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Royal Hats  Looking back 44 years ago today to a favourite Queen in a very floral hat.

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Best New Royal Hat: Ascot 2016

2016 best new small AscotRoyal Ascot always brings us a parade of new royal hats and this year was no exception. With so many beautiful designs at the races this year, we are going to narrow down our favourites to two (yes, two!) winners to put through to our year-end contest for favourite royal hat of 2016.

Based on your comments, fourteen new millinery designs caught your eye at Royal Ascot this year. They cover the gamut of design from picture hats to perchers, lattice to lace, feathers to fabulously large flowers.  Click on any of the photos to jump back to their original feature posts (complete with reviews from our expert panel of royal milliners). Here are these fourteen beauties, in the order that they were worn:

1.Princess Haya, June 14, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  2.Zara Tindall, June 14, 2016 in Rosie Olivia | Royal Hats  3.Duchess of Cornwall, June 14, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Princess Haya’s black and white feathered picture hat by Philip Treacy worn on Day 1
Zara Tindall’s electric blue percher with yellow quills by Rosie Olivia worn on Day 1
Duchess of Cornwall’s pink hat with raised brim and giant flower by Philip Treacy worn on Day 1

4.Queen Elizabeth, June 15, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  5.Duchess of Cambridge, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  6.Countess of Wessex, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth’s pink and white tall cloche with winter berry trim by Angela Kelly worn on Day 2
Duchess of Cambridge in a cream mesh saucer disc with feather and rose trim by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2
Countess of Wessex’s sky blue percher hat with chevron patterned brim by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2

7. Queen Elizabeth, June 16, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  8.Princess Haya, June 16, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 

Queen Elizabeth’s orange straw hat with roses and blue feather trim by Angela Kelly worn on Day 3
Princess Haya’s red picture hat with straw curls and feathers by Philip Treacy worn on Day 3

9.Eugenie Princess Eugenie, June 16, 2016 in Jess Collett | Royal Hats 10.Queen Elizabeth, June 17, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 11.Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, June 17, 2016 | Royal Hats 

Princess Eugenie’s pale pink lattice picture hat with feathers by Jess Collett worn on Day 3
Queen Elizabeth’s pink hat with spray of pink and white feathers by Angela Kelly worn on Day 4 
Princess Haya’s black rose headpiece with veil worn on Day 4

12.Duchess of Cornwall, June 17, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 13.Princess Beatrice, June 18, 2016 in Gina Foster | Royal Hats 14.Princess Eugenie, June 18, 2016 in Nerida Fraiman | Royal Hats

Duchess of Cornwall’s blush pink slice hat with pink rose trim by Philip Treacy worn on Day 4
Princess Beatrice’s navy slice hat with silk orchids by Gina Foster worn on Day 5
Princess Eugenie’s black mushroom picture hat with pearls by Nerida Fraiman worn on Day 5

With such an amazing lineup of millinery, we’re going to choose two winners this month so please vote for more than one hat! This poll will remain open until Friday, July 8 at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device may vote once every 12 hours for as many hats as you wish. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Also, don’t forget to vote for your favourite repeated millinery design, over at this post. Now get voting!

Photos from Julian Parker, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Chris JacksonChris Jackson, Samir Hussein, Samir HusseinJulian ParkerChris Jackson, Samir HusseinJulian ParkerChris Jackson, Kristin Sinclair, and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Best Repeated Royal Hat: Ascot 2016

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With so many fantastic royal hats seen during the month of June, we’re going to break up our favourites polls into a few more manageable groups. First up, we’re going to choose our favourite repeated royal hats worn at Royal Ascot.

