Before the 1960, hats were a big part of wardrobe traditions in the UK. However, they started to fade out in the following years. Still, the royal family held on to the tradition of wearing hats and it is compulsory on some occasions.
Fashion forward Beau Brummell takes credit for making hats popular in the 19th century and popularized top hat among men. In addition, he is largely responsible for the amazing display of hats that make the news at the Royal Ascot every year.
At first, the hats were quite elaborate and restricted to the royals alone, but with the introduction of new races, Brummel decided that even commoners should wear hats, albeit not as sophisticated as that of the royals.
These days most women wear hats just for the fun of playing dress-up and the range of pieces continues to expand with each year. Most royals still keep their hats modest and stay away from the outlandish, but every so often, some break all the stops. These are perhaps some of the more remarkable hats worn by the royals.
Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon
Marina, Duchess of Kent
While there are no strict rules for hats, Her Majesty prefers women keep hats modest and non-obstructive, especially hats worn to social events. So, no large attachments or outlandish brims. Sadly, there is not hat police to stop women from embracing their creative side, thus the explosion of hats at events in the UK.
Hats complete the formal look for members of the royal family and appearing without one is a serious fashion no-no. Hilary Alexander, fashion director at The Daily Telegraph says that hat wearing is a "part of the social fabric" at posh events in Britain.
At the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, all the women in attendance wore hats as expected; even the visitors from other countries respected the age-old tradition. Do you have a hat or two in your wardrobe? Awesome! Thanks to ever-changing fashion, not everyone has to be royal to pull off a stylish royal look.