When someone is invited to a wedding, they’ll need to dress for the occasion. But at a British royal wedding, there’s an important addition to their wardrobe that literally stands out above the crowd: the hats and fascinators adorning guests’ heads.
Fancy hats, like the fascinator Princess Beatrice wore to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, are a must at royal weddings. They are part tradition and part fashion show. As hat styles and other headdress accessories have come and gone in style throughout British history, hats have remained an essential part of the uniform for royal weddings, horse races, and other high-society events.