Top New Royal Hat: January & February 2017

Earlier today, I launched our first poll of 2017 to choose your favourite repeated royal hat worn during the first two months of the year. Now we turn our focus on new designs that made their debut during this same period. Early months of the year don’t typically see many new royal hats but January and February saw six hats which, based on your comments, stood out as particularly successful new designs.

Here are these six hats, shown in the order they were worn. Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional views and information.

1. Princess Eugenie, Jan 7, 2017 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats      2.Viscountess Linley, Jan 15, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats
3.Zara Tindall, Jan 13, 2017 in Meg Rafter | Royal Hats     4.Princess Hisako, Jan 2017 | Royal Hats
5.Queen Mathilde, Feb 17, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    6.Queen Máxima, Feb 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  
The poll will remain open until next at midnight GMT and and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
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Top Repeated Royal Hat: January & February 2017

After the success of monthly polls last year to narrow down our favourite new and repeated royal hats, we’re going to continue with this format again this year, merging together months we see less hats worn and taking multiple winners from busiest months. To kick off the first poll of 2017, we’re going to face off the ten repeated royal hats worn in January and February that, based on your comments, received the most positive reader reception.

Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional views and information. Here are these ten hats, shown in the order they were worn:
 1.Queen Elizabeth, Jan 15, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats    2.Queen Elizabeth, Jan 22, 2017 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats 
3.Queen Elizabeth, Jan 29, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats   4.Queen Elizabeth, Feb 5, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats
5. Crown Princess Mary, Feb 7, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats    6.Princess Beatrix, Feb 8, 2017 | Royal Hats
7.Queen Máxima, Feb 9, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   8.Queen Elizabeth, Feb 13, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 
9.Queen Máxima, Feb 21, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   10.Queen Elizabeth, Feb 28, 2017 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats
The poll will remain open until next Friday, March 31 at midnight GMT and and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
 
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Best New Royal Hat of 2016: Results

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In our year-end wrap up of royal hats, the ultimate winner is the hat choosen for favourite new design of the year. Twelve polls narrowed down your favourites in this category to seventeen designs from fifteen different milliners- each one, a winner in its own right. From these seventeen designs, here are your top five favourite new hats worn in 2016:

#5

Zara Tindall in a navy felt percher beret covered in feathers by Rosie Olivia worn on March 16

#4

Crown Princess Mary at Prince Oscar’s christening on May 27 in Susanne Juul’s black straw picture hat with waved brim

#3

Duchess of Cambridge’s royal blue percher with leaf trim by Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. on Sep 24

#2

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Lady Brabourne’s grey and silver hat with upswept brim by Dillon Wallwork worn June 25

#1

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Princess Charlene on Nov 19 in Rachel Trevor Morgan’s black and white straw pyramid hat with roses

We see Princess Charlene in very few hats but there was no doubt, based on all your reactions to the hat she wore for Monaco National Day celebrations this year, that this stunning design was something very special. Congratulations to Rachel Trevor Morgan, whose work for Queen Elizabeth we have long admired, for claiming your pick for top royal hat of 2016.

Please jump over to this post for full poll results or link back to original features of each hat or head over to the Fan Page to compare your 2016 winners with your top picks from years past.

Photos from Getty as indicated; David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock; Stephane Cardinale and Theirry Orban via Getty

Best Men’s Royal Hats of 2016: Results

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For the first time, we included a contest for top men’s royal hat of the year. After counting your votes, here are your top picks:

#5

Prince Michael of Kent’s cream straw Panama hat worn at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 15

#4

#3

Peter Phillips in a brown felt fedora March 17 at the Cheltenham Festival 

#2

Duke of Edinburgh’s cream straw Panama hat May 14 at the Royal Windsor Horse Show
and at #1
Prince Harry, Dec 3, 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince Harry in a traditional Guyanese headdress worn on December 3

It appears, dearest readers, that your love for a great statement hat is not limited to the royal ladies! When it comes to top hats, the second part of this poll, it appears the British royal men can’t be beat. With three standouts across three generations, their mastery of this genre looks secure for the future as well.

