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Out on top: Duchess of Cambridge named 'Hat Person of the Year'

30 JANUARY 2012 It’s hats off to the Duchess of Cambridge.

With a staggering 91 percent of total votes, the royal has been named 'Hat Person of the Year'.

She beat Rachel Zoe, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars to win the online honour from The Headwear Association, a California-based organisation.

Kate often sports fabulous headgear for her public appearances, including church services, weddings and Royal Ascot.

And since her engagement in November 2010, the 30-year-old’s impact on the millinery industry has been enormous. 

The hat heroine has raised the profile of established names like Philip Treacy and Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co, as well as little-known designers such as Rose Cory and Vivien Sheriff.

Hat heroine: Kate's rules for carrying off headgear


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