Why it's not a British royal wedding without fancy hats

  • Published on May 18, 2018
  • Fantastical fascinators at royal weddings are part of the social fabric of British culture.
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    It’s a busy time for the British royal family as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to tie the knot. And like any guest in attendance of a wedding, you’ll need to dress for the occasion. And one thing that literally stands out at British royal weddings are the hats and fascinators adorning guests’ noggins.
    While hats have fallen out of style for everyday fashion, they have remained as tradition at fancy shindigs like royal weddings, horse races, and other British formal occasions.
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Comments • 671

  • Vox
    Vox  Year ago +174

    That's it for our mini-series on the royal wedding, produced with BBCThree. Thanks for watching! You can watch the first two videos here: bit.ly/2wQBxad.

    • Martin sposato
      Martin sposato Year ago

      Can you actually do real news?

    • Dotard Trump
      Dotard Trump Year ago

      Hey Vox, I didnt sub to your rubbish channel. Why did I recieve notification?

    • The Watcher
      The Watcher Year ago

      Who is the person in the blue and black at 3:50 on the right side

  • Rhonda C. Willis
    Rhonda C. Willis 3 months ago

    what kind of hat is the girl wearing? WIG!

  • Argon
    Argon 5 months ago


  • None Nothing
    None Nothing 9 months ago

    Even this video couldn't get away without race issue

  • Burned And Frozen
    Burned And Frozen 9 months ago

    The big questions, people!

  • Marcus Len
    Marcus Len 11 months ago

    They said the word "hat" enough times for it to sound weird.

  • Kendrah Whyte
    Kendrah Whyte 11 months ago

    I loved the hat of Camilla Parker-Bowles.

  • Nigel Marvin
    Nigel Marvin 11 months ago

    3:55 "hide behind" yeah, sure you can say that.

  • dabuu the god
    dabuu the god 11 months ago

    Lok at all thes chicens

  • Dummies
    Dummies 11 months ago

    That's the most stupid thing I ever hear about Top Hat

  • Anna Galesz
    Anna Galesz 11 months ago

    Hats are distraction from their ugliness.

  • Jen Tombs
    Jen Tombs 11 months ago

    ...Big Suze?

  • CheesecakeLasagna
    CheesecakeLasagna 11 months ago +2

    Love your hair, girl!

  • wander*wish
    wander*wish 11 months ago

    Am i in the minority here if i don't think princess diana was all that stunning?

  • Mahek G
    Mahek G 11 months ago

    Why isn't the royal milliner not wearing a hat herself?

  • bogi18
    bogi18 11 months ago

    3:53 - Is that ... Big Suze???
    Lol, after scrolling down I've counted 7 'Big Suze' spottings. Good to know I'm not the only one who took away the most important thing from this video. She really is a big .. posh head.

  • timmy the agent
    timmy the agent 11 months ago

    The hats are ugly

  • Thomas Norton
    Thomas Norton 11 months ago

    Or you could just move to Aleppo where it doesn't matter

  • SomeGuyNamedKeith
    SomeGuyNamedKeith 11 months ago

    Spoken like someone who sells hats! Lol

  • ping wang
    ping wang 11 months ago


  • Buddhi Dev
    Buddhi Dev 11 months ago

    Hat is a part of the full dress, same as the military uniform.

  • amira
    amira 11 months ago

    not fancy, ugly, thats all

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    Alexandra Ljadova 11 months ago

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  • salvadoroars
    salvadoroars 11 months ago

    I wear a hat because it's very hat. I'll show my self out

  • patentsvnc
    patentsvnc 11 months ago

    It may be spelled "fancy", but it's pronounced --silly--..

  • Vegard Fjeldberg
    Vegard Fjeldberg 11 months ago


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    _jeff _ 11 months ago


  • NEmergix
    NEmergix 11 months ago

    Its easy : respect of their ancestors.
    You don't have that ability thought.

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    Toivo Makinen 11 months ago

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  • Judy Apelsin
    Judy Apelsin 11 months ago

    The most ugly of hats

  • Nick Young
    Nick Young 11 months ago

    I am and will always be a hat guy, I never leave the house without one (ever) and my wedding will require hats

  • Greg Fakerson
    Greg Fakerson 11 months ago

    Take note scishows, this is a knowledgeable and non distracting female host. they DO exist.

