35 Times Kate Middleton Wore a Hat Better Than Anyone Else

35 Times Kate Middleton Wore a Hat Better Than Anyone Else
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While Kate Middleton's hair is shiny and incredible, we still love seeing part of it covered up in a hat ... because, well, nobody wears a hat quite like the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate's a mix of Mary Tyler Moore and Diane Keaton --  and yet, still has a style all her own. Her royal obligations require her to be dressed to the nines at all times, and this of course, means head accessories. And not just any accessory, this means perfectly crafted hats made by the most exclusive milliners.  

Her hats have that British flair, of course. They seem to come with a cuppa and are often paired with a pastel. But Kate goes bold with her headpieces as well. She knows how to mix it up, and part of being an iconic style figure is knowing when to be a little out there and when to tone it down. It's all about the occasion, after all!

So, whether she's at a royal engagement with the queen or just out with her handsome husband Prince William, Kate has the right hat for the event. We'd give anything to take a look inside that glorious closet of hers. But alas, we must wait until she decides to grace us with another hatted look. We can be patient -- but not for long!

If you can't wait for the next time the duchess steps out in a fabulous hat, we've assembled some of her best accessorized moments for your viewing pleasure. 

  • Fancy & White

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    This elegant white hat Kate wore for Princess Charlotte's christening really completed the outfit. It's dainty and fancy -- and perfect for a princess and her princess.

  • Saucer Hat

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    Talk about a major hat moment -- Kate wore this saucer-style hat to celebrate Trooping the Color.

  • Chocolate Brown Topper

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    It's not often we see Kate in brown, but I'm loving this rich chocolate-colored hat.

  • Blue Royalty

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    This side hat is simply gorgeous. Check out Kate's chignon perfectly styled to the opposite side.

  • Pale Pink

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    This pale pink hat feels vintage -- couldn't love it more.

  • Red Pillbox Hat

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    Kate is a showstopper in red. This crimson pillbox hat is simply stunning.

  • Mini Cowboy

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    I know it's not a cowboy hat, but something about this millinery has a little bit of a Western feel. I love the way it sits on her pretty head.

  • Gray Ribbons

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    Just look at her. Kate, the great, is stunning in this light gray topper with sheer ribbonery.

  • A Halo of Blue

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    This mini hat in blue felt also allows Kate's shiny locks to flow. I bet that's why she's got such a big smile on her face -- she's feeling like she's having a good hat day.

  • Branching Out

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    The design of this hat reminds me of a winter wonderland. It's something Elsa would wear! Kate is no ice queen, though. She's princess of perfection.

  • Funky Style

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    I love the mix of black and blue in Kate's choice of outfit. And that hat! That hat is off-the-charts fab.

  • Bright & So Right

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    Turquoise is a beautiful color for Kate and this pretty number with its felt fringe is darling.

  • Deep Emerald

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    Kate Middleton Hat
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    That hair! Kate perfectly illustrates how hat hair is good hair.

  • High Design

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    Kate Middleton Hat
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    This number is like a floppy beach hat -- the diamond version. I love the design on top. Will likes it, too -- he has to!

  • The Loveliest of Hats

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    Kate Middleton Hat
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    This hat is the color of love. It looks like love. And I love Kate in it. Red is such a perfect color for her -- but then again, what color isn't?

  • True Cowgirl

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    Prince William and Kate were all decked out in cowboy gear to attend the Calgary Stampede. And while this isn't her typical headgear, we cannot deny how incredible she looks in that white ten-gallon hat.

  • Like a Beret

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    I adore this beret-like hat -- it's subtle and something just about anyone can wear.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

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    Kate is so cool she can wear a hat -- or style of hat -- more than once and it always looks fresh. She's proven this with her skinny jeans, striped boat shirt, and wedges. This gray ribbon hat seems slightly darker than her other one. I love how it sits perfectly forward.

  • Majorly Decorative

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    This hat is everything -- fancy, elegant, and beautiful, and it has a ton of flair. Just like Kate.

  • Big Statement

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    This hat! It's a '40s movie-star hat. A glamorous topper. Chic and stylish. Kate never ceases to astonish us with her style.

  • Balancing Act

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    We don't know what Kate is using to secure that hat on top of her head, but whatever it is, it's working!

  • Head Warmer

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    Not too many people could pull off putting a pouffy fur ball on their heads ... but that's just the Kate Middleton charm. 

  • Feather Details

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    That pretty plumage totally makes this turquoise stunner, which Kate wore for ANZAC Day Service in April 2019. The annual event honors the Australian and New Zealand troops who served in WWI.

  • Coordinating With the Queen

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    Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth
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    Kate opted for a similar color palette to Queen Elizabeth for Easter services in 2019. Although Kate's hat is this side of gray while the queen's is that side of blue, they both have that steely vibe, and both are perfectly suited to their wearers. 

  • Fascinating Fascinator 

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    How lovely is this perfectly coordinating fascinator? We love all the black details Kate put with this gorgeous gray dress. She looks amazing.

  • A Christmas Headpiece 

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    We're not sure if this fully qualifies as a hat, since it's a bit more of an exaggerated headband, but we're going to say it still counts. And Kate is totally rocking it while attending Christmas services with the family. 

  • Pretty in Pink

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    Another wedding? No problem, Kate has more than a few fascinators she can whip out for the occasion. She wore this pink one for Princess Eugenie's wedding. 

  • Blue Velvet

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    We love this dramatic look on Kate. She was pregnant with Prince Louis at the time, and we can't help but wonder if she knew she was having a boy, since she was decked out in blue. 

  • Ski Bunny Vibes

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    We love Kate's toasty beanie for her 2018 trip to Oslo, Norway. While there, she joined local nursery children for outdoor activities at the Holmenkollen ski jump.

  • Pom-Pom Perfection

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    During the same trip to Norway and Sweden, Kate opted for another fuzzy head-topper. She looks so cozy, and that pom-pom is the perfect touch!

  • Lovely Lace

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    Kate looks pretty as a spring day in a lace dress with coordinating fascinator. 

  • Channeling Jackie-O

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    We love this iconic Jackie Onassis pillbox hat on Kate. The ivory of her dress and matching hat suit her perfectly.

  • Riveting Details

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    The cascading shades of pink on this hat are sheer perfection with Kate's simple pink dress. She wore this look to the Trooping the Color parade in 2017, and have a feeling more eyes were on her than on the parade. 

  • Coordinating With Charlotte

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    Kate Middelton, Princess Charlotte
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    During a 2016 royal tour of Canada, Kate dressed her toddler daughter in an adorable blue dress, which coordinated perfectly with her own. Her hat even has stylized blue flowers on it -- and Char's dress is floral print. They are too adorable. 

  • Two Hats Are Better Than One

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    Prince William, Kate Middleton
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    You know what they say about couples who hat together ... OK, well maybe that's not a thing, but Kate and Prince William make an adorable couple in their fancy hats together.

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