Favourite New Royal Hat: March 2018

The royal calendar was a busy one last month with several high profile events – Cheltenham Festival, state visits and Commonwealth Observance Service – that inevitably included some new royal hats. Ten of the new designs we saw last month received particularly positive feedback. It is now time to take a closer look at the beret, saucer, fedora, upsweep, cocktail perchers and wide brimmed designs that make up this colourful group and choose a top pick. The winner of this poll will again move forward as a semi-finalist in our year end contest for Readers’ Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these ten finalists for March, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Mar 12, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats     2.Mar 12, 2018 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s burgundy silk crepe hat with cherry blossoms and feathers by Angela Kelly worn Mar 12
Meghan Markle’s sleek Stephen Jones designed ivory felt beret worn on Commonwealth Day, Mar 12
3.Mar 13, 2018 in Goldust Millinery | Royal Hats      4.Mar 14, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats
Zara Tindall in a grey Goldust Millinery fedora with navy and turquoise hatband worn on Mar 13
Zara Tindall’s red felt saucer with silk rose trim by Juliette Botterill worn to Cheltenham on Mar 14 
5.Mar 15, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats    6.Mar 15, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats
Queen Máxima’s grey hat with tall crown by Fabienne Delvigne worn in The Hague on Mar 15
Zara Tindall’s peacock blue felt percher with leather camellia by Sally Ann Provan worn Mar 15
7.Mar 16, 2018 | Royal Hats   8.Mar 16, 2018 | Royal Hats
Princess Anne’s purple felt fedora with feathers and looped bow worn to Cheltenham on Mar 16
Autumn Phillips’ black bumper base cocktail hat with pheasant feathers worn on Mar 16

9.Mar 16, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats  10.Mar 27, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats
Queen Mathilde’s emerald felt Fabienne Delvigne design with flat crown worn in Canada on Mar 16
Queen Elizabeth’s pink felt Rachel Trevor Morgan design with silk flowers worn Mar 27 in Plymouth
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, April 15 at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
 
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Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: March 2018

Between state visits, the Cheltenham Festival and several other higher profile events, the month of March brought us numerous royal hats. Based on your comments, thirteen repeated designs stood out as particularly successful and it is now time to take a look at this mix of brimmed and brimless designs to choose  your favourite. As with other monthly posts, the winner of this poll will be put forward as a semi-finalist in our year-end contest for for Readers’ Repeated New Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these thirteen finalists, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Mar 6, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats    2.Mar 7, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s purple square crowned hat with kettle brim and floral trim by Angela Kelly worn March 6
Queen Máxima’s burgundy velvet calot with tulle net overlay by Fabienne Delvigne worn March 7

3.Mar 12, 2018 | Royal Hats   4. Mar 12, 2018 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats
Queen Mathilde’s red felt wide brimmed hat with asymmetrical peaked crown worn in Canada Mar 12
Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw hat with navy crown wrap and upfolded bim by Philip Treacy worn Mar 12
5.Mar 12, 2018 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats   6.Mar 12, 2018 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats
Duchess of Cambridge’s navy fur felt hat with mushroom brim and wide hatband by Lock & Co. worn Mar 12
Countess of Wessex’s navy straw hat with cream and gold swirling feathers by Jane Taylor worn Mar 12
7.Mar 12, 2018 | Royal Hats   8.Mar 12, 2018 | Royal Hats
Duchess of Gloucester’s pale blue felt and straw hat with pleated hatband and side feather spray worn Mar 12
Princess Anne’s cream brimmed picture hat with navy feathers, bows and quills worn Mar 12
 
9.Mar 13, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats  10.Mar 13, 2018 | Royal Hats  11.Mar 17, 2018 in Gina Foster | Royal Hats  

Queen Mathilde’s stacked felt maple leaf casque hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn Mar 13
Princess Anne’s grey square cloche with black hatband and feather covered brim worn Mar 13
Duchess of Cambridge’s green felt beret percher with flying bow by Gina Foster worn Mar 17

12.Mar 20, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats  13.Mar 20, 2018 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth’s orange felt Angela Kelly hat with silk magnolias & brown straw leaves worn Mar 20
Queen Máxima’s natural straw upswept brim hat by Fabienne Delvigne
worn Mar 20 for the Jordanian state visit

This poll will remain open until next Sunday, April 15 at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Favourite New Royal Hat: January & February 2018

For our second poll of 2018, we turn our attention to most successful new hats we saw worn in January and February. Ten designs were met with particular admiration, all in dark, wintry hues.  It is now time to take a closer look at this group of cloche, bumper, wide brimmed, fedora, split crown and brimless designs and choose a top pick. The winner of this poll will be put forward as the first semi-finalist for Readers’ Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information, and discussion. Here are these ten diverse hats, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Jan 1, 2018 | Royal Hats     2.Feb 1, 2018 in Lacorine| Royal Hats 
Princess Hisako’s black felt hat with upswept vented brim worn Jan 1 for a football match
Duchess of Cambridge’s brown Lacorine alpaca hat with wide cuffed brim worn Jan 7, 2018 (shown on Jan 30)
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3.      4.Jan 21, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats
Princess Philomena d’Orleans in a black picture hat with organza overlay and flower worn Jan 8
Queen Elizabeth’s dark green squared cloche with knot and quill trim by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Jan 21 
 5.Jan 23, 2018 | Royal Hats    6.Jan 24, 2018 | Royal Hats
Princess Beatrix’s black straw hat with upswept brim and silver hatband worn Jan 23 in Utrecht
Princess Kiko in a black felt cloche with diagonal crown wrap and side bow on January 24 in Tokyo
7.Feb 1, 2018 | Royal Hats     8.Feb 2, 2018 | Royal Hats  
Princess Margriet’s navy felt fedora with raised brim on one side worn Feb 1 Ouwekerk
Princess Nobuko in an asymmetrical black hat with back bow for a Feb 2 flower exhibition
9.Feb 2. 2018 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats    10.Feb 16, 2108 | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s purple felt split crown hat with upturned brim, side bow & pompom by Angela Kelly worn Feb 2
Crown Princess Victoria’s tall black faux fur bumper hat worn in Lithuania on Feb 16
The poll will remain open until next Friday, March 16 at midnight GMT and as usual, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
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Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: January & February 2018

