Favourite New Royal Hat: Ascot 2018

While there were some wonderful repeated royal hats at Ascot this year, this annual racing event brings us the most new designs seen in a single week each calendar year.This year was no exception with 26 royal hats (and several more noble ones!) making a debut during the races. Of these 26 new hats, 16 were received, based on your comments, as particularly successful.  We turn our attention now to these 16 hats for a second review to choose two favorites.

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 the 16 new hats you admired most during Ascot this year, shown in the order they appeared:
1.June 19, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats     2.June 19, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s yellow crepe & straw hat with blue hydrangeas by Angela Kelly worn Day 1
Countess of Wessex’s pale pink saucer with black windowpane crin by Jane Taylor worn on Day 1 
3.June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats      4.June 19, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats 
Duchess of Sussex’s white straw and black crin fluted Philip Treacy saucer hat worn on Day 1
Princess Beatrice’s blue straw Juliette Botterill saucer with straw & crin twists worn on Day 1

    5.June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats     6.June 19, 2018 in Emily London | Royal Hats
Princess Haya’s cream crin disc with oversize silk flower trim by Philip Treacy worn Day 1
Princess Eugenie’s ice blue Emily London wide brimmed hat with bergère crown & tassel worn Day 1
7.June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats      8.June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue straw hat with silk peony blooms by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Day 2
Duchess of Gloucester’s gold straw picture hat with crin brim edge & blue flowers worn Day 2
9.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats        10.June 20, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats   
Autumn Philips in a blue straw Philip Treacy saucer with white cut feather trim worn on Day 2
Countess of Wessex’s aqua straw picture hat with pleated crin overlay by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2
11.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats     12.June 21, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats
Princess Haya’s cream straw calot with crystal studded veil by Philip Treacy worn Day 2
Queen Elizabeth’s bright pink Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers & feathers on Day 3
13.June 21, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats     14.June 21, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats
Princess Beatrice’s black & white saucer with black roses & feathers by Sally Ann Provan on Day 3
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s fuchsia straw Philip Treacy picture hat with twists worn Day 3 

    15.June 22, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats     16.June 23, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s lime green crepe and straw hat with pink flowers & beads by Angela Kelly on Day 4
Queen Elizabeth’s grey & green snakeskin printed straw hat with green feathers by Angela Kelly worn Day 5
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, June 29  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: Ascot

Tuesday’s great post from longtime reader ChicagoChuck about his new Ascot hat this year reminded me that we need to pick our favourite royal Ascot hats! While this week of racing sees many new millinery designs, there were some repeated hats which, based on your comments, stood out as well.

Eight designs were met with particular praise – two sidesweeps, two saucers, a trilby, a cocktail percher, a boater and a classic picture hat- and it’s now time to take a closer look at each to determine a favourite. The winner of this poll will be put forward as another semi-finalist for Readers’ Favourite Repeated 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 eight repeated Ascot beaties, shown in the order they were worn:
1.      2.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats
Princess Anne’s almond straw hat with sideswept brim, feathers and curling quills worn on Day 1
Duchess of Cornwall’s angular ecru straw sidesweep with lace trim by Philip Treacy worn Day 2
3.June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats      4.June 21, 2018 | Royal Hats   
Princess Alexandra’s Rachel Trevor Morgan cream straw hat with veil and mist green flowers worn Day 2
Princess Anne’s turquoise straw trilby with feather trim worn on Day 3
 
Countess of Snowdon’s textured cream straw Stephen Jones saucer with grey feathers worn Day 3
Duchess of Gloucester’s emerald green straw boater hat worn on Day 3
Duchess of York’s black straw Philip Treacy vertical saucer with royal blue roses & twists worn Day 4
Autumn Phillips’ magenta straw cocktail hat with rose & quill twists by Juliette Botterill worn Day 5
This poll will remain open until Sunday, July 29 at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Good luck!

Top Royal Hats: May 2018

After an incredibly busy month of royal hat watching (with a few more busy days ahead!), I’m stealing a moment to catch up on some poll results. Here are your choices for favourite new and repeated hats worn during the month of May:

Countess of Wessex’s lattice brimmed straw saucer hat with twists & coral feathers by Jane Taylor worn May 15

Lady Sarah Chatto’s textured navy straw mushroom brim hat by Stephen Jones worn May 19

It’s a double British royal win for wide brimmed hats in textural straw!! Jump over the poll for new hats here and the repeated hats here to see the results in greater detail or jump over to the Fan Favourites page for a running tally of your top picks so far this year. Stay tuned later this week when we face off our favourites from Ascot. 
Photos from The British Royal Family and Pool/Max Mumby via Getty

Favourite New Royal Hat: May 2018

Any month that includes a major royal wedding, garden parties and state visits in addition to regular engagements is going to bring us a stream of new hats and that is exactly what we saw in May!  Ten designs – perchers, mushroom brimmed pictures, saucers, an upsweep, a pillbox and a pinwheel – stood out as particularly memorable, based on your comments, and it’s now time to choose a favourite from this group.

