Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018

And then there were eleven.

Eleven beautiful hats, from the studios of eight different milliners, that made first appearances in 2011 (on eight different royal heads!). In felt, fabric and straw, the shapes range from cloche to saucer to percher to wide-brimmed picture with stunning adornments that include silk abacca loops, handmade silk flowers, curved quills, veils, feathers and a branch of cherry blossoms.

Here are your ten finalists for Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018:

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You can access original feature posts on each hat, with additional photos, description and discussion, by clicking on each photo or on the links below each pair. This poll will remain open for two weeks until Sunday, January 27 at midnight GMT.  Each computer or mobile device may vote once every twelve hours for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018

After slowly narrowing down our favourite repeated royal hats over the past year, it’s now down to ten. Ten unique designs, made by six different milliners and worn on six different royal heads. There are perchers, gently sideswept brims, a saucer, picture hats and two dramatic upsweeps trimmed with an array of silk flowers, quills, ruffles, twists and feathers.

Without further ado, here are your ten finalists for favourite repeated royal hat worn in 2018:

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You can access original feature posts on each hat, with additional photos, description and discussion, by clicking on each photo or link beneath it. This poll will remain open for two weeks until Sunday, January 27 at midnight GMT.  Each computer or mobile device may vote once every twelve hours for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Favourite New Royal Hat: November & December 2018

We have come to the last of 2018’s semi final polls, this time focusing on new hats that made their debut over the past two months. November and December saw a number of lovely new hats,, eleven of which were met with particular praise. We return to this jewel-toned group, which includes fedora, pillbox, bumper, percher, toque, pyramid, bandeau and face-hugger shapes, to choose a favourite. The winner of this poll will join 2018’s other semi-finalists in a final face-off for Readers’ Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on the date in caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these eleven hats, shown in the order they were worn:
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Queen Margrethe’s domed plaid hat with striped hatband and sideswept brim worn Nov 11
Queen Silvia’s teal felt percher with grey feathers & veil by Kerstin Carlefalk worn Nov 14

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Princess Charlene’s black felt pyramid saucer by Gallia & Peter worn for National Day on Nov 19
Beatrice Casiraghi’s chocolate velvet and soaring black quill Philip Treacy headpiece worn Nov 19
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Queen Mathilde’s cranberry felt wide-brimmed fedora with folded hatbands by Fabienne Delvigne worn Nov 23 
Crown Princess Mary’s violet pink rounded pillbox worn in Latvia on Dec 6
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Queen Máxima’s saffron yellow and navy printed silk draped toque hat worn Dec 7
Crown Princess Masako’s beaded midnight blue velvet bumper hat worn Dec 23
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Duchess of Cambridge’s scarlet velvet kokoshnik bandeau headpiece by Jane Taylor worn Dec 25
Duchess of Sussex’s black felt beret percher with crin bow & blue feathers by Awon Golding worn Dec 25
Autumn Phillips’ emerald felt crescent-formed percher with bow by Sally Anne Provan worn Dec 25
This poll will remain open until next Friday, January 11, 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: November & December 2018

We have one more set of semi-final polls before we choose our favourite hats of 2018! Let’s get to it.

During the months of November and December, there were ten hats – interestingly, all brimmed designs – which received considerable admiration. We’re going to take a second look at these wintry designs and choose our top pick. This winner will then compete against all the other hats we have short-listed over the past year for Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on the date in each caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. The ten hats, worn over the past two months, are as follows:
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Duchess of Cornwall’s dramatic black upsweep by Philip Treacy worn for Remembrance Sunday, Nov 11
Duchess of Cornwall’s purple Philip Treacy hat with feathers  worn for the WWI Armistice centenary, Nov 11
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Queen Elizabeth’s pink sidesweep with cut felt feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Nov 14
Queen Máxima’s cranberry felt hat with wide upswept brim by Fabienne Delvige worn Nov 16
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Queen Máxima’s avocado felt wide brimmed hat by Fabinne Delvigne worn Nov 22 and Dec 16
Queen Máxima’s deep purple felt upsweep with side brim pleat by Fabienne Delvigne worn Nov 21
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Princess Beatrix’s sparkling silver and navy straw boater with stacked hatbands worn Dec 12
Queen Elizabeth’s vibrant pink hat with red feather trim by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Dec 13
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Crown Princess Masako’s green velvet hat with braid-trimmed kettle brim worn Dec 21
Princess Anne’s wide-brimmed purple felt fedora with looped bow and feathers worn Dec 30
This poll will remain open until next Friday, January 11, at midnight GMT. As always, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Favourite New Royal Hat: September & October 2018