  • Tamee jo
    Tamee jo 11 months ago

    Understood,But Seriously where does Style Come in

  • Cheese Nugget
    Cheese Nugget 11 months ago

    I hate hats

  • Aloisia
    Aloisia 11 months ago

    I love those hats. ♥

  • Kapok6
    Kapok6 11 months ago

    They look ridiculous.

  • Phillip Morrison
    Phillip Morrison 11 months ago

    Anything more despicable than British high society?

  • Fabio Canales
    Fabio Canales Year ago

    I hear echoes of The Hunger Games. Why are we discussing hats when we have bigger fish to fry.

  • B. Winky
    B. Winky Year ago

    Stop wearing hats indoors.

  • Marleo Ca
    Marleo Ca Year ago

    Ridiculous hats=)))

  • mago lago
    mago lago Year ago +1

    replace “fancy” with stupid

  • 11:11
    11:11 Year ago

    she kinda reminds me of karen gillan

  • imotogin
    imotogin Year ago

    Is this girl Zooey Deschanel?

  • Esteban Gracias
    Esteban Gracias Year ago

    ejemplo yo lo veo de mi parte a si,.)))para mi es un negocio,?de onda,.🕊💕🌺🌸 pobre el dinero del pueblo,.? los reales para mi son de la generación,en generacion,.? lo contrario no son nada para mi,.. los de hoy dependen o son inventado,.? ahí rey y reinas,y lo que simila a un rey los conlluge,clese medio,. dependiente a la generación,? ubiera cuadros o retratos de la época 14?? tanto, los símbolos y la generacion quefueron en el trancurso de los años,.? 10 generaciones para llegar hoy en día sea o ahiga un rey o reina hoy en día,ejempli ,.de la generación de padre madre igas o igos o escogidos parte de ellos sean esivido en generaciones,.?? esos son generaciones a lo que yo creería pero para mi solo es un negocio de poder o política,.....ejemplo a mi ejemplo de onda🕊💕

  • sai76
    sai76 Year ago

    Why don't men wear those bowler and top hats.

  • Pauly Querr
    Pauly Querr Year ago

    British are Bald that's why they wore them!

  • Julian Hess
    Julian Hess Year ago

    Vox needs to stick with these kind of videos instead of the u.s. political videos

    TREEofLIFE Year ago +1

    You call them ugly shits fancy hats lol

  • Becky Lipps
    Becky Lipps Year ago

    The Britts sure have one over on we Yanks!! The hats are classy and beautiful and I wish they would come back in fashion here!

  • PerfectParadox
    PerfectParadox Year ago

    Hats are cool, but crowns and tiaras are way cooler.

  • Rudster14
    Rudster14 Year ago

    Notice how they didn't include a Jew with a Yamukkah during the religious hats part.

  • Riccardo Cacchioli
    Riccardo Cacchioli Year ago +1

    what a waste

  • Sarah P
    Sarah P Year ago +1

    Not gonna lie those hats are just terrible

  • ReYo
    ReYo Year ago

    TIL Princess Diana was also Carmen Sandiego.

  • drnycmedia
    drnycmedia Year ago +1

    1:39 *C'mon Dover...move ya bloom'n ass! - Jack Sparrow approves!* 😂😂😂💙

  • Ivy Mossgarden
    Ivy Mossgarden Year ago

    The hats are so ridiculous. Pinned to their foreheads, ill fitted & very ugly. Shame on the milliners. Or maybe the hat makers are trying to make these ladies look like idiots? Ok, I'm going with that. A successful campaign milliners. 👍

  • Buchanan Games
    Buchanan Games Year ago

    fairly classy hats have become a little bit more pro-dominant in the last years with the college age ..enough for it to be notable

  • Buchanan Games
    Buchanan Games Year ago

    because we’re British ..KBO

  • boy638
    boy638 Year ago

    When I d on't wear a hat I get light headed

  • joaogf94
    joaogf94 Year ago

    Wtf is this shitty video

  • K M
    K M Year ago


  • Gunner Johnson
    Gunner Johnson Year ago

    I’m good with my ball cap

  • KendrixTermina
    KendrixTermina Year ago

    well, the queen wears weird hats, and theyre all her descendants

  • Oliver Encinas
    Oliver Encinas Year ago

    You would think that they were at a Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia with those ridiculously funky hats.

  • Lisa Ya-Han Chang

    This explain nothing at all why the english royal so obsessed with hat tradition. There def a political side being avoided

  • Mai Makua
    Mai Makua Year ago

    Beatrice 👎🏼

  • Hoop Jeanne
    Hoop Jeanne Year ago

    This host is from Racked! She's great! Did Vox hire her or did Vox own Racked?

  • Not Politically Correct

    The media has gotten worse at distracting people, this is just terrible.

  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump Year ago

    I wonder if this is related to women wearing big hats at church. Specifically, I wonder if the history of African American women's church hats is related to what was shown here.

  • Na Na
    Na Na Year ago

    Why tf do we care about a Royal anything?

  • Sondra Allen
    Sondra Allen Year ago

    The Kentucky Derby America they have some pretty ridiculous has to but some of them are very pretty it's all about fun enjoy

  • Sondra Allen
    Sondra Allen Year ago

    Women always wore hats mostly the black churches where the big hats and the Catholics used to wear scarves on their head and the reason for that the presence of the church angel a woman head should be covered that's not written in stone some people do and some people don't it's up to them but that's why they were there

  • somethingg
    somethingg Year ago

    You guys made a video about this and not the recent school shooting? 😝

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  • Madhurima Bansal
    Madhurima Bansal Year ago

    So hats are acceptable but turbans and hijabs aren’t? Strange are the workings of the world.

  • mrkt
    mrkt Year ago

    I think it also a knack for the tradition. ofcourse its what u said, but in the bigger picture when the world around us is evolving so fast, we r actually little apprehensive. as the horizon of whats acceptable whats not (gender fluidity , choose to end ones own life are such a frivolous idea for majority of us) expands, more of us are actually more reserved in our mind resisting the changes. the disruptive , revolutionary idea of 70s 80s youth is actually unpopular now. so actually cutting edge technology along with age old tradition is the style statement here. N the connected world is ensuring that hats r really good look at, so its catching up.

  • Falconlover420 Leaf

    Lol I don't care aboot the Royal wedding

  • Neverly Beverly
    Neverly Beverly Year ago

    Y’all wanna see hat game go to a black church

  • Ann M.
    Ann M. Year ago

    Love hats. The Royals don't look royal without a hat

  • JR Boyd
    JR Boyd Year ago

    All these years, I can't believe no one has ever worn a tinfoil hat at a royal wedding.

  • Ratso Rizzo
    Ratso Rizzo Year ago

    Thr American bassball, football and basketball hats have been in fashion worldwide how about making a videos about that that's more interesting then pagans

    ADITYA MITTAL Year ago

    A brief history of India and Pakistan conflict

  • cbobdole won
    cbobdole won Year ago

    See. I knew the old queen was just a hat rack braught to life by disney magic every fort night for public appearances.

    HAZZARD Year ago

    Too bad there was no terrorist attack at the wedding :(

  • GarageStudio
    GarageStudio Year ago +4

    How about a *"Why they killed Princess Diana"* video...

  • Isaac
    Isaac Year ago

    Nor is it royal on a weekend

  • Precious Potato
    Precious Potato Year ago

    This can be great to be shown in my class! Now no more boring lessons with my teacher who messes up his lessons (he admitted it that he messes on lots of lessons)

  • Doomgis
    Doomgis Year ago

    Where's the Guillotine?

  • Avid Abstractions

    I wish I could have a fancy hat occasion just once in my life. I would rock it. Cheers!

  • Merlene Taylor
    Merlene Taylor Year ago

    No one can wear hats like the Brits.

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  • Eric Nelson
    Eric Nelson Year ago

    Lol snake colors

  • babygirl
    babygirl Year ago

    Vox, asking the real questions

  • Suzanne Cooke
    Suzanne Cooke Year ago

    Most of the has are great. BUT when was the last time these women washed and brushed their hair! The hair was in general awful.

  • bill davis
    bill davis Year ago

    Hats by women at royal functions is a must,it's part of the dress code.i remember when a child women had to cover their head to enter church either a hat or headscarf.going into church my mother always covered her head,you never saw a woman without her head being covered in church

  • Malamute Aerospace

    They look dumb as hell. Hats are a thing of the 19th century.

  • rain segaran Alfaran

    Ridiculously Stupid Hats.

  • John Kemp
    John Kemp Year ago

    It looks like they are going to the Kentucky derby 🐎!

  • Beard Bro
    Beard Bro Year ago +1

    I didn't waste my time watching a dumbass wedding. Instead, I stayed home and drank beer!

  • Antoine
    Antoine Year ago

    No, wearing hats came from Christianity. A woman must where head covering in church's.