Top Royal Hats June 2017

Our polls for top new and top repeated royal hats worn in June (not including Ascot hats) were, again, very tight races! Three hats – ironically, all worn to the same event – emerged victorious:

Duchess of Cambridge’s pink button percher with triple crin ruffle trim by Jane Taylor worn June 17

Queen Elizabeth’s sky blue straw hat with lattice brim by Philip Somerville worn June 1 and June 17
Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw Philip Treacy hat wtih ecru layered hatband and twist worn June 17

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 or head over to the Fan Favourites page to see a growing tally of your favourite hats of 2017.  Stay tuned tomorrow for our next set of polls, choosing favourite hats worn in July and August.

Photos from Mark Cuthbert and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty

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Top New Royal Hat: June 2017


Between Epsom Races, Trooping the Colour, state visits, National Day celebrations and regular engagements, June always brings us a number of new royal hats – and that’s not counting the parade of new designs we see at Ascot! This year, ten new royal hats made their debut with, based on your comments, particular success. It’s now time to take a closer look at each of these beauties and choose a favourite.

Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional views and information. Here are your finalists for favourite new hat worn in June, shown in the order they were worn:
1.    2.
Princess Haya’s cream straw low-crowned hat with yellow rose by Philip Treacy worn June 4
Duchess of Cambridge’s pink button percher with triple crin ruffle trim by Jane Taylor worn June 17
3.   4.
Autumn Phillips’ magenta straw cocktail hat with rose trim by Juliette Botterill worn June 17
Queen Máxima’s pale pink straw hat with upswept brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn June 20
5.   6.
Queen Elizabeth’s cornflower blue silk crepe hat with floral trim by Angela Kelly worn June 21
Queen Máxima’s textured natural straw hat worn June 23 in Italy
7.   8. 
Grand Duchess Maria Theresa’s cerise disk with straw ribbon trim by Fabienne Delvigne worn June 23
Princess Stéphanie’s bright pink crin and bead trimmed cocktail hat by Les Folie’s Bibis worn June 23
9.   10.
Countess Mountbatten’s black straw hat with bow trim worn June 27
Princess Anne’s black cocktail hat with spiky feather trim worn June 27
The poll will remain open until next Friday, September 8 at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Top Repeated Royal Hat: June 2017

I realised this week, to my complete horror, that we are several months behind in choosing our favourite new and repeated royal hats of the year. It’s time to catch up!

June is always a busy month of royal activity with racing events, state visits, Trooping the Colour, and regular engagements – and that’s not counting Ascot!  The busy calendar of events this month bring us many hats and this year, there were eleven repeated designs which, based on your comments, were particularly successful.

We now turn our attention back to these eleven beauties with the purpose to choose a favourite. Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional views and information. Here are these 11 repeated hats, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Queen Elizabeth, Jun 1, 2017 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, Jun 17, 2017 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats  
Queen Elizabeth’s sky blue straw hat with lattice brim by Philip Somerville worn June 1 and June 17  
2.Queen Elizabeth, Jun 4, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats   3.Queen Elizabeth, Jun 13, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth in a textured yellow Rachel Trevor Morgan design with flowers at the Epsom races June 4
Queen Elizabeth’s pale peach and coral feather trimmed hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn June 13  
 4.Queen  Máxima, Jun 13, 2017 in FD | Royal Hats   5.Queen Elizabeth, Jun 15, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats
Queen  Máxima’s burgundy straw hat with wide mushroom brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn June 13
Queen Elizabeth’s sky blue straw Rachel Trevor Morgan design with feather flowers
 worn June 15
6.Queen Elizabeth, Jun 16, 2017 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats    7.Duchess of Cornwall, Jun 17, 2017 in PT | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s royal blue  Angela Kelly design with white straw brim worn June 16
Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw Philip Treacy hat wtih ecru layered hatband and twist worn June 17

 
8.Julia Ogilvy. Jun 17, 2017 in PT | Royal Hats   9. Queen  Máxima, Jun 21, 2017 in FD | Royal Hats 
Julia Ogilvy’s Philip Treacy designed ecru straw hat with large flying bow worn June 17
Queen  Máxima’s natural straw wide brimmed picture hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn June 21 in Italy
10.Crown Princess Mary, Jun 21, 2017 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats  11.Queen  Máxima, Jun 29, 2017 in | Royal Hats  
Crown Princess Mary’s natural straw picture hat with waved brim by Susanne Juul worn June 21 
Queen  Máxima’s Fabienne Delvigne designed magenta textured pillbox worn June 29 in Northeast Flevoland
The poll will remain open until next Friday, Sep 8 at midnight GMT and and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

