200th Anniversary of the Netherlands

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Maastricht today, playing hosts to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt. Queen Máxima repeated a hat we have seen on her numerous times (and recently discussed at his post), a tan straw picture hat with dramatically upturned ‘slice’ brim. I love the pairing of this hat with her aqua printed dress and thought the styling of this ensemble was perfect on Máxima.

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

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

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 24, 2014May 30, 2013; January 24, 2013January 21, 2013; July 2, 2011

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her lovely green suit with a cocktail hat in leaf green straw. This hat, which featured a beret-style base, was wrapped in swirls of wired organdy ribbon. The effect was light and fresh and this hat looked wonderful on the Grand Duchess. I can not recall the last time we saw her in green and this colour was beautiful on her.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, August 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, August 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, August 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. The trim on the hat looks like Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Queen Mathilde repeated the orb of dusty rose shredded straw she debuted last month. Its pairing with Mathilde’s dusty rose peplum dress was much more successful and I found myself less opposed to this headpiece than I was when we first saw it. It is still not my favourite piece of millinery but with her outfit today, it worked.

Queen Mathilde, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: July 10, 2014

Daniela Schadt (below, right) wore a simple natural straw hat with rolled brim which coordinated well with her blue and tan ensemble. It was not as spectacular as the royal hats but somehow, it was just right for her.

200 Years Of The Kingdom Of The Netherlands In Maastricht, August 30, 2014 | Royal HatsMy favourite royal hat at this event was worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa although I thought the other two queens looked fantastic. Which hat today was your favourite?

* Join in the conversation at this post about which outfit you like best with Queen Máxima’s straw slice hat. 

Photos from Andreas Rentz, Andreas Rentz, PoolPool, Freek van den Bergh, Pool, Pool, Andreas Rentz, Sander Koning, Pool and Michel Porro via Getty

Planning a Royal Hat Dinner Party

Royal Hats I was interviewed on the marvelous royal blog, Luxarazzi yesterday (you can read our chat here). The last question asked if I could invite six royals (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would find an invitation in their mailbox? It was an incredibly difficult question to answer but here is my response:

There are six particularly fearless royal hat wearers who immediately come to mind: Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrix, Queen Mathilde, Queen Máxima, the Countess of Wessex and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai. I would love to hear each of these royal ladies’ approach to hat wearing, their funniest stories involving hats and how much input they have (or would like to have) in the design process. Of course, dinner would not be complete without asking about their favourite and least favourite hats.

 After more thought, I need to stretch my dinner table to include the Duchess of Cornwall as well.

Queen Máxima, March 18, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Countess of Wessex, March 31, 2013 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats
 
3  2013-07-21 2b  Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  Duchess of Cornwall, June 14, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats
 
As we move into the weekend, dear readers, I pose this same question to you:  If you could invite six royals (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would find an invitation in their mailbox? I look forward to hearing your responses!
Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; James Whatling/Splash News via The Daily Mail; Remko delWaal via AFP;  Stephen Lock/Rex Features via i-Images ; Dean Mouhtaropoulos, Chris Jackson, and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty      

One Hat, Four Dresses, and Trousers

Royal HatsQueen Máxima of the Netherlands is well-known on this blog for her dramatic hats. One of the hat shapes she has embraced in recent years is the ‘slice’- a picture hat with the brim folded sharply upward on one side and downward on the other to create a hat that appears to sit diagonally on the wearer’s head. One of my favourite of Queen Máxima’s ‘slice’ hats is a natural straw version designed by Fabienne Delvigne. Máxima has paired this hat with four different dresses and I am curious, dear readers, which pairing do you think was most successful?

   Queen Máxima, January 24, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, January 24, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Pastel silk striped dress and pink cardigan worn in Singapore, January 24, 2013

Queen Máxima, January 21, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima,May 30, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Blue and white floral peplum dress worn in Brunei, January 21, 2013 and in Gelderland, May 30, 2013

Queen Máxima, July 2, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, July 2, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

The first time we saw this hat- with an orange organza pleated dress for the Monaco royal wedding, July 2, 2011

Update- I completely forgot that Queen Máxima also paired this hat with a monochrome bowed blouse and trousers in May this year for the Cordaid centenary. I don’t suspect this will change the results of our conversation but wanted to add it nonetheless.

