Best Hats Ever Worn At British Royal Weddings

With every royal wedding comes some great hats or fascinators. Guests went all out for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s May nuptials and we expect to see the same when Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tie the knot in October.

In the past, we’ve seen some, um, memorable hats — like the ones worn by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. The sisters were criticized for their over-the-top headpieces, but many times, the fascinators worn to these affairs are like works of art and complete a truly regal look.

Here are some of the best hats worn at royal weddings over the years. Click through the list to see the stunning looks worn by the queen (No. 6), Middleton (No. 3), and the big-name celebrity who we think had the greatest fascinator of all (No. 1).

8. Princess Beatrice

Britain's Princess Beatrice attends the wedding of Peter Phillips 30, to Autumn Kelly 31, at St George's Chapel in Windsor on May 17, 2008.
This butterfly hat is beyond colorful. | Ian McIlgorm/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Beatrice has been known to wear some loud fascinators to royal events over the years. While there have been a lot of fashion misses there, we have to say that the hat she chose in 2008 for Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly’s wedding was actually pretty neat.

The colorful fascinator certainly wasn’t subtle but could give anyone a nice, cheery feeling looking at butterflies — lots of butterflies.

Next: Her sister wore this beautiful fasciantor a few years later. 

7. Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie arrives at Canongate Kirk on the afternoon of the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Philips on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This headpiece is somehow both simple and unique. | Chris Jackson PT/Getty Images

Beatrice’s sister and bride-to-be, Princess Eugenie, showed off a very pulled together and polished look with a beautiful brown-and-white feather fascinator for the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Philips in 2011.

Next: This woman definitely knows how to rock a fascinator. 

6. Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II enters to ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
The queen never fails to stun us with her hats. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II can rock a hat like no one else — of course, she’s had a lot of practice. Her Majesty goes for more simple fascinators to match her dress choices.

For her grandson William’s wedding in 2011, the queen chose a classic look in a yellow number by Angela Kelly which she paired with a matching canary yellow topper.

Next: This duchess wore a show-stopping headpiece on her wedding day. 

5. Camilla Parker Bowles

The Duchess of Cornwall, formerly Camilla Parker Bowles, arrives at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle after her civil wedding to Prince Charles 09 April. Prince Charles and his longtime sweetheart Camilla Parker Bowles married today after two months of muddled preparations and a lifetime of waiting.
As far as brides go, this was a very unique choice. | Martyn Hayhow/AFP/Getty Images

Camilla Parker Bowles loves a good fascinator, and when she married Prince Charles in 2005, she donned a spectacular gold headpiece.

The Duchess of Cornwall wore an ivory fascinator for her civil ceremony but switched to the gold topper for her and Charles’ marriage blessing at Windsor Castle.

Next: We may never see a hat like this again. 

4. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
The hat managed to cover up her entire forehead. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

One of the most unique fascinators we’ve ever seen that doesn’t scream tacky is the one that was worn by the late Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.For Prince William and Middleton’s wedding, the socialite wore a vibrant blue ensemble with a hat shaped like a boat. The outfit was heading turning and like something we’ve never seen before which scored her high marks with style bloggers.

Tragically, Palmer-Tomkinson died on Feb. 8, 2018, at age of 45.

Next: This popular royal has become a fashion icon.

3. Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs from the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It’s amazing how she pulls this off. | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

When comes to fashion, Middleton gets it right. It’s like there isn’t anything she looks bad in, and that includes bold fascinators. The Duchess of Cambridge looked glamorous when she attended her cousin-in-law Zara Phillips’ nuptials. To the ceremony, Middleton chose a beige embroidered coat that she wore to another event several years earlier but what was new was her large tilted fascinator.

Some people said that the hat itself was like an art piece on Middleton’s head, and we’re not sure anyone else could pull off headgear lined on its underside with a huge bow and giant flower.

Next: Of course, she made our list twice. 

2. Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Princess Charlotte after the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in in Englefield, England.
She even matches with her daughter, Charlotte. | Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images

Middleton had to make our list more than once since she is one of the most popular royals and always looks so elegant in her fascinators.

We also loved the one she chose for her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017. The Duchess wore a blush dress that wasn’t too fancy, since she didn’t want to upstage the bride, with a matching fascinator that had a flower in the middle of the hat.

Next: This superstar gets the award for best hat worn to a royal wedding.  

1. Victoria Beckham

David Beckham and British designer Victoria Beckham attend the wedding service for Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton
Beckham’s hat is at a striking angle. | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

In 2011, Victoria Beckham was several months pregnant with her daughter, Harper, and showed up to William and Middleton’s wedding looking stunning as ever. She donned a navy blue dress, which she designed herself, that perfectly matched her Christian Louboutin stilettos and striking navy blue hat.

The pillbox, gratify-defying fascinator Beckham rocked was one of the most talked-about fashion moments of the royal wedding, but really did we expect anything less from Posh Spice?

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