Favourite New Royal Hat: January & February 2019

While the first two months this year did not bring us an abundance of new royal hats, there were eight new designs that still stood out. These eight hats include bandeau, beret, fedora, bumper, cloche and Breton shapes and are made of materials from cozy felt to sleek silk. We’re going to second look at these eight beauties and choose the first one to be put forward in our countdown to Favourite New Royal Hat of 2019.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with more views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the eight new hats most admired in January and February, shown in the order they were worn:
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Duchess of Cambridge’s blue pleated bandeau headpiece by Jane Taylor worn to church January 6
Zara Tindall’s fuchsia silk floral headpiece by Meg Rafter worn in Australia January 12
3.   4.
Countess of Snowdon’s deep purple felt blocked beret worn to church January 13
Queen Elizabeth’s beige felt cloche with multi coloured feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn January 20
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Queen Máxima’s relaxed burgundy melusine felt fedora by Fabienne Delvigne worn January 31
Queen Margrethe’s grey faux fur bumper hat worn February 8
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Princess Tsuguko’s dusky pink silk Breton hat with floral trim worn February 15
Princess Kiko’s pleated cream bandeau headpiece worn February 24 
This poll will remain open until next Wednesday, March 13  at midnight GMT.   As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish.

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: January & February 2019

When it comes to Royal Hats, 2019 has had a slower start than some other years (not to worry- things will soon pick up!). Despite this, there were still several of repeated designs worn over the past two months that stood out- eight  hats that cover a variety of styles and materials, with a cloche, a saucer, a Breton, a bandeau and several brimmed designs in the mix. We’re going to take a second look at these eight hats now and choose the first one in this year’s competition for Favourite Repeated Royal Hat Of The Year.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with more views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the eight repeated hats you most admired in January and February, shown in the order they were worn:

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Queen Elizabeth’s camel felt cloche with wide, knotted hatband worn to church on January 6
Princess Akiko’s blue silk veiled Breton hat worn January 16
3.    4.
Duchess of Cornwall’s black Philip Treacy hat with high, upswept brim worn February 1
Queen Elizabeth’s yellow hat with grey trim by Angela Kelly worn February 10 to church
5.    6.
Queen Elizabeth’s cornflower blue Angela Kelly hat with green feathers and glass beads worn February 14
Queen Elizabeth’s royal blue silk cloque hat with black faux fur brim by Angela Kelly worn February 22
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Empress Michiko’s pale pink silk saucer with lattice crin underbrim with cherry blossoms worn February 24
Princess Mako’s peacock blue silk bandeau with diamond motif worn February 26
This poll will remain open until next Wednesday, March 13  at midnight GMT.   As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish.

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018

Last year, several hundred hats stepped out on royal heads for the second, third, (or twelfth!) times. Each month, you picked a favourite from these repeatedly worn designs to assemble a list of ten stunning semi-finalists for the year. You have voted, dearest readers, and now we crown a winner in this race for Favourite Repeated Royal Hat Design of 2018:

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Princess Anne’s straw picture hat with cream brim, navy crown, feathers, bows and quills worn March 12

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Autumn Phillips’ magenta straw cocktail hat with rose & quill twists by Juliette Botterill worn June 23

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Queen Máxima’s deep purple felt upsweep with side brim pleat by Fabienne Delvigne worn November 21

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The Countess of Wessex’s oyster straw Jane Taylor picture hat with curling feathers worn June 18

 

The Countess of Wessex’s lattice brimmed straw saucer hat with twists & coral feathers by Jane Taylor worn May 15

Congratulations to British milliner Jane Taylor, who created this winning saucer hat, and to the other three milliners who designed these beautiful runners up. I can’t say I expected to see one of Princess Anne’s hats included in this list but such is the wonderful world of royal hat watching- there are surprises around every corner!
Jump over to this post to see the poll results in greater detail and please- share your thoughts about these winners! 
Photos from Getty as indicated and The British Royal Family

Favourite Royal Hats of 2018: New Designs

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 Royal Hats of 2018: The Repeats

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!