Favourite New Royal Hat: Cheltenham Festival 2020

Back in March, we had no idea that the Cheltenham Festival would be the only royal attended racing events we would see this year. As such, we’re going to take a specific look at the seven new hats that made their debut at Cheltenham and choose a favourite to put forward for Favourite New Royal Hat of 2020.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the seven new hats we all admired at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, shown in the order they were worn:

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Zara Tindall’s navy bandeau with cut feathers by Juliette Botterill worn March 10
Autumn Phillips’ black felt percher with olive silk camellia blooms and leaves by Sally Ann Provan worn March 10
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Zara Tindall’s claret felt curved percher with cutout bow and arrow feathers by Juliette Botterill worn Mar 11
Duchess of Cornwall’s charcoal felt fedora with aubergine hatband and fringed side bow by Philip Treacy worn Mar 11
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Zara Tindall’s navy trilby with leather flower spray by Justine Bradley Hill worn March 12
Autumn Phillip’s pink felt fedora with teal and black braid hatband by Camilla Rose worn March 13
Zara Tindall’s purple felt beret percher with bronze leather flower by Sarah Cant worn March 13
This poll will remain open until Monday, July 13  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!

Top Royal Hats: January & February 2020

Results for your favourite new hat and repeated hat worn in are in with two clear winners:

 

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Queen Elizabeth’s oxblood wool silk crepe and straw hat with cherry blossoms by Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) worn for a visit to MI5 Headquarters on February 25



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Duchess of Cambridge’s blue felt Hicks and Brown fedora with pheasant feather hatband worn to church at Sandringham on January 5

Jump over to polls for favourite new hat and favourite repeated hat to see the results in greater detail.  
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Favourite New Royal Hat: January & February 2020

Nine of the new royal hats that debuted in January and February stood out in particular- which one was your favourite?

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat, shown here in the order they were worn:

 

 

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Zara Tindall’s woven black straw boater with relaxed brim by Sarah J Curtis worn Jan 5
Duchess of Cambridge’s blue felt Hicks and Brown fedora with pheasant feather hatband worn Jan 5
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Zara Tindall in a wave trimmed teardrop percher covered in orange and pink feathers by Millinery Jill worn Jan 11
Queen Margrethe’s blue wool sidesweep hat with plaid hatband by Mathilde Thoe Førster worn Jan 14
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Zara Tindall’s heathered grey felt fedora with darker grey hatband and side bow worn January 25
Queen Elizabeth’s ivory, pink and peach bouclé plaid hat with bow and peach feathers by Angela Kelly worn Feb 3
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Princess Sofia’s wide brimmed felt fedora hat worn February 4
Queen Mathilde’s grey bandeau by Amélie d’Hooghvorst worn February 17
Queen Máxima’s brimless beret-calot covered in pheasant feathers worn February 18 
This poll will remain open until Thursday, June 4 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!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: January & February 2020

What to say… while it’s been several months since public royal engagements ceased and with them, royal hats for us to admire, we have not chosen our favourite designs from the beginning of this year.

Ten repeated royal hats stood out in January and February- which one was your favourite?

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat, shown here in the order they were worn:

 

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Queen Margrethe’s winter white rimmed saucer with fur trim worn January 12
Princess Nobuko’s dark aubergine silk bumper with vented, bead brim worn January 15
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Princess Hisako’s apricot silk boater with beaded applique, silk calla lilies and pearls worn Jan 15
Princess Akiko’s pale blue Breton with ostrich feathers and veil worn January 15
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Queen Elizabeth’s recycled grey felt hat with assymetrical crown, feathe flowers & sweeping quills worn Jan 19
Empress Masko’s burgundy felt hat with lattice embroidered silk hatband worn January 22
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Queen Margrethe’s blue wool sidesweep hat with plaid hatband by Mathilde Thoe Førster worn on February 8
Queen Elizabeth’s mulbery felt Angela Kelly split crown hat with pompoms worn February 19
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Queen Elizabeth’s oxblood wool silk crepe and straw hat with cherry blossoms by Angela Kelly worn Feb 25
Princess Anne’s turquoise felt fedora with double hatband and feathers by Amy Morris-Adams worn Feb 29
This poll will remain open until Thursday, June 4 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!
Photos from Ole Jensen via Getty; TV Tokyo; FNN; Karwai Tang via Getty; TV Tokyo; Ritzau Scanpix via the Danish Monarchy; Heathcliff O’Malley/WPA Pool, Victoria Jones/POOL/AFPvia Getty;  David Hartley/Shutterstock

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2019

In 2019, many lovely hats stepped out on royal heads for the second, third, (or ninth!) times. Throughout the year, you picked favouritea from these repeatedly worn designs and assembled a list of nine stunning semi-finalists for the year. It is now finally time to share your top four choices for Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2019:

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Queen Elizabeth’s orange hat with magnolia blooms and brown straw leaves by Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) worn March 7 to the Science Museum in London


Princess Hisako’s cream straw hat with black brim stripe and monochrome flowerworn September 24 for the Japan Sports Masters Tournament in Gifu Prefecture


Princess Alexandra’s pink straw picture hat with bow & feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn to Ascot on June 18

Countess of Wessex’s natural straw cutout saucer with tan organdie twists and coral feathers by Jane Taylor worn for the Order of the Garter on June 17

This hat was also your pick for top repeated royal hat in 2018 (and made the top three in 2017!), making it the first design ever on Royal Hats to win two years running! Congratulations to British milliner Jane Taylor and the Countess of Wessex, whose millinery partnership is clearly a winning one, and to the other three milliners who designed these beautiful runners up. It’s a wonderful (and well deserved) surprise to see an Imperial royal hat in this year’s winner’s circle. 
Jump over to this post to see the poll results in greater detail. What do you think about these winners?
Photos from Gifu; Robin Utrecht via Shutterstock;  Pool/Max Mumby via Getty; and Getty as indicated