Top Royal Hats at Ascot 2016

A Royal Ascot 1 Looking back over the repeated royal hats we saw worn at Royal Ascot this year, there was one design that stood out as your favourite by far:

 Crown Princess Mary, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary in a Jane Taylor vertical gold straw disc saucer with silk flower and feather trim worn on Day 2

The race for favourite new design worn at the races this year was not so cut and dried and, for the first time ever on Royal Hats, we have a four-way draw:

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Princess Eugenie’s pale pink lattice picture hat with feathers by Jess Collett worn on Day 3
Zara Tindall’s electric blue percher with yellow quills by Rosie Olivia worn on Day 1
Princess Beatrice’s navy saucer disc 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

Each of these five hats will be put forward into our poll for best new and repeated hats of 2016 at the end of the year. Jump over to the bottom of the original poll posts (new hats here and repeated hats here) to look at the results in greater detail.

Stay tuned later this week where we’ll face off our favourite designs worn during Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations last month. There are some beauties and I suspect we’ll have another close race!

Photos from  Danny Martindale, Chris Jackson, Mark CuthbertMax Mumby/Indigo and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

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

Best Repeated Royal Hat: Ascot 2016

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With so many fantastic royal hats seen during the month of June, we’re going to break up our favourites polls into a few more manageable groups. First up, we’re going to choose our favourite repeated royal hats worn at Royal Ascot.

The races this year saw nine repeated designs on five different royal heads that, based on your comments, were worn to particular success. It’s now time to choose one winner. 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 nine finalists, in the order that they were worn:

1.Queen Elizabeth, June 14, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  2.Princess Beatrice, June 14, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats  3.Crown Princess Mary, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth’s yellow hat with raised brim, blue flowers and brown leaves by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn on Day 1
 Princess Beatrice’s navy percher saucer with brown burnt feather trim by Sarah Cant worn on Day 1
Crown Princess Mary in a vertical gold straw disc saucer with silk flower and feather trim by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2

4.Duchess of Cornwall, June 15, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  5.Princess Michael of Kent, June 16, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  6.Princess Beatrice, June 17, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw hat with taupe twist trim by Philip Treacy worn on Day 2
Princess Michael of Kent in a Philip Treacy slate blue slice hat with crin ruffles and feathers worn on Day 3
Princess Beatrice’s aqua blue sedge hat with navy bow and embroidery by Sarah Cant worn on Day 4

7.Princess Michael of Kent, June 17, 2016 in John Boyd | Royal Hats 8.Queen Elizabeth, June 18, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 9.Duchess of Cornwall, June 18, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 

Princess Michael of Kent’s cream hat with ostrich feather boa by John Boyd worn on Day 4
Queen Elizabeth in an Angela Kelly designed turquoise straw hat with pleated crin crown wrap worn on Day 5
The Duchess of Cornwall’s Philip Treacy cream and navy straw picture hat with feather worn on Day 5

This poll will remain open until Friday, July 8. Each computer or mobile device may vote once every 12 hours for as many hats as strike your fancy although there will be only one winner. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Happy voting!

Photos from Chris Jackson, Chris JacksonChris Jackson, Kirstin Sinclair, Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/Indigo, Mark Cuthbert, Kirstin Sinclair and Julian Parker via Getty 

Overview of Royal Ascot 2016

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Here is a survey look back at all of the amazing hats we enjoyed at Royal Ascot 2016

Royal Ascot Day 1

 Queen Elizabeth, June 14, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats Princess Haya, June 14, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Duchess of Cornwall, June 14, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 14, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats
Countess of Wessex, June 14, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats Princess Anne, June 14, 2016 | Royal Hats Zara Tindall, June 14, 2016 in Rosie Olivia | Royal Hats Duchess of Gloucester, June 14, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen ElizabethPrincess Haya Bint Al HusseinDuchess of CornwallPrincess Beatrice,
Countess of WessexPrincess Anne, Zara Tindall, Duchess of Gloucester, British Royal Men

Royal Ascot Day 2 

Queen Elizabeth, June 15, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Princess Haya, June 15, 2016 | Royal Hats Duchess of Cornwall, June 15, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats Countess of Wessex, June 15, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats Princess Anne, June 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen ElizabethPrincess Haya Bint Al HusseinDuchess of CornwallCrown Princess Mary,
Duchess of CambridgeCountess of Wessex, Princess Anne, British Royal Men, Crown Prince Frederik

Royal Ascot Day 3 (Ladies’ Day)

Queen Elizabeth, June 16, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Princess Haya, June 16, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 16, 2016 in Laura Apsit Livens | Royal Hats
Princess Eugenie, June 16, 2016 in Jess Collett | Royal Hats Countess of Wessex, June 16, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats Princess Anne, June 16, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Michael of Kent, June 16, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess Beatrice, Princess EugenieCountess of Wessex,
Princess AnnePrincess AlexandraPrincess Michael of Kent, British Royal Men, Prince Nikolaos of Greece

