She's Tops: Kate Named 'Hat Person of the Year'

01/27/2012 at 10:30 AM ET

Kate Middleton Hats
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Hats off to Kate: the Duchess of Cambridge was just named “Hat Person of the Year” by The Headwear Association. Beating Rachel Zoe, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Charlie Sheen — and taking a whopping 91 percent of the vote — the Duchess was the obvious favorite of online fans.

The Headwear Association — an organization founded in 1908 that “promotes hat wearing and the headwear industry throughout the world” — highlighted some of Kate’s best hats, including the velvet cabernet hat she wore on Christmas (left) and the memorable maple leaf headpiece by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co. that she selected for Canada Day in July (center).

Kate is the third star to win top honors from The Headwear Association; Johnny Depp nabbed last year’s title, following in the footsteps (er, headprint?) of the organization’s first-ever winner, Brad Pitt. Tell us: Are you a fan of Kate’s hats?


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Ashley on

I dont really like the hats i like hats that say vans and volcome and neff not all fancy hats like hers.

Victoria on

I’m not a hat person, but the Duchess of Cambridge makes everything looks good on her. I think it’s the way she exudes confidence in whatever she wore that makes a simple piece look outstanding.



ST on

Charlie Sheen was in the running for this award? Why? He lost, thank god. Guess he’s not “winning” so much anymore.

Julie Vickrey on

Princess Diana also wore a variety of pretty and
stylish hats in her day. I loved Princess Diana
and I think she would have been very pleased with her son’s bride. Beautiful!

Stacey on

She can pull of those hats! I’m sure I’d look completely goofy!

Emry on

I really hope she takes after princess Diana, she was a wonderful woman to look up to! The king and queen can kiss my ***!

Lynnelle on

Last I looked Kate does not have a stylist and just has a great sense of style on her own which is probably why she was a buyer for a popoular London boutique. She wears everything well and has handled everything that has been thrust upon her with great class and obvious love for her husband. Enjoy the hats and only wish that I could wear them as well.

Catherine on

Kate is gorgeous. Btw we dresses herself, styles her own hair, and does her own make-up. She is such a lovely example for young women!

Catherine on

Lynnelle I agree. Wish are society and culture wore hats and was more polished like Kate

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