Christening of Princess Amalia, Ten Years Later

Royal Hats June 12th marked the 10 year anniversary of the baptism of Princess Amalia of the Netherlands. How time flies! Her christening was such a beautiful royal hat event, it bears revisiting.

Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

On June 12, 2004, the then Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima brought their seven-month old daughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, to be baptized at the 15th century Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk (St. James Church) in The Hague (the same church where Prince Willem-Alexander was baptized on September 2, 1967). While there was much public interest in this event, it remained a private (not a state) affair.

Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima wore a beautifully tailored white jacquard suit topped with a spectacular caramel straw headpiece made by Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne. This headpiece, which consisted of a spray of feathers and several large straw leaves that circled her head, was a show-stopper and cemented Máxima’s growing reputation as a royal fashion force. It certainly is a bold headpiece but when paired with this very feminine suit, created such a beautiful ensemble. I remember being blown away by this headpiece when I saw it, as it was such a departure from the other christening hats of royal mums.

Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix wore a pretty pink picture hat with square crown and double, flat brim. designed by Emmy Hills. On the left side of the hat, the brim was raised and divided to house a mass of pink silk rose blooms between the two brims. The unique brim was a lovely compliment to Queen Beatrix’s suit jacket in a rose printed pink silk.

Queen Beatrix, June 12, 2004 in Emy Hill | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix, June 12, 2004 in Emy Hill | Royal Hats Queen Beatrix, June 12, 2004 in Emy Hill | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima’s mother, María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart, wore an ecru straw hat with upturned brim that featured  a torn, unfinished edge. This modern touch was echoed in her coat, where the collar and cuffs were edged in a similar fashion. I thought it was sweet that Máxima and her mother dressed in the same colour scheme while Queen Beatrix, who was said to be over the moon with her second granddaughter (after raising three boys!), was in pink.

Queen Beatrix, June 12, 2004 in Emy Hill | Royal Hats Queen Beatrix  in Emy Hill and Princess Máxima in Fabienne Delvigne, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Ten years later, I still love each of these hats. I also think that they are just as wearable today as they were a decade ago (and wonder if you agree!). You can see some of the spectacular hats worn by guests to this event here. 

Photos from Julian Parker, Alain Benainous, Alain Benainous, Steve Finn Julian Parker, Steve Finn, AFP/Stringer, Frank Van Beek, Alain Benainous, Alain Benainous, Julian Parker, Steve Finn and AFP/Stringer, all via Getty

Day 2 of Dutch Visit to Poland

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands continued their visit to Poland today with attendance at a Polish-Dutch forum on innovation. Queen Máxima attempted to convey the spirit of this event with her choice of headpiece, an avant garde pair of black wrapped feather spines. I’m afraid this bit of innovation was not successful - it looked, quite simply, like she had sprouted a pair of antennae.

Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

While headpiece reminds me of the one Beatrice Borromeo wore last fall to the Luxembourg royal wedding, it is a disaster in comparison. My words feel unkind and harsh but I truly cannot find a redeeming feature about this piece. Is there anything you like about it?

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwij via Corbis

Dutch Monarchs Visit Poland

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrived in Warsaw yesterday for a two day visit to Poland. For their arrival, Queen Máxima topped a vivid magenta dress with her large burgundy picture hat. This combination (which included a purple wrap for some outdoor events) was unexpected but worked so well together. The variations in colour kept the ensemble unified but not overly matched and while this is a lot of bright colour, Máxima carries it off so well. I really liked the pairing of the ruched dress (which has lovely movement) with the simple lines of the hat. My only question is if Máxima’s drop earrings were too much with this hat. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 | Royal HatsQueen Máxima, June 24, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 | Royal HatsQueen Máxima, June 24, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. I strongly suspect it is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 24, 2014

Photos from Hollandse Hoogte via Corbis; Adam Nurkiewicz and Adam Murkiewicz via Getty; Hollandse Hoogte and Hollandse Hoogte via Corbis; Adam Murkiewicz via Getty; and Hollandse Hoogte via Corbis

European Monarchs Commemorate D-Day Landings at Normandy

On June 6, 1944, 156,000 British, Canadian and American allied troops joined forces and landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast in France’s Normandy region.  The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and the Battle of Normandy, which lasted through August that year, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe. Today marks the 70th day of this momentous event. To commemorate today’s anniversary of the D-Day landings, many heads of state gathered at the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

Queen Elizabeth, the only current monarch who served in World War II, wore a bright, citrusy green straw hat with a sharply upturned brim on one side balanced by a large fabric flower on the other. It’s a lot of bright green but she wore it very well. As expected, the Duke of Edinburgh was in military dress.

   Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Margrethe of Denmark repeated her electric blue hat with pork pie crown, downward curved brim and striped band around the crown. While I love this hat on her, I was secretly hoping she would unveil a new chapeau today.

Queen Margrethe, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Margrethe, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Margrethe, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:
May 5, 2013; April 27, 2014; October 6, 2013; September 3, 2013; July 4, 2013; June 2, 2013May 6, 2013June 14, 2012September 2, 2012September 20, 2011September 6, 2011; and May 23, 2011

King Herald of Norway wore military uniform (I believe this is the uniform of Admiral of the Royal Norwegian Navy).

King Harald, June 6, 2014 |Royal Hats  King Harald, June 6, 2014 |Royal Hats

While Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg opted for a suit instead of military dress (as did King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince Albert of Monaco and King Philippe of Belgium), Grand Duchess Maria Teresa unveiled a sleek new pillbox trimmed with what looked to be a flat white bow at the back. I loved the lack of frou frou on this hat and thought Maria Teresa looked great in this classic black and white scheme.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

It was also wonderful to see Grand Duke Jean at this commemoration (seated to the left of Queen Elizabeth below). The Grand Duke landed at Normandy in the days after D-Day as a member of a reinforcement until. Luxarazzi has an excellent detail of his role in World War II in this article that I encourage you to read.

Heads of State, June 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

As previously mentioned, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands did not wear military uniform and therefore, was without a hat. Queen Máxima made up for this with a super bright yellow ruched fabric toque hat that coordinated with her jacket.

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My general dislike of bright yellow aside, this ensemble just didn’t work for me (I think it was the boxy, ill fitting Big Bird-esque jacket). The whole look seemed imbalanced and odd… and that was before I realized the toque was not a toque, but another one of Máxima’s millinery doughnuts.

Queen Máxima, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer:  I suspect Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Mathilde of Belgium wore a pale blue calot hat with wide cuff (you can see the cuff here). I thought she looked exceedingly refined and elegant, especially when seated next to certain other yellow hat disasters.

Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer:  I suspect Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Seldom do we see such a gathering of heads of state at one event- today’s attendance by so many royal families shows how significant D-Day was in the history of each of their nations. It’s one of those occasions where the importance of history eclipses even the marvelous hats.

D-Day Commemoration, June 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

D-Day Commemoration, June 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

Historical significance aside, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the hats worn by European monarchs today. Which one was your favourite?

Photos from Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, WPA Pool, Chris Jackson, Guillaume Souvant,Chris Jackson, Peter MacdiarmidJean Catuffe, Jean Catuffe, Alain Jocquard and Alain Jocquard via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Chris Jackson, Alain Jocquard, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Sean GallupSaul Loeb, and Peter Macdiarmid via Getty

Queen Máxima Celebrates World MS Day

Queen Máxima celebrated World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day in Voorschoten today where she received the 1st copy of the Dutch edition of the International MS Atlas. For this event, Máxima  paired her red ruched straw toque hat with vibrant raspberry trousers and a cheery red and white gingham blouse. I love how the ruched shape of the hat complimented the ruched collar of this blouse

Queen Máxima, May 28, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

After Máxima’s less than successful pairing of ‘pants with picture hat’ last week, I must concede that this pairing of hat and trousers, in theory, is much better (a toque hat is a fantastic shape for a trouser outfit). However, the colour clash between the red hat and the raspberry pink trousers and Máxima’s unruly hair makes this ensemble an unsuccessful one in my book. 

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 21, 2013

Is seems that when it comes to her wardrobe and hats, Queen Máxima’s legendary risk taking results in the most dramatic of successes but also carries great potential for flops. That’s why I love her so much and why we all can’t wait to see what she wears next. What do you think of her red toque today?

