Who Wore It Best: April Poll

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As spring unfolds around many of us and we find the days of April slipping away, I thought we might face off two decidedly spring hats. These two beauties, both pale pink straw picture hats with diagonal brims, are both the creation of Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne. The only question remains, Who Wore It Best?

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa in Fabienne Delvigne, May 24, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog      Queen Máxima, Nov. 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 24, 2013 and Queen Máxima, Nov. 22, 2013

This poll will remain open until midnight GMT on May 1 and I will unveil the winner soon thereafter. As always, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish. Good luck!

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press and Luis Acosta via Getty

Queen Máxima Visits Cancer Charity

Queen Máxima visited the town of Alphen aan den Rijn yesterday afternoon to open a support center for cancer patients and their families. For this event, she chose a vibrant purple hat with angular lines. The diagonally sloped crown, small brim and minimal embellishment of this hat are a departure for Máxima- while I am not sure about the shape of this hat, I love the pop of colour it provided against her mushroom brown coat. Her outfit would have been bland and unmemorable without this hat which is why I’m going to declare this purple chapeau a great success. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, April 15, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 15, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, April 15, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 15, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

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

Photos from Josh Walet via Alphens Nieuws

Queen Máxima Opens Campus Hoogvliet

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opened Campus Hoogvliet, a new educational and cultural area located on the southern edge of Rotterdam, this morning. For this event, she repeated a hat we have not seen in six years – a hat with a tall, pointed diagonal shaped crown and diagonal brim edged in royal blue trim to match her coat. I am afraid I am not a fan of this hat- it is too matchy-matchy with her coat and the shape of the too-tall crown looks cartoonish to me. I think this is one of those times when simpler would have been much better. What do you think of this hat?

Queen Máxima, April 8, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, April 8, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, April 8, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 8, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Unknown. I believe it is not Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 2, 2007

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Semana and Corbis

Day 2 of Swedish Royal Visit to The Netherlands

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia completed the second day of their quick trip to the Netherlands with a visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Saturday. Queen Silvia repeated her white calot hat embellished with a large looped bow at the back. It is an elegant hat we have seen a few times on Silvia and I think she wears it well. Interesting note- last time Queen Silvia wore this hat, she rotated it so the bow was on the side, framing her face. I thought the way she wore it today, with the bow at the back, coordinated beautifully with her bouclé suit. Separating the ruffled lapels of her suit with the large, loopy bow was a good idea, don’t you think? I thought her whole ensemble was very elegant.

Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 4, 2013; May 29, 2012; April 26, 2010; May 24, 2009; April 22, 2009; April 15, 2008

Queen Máxima repeated her charcoal grey wool hat with dramatic raised brim. This is the fourth time we have seen this hat and each time Máxima has paired it with a different dress (which speaks to the versatility of this hat). I thought the clean neckline of this dress was the perfect match for the lines of this hat and I loved how her large hoop earrings completed the look. We don’t often see hoop earrings worn with a picture hat but this worked so well.

Queen Máxima, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: January 30, 2014; October 16, 2013October 5, 2013

It looks like a lovely two days were had by these royal friends. Which hat worn during this visit was your favourite? (here are hats from the first day of this visit).

Queen Máxima and Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 both in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima and Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 both in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Swedish Royals Visit The Netherlands

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived in The Netherlands today to begin a two-day visit. They were greeted by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

Queen Silvia in Whitely Fischer Ltd. and Queen Máxima in Fabienne Delvigne, April 4, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima repeated the same silver headpiece and suit she wore for Princess Arianne’s christening in 2007. While I did not like this headpiece the last time we saw it (last November worn with a jade lace dress), there is something about this suit and hat that just works together. I think it might be the clean lines and round neck of that beautiful jacket that coordinate with the clean lines and round shape of the hat. Nevertheless, I thought Máxima looked so regal and elegant in this ensemble that I nearly forgot this hat is not closed on top and simply wraps in silver rings around her head.

