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The Definitive Guide to Kate Middleton's Weird Hats

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Yes, we recognize that tomorrow is Fourth of July, and we promise to be focused on all things American (fireworks, Michelle Obama, hot dogs, etc.) come Independence Day, but there's just one thing we need to talk about first: Kate Middleton's hats. In looking through the Duchess of Cambridge's millinery archives, we've found that rarely can a person consistently pull-off such bizarre and/or petite toppers quite like her.

Kate typically fancies the fascinator: a particularly British accessory that is de rigueur for weddings, horse races, and other formal events. The current, more avant-garde manifestation was introduced in the 1970s, however, similar ornamental headdresses date back to 15th century. The imaginative headpieces are rarely worn in the states, the big exception being the Kentucky Derby, which is essentially a hat free-for-all.

And while Philip Treacy already declared the death of the fascinator, she continues on—flying saucer perched atop her head and all. So today, we salute you, Kate, and all your tiny hats.

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