If you struggle to choose your favourite(s), do remember 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 May, shown in the order they were worn:

1.May 19, 2018 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   2.May 19, 2018 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats    
Duchess of Cornwall’s layered pink feather pinwheel hat by Philip Treacy worn May 19
Duchess of Cambridge’s fluted cream straw saucer with roses and twists by Philip Treacy worn May 19
      3.June 19, 2018 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats   4.May 19, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats   
Countess of Wessex’s blue straw percher with crescent feather trim by Jane Taylor worn May 19
Autumn Philips in a teal straw vertical saucer with feathers by Juliette Botterill worn May 19

   5.May 19, 2018 in Rosie Olivia | Royal Hats   6.May 19, 2018 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats
Zara Tindall in a navy straw Rosie Olivia percher with ruffle, roses and tulle worn May 19
Lady Sarah Chatto’s textured navy straw mushroom brim hat by Stephen Jones worn May 19
7.May 22, 2018 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   8.May 22, 2018 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   
Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw Philip Treacy sideweep with lace trim worn May 22
Duchess of Sussex’s blush straw saucer with molded shallow crown by Philip Treacy worn May 22
9.May 22, 2018 | Royal Hats   10.May 23, 2018 | Royal Hats 
Princess Tsuguko’s textured white pillbox with ice blue binding and folded fan trim worn May 22
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie’s almond straw mushroom brimmed hat with flower trim worn May 23
This poll will remain open until next Friday, June 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 Repeated Royal Hat: May 2018

Thanks to garden parties, state visits, a major wedding, and numerous other royal engagements, the month of May brought us numerous occasions with hats. It’s now time for a quick review of the designs we admired most. Eight brimmed stood out in particular, based on your comments, and it is now time to choose a favourite.

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 the eight unique designs, shown in the order they were worn:
1.May 15, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats    2.May 15, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats
Countess of Wessex’s lattice brimmed straw saucer hat with twists & coral feathers by Jane Taylor worn May 15
Queen Elizabeth’s aqua straw Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with twists and silk flowers worn May 15

3.May 15, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats    4.May 16, 2018 in Suzanne Moulijn | Royal Hats
Duchess of Cornwall’s pale grey straw upsweep with ostrich feather wrap by Philip Treacy worn May 15
Princess Beatrix’s purple straw hat with upturned kettle brim by Suzanne Moulijn worn May 16
5.May 19, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats    6.May 19, 2018 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats
Countess of Snowdon in a white textured Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with mushroom brim worn May 19 
Princess Michael of Kent’s almond straw wide brimmed Philip Treacy hat with roses & veil worn May 19  
   7.May 20, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats   8.May 31, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats   
Queen Mathilde’s red hat with gently upturned brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn May 20
Princess Alexandra’s Rachel Trevor Morgan navy hat with polka dot printed upswept brim worn May 31 
This poll will remain open next Friday, June 15  at midnight GMT and a winner will be revealed shortly thereafter. 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: April 2018

April usually brings us a series of new hats as we transition from winter to spring fashions and this year was no different.  Eight designs – perchers, boaters, saucers, a fedora, a boater, a beret and a cloche – stood out as particularly successful, based on your comments, and it’s now time to choose a favourite from this group.

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 eight finalists for April, shown in the order they were worn:

1.Apr 1, 2018 | Royal Hats     2.Apr 1, 2018 in Emily London | Royal Hats   
Princess Anne’s turquoise felt fedora with feathers and double hatband worn April 1 for Easter
Princess Beatrice’s textured pink tweed boater from Emily London worn April 1
      3.Apr 1, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats     4.Apr 1, 2018 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats
Autumn Philips in an ice blue Juliette Botterill button percher with silk abacca looped bow worn April 1
Countess of Wessex’s Jane Taylor navy and cream woven straw saddle saucer with navy twists worn April 1
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Princess Hanako’s green silk covered hat with dotted tulle net trim worn April 18
Princess Beatrice’s natural straw patterned saucer with twists by Jane Taylor worn April 22
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Meghan Markle’s black straw beret with beaded dragonfly by Philip Treacy worn April 25
Queen Mathilde’s red straw cloche hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn in America on April 25
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, May 13  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 Repeated Royal Hat: April 2018

With the month of April having just wrapped up, we turn our attention to the repeated hats we saw worn this month that we admired most. Seven designs in bright hues- upsweeps, an hourglass, a calot and a beret – all stood out and it now time to compare these six beauties with greater scrutiny and determine a winner.

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 seven finalists for April, shown in the order they were worn:
1.Apr 1, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats    2.
Queen Elizabeth’s magenta straw upswept brim hat with silk flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn April 1
Princess Eugenie in a fuchsia felt brimless pork pie with side twists from Juliette Botterill worn April 1 
  
3.   4.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s mint green Philip Treacy straw upsweep with twists worn in Australia April 4
Queen Elizabeth’s purple felt Angela Kelly split crown hat with pompoms worn April 12
   5.Apr 18, 2018 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats  6.   
Crown Princess Mary’s pale pink felt calot with feathers by Susanne Juul worn April 17
Queen Elizabeth’s coral pink straw hourglass hat with feather spray by Angela Kelly worn April 22 
7.
Queen Máxima’s red suede beret by Fabienne Delvigne worn for King’s Day on April 27
This poll will remain open until Sunday, May 13  at midnight GMT and a winner will be revealed shortly thereafter.. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!