Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag

It’s Prinsjesdag! Every year on the third Tuesday of September, the Dutch monarch addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives in The Hague. This speech from the throne lays out government’s goals, policies and budget for the following session of parliament. The event is mired in tradition and pomp- the family arrives in their gold coach, dressed in finery fitting with the 18th century court dress requirement (that’s when Prinsjesdag began and the dress code has not changed). This dress code makes the event one of the very few royal events where we see full length gowns topped with hats!

This is a wonderful dress code for Queen Máxima and she did not disappoint. She topped her cherry red tailored Valentino gown with a coordinating ruched calot hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne. The hat beautifully framed her face and slightly softened the strong lines of the dress. Máxima wears many Delvigne designed ruched toque and calot hats, to varying degrees of success (as yesterday’s post illustrated). At first glance, I thought this hat was well-balanced with just the right amount of movement in all the right places. A second look, however, makes me wonder if this hat is just too small. It seems precariously perched on the back of Máxima’s head, almost as an afterthought. She does look spectacularly regal but I think that’s thanks to the gown and jewels. The hat really doesn’t add much, does it?

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

The King and Queen were joined by Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, who topped her purple coat with a camel hat. The hat, large-scale straw pillbox designed by Eudia, was trimmed with autumn-hued pheasant feathers. In some photos, it looked like the hat had a pointed peak in the front but I believe that was an illusion created by the feather trim. The hat helped tie Laurentien’s sash with her outfit and I think overall, it worked well for her. Her corduroy coat, however, is an entirely different matter…

Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal HatsPrincess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

I must admit- I miss the days when the royal balcony also included Princess Margriet and Princess (then Queen) Beatrix. What did you think of this pair of royal hats for today’s important event in Holland?Dutch Royal Family, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see all the hats Queen Máxima has worn to previous Prinsjesdags at this post. 

Photos from Pool/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert and Pool via Getty; Pool/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Jasper Juinen/Getty via Zimbio; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert and Jasper Juinen via Getty

Dutch King and Queen Celebrate Protestant Church

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended Sunday Service at the Fontein Church in Nijkerk, The Netherlands, yesterday to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Protestant Church. For this event, Queen Máxima repeated her ruched pale pink calot hat. Every time I see this hat, I admire the lovely way it frames her face…

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

… until I see it from a side or back view, when I must lament how much it looks like a bandage wrapped around her head. I do love the pale pink hat and accessories with Máxima’s beautiful green suit but I’m afraid I’ll never truly warm to this hat. I do believe I would prefer this hat, this hat or even this hat with this ensemble. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 13, 2013May 24, 2013; January 21, 2013; April 29, 2011

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

Dutch King and Queen in Noord Holland

After a relatively quiet week of royal hats this week, one of the more fearless royal hat wearers brought some millinery drama to end things on a brighter note. King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited Noord Holland today where the Queen repeated a hat in bright magenta straw. We have seen Máxima in other stovepipe hats before and while the shape is not my favourite, it does pack a lot of visual punch without a huge brim. Máxima wears a magenta hat better than anyone- the colour is marvelous on her and works well with her dress.

Interesting note about Máxima’s dress- it was designed by a ten year old Dutch girl name Luna, who is suffering from leukemia. The Make-A-Wish foundation linked Luna with Natan designer Edouard Vermeulen, who created her design. With this knowledge, this whole outfit suddenly becomes so much more special, doesn’t it?

Queen Máxima, September 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: October 17, 2005; May 26, 2004

Photos from Lex van Lieshout, Lex van Lieshout and Lex van Lieshout via Getty

Queen Máxima Opens Education Center

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands openned the Center for Educational Excellence at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg this morning. Máxima wore an ecru straw picture hat with upturned brim edged in unfinished straw fringe – the rough fringe was repeated in a band around the crown of the hat. While the shape and scale of the hat is something we have seen on Máxima many times (because it works so well on her), the unfinished straw fringe makes the hat unique and interesting. We don’t often see Queen Máxima in beige from head to toe- the rough straw trim on the hat and the trim on her dress keeps the whole outfit far from boring.  I think the whole ensemble is elegant and the roughly edged hat works rather well. What do you think?

Queen Máxima. September 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima. September 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima. September 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima. September 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

While this hat looked familiar to me, I was not able to find it anywhere so guessed it was new (these Fabienne Delvigne unfinished straw hats have been worn by several royals and have started running together in my mind).Thanks to those of you who pointed out this is the same hat that Máxima’s mother, María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart wore for Princess Amalia’s christening in 2004. Fantastic observation! This hat was such a perfect match for Carmen’s ensemble that I can only imagine it was custom made for her at the time. I wonder if it was always meant to end up in Máxima’s millinery closet?

María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart in Fabienne Delvigne and Queen Beatrix in Emmy Hill, June 10, 2004 | Royal Hats

María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart in Fabienne Delvigne and Queen Beatrix in Emmy Hill, June 10, 2004

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 10, 2004

Photos from Albert Nieboer, Patrick van KatwijkAlbert Nieboer, and Albert Nieboer via Corbis; and Steve Finn via Getty

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
 
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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

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 Michel Porro via Getty