Numerous foreign visits and a major royal wedding brought us an unusual number of new hats this fall, many of which were greatly admired. We’re going to look back at these beauties and choose one to be put forward in our countdown to your Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.

There were 13 new royal hats worn in September and October which, based on your comments stood out as particularly successful. It is now time to take a closer look at the varied designs in this lineup and choose your top pick.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the thirteen hats you most admired in September and October, shown in the order they were worn:
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Queen Elizabeth’s lime and navy cloche with feathers and straw leaves worn in Scotland Sep 2
Queen Elizabeth’s cornflower blue hat with black trim and spiky dahlia bloom worn in Scotland Sep 9
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Queen Elizabeth’s magenta sidesweep with cut felt leaf trim by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Sep 23
Queen Mathilde’s green folded felt calot by Fabienne Delvigne worn in Austria on Oct 1
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Duchess of Cambridge’s raspberry velvet percher with silk flower spray and veil by Philip Treacy worn Oct 12
Countess of Wessex’s navy felt fluted hat with pleated crin trim by Jane Taylor worn Oct 12
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Lady Sarah Chatto in a pale pink felt hat with cartwheel brim by Stephen Jones worn Oct 12
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s peacock blue felt sideswept hat with asymmetrical crown by Philip Treacy worn Oct 12
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Duchess of York’s emerald straw boater with striped hatband & flying tails by Jess Collett worn Oct 12
Queen Máxima in a pink patterned bandeau headpiece worn Oct 23 in London
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Duchess of Cornwall’s navy straw picture hat with asymmetrical crown & twists by Philip Treacy worn Oct 23
Queen Máxima’s black felt Philip Treacy molded teardrop percher with quill worn Oct 24 in London
Countess of Wessex in a navy textured straw pillbox hat by Jane Taylor worn Oct 24
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, December 23  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. Good luck!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: September & October 2018

With a major royal wedding and numerous state visits this fall, I have been remiss in keeping up with our hat polls. Without further ado, we’re going to jump back a few months and take a second look at the most successful repeated hats we saw in October and November and choose our favourite.

There were seven repeated designs which, based on your comments, received particularly positive feedback; from this group, we now choose a single design to be put forward as a finalist for Readers’ Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these seven finalists for October and November, shown in the order they were worn:
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Queen Elizabeth’s teal felt hat with kettle brim and velvet leaves by Angela Kelly worn Sep 1 in Scotland
Queen Máxima’s dark green Fabienne Delvigne picture hat with upswept brim worn Oct 5 in Utrecht

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Princess Anne’s emerald straw percher with patterned bow worn Oct 12 in Windsor
Queen Máxima’s pleated red silk turban by Fabienne Delvigne worn Oct 16 in Zeeland
Queen Elizabeth’s turquoise hat with black stripe and pink floral trim by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Oct 19
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Duchess of Sussex’s black straw teardrop percher with twists by Philip Treacy worn in Australia Oct 20
Queen Elizabeth’s blue felt Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with stacked crown, sideswept brim & feather trim worn Oct 20
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, December 23  at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device may vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Top Royal Hats: July & August 2018

With a LOT of royal events happening this month, I need to catch you up on winners of our most recent polls. Here are your pics for favourite repeated and new royal hats worn during the months of July and August:

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Countess of Wessex’s cream striped hat by Jane Taylor with grey twists and black feathers worn July 10 

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Queen  Máxima’s pale turquoise picture hat with unfinished edges by Fabienne Delvigne worn in Curacao July 2

Jump over the poll for new hats here and the repeated hats here to see the results in greater detail and to the Fan Favourites page for a running tally of your top picks so far this year-  not surprisingly, it’s an impressive millinery lineup.
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