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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Duchess Catherine, née Kate Middleton, named ‘Hat Person of the Year’ (PHOTOS)

Yet another accolade has been heaped on Duchess Catherine’s (née Kate Middleton) head — quite literally, since she was named “Hat Person of the Year” by the Headwear Association. Yep, “Hat Person” is the real title of the award.
Duchess Catherine: 2011’s most successful hat-wearer. (BEN STANSALL - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The Duchess so excelled at hat-wearing this year that she beat out headwear aficionados Rachel Zoe, Ne-Yo and Justin Timberlake — as well as 2012 Headwear Hall of Fame inductees Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham and LL Cool J.
How is this not hat of the year? Beatrice was robbed. (David Jones - ASSOCIATED PRESS)

But really, the biggest snub in this year’s competition was Princess Beatrice, who inspired many a Halloween costume with her, um, fascinating fascinator at the royal wedding. Beatrice should be demanding a recount right now.

Previous winners of the award, which began in 2009, include Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt. It’s one of several prizes for the Duchess this year — she was also named Harper’s Bazaar’s best-dressed, and was the runner-up for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. If there was an award for shiniest hair, she’d be a shoo-in.

Here are some of our favorite royal chapeaus from 2011.

(Dan Kitwood - GETTY IMAGES)


(Chris Jackson - GETTY IMAGES)

This is probably not the hat that won her the award. (POOL - REUTERS)


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