March brought us an unexpected number of new royal hats, thanks to the Cheltenham festival, Commonwealth events and several high profile state visits. Lucky for us, there were a number of these new designs which, based on your comments, stood out as particularly outstanding millinery designs. Twelve such hats make the list for favourite new design to debut in March and from these twelve, it is now time to choose a winner.
Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional views and discussion. Here are your twelve finalists, shown in the order they were worn:
With Commonwealth events, state visits and the Cheltenham Races, March was busy month of royal hat outings. Based on your comments, there were eight repeated designs that stood out as particularly successful; it is now time to take a closer look at these eight beauties and choose a single favourite to put forward to compete for favourite repeated royal hat of the year.
Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional information, discussion and photos. Here the eight finalists, shown in the order they appeared:
Looking back at our polls for favourite new and repeated royal hats worn in January, we have a landslide winner and one that squeaked through by a margin of just five votes:
Crown Princess Mary in a puple felt pillbox with side feather trim by Jane Taylor on Feb 7 in Aarhus
Princess Hisako’s domed black hat with back feather spray worn in late January
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. I will also add monthly winners to the Fan Favourites page for you to see a growing collection of your favourite hats throughout the year. Stay tuned later this week for the March polls- they will be tough races.
Photos from Scanpix and Stig Lindberg
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.
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.
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:
Zara Tindall in a navy felt percher beret covered in feathers by Rosie Olivia worn on March 16
Duchess of Cambridge’s royal blue percher with leaf trim by Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. on Sep 24
Lady Brabourne’s grey and silver hat with upswept brim by Dillon Wallwork worn June 25
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