeth’s pink straw hat with fabric kettle brim and feathers by Angela Kelly worn in Scotland July 5
Duchess of Cambridge’s cream straw bandeau with pearls, flowers & tulle by Jane Taylor worn July 9
 
5.July 9, 2018 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats     6.July 10, 2018 in Sean Barrett | Royal Hats
Duchess of Sussex’s olive green crinoline capeline hat with bow by Stephen Jones worn July 9
Duchess of Cambridge’s pale blue straw percher with net veil and silk flowers by Sean Barrett worn July 10
7.July 10, 2018 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats     8.July 21, 2018 | Royal Hats
Duchess of Sussex’s pleated navy crin swirl headpiece by Stephen Jones worn July 10
Princess Claire’s white straw disc with with red straw rings and red lace applique worn July 21
9.July 28, 2018 | Royal Hats    10.August 4, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats 
Princess Hisako’s leaf green hat with layered, fluted kettle brim worn on July 28
Duchess of Sussex’s black straw Philip Treacy teardrop percher with quills and twists worn August 4
11.Aug 5, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats  12.Aug 6, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s mysterious new cream straw hat with blue brim and grey silk roses worn August 5
Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue felt Angela Kelly design with delicate green feather and gold sprig trim worn Aug 6
This poll will remain open until next Friday,  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!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: July & August

July and August saw so many wonderful hats this year that I’m going to change things up and face them off without September’s offerings (we’ll combine those with October hats at the end of the month). Between anniversaries, a christenings, a national day celebration and other engagements, there were 11 new royal hats worn over the summer which, based on your comments, were widely admired. As those of us in the Northern Hemisphere break out our fall wardrobes, let’s take a last look back at our favourite repeated summer royal hats and choose our favourite.

These eleven hats cover numerous millinery shapes and profiles in colours from pale and muted to primary and popping. As with past polls, the winner of this poll will be put forward as the first semi-finalist for 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 the eleven finalists, shown in the order they were worn:
1.July 2, 2018 | Royal Hats     2.July 4, 2018 | Royal Hats
Princess Anne’s cream straw sidesweep with caramel stacked hatbands and feather trim worn July 2
Queen Margrethe’s pale blue sideswept straw hat with pink and white silk flowers worn July 4
Countess of Wessex’s cream straw Jane Taylor vertical saucer with feather trim worn July 5
Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue straw hat with flowers, silk twists & silver leaves by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn July 5
Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw sideswept picture hat with sand twist trim by Philip Treacy worn July 10
Countess of Wessex’s cream striped hat by Jane Taylor with grey twists and black feathers worn July 10
Princess Alexandra’s Rachel Trevor Morgan pink straw hat with striped hatband & feather spray worn July 10
Princess Michael of Kent’s black straw oval picture hat with giant feather trim by Philip Treacy worn July 10
9.July 21, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats    10.Aug 29, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats
Queen Mathilde’s red straw pyramid saucer hat with abacca crescent leaf trim by Fabienne Delvigne worn July 21
Queen  Máxima’s Fabienne Delvigne pale pink straw, wide-brimmed sidesweep picture hat worn Aug 29
11.Aug 29, 2018 | Royal HatsAug 29, 2018 | Royal Hats
Princess Astrid’s turquoise straw calot embellished with ribbon flowers worn August 29
This poll will remain open until Sunday, October 14 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!

Top Royal Hats: June 2018

Polls for the favourite new and repeated non-Ascot royal hats worn during the month of June brought some of the closest results we have ever seen here at Royal Hats. Your two top repeated hats and three favourite new hats are:

   

Countess of Wessex’s oyster straw Jane Taylor picture hat with feathers worn June 18 and
Queen Máxima’s grey straw Fabienne Delvigne picture hat with giant stylised leaves worn June 28

   

Duchess of Cambridge’s aqua Juliette Botterill sideswept saucer with lavish trim worn June 9
Lady Kitty Spencer’s burgundy felt Philip Treacy percher with roses & veil worn June 16
Princess Eugenie’s silver Bee Smith leaf & flower imprinted picture hat worn June 9

A single vote separated the three new hats (a first on the blog, I do believe)!! Jump over the poll for new hats here and the repeated hats here to see the results in greater detail  and head over to the Fan Favourites page for a running tally of your top picks so far this year. It’s turning out to be a stunning lineup.
Photos from AFP/Steve Parsons, Patrick van Katwijk, Mark Cuthbert and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty; Geoff Robinson Photography/REX/Shutterstock

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:
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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

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: June 2018

While we royal hat fans focus on Ascot each June, the rest of this month has no shortage of royal hat wearing opportunities. This year was no different and between the Epsom Races, Trooping the Colour, garden parties, state visits and a busy schedule of regular engagements, we saw lots of wonderful hats.

