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Kate Middleton's summer hats (PHOTOS)

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, donned a striking wide-brimmed hat with flowers at the back for the wedding of Prince William's cousin, Zara Philips, at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 30, 2011.

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Dylan Martinez

In her new role as Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton has fashioned the hat in nearly every way possible this summer, ranging from a white cowboy hat in Calgary, Canada to a white brim hat at a royal family wedding in Scotland. 

She's not the only one to make the hat a necessary accessary at posh British events. Prince William's cousin, Princess Beatrice, captured the public's attention with an eye-popping hat at Kate and Will's wedding on April 29, 2011.

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It seems that the hats are growing in popularity. Just recently, at the wedding of Prince William's cousin, Zara Philips, in Edinburgh, Scotland, many female guests were seen donning hats of all shapes and sizes to accompany their elegant dresses.

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, donned a striking wide-brimmed hat with flowers at the back for the wedding of Prince William's cousin, Zara Philips, at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 30, 2011.

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    Dylan Martinez

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, look happy behind the large-brimmed hat that she wore to the wedding of her husband Prince William's cousin, Zara Philips, to rugby player Mike Tindall in Scotland on July 30, 2011.

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was one of many royal women wearing hats to the private wedding of Prince William's cousin, Zara Philips, to rugby player, Mike Tindall in Scotland. Kate's hat was by far the largest with a simple brim in the front and an elaborate floral design at the base of the hat.

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    Dylan Martinez

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    Guests arriving at the wedding of Britain's Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter, Zara Philips, wore elaborate hats that seemed to grow popular after the former Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William.

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    Dylan Martinez

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    A collage of the many hats worn to the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on April 29, 2011. From left to right, top to bottom are: Victoria Beckham, Princess Letizia of Spain, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Queen Elizabeth, Anne, the Princess Royal, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Queen Sofia of Spain, Carole Middleton, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore a smaller but still eye-catching hat to the Epsom Derby. She sits between her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, left, and her husband, Prince William, right, at Epsom Downs racecourse on June 4, 2011.

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    Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a dark hat to the Trooping of the Color ceremony on June 11, 2011. She enjoys a moment on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her new mother-in-law, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

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    Queen Elizabeth II wore a more traditional yet classy hat to St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on April 24, 2011 for a formal royal ceremony before the royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore a prim little beret as well as a gold shamrock pin when she attended the medal parade at Victoria Barracks for the 1st Battalion Irish Guards Regiment on June 25, 2011.

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    Kate chose a contemporary hat for an important royal function. The newlyweds are still beaming with happiness on June 13, 2011 as they leave the Order of the Garter Service at St. George's Chapel.

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    The hat that captured the most attention. Princess Beatrice wore a very large and artistic hat for her cousin, Prince William's wedding to the former Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. She later auctioned off the hat and donated the money to charity.

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    Kate Middleton chose a matching blue hat when she attended a church service to mark Prince Philip's 90th birthday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave with other members of the royal family after the service on June 12, 2011 in Windsor, England.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge wore a white cowboy hat when attending a rodeo in Calgary, Canada. Kate's thin figure is emphasized by her tight-fitting jeans and tucked in cowgirl shirt during her North American tour in July 2011.

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    Kate smiles and waves at the crowds as she rides in a horse-drawn carriage with Prince Andrew and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to the Trooping the Colour Parade on June 11, 2011 in London, England. The ceremony traditionally marks the birthday of the sovereign, but Queen Elizabeth II's actual birthday is April 21.

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