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Unexpected contender in royal hat of the year stakes their claim

Hats may fall into and out of fashion but there’s one set of people who are always expected to top off their outfits with such style statements and that’s royalty.

And as autumn approaches, a rather unexpected contender for royal hat of the year has staked their claim to the 2023 title.

However, she has her dad to thank for her sartorial choice becoming public knowledge.

As she celebrated her second birthday, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi was seen in a show stopping hat.

Taking to social media, her proud papa, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, shared an image of the tenth in line to the throne in a stylist sombrero and added a rather sweet message.

”Happy Birthday, Baby Girl, you bring us so much love and joy every day,” he wrote alongside a photo of his daughter in the sombrero and a flamboyant floral dress that would easily win a royal style race.

The birthday girl is seen striding confidently away from the camera as she tries out her sombrero for size.

Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi was born on September 18th 2021, the first child of the marriage of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo. The couple wed in July 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in a ceremony attended by just a handful of guests including the bride’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Edoardo has a son from a previous relationship – Wolfie, 7, is stepson to Princess Beatrice and a big brother to the birthday girl.

Sienna is the twelfth great grandchild of Her Late Majesty and the late Duke of Edinburgh.

And it’s perhaps no surprise that she’s already setting the style when it comes to hats. Her mum, Princess Beatrice, made headlines around the world for the hat she chose for the 2011 wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Lydia Starbuck is a pen name of June Woolerton who has written extensively on royal history. Her book, A History of Royal Jubilees, is available now. She is also the author of a popular cosy mystery, All Manner of Murder.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.