Queen Máxima , May 23, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima , May 23, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

UPDATE again!  Queen Máxima paired this hat with an aqua and gold printed dress to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Maastricht on August 30, 2014. I think this pairing might be my favourite.

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

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

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Venturelli and Dan Kitwood via Getty; Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk via Corbis; and Andreas Rentz and Marcel van Hoorn via Getty

Who Wore It Best: August 2014 Poll

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In the race for the best sea shore inspired headpiece by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne, we have a very clear winner:

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, May 22, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg (when she was still Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy)
at the christening of Princess Estelle of Sweden on May 22, 2012

Thanks to everyone who voted! Stay tuned Tuesday morning for the final poll of the summer.

Photos from Dan Kitwood, Mark Renders, Europa Press, and Andreas Rentz via Getty and Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio

Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Dutch Royals

The Royal Hats Blog For the May 22, 2004 wedding of the Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, the Dutch royal family were represented by Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Máxima (as were their titles at the time), Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien. Princess Laurentien wore a very pretty straw hat with a wide, curved brim in sea foam green. The hat was unique as the crown extended under the brim, forming a sort of headband around Laurentien’s head. It is a hat I thought suited her very well but unfortunately, was completely lost against the horrible burgundy net wrap and multiple strand necklace she wore. Had those two items been replaced with a tailored pale green or cream coat, the full elegance and beauty of this hat would have shone.

Princess Laurentien, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats  Princess Laurentien, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima was undeniably included among the best dressed guests at this wedding in an exquisite blush embroidered dress, pink coat and pink hat. The hat, designed by Fabienne Delvigne, featured a huge, upturned two-layer brim with rough, frayed edges. The unfinished edges of the hat created a most beautifully delicate effect (an oximoron to be sure) and provided both contrast and compliment to Máxima’s dress and coat. The hat is a very haute couture look but one that I think Máxima carried off magnificently and stunningly well.

Princess Máxima, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats

I have always loved this particular one of Máxima’s hats although I understand it is not a piece that fits everyone’s taste.  Is this a hat you adore or abhor?

Stay tuned tomorrow as we look at the hats worn by remaining royal guests at this grand wedding. 

Photos from  A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, and Lalo Yasky via Getty

Who Wore It Best: August 2014 Poll

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This summer, we have faced off several neutral hued summery hats in our polls (see July’s two polls here and here). As we move into the hazy, lazy days of August, let’s look at the sea shore inspired headpieces by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne. In palest pinks and watery greys, these five dramatic royal headpieces all carry a decidedly beachy vibe. The question is, dear readers, who wore it best?

Queen Silvia, April 16, 2008 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa June 23, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia of Sweden, April 16, 2008; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa on Luxembourg National day, June 23, 2010

Princess Mathilde, October 20, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, May 22, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde at the Luxembourg royal wedding, October 20, 2012; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg at the christening of Princess Estelle on May 22, 2012; Queen Máxima visiting in Germany on May 27, 2014

The poll will remain open until August 18, 2014 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the results shortly afterward. As usual, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish. To avoid confusion, I have named everyone above with their current titles even though Queen Mathilde was a princess at the time of this photo and the Hereditary Grand Duchess was still Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy.

Photos from Dan Kitwood, Mark Renders, Europa Press, and Andreas Rentz via Getty and Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio

One Hat, Two Vibrant Dresses

Royal Hats Earlier this summer, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands debuted a spectacular burgundy picture hat with square crown and large mushroom shaped brim. So far, she has paired this hat with two ensembles to create two distinctly different summer looks. Which outfit do you think worked better with this dramatic hat?

 Queen Maxima, June 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Maxima, June 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Visiting Poland, June 24, 2014

Queen Maxima, May 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Maxima, May 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

At the Dutch Freedom Awards, May 24, 2014  

Photos from Adam Nurkiewicz, Adam Nurkiewicz, Michel Porro and Michel Porro via Getty