Dutch Monarchs on Day 2 of German Visit

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands vsited Münster and Essen today for the second and final day of their quick trip to Germany. Máxima looked beautiful in a blush pink ensemble topped with the flowing gossamer pink striped headpiece she unveiled earlier this year. The first time we saw this headpiece, its effect was greatly diminished by the dowdy brown coat she wore it with. Today, however, when  paired with this tailored Natan dress, the lightness and movement of this hat shone through (aided further with those spectacular jewels!)  I thought this headpiece on Queen Máxima today was absolutely beautiful. 

Queen Máxima, May 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 24, 2014

While this sweeping headpiece still reminds me of the hat Queen Mathilde worn for her enthronement last year, Máxima both owned it and made it shine today. I’m curious- has your opinion of this headpiece changed with its outing today, just as mine did?

 

Queen Máxima Wows on German Tour

The King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands have begun a two-day working visit to the German states of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. This visit, which is focused on industry, energy and trade, kicked off today in Lower Saxony at the Oldenburg University. Queen Máxima repeated a wonderful hat we have not seen in a long time, this giant black and white picture hat with squared crown and mushroom brim. I adore this hat because it is such a classic shape and colour scheme yet is oozing drama and presence. I think this is Máxima at her millinery best.

Queen Máxima, May 26, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, May 26, 2014 | Royal Hats

This glorious piece of millinery has been hiding in Máxima’s closet for over eight years and I am so happy that she brought it out today. I also cannot wait to hear what you, dear readers, think of this hat!

Designer: unconfirmed. I strongly suspect it is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 30, 20062002

Photos from Getty as indicated and Alexander Koener/Getty via Zimbio

 

Dutch Royals at Four Freedom Awards

Members of the Dutch Royal Family joined Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the Four Freedom Awards ceremony in Middelburg today. Queen Máxima unveiled a spectacular new picture hat for this event in a shade of vivid burgundy. The large scale of this hat along with its gently curved mushroom brim make it an absolute show stopper and its pairing with this fabulous orange and burgundy dress is classic Máxima. I thought she looked amazing.

Queen Máxima, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. I strongly suspect it is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Princess Beatrix also looked beautiful in a black straw hat with upturned brim, layered crown, and spray of fuchsia flowers on the side. The gossamer straw gives this hat such a light feeling and I love how the uplifting movement of the hat compliments the tailored cowl neck of Princess Beatrix’s dress. So very, very pretty.

Designer: unconfirmed. I suspect it was made by Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: November 30, 2013

Not to be outdone on this day of stellar Dutch royal hats, Princess Margriet  wore a cornflower blue hat with a snugly fitting crown and a light straw halo brim. It’s an unusual hat shape that works very well with Margriet’s short hairstyle and served as a chic accessory for her blue and white suit.

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

What’s better than an event with fabulous royal hats to honor individuals who are promoting freedom in our world?! I’m curious, dear readers, to hear your thoughts on this trio of Dutch royal hats.

Queen Máxima Celebrates Dutch Development Organization

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended a lunch in honor of the 100th anniversary of Dutch international development organization, Cordaid, yesterday in Amsterdam. For this event, she repeated her natural straw hat with dramatically upturned, diagonal brim. We have seen this hat paired with a number of different dresses but this for this event, Máxima wore it with trousers. The monochrome nature of this ensemble is rather chic but since I am a traditionalist at heart, I would love to swap the trousers for a coordinating skirt. I love this hat but there is something that just strikes me odd about a picture hat and trousers. What do you think?

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

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

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

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Queen Máxima Sprouts a New Hat

Queen Máxima officially opened new facilities for a Dutch company in Haaksbergen, Eastern Netherlands, yesterday. For this event, she debuted a new hat from Fabienne Delvigne’s 2014 summer collection. It’s a crazy hat that I love on Queen Máxima because I can’t think of another royal head who could carry it like she does. Perhaps the pairing with the green dress is a little much (both in terms of hue and literal interpretation of a plant) but I supposed if you’re going to go bold with this hat, you’ve got to pair it with an outfit that will hold its own. I just wish she had ditched the earrings. I can’t wait to hear all of your opinions weigh in on this hat!

Queen Máxima, May 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, May 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, May 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. This is the ‘Gold Leaf’ hat
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Photos from Getty as indicated and: Reuters via AD.nl and Metronieuws