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  1. Mad hats

    Generations of royal women and British VIPs have made their greatest (and loudest) fashion statements atop their heads. Young or old, these ladies are flaunting their fabulous fascinators on the royal wedding and party circuit. See a selection of some of their most noteworthy picks.

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (from left) attend the annual Order of the Garter Service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on June 18, 2012. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Pretty purple

    Dutch Queen Beatrix and Princess Annemarie Gualtherie van Weezel arrive for the wedding of Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma with Albert Brenninkmeijer at San Miniato al Monte Basilica in Florence on June 16, 2012. (Claudio Giovannini / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Turkish delight

    Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands attends a lunch with Turkish students and scientists at the Dutch consulate Palais de Hollande in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 14, 2012. (Robin Utrecht / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Blue bonnets

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Serpent-inspired

    Britain's Zara Philips leaves St. Paul's Cathedral after a service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth in central London on June 5, 2012. (David Moir / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Bright, bold and blue

    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands waves to well-wishers during the annual Queen's day in Rhenen, The Netherlands on April 30, 2012. (Robin Van Lonkhuijsen / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Perfectly pastel

    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth at St. Paul's Cathedral in central London on June 5, 2012. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Derby day blue

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a race from her balcony with Sophie, Countess of Wessex at the Derby meeting at Epsom racecourse, near London, Britain, on June 2, 2012. The classic horse race is the first engagement of this Diamond Jubilee central weekend which ends on June 5 and celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne. (Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Jewel-toned Jubilee

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives at the National Memorial on March 26, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Hats off to the Irish

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds a glass of Harvey's Bristol Creme in the Junior's Mess as she visits Aldershot Barracks on St. Patrick's Day, in Aldershot, Britain, on March 17, 2012. The Duchess presented shamrocks to the Irish Guards at a St Patrick's Day parade during her visit. (Chris Jackson / Pool via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Pretty in pink

    Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch a fashion show at De Montfort University on March 8, 2012 in Leicester, England. The royal visit to Leicester marks the first date of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK between March 8 and July 25, 2012. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Feathered frill

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth views the interior of the refurbished East Wing of Somerset House at King's College in London on February 29, 2012. The Queen is celebrating her sixtieth anniversary as Regent in 2012. (Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Brilliant braid

    Queen Elizabeth II waves to crowds while on a river cruise on the Brisbane river on October 24, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. This is the Queen's 16th official visit to Australia. (Chris Hyde / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Feathers and bows

    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall talk together, as they watch the procession pass at the Order of The Garter Service in Windsor, England, on June 13, 2011. The annual service is held in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Topsy-turvy tophat

    Queen Elizabeth II looks at an Australian rules (AFL) football during her visit to Clontarf Aboriginal college on October 27, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Daniel Munoz / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Wedding frills

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the wedding of Ben Elliot and Mary-Clare Winwood at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Northleach on September 10, 2011 in Cheltenham, England. The Duchess of Cornwall has been made Dame Grand Cross by the Queen, the honour is the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order and comes on the day the Duchess and Prince Charles celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. (Indigo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Red hot hat

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Canada Day Celebrations at Parliament Hill on day two of the Royal Couple's North American Tour on July 1, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Derby dapper

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Investec Derby Day at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse on June 4, 2011 in Epsom, England. (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Wedding winners

    Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princess Eugenie (left) and Princess Beatrice (right), both of whom chose extraordinary fascinators, leave Westminster Abbey after the royal wedding ceremony. (Gero Breloer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Playful pastels

    Three's a trend! Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is flanked by Carole Middleton (left) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall outside of Westminster Abbey after the royal wedding. (Martin Meissner / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Vampy Victoria

    David and Victoria Beckham arrive at the royal wedding. He chose a fancy top hat; her fascinator is by famed designer Philip Treacy. (Jasper Juinen / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Corkscrew blue

    Queen Margrethe II of Denmark waves as she arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Black and tan

    The daughters of Earl Spencer, each in a fantastical fascinator, sit in the Westminster Abbey pews for the royal wedding. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Hold on to your hat

    William's cousin Zara Phillips chose a gray headpiece for the royal wedding. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Formally floppy

    Charlene Wittstock, fiance of Prince Albert of Monaco, made her own royal hat trick with a curved topper. (Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Florid flowers

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne leave the royal wedding ceremony. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Curvy contours

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and Justine Thornton exit the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Cherry blossomed

    The Duchess of Kent leaves the royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Smooth curves

    Sophie Winkleman, Lady Frederick Windsor, exits the royal wedding wearing a gravity-defying hat. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Fancy takes flight

    Princess Beatrice is dressed for spring at the May wedding of her cousin Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly in 2008 at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. (Ian Mcilgorm / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Feathered fascinator

