Best Repeated Royal Hat of 2016

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This is it.

Throughout the past year, we have narrowed down our favourite royal hats through a series of monthly polls. It is now time to choose our winners of the year. First up is the race for favourite repeated design.

As in all previous polls, click on any of the photos below to jump back to original posts with additional pictures and information on each design. Please note that while several of these hats were worn more than once last year, they are only shown below in the outing that won one of the monthly semifinal polls.

 Here are the thirteen finalists, all picked by you, dearest readers, for Best Repeated Royal Hat of 2016:

1.Queen Máxima, January 6, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 2.Queen Máxima, February 16 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima’s black wide-brimmed Garbo hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn January 6
Queen Máxima on February 16 in an upswept grey ‘slice’ hat by Fabienne Delvigne

3.Queen Elizabeth, March 17, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  4.Queen Máxima, April 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue triangular beret with white feather by Angela Kelly worn March 17
Queen Máxima’s Fabienne Delvigne designed pink straw upswept ‘slice’ picture hat worn April 13

5.Countess of Wessex, May 10, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  6.2016-06-10-90th-birthday-service-of-thanksgiving-2r

The Countess of Wessex’s cream crin hat with organdie curls & feathers by Jane Taylor worn May 10
Duchess of Cornwall’s blue Philip Treacy picture hat with flying bow tails worn on June 10

7.Crown Princess Mary, June 13, 2016 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats  8.Duchess of Cambridge, July 1, 2016 in Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co.| Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary cream straw fluted brim hat with pink flower by Susanne Juul worn June 13
Duchess of Cambridge’s black lattice brimmed hat by Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co worn July 1

9.Crown Princess Mary, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats10.Queen Máxima, Sep 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary’s gold straw vertical saucer with flower & feathers by Jane Taylor worn June 15
Queen Máxima in a Fabienne Delvigne coffee straw hat with upswept ‘slice’ brim worn Sept 14

11.Crown Princess Mary, Oct 3, 2016 in Susanne Juul  12.Countess of Wessex, Nov 24, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary’s royal blue felt hat with feather trim by Susanne Juul worn Oct 3
Countess of Wessex’s navy straw percher with feather trim by Jane Taylor worn Nov 24

 13.Duchess of Cornwall, Nov 13, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal HatsDuchess of Cornwall, Dec 25, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Duchess of Cornwall’s black felt hat with upswept brim by Philip Treacy worn Nov 13  and on Dec 25

Voting will remain open until Tuesday, January 31 at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. As this is a tight race, I encourage you to refer back to the original posts to look at each hat’s detail.

Photos from Michel Porro via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisSamir Hussein, Andreas Rentz, WPA Pool, Ben Stanstall and  Danny Martindale via Getty;  Jens Astrup/Scanpix via The Danish MonarchyStephane Cardinale and Danny Martindale via Getty;  Albert Nieboer/EPP via PPE;  Ole Jensen/Corbis, Justin TallisKarwai Tang and Chris Jackson via Getty

Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Black Hats

After our look yesterday at her fourteen hats that feature black and another colour, you might be very surprised to find that since 2000, Queen Elizabeth has worn just ten solid black hats:

1.Queen Elizabeth, Sep 14, 2001 | Royal Hats  2.Queen Elizabeth, Nov 10, 2005 | Royal Hats  3.Queen Elizabeth, April 4, 2002 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Philip Somerville;  unknown; unknown
Introduced: all prior to 2000 (these photos taken Sep 14, 2001; Nov 10, 2005; Apr 4, 2002)

4.Queen Elizabeth, Oct 17, 2000 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats  5.Queen Elizabeth, Feb 12, 2002 | Royal Hats  6.Queen Elizabeth, April 5, 2002 | Royal Hats  

Designer: Frederick Fox; Philip Somerville; unknown
Introduced: Oct 17, 2000; Feb 12, 2002; April 5, 2002; 

7.Queen Elizabeth, November 9, 2008 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  8.Queen Elizabeth, November 11, 2011 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  9.Queen Elizabeth, November 8, 2015 in Angela Kelly design made by Stella McLaren | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Introduced: Nov 9, 2008; Nov 11, 2011; Nov 9, 2015

10.Queen Elizabeth, Nov 13, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly
Introduced: Nov 13, 2016

When you think about how many memorial and Remembrance events the Queen has attended over the past 17 years, one might think she would have more than 10 hats to accommodate all of these events. Interestingly, hats #1 through #4 have all been retired for about the past decade, leaving the remaining six designs to do the job whenever a black hat is required. While other royals repeat their black designs for regular daytime engagements, Queen Elizabeth does not. The hat shapes here are also fairly similar (most are an Angela Kelly design), making me think that this group is all about practical functionality rather than fashion. After seeing Queen Maxima’s 25 black hats, this collection seems rather streamlined!

What hats here stand out to you most? If you were to add a new black hat into this collection, what style would you choose?

Photos from Tim GrahamAntony JonesTim Graham, AFPTim GrahamTim Graham, Pool/Tim Graham, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Carl Court and Karwai Tang via Getty


Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s ‘Black And’ Hats

Some of you have been eagerly awaiting a review of the black hats in Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet. In preparing this inventory, I came a across an interesting subgroup of hats that I’m calling the “Black Ands”- hats that are partially black and partially another colour. Since 2000, Queen Elizabeth has worn fourteen designs that fit this classification and I thought a peek at them today would be a great prelude to our look at her black hats tomorrow. Here are all the “Black Ands” we have seen Queen Elizabeth wear this millennium, in general order of introduction:

1.Queen Elizabeth, Oct 24, 2000 | Royal Hats  2.Queen Elizabeth, Nov 29, 2001  3.2002-02-24-new-zealand

