Poll: Favourite New Royal Hat of 2019

And then there were nine.

Nine new royal hats that made their debut in 2019 to great acclaim. In felt ribbon and straw, in saucer, beret percher, disc and helmet shapes, in colours from the soft to the saturated, these beautifully made designs are the ones we admired most this year. It’s now time for another look at these beauties, choosing one to be crowned 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 9 new hats you most admired in 2019, shown here in random order:
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Zara Tindall’s plum felt teardrop percher with feather trim by Juliette Botteril worn March 13
Queen Máxima’s dusky pink vertical saucer with silk flowers and pheasant feathers worn June 17
3.    4.
Crown Princess Victoria’s folded lilac ribbon flower headpiece by Örjan Jackobsson worn August 31
Autumn Phillips’ lattice straw saucer with flowers and feathers by Sally Ann Provan worn June 22
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Queen Máxima’s tawny pink straw saucer covered in feather flowers by Berry Rutjes worn June 18
Zara Tindall’s navy felt percher with veil and leather flowers by Justine Bradley-Hill worn April 4
7.    8.
Sarah, Duchess of York’s pink layered disc with pheasant feathers by Jess Collett worn May 18
Autumn Phillips’ green felt beret percher with flying bow and leaves by Sally Ann Provan worn Sep 9
Duchess of Cornwall’s black rounded brimless hat wrapped in feathers by Philip Treacy  worn Nov 10
This poll will also remain open until Saturday, February 15  at midnight GMT.   As always, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. It’s a tough race- good luck!

Poll: Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2019

In 2019, we saw numerous repeated royal hats worn to royal visits, weddings, inauguration events and other celebrations. Throughout the year, we have admired many of these designs, slowly narrowing down our favourites to nine designs.

These nine beauties include bandeau, saucer, curved brim, disc and traditional picture hat shapes in colours from the most vibrant to monochrome. It’s now time to choose, from these nine finalists, your pick for Favourite Repeated 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 nine finalists, in the order they were worn:

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Princess Mako’s peacock blue silk bandeau with diamond motif worn February 26
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
3.    4.    5.
Princess Beatrice’s copper straw saucer with curling feathers & pink roses by Juliette Botterill on April 21
Countess of Wessex’s blush pink straw disc hat with black windowpane crin by Jane Taylor worn May 21
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
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Princess Alexandra’s pink straw picture hat with bow & feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn June 18
Princess Tsuguko’s cream picture hat with graphic divided black crown and trim worn on August 10
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Princess Hisako’s cream straw hat with black brim stripe and monochrome flowers worn Sep 24
Duchess of Cambridge’s Lock and Co. forest green saucer with leaf trim around the back worn Dec 25
This poll will remain open until Saturday, February 15  at midnight GMT.   As always, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrix in a black straw hat with embellished bumper brim last Wednesday at the funeral of Infanta Pillar
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On January 31st, Princess Nobuko and Princess Hisako visited the 69th Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition at Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. Princess Nobuko wore a black brimmed hat while Princess Hisako donned a gey felt Pork pie-crowned design with rolled brim and burgundy hatband
Chic grey felt boater hat on Princess Hisako today to open the 2020 Tokyo Tableware Festival
Queen Elizabeth in a familiar blue felt hat with feather flowers by Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren, to attend St. Peter and St. Paul church this morning in West Newton near Sandringham
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Lilac lace covered button percher with silk flowers by Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Black straw saucer with lovely swirling blush floral trim from British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Burgundy felt folded design with button trim by German millinery Angelika Löbering
Pink straw wide-brimmed hat with statement polka dot bow by Florida-based AmyJo Original Hats
Black featherpercher with quill twist and red feather hearts by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Beret percher wrapped in ombre orange organdie ribbon with bows by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
And this wonderfully elegant grey straw design with rolling wave cuffed brim, veil, feather quill twist and diamante bumble bees from British milliner Rachel Henry

Lovely new portrait released by the Dutch court to celebrate Princess Beatrix’s 82nd birthday
Sweet snap from the Monaco Royal Palace balcony during the Sainte Devote Ceremony last Monday
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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 67 years to this day in 1953 and Queen Mary’s return to London from the Sandringham winter break in one of her quintessential draped silk toque hats with feather pouf. Marvelous.

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Auschwitz Liberation Commemoration

Numerous heads of state gathered in Auschwitz, Poland yesterday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz

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Queen Mathilde repeated a black felt fedora variation with relaxed brim, trimmed with a felt hatband tied in a side bow.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 11, 2018

Queen Máxima wore an black felt formed beret trimmed with a scrolled frog braid. The elegantly restrained design felt particularly fitting for this event. King Willem-Alexander wore a traditional Jewish kippah in gold embroidered blue velvet.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC 665 from AW 2019
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Letizia wore a bandeau headpiece in black velvet.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her black wool hat with ruched crown and faux-fur cuffed brim.