    Kate leaves the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes in 2006, wearing a fascinator. The term is used to describe a delicate, sometimes frivolous, headpiece. (Tim Ockenden / PA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Top off to the races

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive by carriage at the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot Racecourse in June 2010. (Rebecca Naden / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Wedding day frills

    Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall greets the crowd after the Service of Prayer and Dedication following her marriage to Prince Charles at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2005. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Royal in blue

    The Princess Royal, Anne, attends a graduation of junior soldiers at the Army Foundation College in August 2010 in Harrogate, England. (Bruce Adams / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Hats off to the Queen

    Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie join their grandmother, the Queen, in June 2009 at Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s birthday parade. It moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and marks the Queen’s official birthday. (MJ Kim / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Subtle reveal

    Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex wears a fascinator, which shields her face at the unveiling of a statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on the Mall in central London in 2009. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. With the ladies in pink

    Autumn Philips wears a pink, feathered hat at Ladies Day at Royal Ascot Racecourse in June 2008. Only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator is acceptable at the Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Serious business

    The Queen visits Maldon Salt Crystal Company in 2010. As part of her visit to Essex, the Queen watched the salt production process and greeted members of the family who run the business. (Chris Jackson / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Easter bonnets

    Peter Phillips and his then fiancée Autumn Kelly, attend an Easter Day Service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2008. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Birthday hats

    Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Prince William watch the Trooping the Colour festivities from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2010. The Trooping the Colour is the parade celebrating the Queen’s official birthday. (Samir Hussein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Garden hats

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wears a hat resembling a flower to the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2010. Approximately 8,000 people attend each of the Queen’s garden parties. The women wear afternoon dress, which is usually accompanied by a hat or fascinator. (John Stillwell / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Hats in school

    The Queen meets students at St. Mary and St. Pancras Church of England Primary School in London in 2010. (Paul Grover / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Hats of honor

    Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attend the annual Garter Service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in 2006. The Queen named the princesses’ father, Prince Andrew, a Knight of the Garter. The Order of the Garter is the Queen’s personal gift, and it is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry. (Tim Ockenden / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Day at the races

    The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall arrive by carriage at the Royal Ascot horse race in 2009. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Holiday hats

    Catherine attends the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to watch Prince William graduate as an Army officer in December 2006. This was Kate's first high-profile event attended by the Queen. (Ben Gurr / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Turning heads

    Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips, gives a glimpse behind her as she leaves the ceremony. Matching dress to headpiece was a style must for most guests. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Royal business

    The Prince and Princess of Wales with the Duke and Duchess of York make their way to the Royal Ascot race meeting in June 1990. Princess Diana wears a Philip Somerville hat. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Fascinator at the tracks

    Princess Beatrice sports a fascinator at the Ascot Racecourse in June 2009 in Ascot, England. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Black and white flair

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall takes a carriage after the annual Garter Service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in June 2005. (Odd Andersen / AFP via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Traveling fascinators

    The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara Phillips, wears a fascinator at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day in November 2009 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert Prezioso / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Electric princess

    Prince Michael of Kent shares a carriage with Princess Eugenie and the princess’ lime green fascinator to Ladies Day of Royal Ascot at the racecourse in June 2009. (Tim Whitby / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Commemorative hat

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends a 2009 Service of Commemoration alongside veterans and the relatives of those who died during the country’s combat operations in Iraq. The service at St. Paul’s Cathedral marked the end of the country’s operations in Iraq. (John Stillwell / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Talk of the races

    Autumn Phillips (then Autumn Kelley), Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips and the Queen converse on the balcony at Ladies Day of Royal Ascot in the summer of 2007. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Tied together

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends the National Commemorative Service parade, marking the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey in September 2010. (Lewis Whyld / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. Hat rack needed

    Hats worn by the Queen to the Royal Ascot races were displayed at “The Queen’s Year” exhibition at Buckingham Palace in July 2010. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. Ruching in the Middle East

    The Queen visits Sultan Qaboos bin Said at Al-Alam Palace in Muscat, Oman with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on a State visit in November 2010. Her Majesty has been on more than 60 State visits to foreign governments. The Queen has traveled more than any other Sovereign in British history, visiting more than 325 countries during her reign. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. Wedding white

    Kate Middleton attends a wedding at The Guards Chapel at the Wellington Barracks in London in August 2009. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Proceeding in white

    The Princess Royal and her eldest niece Princess Beatrice arrive by carriage in The Royal Procession at the Ascot Racecourse in June 2008. (Julian Herbert / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. Pink opening

    Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends the first day of the Royal Ascot races in the summer of 2006. (MJ Kim / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Christmas colors

    Zara Phillips wears a holiday colored fascinator to the Christmas Day Church Service at St. Mary’s Church in Sandringham, England in 2008. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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