 

Prince Harry, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl of Wessex at Ascot, June 2016
Jump over to this post to view full poll results or link back to original feature posts. Next up is the one you’ve been waiting for- best new royal hat of the year. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Photos from Getty as indicated and Chris Jackson via Getty

 

Best Repeated Royal Hats of 2016: Results

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After a busy week of hatted royal engagements, we’re going to turn our attention back to your favourite royal hats last year. Your votes have spoken, loud and clear, and we’re going to start with your favourite repeated royal hats of 2016:

#5

Queen Máxima’s Fabienne Delvigne designed pink straw upswept ‘slice’ picture hat worn April 13

#4

Crown Princess Mary’s royal blue felt hat with feather trim by Susanne Juul worn to open parliament Oct 3

#3

Crown Princess Mary’s gold straw vertical saucer with flower & feathers by Jane Taylor worn to Ascot June 15

In a dead heat draw, we have two hats tied for #1

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Crown Princess Mary cream straw fluted brim hat with pink flower by Susanne Juul worn June 13
Duchess of Cornwall’s blue Philip Treacy picture hat with flying bow tails worn on June 10

It seems, dear readers, that you love a perfect picture hat. On this point I am right with you- these are two fantastic designs which both suit their wearers, beautifully. Well done!

Jump over to this post for all of your favourite repeated royal hats of 2016, to view overall poll results or link back to original feature posts. 

Photos from  Getty as indicated; PPE/Christophersen; and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Best New Royal Hat of 2016

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While the races for favourite repeated hat and hats worn by royal men are great fun, the poll many of you have been awaiting is the one for favourite new royal hat of the year. 2016 brought numerous new millinery designs that thrilled us royal hat watchers and throughout the past year, we have narrowed down our favourites to seventeen designs from fifteen different milliners. Now, we turn our attention toward choosing a single winner.

As in all other polls here at Royal Hats, click on any of the photos below to jump back to original posts with additional pictures and information on each hat. Here are the seventeen finalists, again all picked by you, dearest readers, for Best New Royal Hat of 2016:

1.Empress Michiko, January 27, 2016 | Royal Hats   2.Queen Elizabeth, February 8, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko’s white saucer hat with pale teal silk roses and leaves worn January 27
Queen Elizabeth on February 8 in a square, red Angela Kelly design with black curls

 3.Zara Phillips Tindall, March 16, 2016 in Rosie Olivia | Royal Hats  4.Zara Phillips Tindall, April 9, 2016 in Rosie Olivia

Zara Tindall in a navy felt percher beret covered in feathers by Rosie Olivia worn on March 16
Zara Tindall’s oyster grey straw teardrop percher with feather trim ’round the back by Rosie Olivia worn April 9

5.Crown Princess Mary, May 27, 2016-05-27 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats  6.Countess of Wessex, June 10, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary on May 27 in Susanne Juul’s black straw picture hat with waved brim
 Countess of Wessex in a pale blue Jane Taylor percher hat with organza bell flowers worn June 10

7.Duchess of Cambridge, June 11, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  8.2016-06-11-trooping-the-colour-7

Duchess of Cambridge’s Philip Treacy white slice brimmed hat with pink rose on June 11
Princess Eugenie on June 11 in Vivien Sheriff’s ecru raised saucer hat with feathers

9.Zara Tindall, June 14, 2016 in Rosie Olivia | Royal Hats  10.Princess Eugenie, June 16, 2016 in Jess Collett | Royal Hats

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

11.Princess Beatrice, June 18, 2016 in Gina Foster | Royal Hats 12.Princess Eugenie, June 18, 2016 in Nerida Fraiman | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrice’s navy saucer disc hat with silk orchids by Gina Foster worn on Day 5
Princess Eugenie on Day 5 in a black mushroom picture hat with pearls by Nerida Fraiman

