Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: March 2019

After a quiet start to the year, March saw a vast increase of royal hat outings thanks to a handful of foreign visits, the Cheltenham Festival and several other royal engagements. In fabric, felt and straw covering a rainbow of different colours, there were ten repeated designs worn in March that received loudest praise; it’s these ten hats we bring back today for a second look to choose a favourite to be put forward in our countdown for your Favourite New Royal Hat of 2019.

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

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Queen Elizabeth’s orange hat with magnolia blooms and brown straw leaves by Angela Kelly worn Mar 7
Queen Elizabeth’s purple felt Angela Kelly design with kettle brim, velvet leaves and flowers worn Mar 11
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Princess Anne’s turquoise felt fedora with layered hatband and feathers worn March 15
Queen Margrethe’s blue straw hat with open weave ‘slice’ brim and floral trim worn March 18
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Queen Elizabeth’s dusty pink hat with silk flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn March 19
Duchess of Cambridge’s black felt Lock & Co. beret with floral and feather trim worn March 19
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Queen Mathilde’s Fabienne Delvigne pleated red button percher with looped bows & quills worn March 27
Queen Mathilde’s chocolate felt calot with felt leaf trim worn March 28
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Queen Máxima’s dusky pink straw picture hat with ‘slice’ upswept brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn March 29
Queen Margrethe’s houndstooth check hat with layered chocolate, blush & burgundy hatband worn Mar 31 
This poll will remain open until next Friday, April 19 at midnight GMT.  As always, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Good luck!

Top Royal Hats: January & February

Your picks for favourite repeated and new royal hats worn in January and February are in… with a surprising twist. Even with two polls, we have just one winner:


Princess Mako’s peacock blue silk bandeau with diamond motif worn February 26

So what happened? In a first ever here on Royal Hats, the poll for favourite new royal hat yielded a five-way tie for top spot. With just eight hats in the poll, the results show there simply wasn’t a hat that stood apart as your top pick. So this time, we’re just going to put a repeated hat forward as the first finalist in our race for top royal hats of the year. 
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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
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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
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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
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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!