Over the years, in addition to acing her fashion game, Kate Middleton has not been afraid to pull out all the stops when it comes to her hat game too. Yes, the Princess of Wales has always been a fashionista worthy of the history books, but it is her hats — or “fascinators,” as her frilly head decorations are sometimes better known — that bring her outfits to royalty levels.
Most recently, the royal showed she can pull off just about any style of hat and fascinator and still look incredible. In the Easter Sunday Service earlier this year, for example, Middleton looked radiant in a pillbox hat that perfectly complemented her bright blue coat dress. Shortly after, at the Trooping of Colour, Middleton opted for a completely different look in a wide-brimmed bright green hat by Singaporean designer Philip Treacy. Lastly, at the Order Of The Garter Service earlier this month on June 19, the mom of three changed it up once more in a black and white fascinator with polka-dot feather details that seamlessly matched her dress.
Decidedly, we think there’s no type of hat that Middleton can’t pull off; from wide to short ones, formal to casual ones, straw to fur ones. To make that conclusion for yourself, scroll below to see all her best hats over the years!
A version of this article was originally published in May 2017.
The Order Of The Garter Service (2023)
Although Kate Middleton always color-coordinates her looks with her hats, the royal took the matching to another level at the Order Of The Garter Service this year with this black hat with white polka-dot feathers that perfectly matched her dress.
Royal Ascot (2023)
Kate Middleton began her 2023 Royal Ascot appearance with a bang in this vibrant red hat with flame-like details on both sides.
Trooping The Colour (2023)
During this year’s Trooping the Colour, Kate Middleton rocked a bright green look, a color she’s rarely used over the years. The wide hat she paired the look with, of course, was a total success.
Easter Sunday Service (2023)
Kate Middleton gave her updated version of the pillbox hat in this blue hat with a bow detail in this year’s Easter Sunday Service.
Commonwealth Day Service (2023)
At this year’s Commonwealth Day Service, Kate Middleton brought out her A-game in this cool navy hat with a bow detail to one side.
National Service Of Remembrance (2022)
When it comes to more somber occasions, Kate Middleton also dresses the part in more simple and understated pieces like this wide-brimmed black hat.
Kate Middleton proved her hats don’t always have to be ultra formal at 2022 Wimbledon when she rocked this floppy wide-brimmed straw hat.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee (2022)
Kate Middleton was glowing at Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in this baby yellow look with a fun fascinator with flowers and twirls.
The Order Of The Garter Service (2022)
Kate Middleton looked absolutely radiant in this vibrant blue look and matching fascinator with mesh, flowers and intricately woven disc at the Order Of The Garter Service in 2022.
National Service Of Remembrance (2021)
For an occasion as serious as the National Service Of Remembrance in 2021, Kate Middleton steered clear of any color or flowers and kept her hat simple and elegant.
Commonwealth Day Service (2020)
Right before the beginning of the pandemic, Kate Middleton wowed at the 2020 Commonwealth Day Service in this bright red and deep purple hat that perfectly completely her otherwise bright red look.
Sunday Church Service (2020)
Although feather-brimmed hats may be a common style, Kate Middleton only wore it rarely, including to a January Sunday Church Service in 2020.
Commonwealth Day (2019)
Kate Middleton opted for one of her favorite colors, bright red, for 2019’s Commonwealth Day. Of course, the hat, which had a bow detail to the side, perfectly matched.
Trooping The Colour (2019)
Kate Middleton wore this gorgeous pale yellow fascinator to the 2019 Trooping The Colour that, in some angles, looks to be sitting on her head completely vertically.
Royal Ascot (2019)
Kate Middleton looked like the definition of ethereal in this detailed lace baby blue look with a matching floral fascinator to the 2019 Royal Ascot.
Princess Eugenie’s Wedding (2018)
Instead of keeping to her usual monochromatic style, Kate Middleton wore a fascinator with shades of pink, purple and black to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s 2018 wedding.
Commonwealth Day Service (2018)
Kate Middleton gave pregnancy style a whole new meaning at the 2018 Commonwealth Day service in this head-to-toe navy look with a matching brimmed hat.
Visiting Norway (2018)
Making this one of the most unique hats Kate Middleton has worn, the Princess of Wales rocked this brown fur hat during a 2018 visit to Norway. The perfect blend of stylish and cozy!
Trooping The Colour (2017)
Many years before the Barbie movie was ever a thing, Kate Middleton embraced bright pink in this all-pink look with a unique folded fascinator to match.
Service of Hope (2017)
Kate Middleton sported this fascinator design at a ceremony following the terror attacks in Westminster.
Irish Guards St. Patrick’s Day Parade (2017)
Kate Middleton stood out in emerald during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade this year.
Victoria International Airport (2016)
Travel buddies Kate and Princess Charlotte match with blue hair accessories.
Royal Ascot (2016)
Always a fan of pastels, Kate Middleton spiced up her outfit with this intricate headpiece.
Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday (2016)
This fascinator is so gorgeous, it looks like it belongs in a Swan Lake performance.
Commonwealth Observance Service (2015)
Kate Middleton was pregnant and pretty in pink with this look, which seemed to channel Jackie Kennedy.
Reception in Mons (2014)
One of Kate Middleton’s more colorful fascinators, this was part of the outfit she wore when honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I.
Trooping the Colour (2014)
Kate Middleton sported this fascinator during a carriage ride at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Anniversary (2013)
She wore this one white mesh one while celebrating the queen’s coronation day.
Garden Party (2013)
Kate Middleton debuted this hat during a garden party hosted by Queen Elizabeth.
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (2012)
Kate Middleton rocked this red outfit, but the hat definitely completed the look.
Diamond Jubilee visit (2012)
Kate Middleton was the epitome of composure at a diamond jubilee visit in 2012.
Trooping the Colour (2011)
During 2011’s Trooping the Colour parade, Kate wore a hat worthy of an art gallery.
Garter Service (2011)
The duchess caught many an eye with this gray fascinator during the 2011 Garter Service.
Laura Parker-Bowles & Harry Lopes’ Wedding (2006)
Kate Middleton introduced us to her head bling game all the way back in 2006 with this fascinator.
Festival of British Eventing (2005)
Kate Middleton channeled her inner cowgirl in 2005, so obviously we ‘Mericans love it.
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