Tomorrow is Prinsjesdag, the opening of Dutch Parliament. It’s a special day not only because the monarch will address a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives in The Hague but because the royal family will attend in 18th century dress (that’s when Prinsjesdag began and the dress code has not been changed!). That, dear readers, means we will enjoy one of the very few royal engagements where the dress code is length gowns with hats! Tomorrow is doubly special as it is the first Prinsjesdag during King Willem-Alexander’s reign and Queen Máxima will debut her first queenly Prinsjesdag chapeau. In great anticipation of this event, I thought it would be fun to look back at the ten Prinsjesdag hats and headpieces Máxima wore when she was Crown Princess.
A red feathered fascinator in 2002; a classic pink pillbox in 2003; and grey feathers in 2004
An upturned picture hat in 2005; a delicate rose headpiece in 2006; and a frothy beige straw hat in 2007
A purple picture hat with blossoms in 2008 and a delicate pink veiled headpiece in 2009
A diagonal pink picture hat in 2010; a brown Homburg-stye hat in 2011; and a striking magenta wool hat in 2012
Looking at this group of hats, there is a little bit of everything- feathers, flowers, brims, no-brims, bows, net, embellishment, non-embellishment, straw, fabric and wool. It’s easy to choose my least favourite- it’s the brown Homburg hat from 2011 that looks like it belongs on a farm instead of the opening of parliament. Choosing my favourite, however, is much more difficult. I’m torn between the white rose of 2006, the romantic purple picture hat from 2008 and the spectacular magenta diagonal-brim hat from last year. The red feathered fascinator Máxima wore for her first Prinsjesdag back in 2002 is also dear to me- that’s one of the first fascinators that ever took my breath away and I still think it is beautiful on her. Which one is your favourite? And what colour do you think Máxima will choose for tomorrow?
UPDATE: It was gold!
Photos from Jasper Juinen via Corbis; Mark Cuthbert, Michel Porro, Alain Benaious, Alain Benaious, Julian Parker, and Mark Cuthbert all via Getty; Bauer Griffin via Zimbio; Dutch Photo Press; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Dutch Photo Press; and Dutch Photo Press