Best New Royal Hat: November & December 2016

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Our final month-end polls narrowing down our favourite new and repeated royal hats will combine the designs we saw worn in November and December. Over these two months, we saw a number of new pieces that stood out to you, dearest readers, based on your comments. It is these twelve designs that we will face off now, 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. Here are your twelve finalists:


1.Queen Máxima, Nov 7, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  2.Crown Princess Masako, November 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  3.Duchess of Cambridge, Nov 13, 2016 in John Boyd | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima’s Fabienne Delvigne designed black straw upswpept ‘slice’ hat worn in New Zealand on Nov 7
Crown Princess Masako’s rolled brim white hat with royal blue bowed hantband worn in Gifu on Nov 10
Duchess of Cambridge in John Boyd’s black felt hat with velvet upswept brim
worn for Remembrance Sunday

4.Countess of Wessex, Nov 13, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  5.Princess Charlene, November 19, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  6.Queen Elizabeth, Nov 24, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Countess of Wessex’s velvet felt saucer hat with organdie ribbon trim by Jane Taylor worn Nov 13
Princess Charlene in Rachel Trevor Morgan’s black and white straw pyramid hat with red roses worn Nov 19
Queen Elizabeth’s purple hat with silk iris trim by Angela Kelly worn for the Duke of Edinburgh awards Nov 24 

7.2016-11-28-belgian-state-visit-to-netherlands-day-1-1 8.Princess Eugenie, Nov 28, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats 9.2016-11-29-belgian-state-visit-to-holland-day-2-4

Queen Mathilde’s grey velvet felt picture hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn in Holland on Nov 28
Princess Eugenie’s wide brimmed purple velvet felt hat by Sarah Cant worn Nov 29 for a memorial service
Queen Mathilde’s angular red felt hat worn on the second day of the state visit to The Netherlands Nov 29

10.Queen Mathilde, Nov 30, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  11.Princess Eugenie, Dec 25, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats  12.2016-12-25-christmas-day-7

Queen Mathilde’s blue velvet felt cocktail hat with multiple bows by Fabienne Delvigne worn Nov 30 in the Netherlands
Princess Eugenie’s red rounded percher with leaf and rose trim by Sarah Cant worn on Christmas Day
Autumn Phillips’ navy felt saucer with curling bow by Rachel Black worn on Christmas Day

Voting will remain open until next Sunday, January 15 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 PoolThe Asahi ShimbunMax Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/IndigoTheirry Orban, Mark CuthbertPatrick van KatwijkMax Mumby/IndigoPhotonews, Patrick van Katwijk, Chris Radburn and Chris Jackson via Getty


10 thoughts on “Best New Royal Hat: November & December 2016

  1. Perhaps it is because there are two months here, but, as in “best repeated hats” there is an over-abundance of choices! I aim to try and winnow down my favorites by closing day.

  2. Thank you Hat Queen for all your work on this blog and putting together the best of polls, which I enjoy voting in. However my favorite hat for December 2016 is not in the list the broader brimmed burgundy hat worn by Crown Ptincess Masako to the UN symposium.

  3. Princess Charlene wins this poll for me. The nod to traditional costume, the slight reference to 40s styling (and to her late mother-in-law), the perfectly matching lipstick – absolutely stunning and an already iconic look. Second place goes to Princess Eugenie’s purple velvet hat – a great hat, wonderful color for her. I hope to see it again soon (hopefully with a better coat).

  4. probably a stupid question, but how does one vote?  I have been wondering this for months now.  There used to be a button to click and vote, but that’s been missing (for the past year? I forget how long), so I’m wondering how the process works now… thanks — love your blog,Cynthia

    • At the very bottom of the post, there should be a large white poll box entitled “Best new royal hat November & December 2016”. 12 choices should be listed below, each with a small box to the left. Click on these small boxes (you can select as many options as you like) then hit the ‘vote’ button at the bottom. I’ve tested this with Google chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Windows Explorer and it works as it should. Please let me know if this doesn’t work for you!

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