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

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6 thoughts on “Best New Royal Hat: Ascot 2016

  1. Oops HatQueen I LOVE the idea of a “gamete” of design – it adds a new delicious element to our hat-watching!! (Think you meant gamut… but sometimes autocorrect gives us a giggle..).

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