Queen Máxima was in Amsterdam today to attend a conference on the quality of school education. She unveiled an interesting new calot hat in khaki green pleated fabric. The hat is clearly made to match her skirt and the colour blocking in this outfit is a modern touch. Yesterday I complained about her dull, neutral ensemble- this is neutral but not dull at all. If I walked into a hat shop, this is not a hat I would choose but I think it’s a good accessory for this outfit. What do you think?
Queen Máxima of The Netherlands opened a symposium on the prevention of obesity for children and adults at the Boijmans van Beuninen museum in Rotterdam today. She wore a mushroom beige-grey wool hat with sharply upturned diagonal brim that we haven’t seen on her in a long time. It was one of her first hats in this shape; it is a great shape for her but I found the monochrome outfit a little dull. What do you think?
In the midst of royal birthday posts and a busy week of royal hats, I realized today that I had completely forgotten to close our second January poll. The winner in this pair of Fabienne Delvigne velvet headpieces, by the largest margin in the history of this blog is:
Queen Máxima! Stay tuned later today for a special, Valentines themed poll.
Lely Group, an international producer of ground-breaking innovations for the agricultural sector, welcomed Queen Máxima to officially open their new campus in Maasslius this morning. For this opening, she repeated her charcoal grey hat with dramatic upturned brim. The photos today give us a better view of this hat- I think it is more striking from the back and side than it is from the front. Máxima paired this hat with a monochrome grey ensemble that read a little flat to me, although I love that her coat was lined with the same mini hounds tooth fabric as her dress. What do you think of this hat and outfit together?
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited Rome today where they met with Italian President of Senate Pietro Grasso. Máxima repeated her unique tan wool calot trimmed with a pink feather bird sculpture. It is a hat she wears well (and not one many others could pull off!) but I preferred the tailored coat she paired with her dress the last time she wore it, rather than the unstructured overcoat she wore today. What did you think?
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands received French President FrançoisHollande at Noordeinde Palace this morning. Queen Máxima repeated the beige beret hat she wore for the 200th anniversary of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in November, perching it on the back of her head with her hair worn loose around her shoulders. It gives the effect of a pillbox hat which works very well with that incredible aqua dress, don’t you think?
When two young, fashionable queens share the same hat designer, there are bound to be a few millinery repeats. One of the more interesting repeated designs we have seen from Fabienne Delvigne is this velvet headpiece- Queen Máxima wore it in grey while Queen Mathilde wore it in red. Who do you think wore it best?
Crown Princess Máxima during a state visit from the Turkish President, April 17, 2012
Crown Princess Mathilde at the King’s Day Te Deum, November 15, 2012
The poll will remain open until midnight GMT on January 30, 2014 and we will celebrate the winner the next morning. You are again welcome to vote as many times as you wish.
2013 saw the enthronement of two new queens in Europe. As Crown Princesses, Máxima and Mathilde wore hats on major overseas tours and at big events at home; most of their lower profile, day-to-day domestic engagements were completed without hats. This changed with the beginning of their reigns as queen.
2013 Royal Hat Trend #2- The Young Queens Wearing More Hats
After acceding the thrones of the Netherlands and Belgium, it seemed that the first order of business for both Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde was to order a wardrobe of new hats. Both queens adopted a more traditional approach to hat wearing this year- an approach that saw them add hats for many of their regular day-to-day engagements. While this queenly approach to hats was traditional, the hats themselves (all but one, top row right, the work of Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne) were decidedly modern. Please click on the photos below to link back to their original post and photo credit information.