Queen Máxima, April 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 24, 2013; Oct. 20, 2007

Queen Silvia topped her red coat off with a smart black beret (if this hat looks familiar, take a peek here!). We often see Silvia in pillbox and calot hats and it was a nice change to see her in this modern, structured beret. The scale of this hat was very flattering on her, as was the styling of her hair with it. Compared to Queen Máxima it may seems a little boring but on it’s own, I think it is a lovely hat. What do you think of this pair of royal hats today?

Queen Silvia in Whitely Fischer Ltd. and Queen Máxima in Fabienne Delvigne, April 4, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Silvia, April 4, 2014 in Whitely Fischer Ltd. | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer of Queen Silvia’s hat: unconfirmed but based on it’s royal twins, looks like Whiteley Fischer Ltd.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press

Queen Máxima Christens Lifeboat

Queen Máxima traveled to Ijmuiden this morning to christen Nh1816, a new lifeboat of the Royal Dutch Rescue Organisation. For this engagement, she did something we very rarely see a royal woman do- pair a trouser outfit with a hat. This new calot hat, in the same rose beige as her jacket and blouse, was constructed of gentle waves of pleated, ruched fabric. It framed Máxima’s face quite nicely and added a little formality to her outfit (perhaps just enough for this outdoor event). I’m just not sure I’m a fan of the hat and trouser combination and to be honest, like this hat much more in photos that do not show the trousers. It is an interesting outfit nonetheless and I’m curious to hear what you think of it.

For those of you already thinking you have seen this hat before on Máxima- you have (almost). This is the one you are likely thinking of.

Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press

Queen Máxima Celebrates Education Center Anniversary

Yesterday afternoon, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended the 10th anniversary of the ROC education center in Utrecht. To open a new department of the RVD,  take part in a guest lecture on entrepreneurship and speak with former student, Queen Máxima repeated a brown camel vagabond style hat with trimmed with a grosgrain ribbon band and multi-looped bow. When Máxima wore this hat for Prinsjesday in September 2011, I did not like it- I thought it was too informal for such an important event. Yesterday, however, I liked it a lot. This hat seems so much better suited to yesterday’s engagement; while I thought Máxima’s brown boots, coat and dress were a sea of too much bland brown, I thought she looked very chic. What do you think of this hat?

 Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 6, 2011; September 20, 2011

Photos from and via Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis and Semana

Queen Máxima Visits Air Base

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Eindhoven Air Base this morning to visit the youth musical project, Young Musicians Spread Their Wings, an initiative of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Air Force). She repeated another one of her charcoal grey hats- this one with a squared edges, a tall crown, and diagonal lines. Looking at this hat, I can’t take my eyes off the downward bulge in the brim (right above Máxima’s eyes)- a minor issue perhaps, but an annoying one nonetheless. I think I prefer the other charcoal grey hat she paired with this dress and coat the last time she wore it. What do you think of this hat?

Queen Máxima, March 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog   Queen Máxima, March 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, March 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog   Queen Máxima, March 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, March 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unconfirmed. I suspect Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 4, 2012

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press

Dutch Monarchs on Day 2 of Chinese State Visit

The second day of the Chinese state visit to The Netherlands yesterday saw another new hat worn by Queen Máxima! This sweeping headpiece in pale pink stripes strongly reminded me of the hat Queen Mathilde worn for her enthronement last year (I think the two hats are made of the same material). At first glance, I didn’t think I liked this hat… but when I saw it with Máxima blush pink dress (without that dowdy brown coat), I thought it was beautiful. I think there is something about the lightness and movement that makes it so lovely. What do you think of this interesting new hat?

Queen Máxima, March 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, March 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, March 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, March 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, March 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press

Dutch Royals Welcome Chinese President

Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan were greeted at Schiphol Airport this morning by King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima. For this historic event (the first state visit by a Chinese president to the Netherlands), Queen  Máxima wore a new calot made of pleated and ruched black crepe. I thought this hat worked well with her voluminous black crepe blouse, although the effect was diminished with the addition of her bland brown coat. And, it is rather unfortunate how from the side view, this hat mimicked the Chinese first lady’s bouffant hairstyle (unintentionally, I imagine).

Queen  Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats BlogQueen  Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats BlogQueen  Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen  Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats BlogQueen  Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats BlogQueen  Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

 Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press; and Michel Porro and Pool via Getty Images