Best New Royal Hat: Queen’s 90th Birthday Weekend

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Simply put, Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations last month were a royal hat extravaganza. With most members of the British royal family attending both the Service of Thanksgiving and Trooping the Colour, this birthday party was a two day long festival of royal millinery. Twelve designs stood out to you, based on your comments, as stellar pieces. From this dozen, we are going to name our top two favourites to put through to our year-end contest for favourite new royal hat of 2016.

Click on any of the photos to jump back to original feature posts with additional photos, explanation and discussion on each hat. Here are the twelve millinery finalists, in the order that they were worn:

1.Queen Elizabeth, June 10, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats   2.Countess of Wessex, June 10, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats   3.Princess Beatrice, June 10, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats 

Queen Elizabeth’s yellow and white hat by Angela Kelly worn at the Service of Thanksgiving on June 10
Countess of Wessex in a pale blue Jane Taylor percher hat with organza bell flowers worn on June 10
Princess Beatrice in a white straw hat with black bow trim by Sarah Cant worn on June 10

4.Princess Eugenie, June 10, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats   5.Zara Tindall, June 10, 2016 in Rosie Olivia | Royal Hats   6.Viscountess Linley, June 10, 2010 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Princess Eugenie in a navy straw headpiece with half bow by Sarah Cant worn on June 10
Zara Tindall’s pale blue Rosie Olivia straw percher hat with bow and navy feathers worn June 10
Viscountess Linley’s blue patterned straw pillbox with silk bow by Rachel Trevor Morgan on June 10

7.Countess of St. Andrews, June 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  8.Lady Gabriella Windsor, June 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  9.Queen Elizabeth, June 11, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Countess of St. Andrew in a navy pleated straw and white crin headpiece worn on June 10
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s cream saucer picture hat with straw curls and net veil by Philip Treacy on June 10
Queen Elizabeth in Rachel Trevor Morgan’s bright green hat with pink flowers for Trooping the Colour on June 11

10.Duchess of Cambridge, June 11, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  11.Princess Eugenie, June 11, 2016 in Vivien Sheriff | Royal Hats  12.Lady Gabriella Windsor, June 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Duchess of Cambridge in a Philip Treacy white slice brimmed hat with pink rose trim on June 11
Princess Eugenie in Vivien Sheriff’s ecru raised saucer hat with pheasant and purple feathers on June 11
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s oatmeal straw Philip Treacy angular picture hat with straw twist trim on June 11

This poll will remain open until Thursday, July 21 at midnight GMT. Each computer or mobile device may vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish- we are looking for two winners so please please vote for more than one hat! To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes.

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Best Repeated Royal Hat: Queen’s 90th Birthday Weekend

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Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations brought us over 50 royal hats worn the first weekend in early June. While many of these designs were new ones, there were six repeated designs that stood out to you, based on your comments, as millinery successes.  It’s now time to choose one winner to move forward in our ongoing countdown to favourite repeated royal hat of the year.

Click on any of the photos to jump back to their original feature posts with additional photos, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the six millinery finalists:

 

1.Duchess of Cornwall, June 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  2.Duchess of Cambridge, June 10, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  3.Princess Anne, June 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Duchess of Cornwall’s blue Philip Treacy picture hat with crin and straw flying ribbons on June 10
Duchess of Cambridge’s cream straw Jane Taylor percher beret with white flower trim on June 10
Princess Anne’s cream straw hat with chocolate underbrim and hatbands, trimmed with feathers on June 10

4.Princess Beatrice, June 11, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats  5.Duchess of Cornwall, June 11, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  6.Queen Elizabeth, June 12, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrice’s orange felt Sarah Can’t percher hat worn for Trooping the Colour on June 11
Duchess of Conrwall’s white Philip Treacy picture hat with sweeping brim and ostrich feather crown wrap on June 11
Queen Elizabeth’s magenta Angela Kelly design with floral and feather trim worn for the Patron’s luncheon on June 12

This poll will remain open until Thursday, July 21 at midnight GMT. Each computer or mobile device may vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish although for this poll, there will be just one winner. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Happy voting!

Photos from Ben Stanstall, AFP/Ben StanstallAFP/Ben Stanstall, Julian ParkerJames Devaney and WPA Pool via Getty

Belated Birthday of Princess Masako

Royal Hats Crown Princess Masako celebrated her 52nd birthday last Wednesday. As per tradition, she visited the Emperor and Empress at the Imperial Palace on this day, arriving in a new, pale blue silk brimless hat. While the shape is very simple (one cannot tell if it is a pillbox or a bumper), the colour is lovely.

Crown Princess Masako, December 9, 2015 | Royal Hats

As we send Princess Masako belated greetings, I thought it might be fun to pick up with our own birthday tradition here at Royal Hats and suggest what hats we would like to see her repeat in the year ahead. My pick for Masako is this a wonderful 1940s inspired, raspberry velvet and beaded beret cocktail hat that she wore back in December 1999. The shape is so interesting and the colour is just fantastic on her.

What hats would you like to see Princess Masako bring out of her millinery wardrobe for another outing?

Photo from Getty as indicated and Asahi Shimbun via Getty

Birthday of Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Royal HatsCrown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway celebrates her 42nd birthday today! As we send her our best wishes for her health and happiness, it’s also an opportunity to suggest a hat for her to repeat in the coming year. My choice is a pale pink Fabienne Delvigne design in gossamer straw with an unfinished brim that broadly curls up on one side. The rough edge on the brim gives lightness to the piece that I think works so well for the Crown Princess. What hat would you like to see Princess Mette-Marit bring out again this year?

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Crown Princess Mette Marit on National Day, May 17, 2013

Photo from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press Europe

Birthday of Princess Anne

Royal HatsPrincess Anne, the Princess Royal, celebrates her 65th birthday today. Suggesting a hat for her to repeat this year is a tricky task, as the pieces in her millinery wardrobe are each worn many, many times (usually through several decades). There is, however, one piece we haven’t seen in a while that I would love to see trotted out again. Princess Anne wears petite hats so well and this one, in cream straw, has the loveliest upturned ruffle at the back. Despite its age (20+ years), I think it reads as a classic piece that looks great on the princess.

As we send our best wishes to Princess Anne today, what hat would you like to see her repeat in the coming year?

Photo from Getty as indicated

Belated Birthday of Princess Beatrice

Royal Hats Princess Beatrice of York celebrated her 27th birthday over the weekend. I didn’t want this occasion to pass entirely without sending her belated greetings and sharing our suggestions for the hats we would like to see her repeat in the coming year. My pick is the wonderful teal straw hat by Sarah Cant she wore at Ascot last year. I adore the shape and the colour is just wonderful on her.

What hats would you like to see the princess bring out of her millinery wardrobe for another outing?

Photo from Getty as indicated

Birthday of The Duchess of Cornwall

Royal Hats The Duchess of Cornwall is celebrating her 68th birthday today. As we send her our congratulations and best wishes, it’s also an opportunity to think about which one of her hats we would love to see her wear again in the coming year. My pick is this stunning teal blue Philip Treacy design. In the winter, Camilla often defaults to a certain slouchy fur-trimmed design and I would love to see her bring out her jewel-toned pieces with more structure. We see her often in pastels but it’s these deeper colours that I think, really make her shine. What hat would you like to see her repeat this year?

Photo from Getty as indicated