Royal hat wearing usually gets off to a slow start each year and 2018 has been no exception. As such, our first set of polls this year will look at hats worn in January and February. Do not fear – despite the slow start, there were still seven repeated royal hats which, based on your comments, stood out as particularly successful.  In felt, fur, boucle tweed, crin and straw, these seven beauties cover a spectrum of colour, shape, scale, trimming and material. Over the next week, we will take a second look at these seven hats and choose a winner to move forward in our ultimate contest for favourite repeated royal hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or cation to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these seven finalists for January and February, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Jan 14, 2018 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats    2.Jan 30, 2018 in Peruvian Connection | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s purple hat with cerise piping and pompom trim by Angela Kelly worn Jan 14 for church 
Duchess of Cambridge’s black alpaca hat with wide cuffed brim from Peruvian Connection worn Jan 30
3.Feb 3, 2018 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats      4.Feb 4, 2018 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats
Countess of Wessex’s white crin hat trimmed with crin curls and feathers by Jane Taylor worn Feb 3 in Sri Lanka
Queen Elizabeth’s textured red split crown hat with red Lady Amhurst feathers by Angela Kelly worn Feb 4

 
5.Feb 5, 2018 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  6.Feb 20, 2018 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats
Queen  Máxima’s purple felt upswept brim picture hat with waved brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn Feb 5
Crown Princess Mary’s black felt Susanne Juul beret with feather spray and veil worn Feb 20
7.Feb 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s upswept ice blue straw hat with flowers & silk bow by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Feb 20
This poll will remain open until next Friday, March 16 at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Readers’ Pick: Top Repeated Royal Hats of 2017

In 2017, we saw 390 repeated royal hats (not counting military uniform hats, casual sports hats or embellished headbands) step out for a variety of different public events including state visits, family celebrations, racing events, charity visits, memorials and regular daytime engagements. Each month, you named your favourite designs and from here, we assembled a list of eleven semi-finalists. You cast your votes and a clear winner emerged. Without further ado, here are the your top choices and winner of Top Repeated Royal Hat Design of 2017.


Duchess of Cornwall’s pale blue straw upsweep with large rose by Philip Treacy worn at Ascot June 21

 

Sep 29, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Countess of Wessex’s blue swirled straw percher with crin flowers by Jane Taylor worn Sep 29

 

Oct 5, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Countess of Wessex’s  natural straw saucer with lattice brim and coral feather by Jane Taylor worn in Brunei Oct 5

 

Mar 21, 2017 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary’s black Susanne Juul hat with tall felt crown, straw brim & feather quills on Mar 21

 

 

 
Crown Princess Masako’s dark burgundy hat with double hatband worn Dec 5
Dearest readers, you often surprise me (something I adore!) and I must admit I didn’t foresee an Imperial royal hat walking away with this title! I’ll also admit that this is not my pick for this award, as beautiful as it is. For those of you who voted for Crown Princess Masako’s burgundy felt hat – what was it about this design that made it stand out for you above the others?
Jump over to this post to see all eleven finalists and the poll results and stay tuned later today to see your pick for favourite new royal hat last year.
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Top Repeated Royal Hat of 2017

Throughout a series of polls over the past year, we have narrowed down our favourite repeated royal hats to a finalist group of eleven stunning designs. Your finalists include numerous brimmed designs, a pillbox, an upsweep, a swirled percher and a lattice saucer and trimmings that run the spectrum from florals and bows to twists, bands and quills.

While each of these eleven finalists is a winning design, it is now time to cast your votes, dearest readers, for a single winner. Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional views and information. Without further ado, here are your eleven finalists for Top Repeated Royal Hat of 2017:

3.Apr 11, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats   4.May 7, 2017 | Royal Hats   
5.May 24, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats   6.June 17, 2017 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats
The poll will remain open until Tursday, January 25 at midnight GMT and as always, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish each time. We will celebrate the winner on January 26. Happy voting!
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Top Royal Hats December 2017

December brought us some wonderful new and repeated royal hats but two designs stood out from all the rest as your favourites:

 

Crown Princess Masako’s dark burgundy hat with double hatband worn Dec 5

Autumn Phillips’ red velvet button percher with bow and jewelled picks from Emily London worn Dec 25

Jump over to the original polls (repeated hats here, new designs here) for a closer look at the results. Stay tuned first thing Friday morning for our final polls to name favourite new and repeat royal hats of the past year!

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