One Coat, Three Hats

Royal HatsThe Duchess of Cambridge’s cream Alexander McQueen coat is a piece of exquisite tailoring and it’s no surprise she has worn it to several high profile occasions. Interestingly, on each of the coat’s three outings, she has paired it with a hat from a different designer. Here is a closer look at each pairing (scroll through each photo to see multiple views of each hat):

Look #1: With a cream straw beret base percher hat with silk flowers and straw twists by Jane Taylor, worn for Princess Charlotte’s christening on July 5, 2015

Look #2: With a white straw oval saucer slice hat with domed crown and large pink garden roses by Philip Treacy worn June 11, 2016 for Trooping the Colour

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Look #3: With a white straw moulded saucer with raised back and feather trim by Lock & Co. worn in Belgium on July 30, 2017 for the Passchendaele centenary commemoration

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Even though the hats are nearly identical in colour, they make for three very distinct ensembles in combination with this coat. I recognise that it’s not exactly fair to compare hats worn to celebratory versus memorial events but will go ahead anyway and ask- which hat do you prefer with this coat?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Top Royal Hats May 2017

Our races for top new and top repeated royal hats worn in May were so tight that we have an unprecedented tie in both categories! Here are your four winners:

Princess Anne`s cream straw hat with upswept brim and curling feathers worn May 20 in Scotland
Duchess of Cambridge’s dusty pink crin hat with rose and straw twists by Jane Taylor worn May 20

Princess Benedikte’s purple straw hat with pink hatband and silk flower worn May 7 
Queen Elizabeth’s vibrant green hat with domed crown, feathers & silk flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn May 24

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 or head over to the Fan Favourites page to see a growing tally of your favourite hats of 2017.  Stay tuned later today for our next poll, facing off all of the non-Ascot hats we saw in June.

Photos from The Church of Scotland; UK Press Pool via Getty; Ole Hartmann Schmidt via Konghuset; Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Top Repeated Royal Hat: May 2017

The breakneck pace of royal hatted events in June usually means we often spend July catching up and this year is no different! While we crowned our favourite Ascot hats last week, we need to go back and choose our favourite designs worn in the months of May and June.

Between garden parties, National Day celebrations and regular engagements, the month of May brought us eight repeated royal hats which, based on your comments, were met with particular admiration. Please click on each hat to jump back to its original feature post with additional views and information. Here are these 8 hats, shown in the order they were worn:

1.Queen Margrethe, May 2, 2017 | Royal Hats    2.Princess Benedikte, May 7, 2017 | Royal Hats  
Queen Margrethe’s turquoise hat with pork pie crown and velvet hatband worn May 2
Princess Benedikte’s purple straw hat with pink hatband and silk flower worn May 7 
3.Queen Elizabeth, May 16, 2017 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats   4.Duchess of Cambridge, May 16, 2017 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats  
Queen Elizabeth’s pale pink boater with wide hatband by Angela Kelly worn at a May 16 garden party
The Duchess of Cambridge’s blue straw raised saucer with straw calla lily by Lock & Co worn May 16
5.Queen Sonja, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats   6.Queen Elizabeth, May 18, 2017 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats
Queen Sonja’s cream straw hat with navy hatband and brim binding worn May 17
Queen  Elizabeth’s mint brimmed boater with textured white straw crown by Angela Kelly worn May 18
7. Queen Elizabeth, May 24, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats   8.Queen Elizabeth, May 25, 2017 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s vibrant green hat with domed crown, feathers & silk flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn May 24
Queen Elizabeth’s orange straw hat with roses and cornflower blue feathers by Angela Kelly worn May 25
The poll will remain open until next Friday, July 28 at midnight GMT and and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
Photos from Martin Høien; Ole Hartmann Schmidt via Konghuset; WPA Pool and WPA Pool via Getty; VVegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix via the Royal House of Norway; John Stillwell, Mark Cuthbert and Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty; 

Top Royal Hats Ascot 2017

Not surprisingly, we have two very clear winners in our polls for top repeated and new royal hats worn to Ascot this year:

Duchess of Cornwall, June 21, 2017 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 

Duchess of Cornwall’s pale blue upsweep with large rose by Philip Treacy worn on Day 2

Countess of Wessex, June 21, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Countess of Wessex’s plum straw oversized boater with silk roses by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2

Day two was the day to beat this year! I have to admit, I’m a little sad that Princess Eugenie’s amazing navy and red saucer by Bundle McLaren didn’t make the cut, but toppling the Countess of Wessex’s memorable boater was going to be a challenge for any hat. Jump back to the polls (new hats here and repeated hats here) to look at the results in greater detail or head over to the Fan Favourites page to see a growing tally of your favourite hats of 2017.

Photos from Mark Cuthbert and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty;