With clients like the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, Sophie Wessex, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall and 12-year-old Lady Louise, milliner Jane Taylor has enough royal clients to fill a balcony at Buckingham Palace! And that's not counting other titled fans throughout Europe, including Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
Speaking exclusively to Hello! magazine's royal correspondent Emily Nash, Jane tells how the royals – and the Duchess of Cambridge – have given her business a head start.
The 34-year-old's career has gone stellar since Prince William's wife stepped out in a pale-pink beaded cocktail hat during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Kate wore another Jane Taylor design for Prince George's christening in 2013 and both she and her sister Pippa chose them for Princess Charlotte's baptism last year.
Of Charlotte's milestone, Jane said: "I was going for a run and I saw a billboard with images flashing up, one of which was of the christening. It was such a shock, I nearly fell into the road."
"It's such a lovely image," she added. "All I can say is that it's a huge honour to work with the Duchess. She's a great ambassador for British fashion."
Jane designs shapes that are solely for Kate, and "wouldn't ever use them for anyone else for the first two or three years," she said.
The hatmaker is also the go-to milliner for Sophie Wessex. "She's lovely," Jane said of Prince Edward's wife. "She wears everything so well. She gives me a free rein. She just says, 'I need three hats for Ascot – these are my outfits,' which is great."
Jane, who says she set her sights on working for the royal family a decade ago, admitted that her first royal commissions were "nerve-wracking" and she worried about what people would say.
"But then I realized I had to just visualize them [royalty] as one of my normal clients and make them feel special and confident and just really worry about them and their outfit," said Jane.