The 36 best, most over-the-top hats worn by the royal family

The royal family members are among some of the biggest style influencers in the world, and their hats and fascinators are a major staple in their wardrobe.

While hats are certainly not a revolutionary idea, the British royal family takes them to the next level with some fabulously over-the-top designs. The royals typically reserve their most head-turning looks for events like the Royal Ascot, Trooping the Colour, or major royal weddings.

Here are 36 of the best hats worn by the royals.

The queen is known for her bright ensembles, and she always has a matching hat to complete the look.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesThe queen wore this hat on Easter in April 2017.

The perfectly matching hat creates a monochromatic effect, while the bright pink floral detailing above the brim slightly differentiates it from her outfit.

Sometimes the queen opts for intricate patterns on her signature hats.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesThe queen attending a garden party at Balmoral Castle.

She wore this white hat with blue floral embroidery to a garden party in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in August 2012.

She showed off her whimsical side with this design in 2015.

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesThis is one of the queen’s most eye-catching looks yet.

The pink hat featured bright yellow trim with an angled pink feather at the center.

In February 2019, the Queen wore a blue hat with a plant-inspired embellishment.

The hat featured bright-green feathers and gold-leaf designs.

Princess Diana was always fashion-forward when it comes to hats.

David Levenson/Getty ImagesThis bold look hat a net overlay in the front.

She wore this bold red John Boyd creation during a visit to Guildford Cathedral in December 1981.

She also gave berets the royal treatment during a visit to Scotland in September 1982.

Anwar Hussein/Getty ImagesPrincess Diana wore the beret while watching the Braemar Highland Games.

She paired the black beret with a belted plaid dress.

Princess Diana also put a royal twist on more traditional-shaped hats.

Tim Graham/Getty ImagesShe coordinated with a red and white houndstooth jacket.

She wore this oversized, wide-brimmed hat with a net overlay during a christening service at Sandringham Church in December 1990.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wore a light-pink hat with a giant floral embellishment in June 2006.

She wore the eye-catching design to the Royal Ascot.

Sophie also went for a swirling headband design in April 2011.

She wore the circular design made of grey and white feathers for the Easter Matins Service at St George’s Chapel.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also has a penchant for dramatic details in her hats.

She wore this wide-brimmed design to a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2016.

She also wore an equally detailed light-pink hat in May 2016.

Her pink hat had a large floral design on the right with swirling ribbon structures surrounding the brim.

Princess Beatrice’s avant-garde hat made headlines when she attended Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding in April 2011.

Antony Jones/Julian Parker/Mark Cuthbert/Getty ImagesPrincess Beatrice’s hat stole the show.

The Philip Treacy design has become one of the famous hats worn by a royal and is instantly recognisable with its swirling structured design.

According to CNN, the hat was sold for $US130,000 in an auction benefiting children’s charities.

Beatrice took yet another fashion risk with this Philip Treacy creation in May 2008.

AFP/Getty ImagesShe wore this one to the wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly in 2008.

The hat featured multicolored butterflies as part of its eye-catching design.

Beatrice proved the Royal Ascot is the perfect place to wear eccentric headwear in June 2012.

Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty ImagesPrincess Beatrice’s hat had a bold pop of red.

Her red and white hat perfectly matched the floral appliqué on her dress.

Princess Eugenie also turned heads with her hat during Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding in April 2011.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesPrincess Eugenie also had a head-turning royal wedding moment.

She opted for a tall blue design by Philip Treacy with purple flowers and grey feathers at the top.

This lime green saucer by Philip Treacy is one of Eugenie’s most eye-catching looks.

Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesThe saucer-shaped hat also had a structured ribbon detail in the center.

She wore the satellite-like hat to the Royal Ascot in June 2009, which was a good contrast to her dark purple jacket.

In June 2018, she went for a hat that included a message for a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

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She wore a navy blue lace design by Misa Harada with the word “Love” written out in silver beads above the brim.

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This wine-coloured hat Kate Middleton wore in December 2011 is one of her boldest looks yet.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMiddleton wore the hat for Christmas Day in 2011.

The slightly ruched design is by Jane Corbett.

She brightened things up with this light-pink Jane Taylor design in May 2012.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesKate Middleton attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London.

The hat is trimmed with lace and bow embellishments.

This Jane Taylor beret Middleton wore in August 2014 adds a nice pop of colour with a peachy, ruffled embellishment.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesThis design is classic Kate Middleton.

The hat is a great representation of Middleton’s preference for classic designs with a modern twist.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore one of her most intricate designs yet in June 2016.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesKate Middleton during 2016’s Royal Ascot.

She wore a Jane Taylor fascinator that featured a rose pattern and twisted ribbons at the center.

Middleton also wore an intricate rose-themed fascinator in June 2016.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesKate Middleton at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The design by Lock & Co. features a rose pattern within its teardrop shape.

She went with a bold shade of fuchsia for Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding in October 2018.

Gareth Fuller/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesKate Middleton attends Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding in October 2018.

The Philip Treacy hat featured a net overlay that fell in front of her eyes.

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Middleton wore a bold-red hat for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2019.

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesKate Middleton attends the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The slanted hat featured a bow detail underneath.

She debuted another new hat during the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving in April 2019.

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesKate Middleton attends the 2019 ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving.

The peacock-blue fascinator featured an intricate feathered piece at the top.

She went for a striking design during the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May 2019.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesKate Middleton attends the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

The pale-pink design was by Juliette Botterill.

Middleton went with an eye-catching blue fascinator for the Royal Ascot in June 2019.

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesKate Middleton attends the 2019 Royal Ascot.

She seemed to be channeling the Queen in her powder-blue ensemble.

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One of Meghan Markle’s first major hats was this brown piece worn on Christmas Day in December 2017.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle on Christmas Day in 2017.

The unique design was created by Philip Treacy.

The Duchess of Sussex then wore a white beret during the Commonwealth Day service in March 2018.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle turned to one of Diana’s favourite designers.

Some people thought the Stephen Jones design was a subtle tribute to Princess Diana.

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After her grand royal wedding in May, Markle turned to Philip Treacy again for her first hat as an official royal in May 2018.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesShe went for an elegant design.

She paired the angled hat with a blush pink dress by Goat Fashion.

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For Trooping the Colour in June 2018, she went for a blush pink asymmetrical hat by Philip Treacy.

Mark Cuthbert/Getty ImagesMeghan went with a pale pink look for her first Trooping the Colour.

She paired it with an off-the-shoulder dress by Carolina Herrera, which some thought broke royal fashion protocol.

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Markle wore a chic black-and-white hat for her first Royal Ascot in June 2018.

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle wore her hat with a Givenchy dress.

She once again wore a design by Philip Treacy.

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For Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding in October 2018, Markle opted for a shade of navy blue.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesThe duchess wore a royal shade of blue.

She wore a design by Noel Stewart that perfectly matched her Givenchy outfit.

Markle debuted a white pillbox hat for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2019.

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle attends the 2019 Commonwealth Day service.

She paired the hat with a printed dress by Victoria Beckham.

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For the Order of the Garter Ceremony in June 2018, Prince William wore a traditional feathered hat.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William wore the traditional ceremonial garb.

The hat was paired with a long velvet robe, which makes up the traditional ceremonial garb for the event.

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Prince Harry donned a dapper top hat for the Royal Ascot in June 2018.

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesPrince Harry at the 2018 Royal Ascot.

A top hat is the customary dress code for male attendees of the Royal Ascot, and Harry pulled his off with style.

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