You have probably wondered why the members of the royal family wear hats on public events. You have seen Queen Elizabeth II stepping out in public events with her many colourful hats, princess Diana also used to wear hats on different occasions and since the world became obsessed with Kate Middleton, hats became a favourite accessory among women. Even when Meghan Markle became part of the royal family, we got obsessed with her outfits including the elegant hats.
But why do all these women wear hats on official occasions?
The royal protocol indicates that royal women must wear hats to all official occasions, including weddings. Such tradition dates back in the 50s when you would rarely see a lady showing her hair, because it wasn’t appropriate for her to go in public like that, according to BBC.
But times have changed and so has fashion. We now see Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugene, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and many more, attending official events showing off their beautiful hair by wearing an elegant and wonderful hat that matches their outfit.
Members of the royal family need to follow specific rules when it comes to the way they dress. They differ from all of us. In the end what’s the point being a royal if they are just like us?
In this post we decided to show you some of the most beautiful hats worn by women of the royal family.
2019 The Duchess of Cambridge attended Royal Ascot in a simple, powder blue hat and matching lace dress.
2019 Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex wore a chic pillbox hat to the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
2019 The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a floral hat to match her pastel yellow ensemble at Trooping the Color.
2019 Queen Elizabeth wore a powder blue and yellow dress paired with an elegant hat with yellow flowers and blue feathers at Royal Ascot.
2018 The Duchess of Sussex attends the Royal Ascot in a whimsical black-and-white Philip Treacy hat.
2018 Duchess Meghan arrives for her first Trouping the Colour in a blush cap.
2018 Queen Elizabeth wore a pea green hat with purple feathers and embellishments to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
2016 Queen Elizabeth II
2014 Queen Elizabeth II
2012 Zara Phillips wears a gray felt cap with bow decorations for the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival
2011 While in Ottawa for Canada Day, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a festive hat that features maple leaves, an emblem of the country.
2011 Kate Middleton wore an angled hat to the annual Garter Ceremony.
2007 In Wales, Queen Elizabeth donned a two-tone hat with a delicate flower embellishment.
POOL/TIM GRAHAM PICTURE LIBRARYGETTY IMAGES 2005 Queen Elizabeth wore a felted gray hat to match her coat.
2003 Queen Elizabeth II
1997 Queen Elizabeth II
1995 The Queen wore a floral-accented cap to the re-opening of Westminster Abbey after its restoration.
1995 Princess Margaret
1992 Queen Elizabeth II
1991 Princess Margaret in an extravagant feathered headpiece.
1990 Princess Diana stood out in purple and red among the top hat-wearing crowd at the Royal Ascot.
1990 Princess Diana often wore coordinating ensembles designed by Catherine Walker and milliner Philip Somerville. Here she wears a sage green pairing by the designers.
1989 Princess Diana
1989 Princess Diana in a Phillip Somerville blue turban hat with white brim while in Dubai.
1989 Princess Diana wore a pink jacquard suit, designed by Catherine Walker, and a matching Philip Somerville hat during a visit to Northampton.
1989 Princess Diana sported a black and white Catherine Walker suit with a stylish black hat to attend a memorial church service.
1987 On a trip to Berlin, Princess Diana wore an Escada coat and a two-tone hat designed by Philip Somerville.
1985 A blue pillbox hat complemented Princess Diana’s Bruce Oldfield suit during a visit to Canberra, Australia.
1983 Princess Diana
1983 Princess Diana wore a white feathered hat with a green, mixed-print dress while on tour in New Zealand.
1982 Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, and Queen Elizabeth sit in Buckingham Palace after Prince William’s christening. The three paired their colorful dresses with matching hats for the occasion.
1981 Princess Diana donned a red hat with a fishnet veil during a visit to Guilford Cathedral.
1978 Princess Anne
1977 Queen Elizabeth met the crowd during her royal tour of New Zealand wearing a green hat trimmed with flowers.
1975 Queen Elizabeth stood out in Mexico in a yellow polka dotted cap and a matching dress while meeting local children during a state visit.
1975 Princess Anne
1973 Princess Margaret opted for a unique peacock hat which matches the green collar of her coat at Royal Ascot.
1970 Queen Elizabeth met the crowd during a royal tour of Australia wearing a tasseled hat and a chic yellow dress with a matching coat.
1964 Princess Margaret wore a pink straw hat at Kensington Palace following the birth of her daughter, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.
1948 Princess Margaret and the-future Queen Elizabeth II