The Biggest and Best Royal Wedding Hats of All Time

Because it's just not a British wedding without something literally over-the-top.

The bride's dress is a highlight for sure, but the best part of any royal wedding is the hats. Guests go all out with their toppers from dainty fascinators to full-on wide-brimmed headpieces. In anticipation of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May, here are the most epic British royal wedding hats of all time.


Sartorially speaking, Princess Anne can do no wrong. Here she is on her way to Charles and Diana's wedding in a vibrant fascinator.

While she wore the sparkling Spencer tiara on her wedding day, Princess Diana chose to wear a dainty peach-colored topper as she left on her honeymoon with Prince Charles.

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Here are the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in shades of blue and purple at the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

Princess Diana stands out from the crowd in a wide-brimmed blue hat at the 1986 wedding of her brother-in-law Prince Andrew.

Prince Harry in his pageboy outfit (complete with what appears to be a maroon velvet hat) at the wedding of his uncle Viscount Althorp in 1989.

Princess Diana and Prince Harry walk to St. George's Chapel for the wedding of Lady Helen Windsor to Tim Taylor. Diana is decked out in green from head to toe for the occasion.

Princess Diana is seen here in a blue-and-white hat at the wedding of Princess Margaret's son David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley and the Hon. Serena Stanhope.

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For her daughter Sarah's wedding, Princess Margaret wore a pale blue hat and dress. Here she is with her ex-husband, Lord Snowdon.

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The Queen Mother arrives at Prince Edward's wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in an all-purple ensemble complete with feathered hat.

Queen Elizabeth II matched her mom in regal purple for the celebration.

See more photos from that day here.

When Camilla tied the knot with Prince Charles in 2005, she wore a large cream-colored hat for the civil ceremony in Windsor.

See more photos from Charles and Camilla's Wedding Day here.

After the civil ceremony, Camilla had a full wardrobe change. Her second look featured an unusual gold headpiece, which resembled stalks of wheat.

Princess Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto leaving Prince Charles's wedding to Camilla.

Here's Princess Anne in a bright blue cap complete with veil at her brother's wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles.

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Camilla's daughter Laura Lopes chose a metallic fascinator to wear to her mother's wedding.

More: Meet the Children of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Harry gives his granny a quick peck at the wedding of Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly. For the occasion, the Queen stepped out in a statement-making hair accessory.

Princess Beatrice's bold fascinators, like this butterfly-themed one that she wore to the wedding of Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly, are legendary.

See 13 of Her Most Memorable Hats Here.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives at Will and Kate's nuptials in a bold blue outfit complete with boat-shaped fascinator and elbow-length gloves.

Looking especially posh in a navy blue fascinator, fashion designer and erstwhile Spice Girl Victoria Beckham attends the royal wedding with her husband David.

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie of York's fascinators at the royal wedding in 2011 were so over-the-top they even spawned a parody Facebook account. We can't wait to see what Beatrice wears to her sister's wedding in October.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in a jaunty blue cap at the royal wedding.

For her grandson William's wedding day, the Queen chose a cheery yellow.

Queen Sofia of Spain stands alongside then-Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia at the royal wedding of William and Catherine.

Princess Anne celebrates the wedding of Prince William and Duchess Kate in a purple floral design.

The mother-of-the-bride, Carole Middleton, looks radiant in a dove blue hat.

Many members of foreign royal families attended Will and Kate's marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden chose a peach-colored hat.

Further proof that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall loves a good hat. Here she is at the royal wedding in 2011 wearing a wide-brimmed number for the celebration.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex in all blush at the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

Just a few months after her own nuptials, Duchess Kate wore a bespoke cream-colored fascinator by milliner Gina Foster to her cousin-in-law's wedding.

Lady Sarah Chatto pairs a black hat with a cream outfit for Zara's nuptials.

The Queen loves a bright look. Here she is in a peachy-pink coat and hat outfit for her granddaughter's big day.

Mother-of-the-bride Princess Anne arrives at the wedding of her daughter Zara with a decorative flower ornament in her hair.

Never one to miss up the opportunity to wear a striking headpiece, Princess Beatrice chose a vibrant blue fascinator for her cousin Zara's wedding.

Now that's a headpiece. Camilla went all out with a floral design for Zara's wedding.

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