Looking at the repeated hats, there were twelve designs that, based on your comments, stood out as particularly admired designs. We’re now going to closer look at these beauties and choose one (or maybe two?) hats to move forward in our year-long quest to find Readers’ Favourite Repeated 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 your twelve most admired repeated royal hats worn in June, shown in the order they appeared:
1.  2.  3.
Queen Elizabeth’s lavender straw Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with silk peonies worn June 2
Princess Anne’s almond straw sidesweep with cream feathers & curling quills worn June 7
Queen Elizabeth’s mulberry straw Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers worn June 8
4.  5.
Queen Elizabeth’s sky blue Angela Kelly hat with beaded flower & feather posy worn June 9
 Duchess of Cornwall’s blue straw Philip Treacy picture hat with flying bow tails worn June 9
6.  7.  8.  
Countess of Wessex’s Jane Taylor lace beret percher with feathers & roses worn June 9
Princess Alexandra’s grey straw hat with bows and veil brim overlay worn June 9
Duchess of Cornwall’s white straw asymmetrical Philip Treacy hat with navy hatband worn June 18
9.   10.  
Countess of Wessex’s oyster straw Jane Taylor picture hat with feathers worn June 18
Queen Elizabeth’s peach straw Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers & bows worn June 24

11. 12.
Queen Mathilde’s red silk abaca Fabienne Delvigne percher with feather worn June 27
Queen Máxima’s grey straw Fabienne Delvigne picture hat with giant leaves worn June 28
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!

Top Royal Hats: Ascot 2018

Royal Ascot is a highlight in the royal millinery calendar and your favourite hats during this week of racing are often among your top picks for the year. Here are your choices for favourite new and repeated hats worn to Ascot this year:


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Princess Beatrice’s black & white saucer with black roses & feathers by Sally Ann Provan on Day 3


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Autumn Phillips’ magenta straw cocktail hat with rose & quill twists by Juliette Botterill worn Day 5

What worthy winners! Jump over the poll for new hats here and repeated hats here to see the results in greater detail or jump over to the Fan Favourites page for a running tally of your top picks so far this year. Next poll, we’ll face off hats worn during the rest of the month of June- it’s going to be another strong lineup.
Photos from Getty as indicated

Favourite New Royal Hat: Ascot 2018

While there were some wonderful repeated royal hats at Ascot this year, this annual racing event brings us the most new designs seen in a single week each calendar year.This year was no exception with 26 royal hats (and several more noble ones!) making a debut during the races. Of these 26 new hats, 16 were received, based on your comments, as particularly successful.  We turn our attention now to these 16 hats for a second review to choose two favorites.

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 the 16 new hats you admired most during Ascot this year, shown in the order they appeared:
1.June 19, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats     2.June 19, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s yellow crepe & straw hat with blue hydrangeas by Angela Kelly worn Day 1
Countess of Wessex’s pale pink saucer with black windowpane crin by Jane Taylor worn on Day 1 
3.June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats      4.June 19, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats 
Duchess of Sussex’s white straw and black crin fluted Philip Treacy saucer hat worn on Day 1
Princess Beatrice’s blue straw Juliette Botterill saucer with straw & crin twists worn on Day 1

    5.June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats     6.June 19, 2018 in Emily London | Royal Hats
Princess Haya’s cream crin disc with oversize silk flower trim by Philip Treacy worn Day 1
Princess Eugenie’s ice blue Emily London wide brimmed hat with bergère crown & tassel worn Day 1
7.June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats      8.June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue straw hat with silk peony blooms by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Day 2
Duchess of Gloucester’s gold straw picture hat with crin brim edge & blue flowers worn Day 2
9.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats        10.June 20, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats   
Autumn Philips in a blue straw Philip Treacy saucer with white cut feather trim worn on Day 2
Countess of Wessex’s aqua straw picture hat with pleated crin overlay by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2
11.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats     12.June 21, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats
Princess Haya’s cream straw calot with crystal studded veil by Philip Treacy worn Day 2
Queen Elizabeth’s bright pink Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers & feathers on Day 3
13.June 21, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats     14.June 21, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats
Princess Beatrice’s black & white saucer with black roses & feathers by Sally Ann Provan on Day 3
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s fuchsia straw Philip Treacy picture hat with twists worn Day 3 

    15.June 22, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats     16.June 23, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s lime green crepe and straw hat with pink flowers & beads by Angela Kelly on Day 4
Queen Elizabeth’s grey & green snakeskin printed straw hat with green feathers by Angela Kelly worn Day 5
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, June 29  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!