No one wears headwear like the Duchess of Cambridge. Let's look back over some of her best looks...
The Duchess of Cambridge has long-mastered the art of the fascinator. Even before she became a royal, Kate Middleton was working intricate headwear like no one else.
Moving from bright head-turning creations to more sombre looks, Duchess Kate never is without the appropriate headwear for any occasion.
Since marrying Prince William in a stunning veil, Kate rarely puts a foot wrong, working her shiny locks into any hairstyle to work her stunning headpieces.
Let’s take a look back at some of her best hat moments over the past few years…
Recently, Kate was spotted at a St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, for a World War I commemoration ceremony. Sporting a black fascinator with ribbon detailing, the Duchess paired her chic headpiece with a black turtleneck and tweed jacket, showing the perfect ensemble for winter dressing.
At the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles in 2006, Kate Middleton showed a glimpse of the fashion flair that we’ve come to know and love in a feathered fascinator, which sat perfectly atop her luscious, chocolate locks.
In 2008 Ms Middleton keeps things simple in a black, feathered delicate headpiece for the nuptials of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman. There’s no denying she looks gorgeous but no way near as polished as she looks now that she’s a bonafide royal.
Another wedding and another eye-catching piece of millinery as sported by Kate Middleton. This time it was Nicholas Van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton’s trip down the aisle that found itself deserving of one of Kate’s more daring forays into headwear.
For Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first official public visit (to Anglesey) after announcing their engagement, the soon-to-be royal bride wowed in a clever fascinator complete with feathers and a decorative fleur-de-lis symbol.
Some of Kate Middleton’s hats could be classed as feats of engineering. Take this vertiginous design the now-Duchess wore to Sam Waley-Cohen and Annabel Balli’s vows in sunny Berkshire back in June 2011.
We just love the navy pill box headpiece the Duchess of Cambridge donned as she and Prince William presented medals to the Irish Guards at Victoria Barracks in June 2011. We’re just as taken with that shamrock brooch as well.
Some might hilariously joke that this hat looks as though it’s upside down, but we love it’s quirkiness and also worry that perhaps Kate Middleton’s nifty headgear could have distracted from the bride at the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.
The newlyweds’ official trip to Canada provided the Duchess with plenty of opportunities to show off her burgeoning collection of hats. We just loved this take on Canada’s national symbol – the maple leaf. A style triumph, if ever we saw one.
Having said that, when Kate wasn’t completely in control of her attire, things started to go down hill. A stetson is not a becoming look, even for the Duchess of Cambridge.
There’s a reason the Duchess of Cambridge was voted Hat Person of the Year 2011 and perhaps this could be it. Kate’s cranberry-hued take on a trilby was the perfect choice for her first Christmas Day as a member of the royal family.
A sombre and chic hat was the order of the day at the Remembrance service at The Cenotaph in November 2011. The Duchess has a knack for suiting her style to the occasion in hand.
For her first solo military engagement at the St Patrick’s Day parade, the Duchess wore a lovely Lock & Co hat complete with a chunky bow just to emphasis her femininity among all those macho soldiers.
Kate Middleton shone in a rather understated black velvet hat by Lock & Co as she joined The Queen and Prince Phillip in Leicester to kick off the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. We couldn’t have had Ms Middleton upstaging The Queen in her Jubilee year, could we?
The Duchess of Cambridge stuck to a blue hue for Prince Philip’s 90th birthday service. Kate was colour-coordinated from top-to-toe as she celebrated her grandfather-in-law’s milestone birthday.
Despite appearances Kate Middleton has been known to use headwear for purely practical reasons and at the Cheltenham Festival in 2006 she kept warm in a luxurious furry hat.
While Kate’s style book is largely blot free, she has been known to make a few howlers, namely this cowboy hat – worn out of choice, unlike on her later trip to Canada – back in 2005. Yikes!
Although she has remained chic and classic at all times, Kate Middleton certainly does have a unique sense of style and the Philip Treacy beret she wore to the 2007 Cheltenham Festival is proof of that.
Kate Middleton opted again for the famous milliner, Philip Treacy, for one of her first ever public appearances as Prince William’s girlfriend at the Sovereign’s Parade in 2006.
All Kate Middleton needed was a trilby and a beaming smile at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival. While we applaud her fantastic ability to rock headwear, we do miss the sight of her gleaming locks when she does.
We would have hated to have been sat behind Kate Middleton at the wedding of Harry Meade to Rosemarie Bradford in 2010. This has to be one of her most eye-catching looks to date.
She may look more like she’s going to a funeral than the wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Sarah Louise Stourton but at least Kate Middleton’s headwear is one hell of a show-stopper.
The Duchess of Cambridge still had that newlywed glow at the Epsom Derby in June 2011, which was nicely complemented by her Philip Treacy hat and cream Joseph ensemble. Perfection.
Kate Middleton attended her very first Buckingham Palace garden party ahead of the Jubilee celebrations in a recycled Emilia Wickstead dress, set off with a pretty pink hat by milliner Jane Corbett.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations provided Kate with the platform to showcase some of her best ever looks. We were particularly taken with the vivid red Sylvia Fletcher hat from James Lock & Co that the Duchess of Cambridge teamed with an Alexander McQueen dress.
For the procession and balcony appearance during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Duchess excelled herself with a structured, nude, hat designed by Jane Taylor.