13.Princess Anne, July 1, 2016 | Royal HatsPrincess Anne, July 1, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Anne in a pale aqua saucer hat with leaf applique straw leaf detail worn July 1 

14.Lady Brabourne, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats 15.Duchess of Cambridge, Sep 24, 2016 in Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

Lady Brabourne’s grey and silver hat with upswept brim by Dillon Wallwork worn June 25
Duchess of Cambridge’s royal blue percher with leaf trim by Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. on Sep 24

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Queen Silvia’s greige felt hat with black striped underbrim worn Oct 5
Princess Charlene  on Nov 19 in Rachel Trevor Morgan’s black and white straw pyramid hat with roses

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 urge you to refer back to the original posts for a closer look at each hat’s detail to help you make your choice(s).

Photos from Jay Directo, Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/IndigoAndreas Rentz, Danny MartindaleSamir Hussein, Mark Cuthbert, Chris Jackson, Kirstin SinclairMax Mumby/Indigo and Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Rachel Adams via Rex Features;  CBC; VOCMKarwai TangSean Gallup, and  Theirry Orban via Getty

Best Men’s Royal Hats of 2016

Royal HatsWhen 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):

1.Prince Henrik, January 14, 2016 | Royal Hats  2.King Carl Gustaf, January 17, 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince Henrik’s white embellished papakah worn hunting in January
King Carl Gustaf’s black fedora worn to the Norwegian Silver Jubilee Jan 17

3.Peter Phillips, March 17, 2016 | Royal Hats  4.Duke of Edinburgh, May 14, 2016 | Royal Hats

Peter Phillips in a brown felt fedora March 17 at the Cheltenham Festival
Duke of Edinburgh’s cream straw Panama hat May 14 at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

5.Duke of Edinburgh, May 14, 2016 | Royal Hats  6.Prince Michael of Kent, May 14, 2016 | Royal Hats

The Duke of Edinburgh’s brown plaid newsboy cap worn May 14
Prince Michael of Kent’s cream straw Panama hat also worn May 14

7.The Duke of Edinburgh, May 26, 2016 | Royal Hats  8.King Carl Gustaf, July 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

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

9.Mike Tindall, August 28, 2016 | Royal Hats  10.King Carl Gustaf, August 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Mike Tindall in a textured woven straw trilby worn in Gloucestershire August 28
King Carl Gustaf’s cream Panama hat worn for a late August car rally

 11.Prince Henrik, November 6, 2016 | Royal Hats 12.2016-12-03-caribbean-tour

Prince Henrik’s brown hunting fedora worn or the Hubertus Hunt, Nov 6
And for a bit of fun… Prince Harry in a traditional Guyanese headdress, Dec 3

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, June 16, 2016 | Royal HatsDuke of Edinburgh, June 15, 2016 | Royal Hats     Lord Frederick Windsor, June 16, 2016 | Royal Hats     Prince of Wales, June 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Frederick Windsor, Prince of Wales

King Harald, May 17, 2016 | Royal Hats     Prince Nikolaos of Greece, June 16, 2016 | Royal Hats     Duke of Kent, May 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

King Harald of Norway, Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark, Duke of Kent

Prince Michael of Kent, June 16, 2016 | Royal Hats     Duke of Gloucester, May 10, 2016 | Royal HatsDuke of Gloucester, May 24, 2016 | Royal Hats    Duke of Cambridge, June 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince Michael of Kent, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of Cambridge

Duke of York, June 16, 2016 | Royal Hats     Crown Prince Frederik, June 15, 2016 | Royal Hats     Prince Harry, June 14, 2016 | Royal Hats

Duke of York, Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, Prince Harry

Crown Prince Haakon, May 17, 2016 | Royal Hats     Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, June 15, 2016 | Royal Hats    Earl of Wessex, June 14, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Earl of Wessex 

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