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Meghan's Millinery: The Duchess' Many Hats

They're all tops.

Meghan Markle may be taking baby steps toward modernizing the monarchy, but there are some long-held traditions the Duchess of Sussex just isn't at liberty to break. Among them, the royal dress code, which dictates women must wear a hat for all formal occasions. Mere weeks after she and Prince Harry announced their engagement last fall, Markle broke out her first fancy topper and never looked back...

THE BROWN TWIRL Chris Jackson/Getty Images THE BROWN TWIRL You never forget your first...and neither will anyone else. Markle made quite the impression with her royal hat debut, a brown felt Philip Treacy that she wore to Christmas Day church services. While the hat earned praise from style watchers, some cheeky online commenters couldn't help but notice its resemblance to a certain emoji... THE WHITE BERET Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images THE WHITE BERET For Commonwealth Day services in March, Markle opted for a white coat by Amanda Wakeley and a matching beret by Stephen Jones. Many considered her millinery choice a subtle homage to Princess Diana, who favored berets from the same designer. THE WIDE BRIM WPA Pool/Getty Images THE WIDE BRIM One day, two hats. Markle started Anzac Day — which commemorates veterans in Australia and New Zealand — by pairing a floppy black hat with her gray Smythe coat. THE BLACK FASCINATOR Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images THE BLACK FASCINATOR She finished off the day donning another Treacy design, this one embellished with a beaded dragonfly. THE ANGLED BLUSH WPA Pool/Getty Images THE ANGLED BLUSH And for her first appearance as a newlywed (not to mention, newly minted duchess), Markle once again turned to Treacy, who fashioned this custom hat to match the pencil dress by Goat. Talk about a rosy outlook!