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Kentucky Derby Hats Inspired by Royals

Off to the Kentucky Derby! Let the Royals Inspire Your Hat Game

Inspired by Canada and during her North American tour, Kate Middleton donned a Canadian maple-leaf-shaped hat in July 2011.
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We're off to the 2016 Kentucky Derby races — or at least, dressing the part. Whether that actually means you're headed to Churchill Downs or rooting for your favorite horse at a friend's party, there's one accessory that will supply all the Derby chic you'll need, and that, of course, is a gorgeous hat.

What better place to draw outfit (read: headgear) inspiration from than the royals abroad? Namely, the always on trend Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and — of course — Queen Elizabeth II, who has a particularly stellar hat collection.

We're zeroing in on the most masterful works of hat art, courtesy of our favorite royal figures. Let this be a lesson: where royalty and the Kentucky Derby are concerned, the more dramatic the hat, the closer to heaven. Read on for all the inspiration you'll need.

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