Best New Royal Hat: July & August 2016

Royal HatsIt’s no secret, dearest readers, that we see fewer royal hats over the summer months than we do at any other time of year. And when there are less royal hats, there are even fewer new royal hats! As such, our next monthly poll to decide favourite designs will combine the hats we saw in July and August but don’t worry- thanks to WWI commemorations, a major national day, a car rally and some Imperial visits, there are numerous designs to review.

Seven new hats worn over the summer stood out in particular, based on your comments, and now it’s time to chose your single favourite. These seven finalists are shown below in the order they were worn. Click on each picture or its caption below to jump back to original posts with additional photos and information on each hat: 

1.Duchess of Cambridge, June 30, 2016 | Royal Hats   2. Princess Anne, July 1, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Anne, July 1, 2016 | Royal Hats  

Duchess of Cambridge in a black felt pillbox with bow at the back worn in France on June 30
Princess Anne’s pale blue saucer with bow and straw leaf detail worn in Canada on July 1 

3.Queen Silvia, July 12, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  4.Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  5.Princess Mako, July 29, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia’s red straw calot with straw twist by Philip Treacy worn in Germany July 12
Queen Mathilde’s blush pink headpiece by Fabienne Delvigne worn for National Day, July 21
Princess Mako’s navy straw hat with rolled brim worn in Hiroshima on July 29

6. Princess Hisako, August 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  7.Queen Silvia, August 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Hisako’s sleek white hat worn in Hiroshima on August 10
Queen Silvia’s multi coloured diamond print hat worn for the annual King’s Rally on August 27

Voting will remain open until next Friday, Septmeber 30 at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. For added suspense, results will not be visible until the poll closes. Good luck!

Photos from UK Press via Getty; CBC; VOCM; IBL; EPA; Asahi; Sankei; and IBL  


5 thoughts on “Best New Royal Hat: July & August 2016

  1. I was only feet away from Princess Anne on July 1. The hat was really much prettier in person – a lovely soft aqua colour that suited her and the occasion perfectly.

  2. I’m picking Princess Anne for the first — and probably only! — time. The shape of her hat is beautiful, but it’s that translucent leaf detail on the brim that really makes it.

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