Day 3 of Dutch Royal Visit to Japan

On the third day of their visit to Japan today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended a Food and Agribusiness conference. Queen Máxima repeated her khaki green pleated fabric calot hat, a hat which was clearly custom made to coordinate with her striped Natan skirt. Her hairstyle and drop earrings showcased this hat very well and the colour, which might seem boring to some, provided a quietly elegant contrast against her blonde locks.

Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Some of you have commented over the past few days that Máxima’s characteristically vibrant style has overwhelmed the pastel-clad Japanese royals; I think this hat today was a better bridge between these polar opposite styles. What did you think of this pleated calot hat today in Japan?

Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: February 13, 2014

Photos from Robin Utrecht, Albert Nieboer, Robin Utrecht, Robin UtrechtRobin Utrecht, and Robin Utrecht via Corbbis

Day 2 of Dutch Visit to Japan

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands continued the second day of the tour of Japan, meeeting with to the Dutch Ambassador and attending lunch at the Imperial Palace. Queen Máxima repeated her purple ‘slice’ picture hat. I still adore the shape of this hat and the colour blocking with her teal peplum dress works well. When it comes to bold colour, I’m not sure there is a royal out there today who does it better than Máxima. Next week, we’re take a peek at the other outfits Queen Máxima has paired with this hat and pick our favourite.

Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvinge
Previously Worn: October 15, 2014March 19, 2014; November 12, 2013

From saturated colour to near lack of it… Crown Princess Masako wore a creamy pink silk bumper hat that coordinated with her silk suit. While I wish the hat was more exciting and that there was a little more colour in Masako’s ensemble besides her dusty rose silk handbag (which is adorable), it is so good to see her looking so well that her clothing really doesn’t matter.

Crown Princess Masako, October 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, October 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: July 14, 2014; November 6, 2013

What do you think of this pair of royal hats today in Tokyo?

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty

Dutch Monarchs Arrive in Japan

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrived in Tokyo today for the start of a four day tour of Japan. They were officially welcomed by the Japanese royal family in a formal ceremony at the Imperial Palace. Queen Máxima wore a new hat for this arrival in the same golden orange silk as her tea dress.

Dutch State Visit to Japan, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

My initial impression of this piece was that it looked fine on Máxima (particularly combined with her  hairstyle) and that the pleating in the hat was a great match to the pleated bodice of the dress. My only qualm was that it was a little too much orange for a single ensemble…

Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

… until I saw it from the back. Like Queen Mathilde’s ringed hat yesterday, I know this open crowned design is Fabienne Delvigne’s way of keeping this piece light and airy. Looking at this headpiece, however, the only words that come to mind are “pumpkin doughnut”.

Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Empress Michiko also debuted a new hat. In a large saucer shape, this white hat was trimmed in a bow which coordinated with her black and caramel jacket. I might have preferred this hat in a different colour (it would have been beautiful in the same caramel as her lapel) as the white makes a very stark contrast with the Empress’ black ensemble but this white-hat-with-coordinating-bow is one of her millinery go-to formulas.

Queen Máxima and Empress Michiko, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima and Empress Michiko, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima and Empress Michiko, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: My guess is Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

The big surprise of the day was the appearance of Crown Princess Masako, who has not attended a state welcome for visiting guests since 2009. Masako paid homage to the House of Orange-Nassau in a suit and hat of the same hue. Her hat, an unembellished bumper, is not a particularly memorable hat but it was so wonderful to see her (and the obvious affection she shares with Queen Máxima) that she could have had a paper bag on her head today and it would have been all right with me.

Dutch State Visit to Japan, October 29, 2014 | Royal HatsCrown Princess Masako, October 29, 2014 | Royal HatsCrown Princess Masako, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

The first day of the Dutch King and Queen’s tour of Japan did not hit many millinery high notes but I suppose that means things can only improve from here. What did you think of this trio of royal hats today in Japan?

Photos from Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Albert Nieboer, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Asahi Shimbun via Getty: Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty

Dutch Monarchs Welcome Spanish King and Queen

King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia paid their introductory visit (the first since becoming Spanish monarchs) to the Dutch King  and Queen today. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed their Spanish friends this morning at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. I expected Queen Letizia would forgo a hat today and was therefore surprised when Queen Máxima did not.

Queen Máxima repeated her purple wool ‘slice’ picture hat with sharply upturned brim around one side of the hat. I adore the gentle wave on the lower side of the brim and love how all the drama from this hat comes from the form instead of the trimmings. And who doesn’t love a queen in a purple hat?! I suspect some of you will quibble about the colour clash between this hat and Máxima’s dress but I suspect any mismatch we detect may an issue of lighting and fabric sheen (as you can see from the way the dress photographs so differently in the  following photos). My issue is the necklace, which looks like a medieval torture device. There were times in history where such displays of weaponry warned visiting monarchs not to mess with their hosts and while I suspect this was not the case today (!), I think this necklace was an odd choice that tragically, detracted from the beautiful hat.

Queen Máxima, October 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, October 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvinge
Previously Worn: March 19, 2014; November 12, 2013

Queen Letizia did not wear a hat. The Spanish royals show us time and time again that they are not a hat wearing bunch and while I thought today might coax even a small hat onto Letizia’s head, it was not to be. So far, we have only seen Letizia wear hats for major royal weddings where the dress code clearly required a hat and I suspect that trend will continue.

These four monarchs were clearly delighted to see one another and it appears that a lovely visit was in store. What did you think of Queen Máxima’s hat today (and Queen Letizia’s lack of hat?!)

Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Queen Máxima Attends Domestic Violence Symposium

Queen Máxima of The Netherlands attended a symposium in Amsterdam this morning marking 40 years of the protection of women against domestic violence. For this engagement, she repeated her scarlet wool felt Garbo style hat with narrow leather band and bow around the crown. I adore this hat! The slightly floppy shape lends an air of informality and effortlessness, which makes this hat look all the more chic. I can’t think of anyone who does red better than Máxima and while a red hat and dress could easily be an assault to the eyes, I think this combination works so well. What do you think of this scarlet combination?

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 8, 2013

Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Máxima Opens Rotterdam Market

Queen Máxima attended the opening of ‘Markthal’, the first indoor fresh food market in The Netherlands, in Rotterdam today. Reader Jules commented earlier this week that Máxima’s dress code for official openings always includes a hat and today was no exception. This, however, was not just any hat, it was a new red toque hat!

This toque, with a slightly more rounded shape (almost reminiscent of a beret) was covered in pleated tomato red fabric which coordinated with the print of Máxima’s dress. I thought that the open bandeau neckline of the dress worked perfectly to balance the hat, which was further showed off to great effect with Queen Máxima’s chignon hairstyle and ruby earrings. While this red toque brings the total number of red toque hats in Máxima’s hat closet to four (see the other red toques at this post), I think it’s a winner and thought Máxima looked fantastic. I can’t wait to hear your opinions on this hat!

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Photos from Getty as indicated above

Queen Máxima Opens Science Museum

Queen Máxima attended the official opening of Micropia, a museum about micro-organisms, in Amsterdam today. While the museum sounds most interesting, I’m afraid Máxima’s hat choice was a disaster. She repeated the bright yellow fabric doughnut headpiece we saw her debut the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June. A bright yellow ring headpiece is bad on its own but paired with a matching jacket over a beigey-pink silk dress, it was truly awful. If you can find something attractive about this outfit, please do share because I’m afraid, dear readers, I can not.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 6, 2014

Photos from Koen van WeelKoen van Weel and Koen van Weel via ANP