When it comes to millinery worn by royal men, things get a little tricky. Most commonly, we see male royals in hats relating to military uniform or top hats with morning dress. While there is more variation between top hats (crown height, colour, material) than uniform hats (where which the wearer simply gets what they get), top hats still follow a very similar blueprint and look rather similar. The only time we see true variation or personal style is when royal men wear a hat of their own choosing. These ‘everything else’ hats are a rather casual bunch but as this reflects the reality of hat wearing among royal men (and their personal style), we’re going to go with it.
I promised you all that we would include men’s hats in the process to determine our year-end favourites and we’re going to do this two ways- with with a poll on the ‘everything else’ hats as well as look at the top hats we saw this year. While we won’t poll the top hats, I’m interested to hear your thoughts on these designs and discuss who we think wears these traditional toppers best.
Here are the non-uniform and non-top hat pieces of millinery worn by royal men in 2016, shown in the general order they were worn (please click on photos or captions to link back to original feature posts):
Duke of Edinburgh’s black bowler hat for the Beating Retreat of the Royal Marines May 28
King Carl Gustaf’s trusty brown fedora, shown here at the World Equestrian Festival July 12
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 keep the poll completely fair, results will remain hidden until the poll closes and I encourage you again to refer back to the original posts to look at each hat’s detail.
Now for the top hats- we saw seventeen different top hats last year, worn by members of five royal houses. Between colour, material, crown height and brim shape, which ones do you like the most? Which ones do you like least and why? Which top hat would you nominate for your favourite worn last year? Click on any photo below to jump back to the original feature post.
Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Frederick Windsor, Prince of Wales
King Harald of Norway, Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark, Duke of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of Cambridge
Duke of York, Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, Prince Harry
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Earl of Wessex
Photos from Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen/Scanpix; Ragnar Singsaas, Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo, WPA Pool via Getty; Stella Pictures; Tim P. Whitby via Getty; Stella Pictures; Stella Pictures; Chris Jackson via Getty
Top hat photos from Adrian Dennis, Samir Hussein, Mark Cuthbert, Anwar Hussein, Julian Parker, Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty; The British Monarchy; Chris Jackson, WPA Pool via Getty; The British Monarchy; Anwar Hussein, Mark Cuthbert, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Julian Parker, Alan Crowhurst and Chris Jackson via Getty