Duchess Catherine: 2011’s most successful hat-wearer. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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.

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


View Photo Gallery: Britain’s Duchess Catherine was named “Hat Person of the Year” by the Headwear Association. But she certainly wasn’t the first celebrity to smartly sport a headpiece.