Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Monaco, Greece, Dubai and Qatar

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While many of you are eagerly awaiting this year’s new millinery from the British royal family, we must first peek at hats from Monaco, Greece, Dubai and Qatar. Some of this year’s most luxurious hats were worn by princesses and sheikhas from these countries- click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.

The hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to a final poll. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, save your vote (or jump back to vote again for hats from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands or Luxembourg and Norway). You can vote for multiple hats up to four times per day so please, get voting!

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco

1.Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats  2.Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 in Akris | Royal Hats  3.Princess Caroline, May 10, 2015 in The Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats  4.Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Beatrice Borromeo and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

5.Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats  6.Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats  7.Princess Marie-Chantal, June 18, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar

8.Princess Haya in Philip Treacy, June 16, 2015 | Royal Hats  9.Princess Haya, June 16, 2015 in Philip Treacy. Suit by Chanel | Royal Hats  10.Sheikha Mozah, August 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

Do you think any of these hats deserve to be named best royal hat of the year? Cast your vote below. Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016.

Cathching Up With Sheikha Moza

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikha Mozah have been travelling in France and Croatia over the past two weeks during which time the Sheikha has worn some beautifully chic summer hats. On July 29, the royal couple visited the hospital in Arles, France where the Van Gogh famously stayed in 1888 and 1889. For this visit, Sheikha Mozah wore a natural straw hat trimmed with a cafe au lait hued band and bow around the crown. A coordinating stripe beneath the brim finished the classic picture hat and tied it perfectly to her brown and green floral dress.

Sheikha Mozah, July 29, 2015 | Royal Hats

In early August, the couple toured an organic farm in Southern France. Sheikha Mozah topped her blue floral dress and navy jacket with a natural straw hat trimmed with a navy bow. The hat’s brim, which was turned up on one side and fell in relaxed waves on the other, is just the kind of chic piece one imagines wearing in the French countryside, I think.

Sheikha Mozah, August 2015 | Royal Hats Sheikha Mozah, August 2015 | Royal Hats

Last Thursday, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikha Mozah arrived in Šibenik, Croatia where they were greeted by Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, president of the Republic. For their arrival, Sheikha Mozah topped her Ulyana Sergeenko couture ensemble with a black silk turban. 

Sheikha Mozah, August 6, 2015 | Royal Hats

Sheikha Mozah, August 6, 2015 | Royal Hats

On Saturday, the royal couple explored the historic centre of Šibenik, cruised around Visovac Island and toured Krka National Park. Sheikha Mozah wore a straw hat with square crown and cartwheel brim which was edged in an upfolded stripe of cream straw and trimmed with a cream silk band around the base of the crown. The darkened shade of the natural straw was a perfect compliment to the Sheikha and the pairing of the hat with her floral dress was perfect.

Sheikha Mozah, August 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

Sheikha Mozah, August 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

The couple concluded their Croatian visit in Rijeka where the Sheikha wore another Ulyana Sergeenko couture dress topped by one of her de rigeur matching turbans. While no one wears a turban better than Sheikha Mozah, I think her straw hats are so wonderfully chic. It’s lovely to see her in hats for a change, isn’t it?

Photos from Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

This Week’s Extras

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Prince Harry honoured British service personnel killed on combat operations in Afghanistan at the Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (Forces TV)

Grand Duke Jean enjoyed the last stage of the Tour de Luxembourg last weekend (Luxarazzi)

Princess Hisako wore a new purple hat for her remarks at the Cancer Summit in Yokohama and a beautiful cream beret-pillbox hybrid for her departure en route to Sweden(Imperial Family of Japan)

The Duchess of Gloucester opened the day centre at the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich (Royal Central)

Princess Kako repeated white bumper hat with bow trim for a visit last weekend to Akama Jinja Shrine (Getty)

Sheikha Mozah in a very chic Panama hat on her visit to Garni and Geghard in Armenia (News AM)

Sheikha Mizah, June 5, 2015

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King Felipe of Spain has officially stripped his sister Infanta Cristina of her title of Duchess of Palma de Majorca in light of the corruption scandal involving her and her husband. (Expatica) That must make family dinners rather awkward….

The Imperial Court announced today that Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako will visit the Kingdom of Tonga July 2-6 to attend the Coronation of HM King Tupou VI. This is a big step for the Princess, who has slowly taken on more royal engagements over the past two years.

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist’s wedding festivities kicked off today with a formal private pre-wedding dinner (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor). An interview with the royal couple also aired this evening on SVT. Tune in tomorrow for full coverage of their wedding!

East and West

Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al Misnad, wife of the Emir Of Qatar, is visiting the Netherlands. Today she and Princess Máxima visited the Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam. Princess Máxima wore a charcoal grey wide brimmed hat that worked, I think, because her hair was pulled into a low side chignon. I’m not sure grey is her best colour but it worked well with the colour blocking of her entire ensemble.

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Sheikha Mozah looked elegant, as always, in navy blue. I love how stylishly she integrates her religious head covering with her couture – so very modern.

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Photos from Getty as indicated