The races this year saw nine repeated designs on five different royal heads that, based on your comments, were worn to particular success. It’s now time to choose one winner. Click on any of the photos to jump back to their original feature posts (complete with reviews from our expert panel of royal milliners). Here are these nine finalists, in the order that they were worn:

1.Queen Elizabeth, June 14, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  2.Princess Beatrice, June 14, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats  3.Crown Princess Mary, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth’s yellow hat with raised brim, blue flowers and brown leaves by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn on Day 1
 Princess Beatrice’s navy percher saucer with brown burnt feather trim by Sarah Cant worn on Day 1
Crown Princess Mary in a vertical gold straw disc saucer with silk flower and feather trim by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2

4.Duchess of Cornwall, June 15, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  5.Princess Michael of Kent, June 16, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  6.Princess Beatrice, June 17, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw hat with taupe twist trim by Philip Treacy worn on Day 2
Princess Michael of Kent in a Philip Treacy slate blue slice hat with crin ruffles and feathers worn on Day 3
Princess Beatrice’s aqua blue sedge hat with navy bow and embroidery by Sarah Cant worn on Day 4

7.Princess Michael of Kent, June 17, 2016 in John Boyd | Royal Hats 8.Queen Elizabeth, June 18, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 9.Duchess of Cornwall, June 18, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 

Princess Michael of Kent’s cream hat with ostrich feather boa by John Boyd worn on Day 4
Queen Elizabeth in an Angela Kelly designed turquoise straw hat with pleated crin crown wrap worn on Day 5
The Duchess of Cornwall’s Philip Treacy cream and navy straw picture hat with feather worn on Day 5

This poll will remain open until Friday, July 8. Each computer or mobile device may vote once every 12 hours for as many hats as strike your fancy although there will be only one winner. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Happy voting!

Photos from Chris Jackson, Chris JacksonChris Jackson, Kirstin Sinclair, Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/Indigo, Mark Cuthbert, Kirstin Sinclair and Julian Parker via Getty 

Danish Royals Take Up Summer Residence

On Monday, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrived in Aarhus on the royal yacht en route to their summer residence at Marselisborg Palace. Queen Margrethe repeated her fuchsia straw hat with white rosette trim and and navy floral double hat band. I can’t help also noticing that Prince Henrik sported a new but very distinguished looking goatee.

Queen Margrethe, June 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 3, 2016August 31, 2015June 26, 2015

We have seen this hat on Margrethe a few times but it’s still a lovely one on her, don’t you agree?

Photo from Kim Haugaard/Scanpix via the Danish Monarchy

Day 2 of British Visit to Northern Ireland

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed a second day of engagements in Northern Ireland today which included visits to Giant’s Causeway and the village of Bushmills, where the Queen unveiled a statue of WWI Victoria Cross recipient, Robert Quigg. For the second day in a row, the Queen gave a gentle nod to the Irish with her clothes, this time debuting a new ensemble in frosty lime green.

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The new hat design features a tall hourglass shaped crown with Pork Pie domed top in the same wool as Her Majesty’s coat. The hat is finished with a paler yellow-green straw upfolded brim and trimmed with a large white silk peony and green silk leaves.

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Citrussy hued ensembles can be tough to pull off (as evidenced by Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg recently) but this one works. There are several details of the hat that I’m not fond of (the hourglass shape of the crown  and the very plastic-y looking green leaves) but these are dulled against the overall picture of this piece- a picture that shows a light, bright and most lovely hat on the Queen.

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What do you think of the Queen’s new green hat in Ireland today?

Designer: Looks like Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Photos from Getty as indicated

British Royals Visit Northern Ireland

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Northern Ireland yesterday for a short, two-day visit. The Queen made a subtle nod to the emerald isle, repeating her pale green coat and matching straw hat.

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While very few photos were released of this arrival, it was immediately clear that something was dramatically different about her hat since we saw it last.

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I suppose that not all feathers last forever but it feels to me like this haircut has removed most of the character from this hat. Here is a closer comparison:

Queen Elizabeth, May 31, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 27, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: July 2, 2013May 31, 2013; May 15, 2013; November 1, 2012June 21, 2012May 16, 2012
This beautifully tailored mint coat and featherered hat used to be one of my favourite ensembles on Queen Elizabeth- the wispy feathers added such a lovely contrast to the smooth lines of the coat. The coat is, of course, still a beautiful piece, but the impact of the entire ensemble has the volume turned WAY down. It’s amazing how a few feathers can make such a difference.
What do you think of this millinery modification on Queen Elizabeth yesterday?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Max Mumby/Indigo and Carrie Davenport via Getty

British and Greek Royals Attend British Society Wedding

A wedding On Saturday, the great-granddaughter of the late Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Alexandra Knatchbull, was married to Thomas Hooper at Romsey Abbey, near the bride’s family estate Broadlands, in Hampshire.

Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

The bride looked wonderfully elegant in a structured silk gown topped with a lace veil, anchored with the Mounbatten Star Tiara.

 Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

The bride’s family has very close ties with the British royal family – she is a great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, her grandmother and the Duke of Edinburgh are first cousins, one of her godmothers was the late Princess of Wales, her mother and the Duke of Edinburgh are long-time carriage driving partners, her family’s estate played host to royal honeymoons of the Queen in 1947 and the Prince of Wales in 1981 –  and it was no surprise to see British royals attended the wedding. The Prince of Wales stepped in to escort the elegant bride into the church (her father Lord Brabourne is unwell and rumours are that relations are strained with his daughter following this scandal).

Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

The bride’s mother, Lady Brabourne, topped her silver silk dress with a pale grey straw picture hat with sweeping brim and squared, flat topped crown. The hat is trimmed with a hat band, side bow and wide brim piping all made of the same silk as Penny’s dress, bringing the two pieces together in a unified and very elegant ensemble. We have seen Lady Brabourne in several similar picture hats with upswept brims and the style and scale suits her very well.

Lady Brabourne, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Lady Brabourne, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Lady Brabourne, June 25, 2016 | Royal HatsLady Brabourne, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: I believe it is Dillon Wallwork
Previously worn: This hat is new

The bride’s grandmother, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, wore a delphinium blue hat with upturned brim, edged in a wide stripe of silk. The same silk formed a ruched a pleated hatband around the base of the crown.

Countess Mountbatten of Burma, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth surprised not only by appearing at this event with the Duke of Edinburgh, but by also wearing a new hat. In a light coral straw, her hat features a short, sharply upswept brim on one side and a flat crown. The hat is embellished with silk edged ribbon bows on the side (the same ribbon looks to be used for overlapping hat bands around the base of the crown) and silk flowers. I think it’s a great hat for Her Majesty and really like the contrast between the hat’s crisp angles and it’s very soft, romantic trim.

Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously worn: This hat is new

As she is apt to do, Princess Anne wore a hat we’ve not seen on her in a while. With a pink silk ruched crown and slightly duller, thulian pink straw brim, the hat features a gently raised brim on one side and three straw calla lilies on the side. It’s nice to see Anne in some colour- I really like the shape of this brim and the straw flowers- but I’m not sold on the shiny silk crown. My favourite part of the ensemble is how the different shades and textures of pink combine to create a harmonious look that’s interesting and unified but not overly matchy.

Princess Anne, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Anne, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously worn: June 21, 2001 (and likely numerous others)

Princess Alexandra wore a cream straw hat with rounded crown and cartwheel brim embellished with a cream widely woven net veil, pale green silk roses and tiny curling feathers. It’s a great hat for her and I really like the height of the crown- slightly elevated but not as high as some of the other designs she wears.

 Princess Alexandra, June 25, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously worn: This hat is new

The wedding was also well attended by members of the Greek royal family (I didn’t realise until preparing this post that Alexandra Knatchbull was one of the bridesmaids at Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantall’s wedding back in 1995). Queen Sofia of Spain topped her grey suit with a headpiece made from grey silk leaves, beaded berry clusters and a swath of very fine grey net tulle. Her sister, Princess Irene of Greece, wore similar style headpiece of dotted navy net tulle, anchored with a simple navy bow.

Queen Sofia, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Sofia, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Irene of Greece, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece topped her navy lace dress with a simple pillbox hat, trimmed in a slim bow. Anne-Marie’s short hairstyle favours small hats and she wears this navy pillbox well.

Queen Anne-Marie, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Anne-Marie, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously worn: April 13, 2011; April 16, 2010

I thought there were some beautiful hats at this event- which ones stood out to you, most?

Photos from Rex Features and Rachel Adams via the Southern Daily Echo