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On Monday, The Duchess of Cornwall attended commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps in Krakow, Poland 🇵🇱. The Duchess led the UK delegation joining world leaders and more than 200 Holocaust survivors who returned to Auschwitz to mark 75 years since the Nazi death camp was liberated by the Soviet Army. Survivors and dignitaries laid candles to pay their respects to the victims and The Duchess also had the chance to meet Holocaust survivors and talk to them during her visit. 📷: PA #princecharles #princeofwales #camilladuchessofcornwall #duchessofcornwall #princeandprincessofwales #dukeandduchessofcornwall #holocaustmemorialday #auschwitzbirkenau

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Designer: Lock and Co. “Natalia” design in black
Previously Worn: Dec 14, 2017; Mar 18, 2017; Feb 27, 2017;  Dec 16, 2017;  Nov 28, 2016Mar 16, 2016Mar 18, 2015; Mar 13, 2015Dec 10, 2013Feb 7, 2012;  Feb 6, 2012Jan 27, 2012

At such sobering events, fashion feels trivial and irrelevant and I struggled over covering this event. The only thing I want to say is that these four, restrained hats each feels a fitting choice for a memorial like this where the story really should not be about a hat.

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Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for this “Monday Multiples” series.

Jimbo’s Introduction:Queen Elizabeth stands out beautifully in a crowd when she chooses bright, cheerful colors, and she wears pink especially well.  Today,  attention is placed on a pair of beautiful hats worn with the same cozy coat. The second hat with its typical shape we enjoy seeing on Her Majesty, was last seen as recently as November 2018.

Look #1:Breton hat covered in the same pink textured wool bouclé as the ensemble’s coat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, worn November 6, 2009 and January 12, 2012

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Look #2: Also in the coat’s same pink wool bouclé and also by Rachel Trevor Morgan, a hat with straight sided, domed crown and cartwheel brim trimmed with a double folded hatband and twisted gold and pink rope bow.

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Thanks, Jimbo! Dearest readers, Which pairing of hat and coat do you prefer most?

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This Week’s Extras

On Tuesday, January 14, Princess Margriet arrived at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam for the annual New Year’s reception in a casual, navy hat (she and other members of the Dutch royal family changed into formal attire inside the Palace!)
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Burgundy felt brimmed hat on Empress Masako for the the 40th anniversary ceremony of the National Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People & the National Occupational Rehabilitation Center on January 22. The windowpane pleated silk on her lapel is repeated on the hatband for an interesting touch.
Fun connection made for Princess Tsuguko’s burgundy hat- it seems to date back as far as 1993
Zara Tindall in a heathered grey felt fedora with darker grey hatband today at the Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse
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British milliner Jane Corbett shared this photo of a bespoke hat she created and was shipping off to a lucky client. Many of you will recognize it…
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Packing a hat for sending to client in the USA, never made any duplicates of this royal Christmas hat at the time but years on I am happy to do just that and it’s a delight that has stayed in so many peoples minds as a lovely hat, always a favourite of mine, my signature shape and such a gorgeous rich colour. Cradled in tissue paper this classic ‘Jane Corbett’ is almost ready to go, safe travels! milliner #millinery #millinersofinstagram #hat #felt #sculpturedfelt #britishstyle #britishdesigner #couture #couturemillinery #duchessofcambridge #signaturestyle #aswornby #kate #happymemories #lovemyjob #burgundy #classic #classichat #royalfashion #hatdelivery #styleinspiration

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye over the past two weeks:
Layered black and red sinamay straw hat by Zambian Dutch milliner Alice Ng’andwe Vermeulen
Stunning headpiece in purple and pink feathers by British milliner Bee Smith
Beautiful bugle bead embroidery on this cherry red felt calot by Tasmania-based milliner Meghan Briton
For our dear gents, this handsome chocolate fedora with silk hatband by Danish brand Hornskov København
Deep claret felt beret percher with very fun feather pompoms by British milliner Awon Golding
Pink and purple felt fedoras with lovely pleated hatbands by German brand Bedacht Millinery
Love the sparkle on this sequin covered beret percher by Texas-based brand The Mad Duchess
Australian milliner Jill Humphries’ feather covered percher with flame twist in midnight blue
Beautiful colour and shape on this claret red felt fedora from British brand Christys Hats
From Dutch milliner Eugenie van Oirschot, this showstopping hat in navy and royal blue silk that leaves me at a loss of words to describe.


I suspect I’ve missed a number of noteable royal events and hat outings over the past week but trust you’ll share them here to catch me up!

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