Royal Ascot Day 4
Queen Elizabeth, June 17, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, June 16, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Duchess of Cornwall, June 17, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 17, 2016 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats Duchess of York, June 17, 2016 in Jess Collett | Royal Hats Princess Michael of Kent, June 17, 2016 in John Boyd | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice,
Duchess of YorkPrincess Michael of Kent, Zenouska Mowatt, British Royal Men

Royal Ascot Day 5

Queen Elizabeth, June 18, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Duchess of Cornwall, June 18, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 18, 2016 in Gina Foster | Royal Hats Princess Eugenie, June 18, 2016 in Nerida Fraiman | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, Duchess of CornwallPrincess BeatricePrincess Eugenie,
Zenouska Mowatt, British Royal Men

My deepest thanks again to Irish milliner Fiona ManganAmerican milliner Jill Courtemanche and Australian milliner Christie Murray for joining us for Ascot week again this year. Their millinery expertise has added so much to the conversation and given us a comprehensive review of all the hats.  These milliners are each as lovely as they are talented and it has been my great honour to have them join us.

Day 5 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  As the gates on Royal Ascot close for another year, we can’t bid farewell to these iconic races without a look at a few more royal hats. Here are the top hats worn today by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales:

    

Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter, Zenouska Mowatt, attended the races today in the same white pillbox with yellow butterflies that milliner Lady Laura Cathcart wore earlier in the week. I love this hat’s pairing with Zenouska’s floral dress:

 

I know there are some non royal hats that caught your fancy today that you are waiting to share- please feel free to post them in the comments. I have a few to share of my own and will be back tomorrow with a final index of all the hats we saw at Ascot this year and a royal wedding!
Photos from Getty as indicated

Day 5 Royal Ascot: Princess Eugenie

Royal Ascot  Princess Eugenie enjoyed the races with her sister today, topping a striking black white and yellow ensemble with a large black straw hat decorated with pearls.

Christie:  I actually quite love this hat – the shape and the pearl trim are just beautiful in their minimalism and placement.  She looks incredibly elegant in this!  However,  I just don’t feel like the outfit lives up to the level of class that the hat brings to the look.

Fiona: Another classic look today from Eugenie. I do like the collar and cuffs of the top, but I don’t know that the black stitching is to my liking- it was a huge trend a few years ago and I always feel it is a little dated. The obvious here would be to put flowers in the hat to create a cohesive look but I am glad she didn’t – the pearls dotted randomly on this dome shaped hat are girlish and quirky, and it makes for a little of the unexpected. So overall a rather nice look.

Royal Hats: I love that Princess Eugenie has been experimenting with different (and larger) shapes and this hat is a success. The pearl trim is so effective and unexpected- we’ve seen a lot of royal hats over the past week and it is wonderful to end with one that has an air of myster and surprise. The York sisters receive so much criticism for their fashion and while not everyone likes the sartorial risks they take, I applaud them for it. They have had some of my favourite hats at Ascot this year.

Jill: I very much like the clean line of this hat and although not an easy shape to wear, it suits Princess Eugenie nicely. The pearl detail is minimal and fun with the print of her skirt. My only real issue is that I feel she is a little hidden under the brim and I wish it sat up a bit higher on her head. Her outfit is very fresh and I adore the top stitching on the collar and cuffs. Side by side, the sisters look quite lovely and modern, well done!

Designer: Nerida Fraiman. It is the ‘Audrey’ design from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of Princess Eugenie’s new hat for the final day of the races?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Day 5 Royal Ascot: Princess Beatrice

Royal Ascot  The York Princesses also attended the final day of Royal Ascot today and, in a sweet moment, Princess Beatrice stepped in to present her grandmother with the Hardwicke Stakes cup. She wore a navy ‘slice’ brimmed hat described by the designer as a “straw coulis base with silk poppy trim.”

     

Jill: This entire look is wonderful! The dress is youthful and fashion forward and the hat is divine. The Princess looks lovely in navy and the clean simple line of this hat with the minimal trim looks effortless. I have been saying it all week but this is another fine example of the trim both above and below the platter adding a nice softness around the face. An absolutely wonderful look for Ascot!

Royal Hats: Talk about saving best until last! Great colour, great shape, great scale, great embellishment. It’s such a beautiful hat on Beatrice and one of my favourites of the week.

Fiona: This is also a great look today – a beautiful floaty print dress and classic courts, you can’t go wrong. Navy seems to be a really big colour this year! I nearly think her hat from yesterday may have worked with this outfit too – perhaps that will come out another day!!! The hat is very simple, nothing extraordinary, but compliments the dress beautifully. What I like about this hat is that it appears there is one enormous flower, split in two by the hat.

Christie: This is my favourite hat on the Princess all week! How gorgeous. I love how the detailing of the orchid petals works with the ruching in her dress. The hat seems to throw green somehow in the light. How intriguing! I would just love the Princess to have burgundy lips with this – what a knock out look it would be then! I just love it.

Designer: Gina Foster. It is the Lamington design from the SS2016 Anniversary Collection
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Royal Ascot 2016 has been about navy! What do you think of Princess Beatrice’s new hat today?

Photos from Getty as indicated