Designer: unconfirmed. Likely either Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville 
Introduced: all prior to 2000 (these outings were photographed  Oct 24, 2000; Nov 29, 2001 and Feb 24, 2002)

4.Queen Elizabeth, Oct 10, 2003 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats  5.Queen Elizabeth, April 20, 2012 | Royal Hats  6.Queen Elizabeth, Dec 25, 2002 | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Somerville; unknown; unknown
Introduced: Dec 31, 1999; Oct 6, 2002; Oct 13, 2002 

7.Queen Elizabeth, March 27, 2007 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats  8.Queen Elizabeth, May 7, 2007 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  9.2008-05-02 Scouts centennary

Designer: Philip Somerville; Rachel Trevor Morgan; unknown 
Introduced: Nov 24, 2005; May 7, 2007; May 2, 2008

10.Queen Elizabeth, May 13, 2008 | Royal Hats  11.Queen Elizabeth, April 25, 2015 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; Philip Somerville
Introduced: Oct 23, 2008; May 7, 2009

12.Queen Elizabeth Oct 9, 2009 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 13.Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, June 1, 2013 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 14.Queen Elizabeth, March 3, 2011 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  

Designer: all are Angela Kelly
Introduced:  May 7, 2009; Oct 27; 2009; Mar 3, 2011

Some of these pieces will no doubt be familiar as they have seen high profile events or frequent wear (#5, #11, #14) while others might seem new. I have long admired the punchy high contrast of #8 and delicacy of #10 and haven’t lost hope that we’ll see them trotted out again.

Now over to you, dearest readers- what pieces stand out most to you? What makes one partially black hat work while another does not?

Photos from  Pool/Tim Graham, Adrian Dennis, Ian Jones, Kirsty WigglesworthMax Mumby/Indigo, Tim Graham via Getty; Corbis; Saul Loeb via Getty; Press Association; Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert, Max Mumby/Indigo, Nick HarveyWPA Pool, via Getty

Top Royal Hats November/December 2016

The results for our final monthly semifinal polls for favourite new and repeated royal hat are in. Your winners are:


Princess Charlene in Rachel Trevor Morgan’s black and white straw pyramid hat with red roses worn Nov 19


Duchess of Cornwall’s black felt hat with upswept brim by Philip Treacy worn Nov 13  and on Dec 25
along with the Countess of Wessex’s navy straw percher with feather trim by Jane Taylor worn Nov 24

A number of you contacted me with feedback that the poll for best repeated design was exceptionally difficult to choose. To address this, we decided to put forward the top two hats. With less than 25 votes between these two winners, it seems fitting that both move forward to the final.

Jump over to the bottom of the original poll posts (new hats here and repeated hats here) to look at the results in greater detail. Stay tuned later this week for the final contest of favourite hats worn in 2016. It’s going to be a great competition.

Photos from Theirry Orban, Justin Tallis and Chris Jackson via Getty

Imperial Royals Attend New Years Poetry Reading

The annual ceremony of New Year’s Poetry Reading (Utakai Hajime) was held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Friday. As per tradition, the Japanese royal ladies attended this event in court dress, just as they did for the annual New Years lectures last week. As host of the event, Empress Michiko was again not required to wear a hat.

Imperial Royal Family, Jan 13, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Kiko repeated her pale lime pillbox hat with lattice woven detail to match the bodice of her gown. The lattice looks to give some much needed texture to the hat and ties the ensemble together, beautifully.

Princess Kiko, Jan 13, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Dec 23, 2013Dec 23, 2006

Princess Mako topped her gown with a bumper brimmed calot hat. While both pieces are impeccably cut, the head to hem use of the same printed blush pink silk makes the ensemble rather bland.

Princess Mako, Jan 13, 2017 | Royal Hats   Princess Mako, Jan 13, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Dec 23, 2015

We can usually count on Princess Hanako to spice things up in the Imperial fashion stakes and she certainly delivered! Her rose silk hat featured a pork pie style crown around which was set a moulded brim. While the shape was interesting on its own, the hat was trimmed with feathers at the back and a half overlay of the same lace used on her gown. The half overlay is a wonderfully interesting design detail- not only does it make use of the lace’s beautifully scalloped border, it gives some textural contrast to the hat, saving the ensemble from head-to-toe lace overkill. This hat keeps drawing me in for a closer look, something that rarely happens with Imperial royal hats and that makes me love this piece all the more.

Princess Hanako, Jan 13, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

What do you think of this trio of Imperial royal hats?

Photo from The Asahi Shimbun via Getty, NHK and Sankei

British Royals Attend Sunday Service

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Sunday service this morning at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Flitcham on the edge of their Sandringham estate. The Queen repeated her royal purple felt homberg style hat trimmed with black velvet oak leaves at the side. The shape remains a rather masculine one for Her Majesty but it works, thanks to its marvellous shade of purple and its great compliment to her Stewart Parvin coat. The comments here often mention overly fussy trimmings on some of the Queen’s hats and this design provides a welcome contrast.


Designer:  Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Dec 21, 2014Nov 21, 2013May 13, 2013; Feb 3, 2013; Nov 26, 2012; Oct 25, 2012; Nov 11, 2009 

The Queen and Duke were joined by Viscount and Viscountess Linley (who will not assume their new titles of Earl and Countess of Snowdown until after Lord Snowdon’s funeral). Serena wore a wonderful pillbox hat trimmed in rows of pleated silk ribbon. This brilliant use of trim gives such lovely texture to the pillbox (a hat shape that can easily fall a little flat) and paired with Serena’s streamlined wool coat, mades for an elegantly modern ensemble.


Rachel Trevor Morgan AW 2016 R16W27

Designer:  Rachel Trevor Morgan design R16W27 from AW 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this pair of winter hats today in Norfolk?
Photos from Getty as indicated and Rachel Trevor Morgan