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

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

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; 

Top Royal Hats April 2017

My apologies, dearest readers, for forgetting to share your choices for top new and top repeated royal hats worn in April. Two clear winners came out of these contests:

Queen Máxima’s grey felt picture hat with upswept brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn April 7 in Delft

Queen Elizabeth’s lilac-grey straw hat with straw flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn April 11

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 early next week for the next set of polls facing off hats we saw worn in May.

Photos from from Patrick van Katwijk and WPA Pool via Getty

Top New Royal Hat: April 2017

Between Easter, Koningsdag and regular royal engagements, April often sees a number of new royal hats and this year was no exception. Nine designs below stood out in particular, based on your comments, and from these nine designs we’ll choose a single winner to put forward as a finalist for favourite new royal hat of 2017.

Please click on each hat to jump back to its original feature post with additional photos and and information. Here are the nine designs, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Queen Máxima, Apr 7, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   2.Princess Beatrix, Apr 7, 2017 | Royal Hats
Queen Margrethe’s plaid Pork Pie hat worn April 11 in Aarhus
Queen  Elizabeth’s blue felt hat with teal velvet leaves by Angela Kelly worn April 13
 5.Countess of Wessex, April 16, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats     6.Autumn Philips, April 16, 2017 in Emily London | Royal Hats
Countess of Wessex in a black straw pillbox with feather trim by Jane Taylor worn April 16
Autumn Phillips’ Emily London designed black felt beret percher with feather worn Easter Sunday
7.Queen Elizabeth, Apr 16, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats   8.Duchess of Cambridge, April 17, 2017 | Royal Hats  
Queen Elizabeth’s turquoise and black straw hat with pink floral trim by Rachel Trevor Mogan worn April 16
Duchess of Cambrige’s cream silk square pillbox with bow worn Easter Sunday
9.Queen Máxima, Apr 27, 2017 | Royal Hats
Queen  Máxima’s navy silk smocked calot with silver bead embroidery worn April 27 for Koningsdag
The poll will remain open for two weeks until Friday, May 19 at midnight GMT. As usual, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish and results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Happy voting!

Top Repeated Royal Hat: April 2017

April saw a number of higher profile royal events (Prince Felix’s confirmation, Lord Snowdon’s service of thanksgiving and the Newbury Races to name a few) that brought us a number of repeated royal hats. Based on your comments, six of these designs stood out as particularly successful and it is these six beauties that we face off now to choose our favourite repeated royal hat worn last month.

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

 

1.Queen Margrethe, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats  2.Duchess of Cambridge, April 5, 2017 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats    
Queen Margrethe’s turquoise cap with feathers, quills & embroidered band worn April 1
Duchess of Cambridge in a black straw percher saucer hat from Lock & Co. worn on April 5
3.Lady Sarah Chatto, April 7, 2017 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats    4.Queen Elizabeth, April 11, 2017 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 
   5. Crown Princess Victoria, April 10, 2017 in Yves Saint Laurent | Royal Hats    6.Queen Elizabeth, Apr 22, 2017 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  
Crown Princess Victoria’s black felt Garbo hat by Yves Saint Laurent worn April 10
Queen Elizabeth’s vibrant blue split crown hat by Angela Kelly worn April 22 at Newbury

The poll will remain open for two weeks until Friday, May 19 at midnight GMT. Each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Several of you have commented in previous posts about the difficulty making a single choice- vote for all your favourites!