I so enjoyed hearing about your favourite royal hats of 2013! It was wonderful to look back at some of the lovely hats we have seen this year and hear the reasons why your favourites are your favourites. During the course of our discussion, ten hats emerged as the Favourite 10 Royal hats of 2013 (click on each photo to link back to the original post for designer and photo credit information):
And the winning favourite, by a landslide, is Queen Mathilde of Belgium in the unforgettable pink hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne that she wore on the day she became queen.
Stay tuned tomorrow as we cheekily turn our discussion to our least favourite royal hats of 2013!
Celebrations for the 200th anniversary of The Kingdom of the Netherlands kicked off yesterday when King Willem-Alexander received the biographies of Kings Willem I, Willem II and Willem III in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Today, the King and Queen attended further celebrations at the Hall of Knights in The Hague. Queen Máxima wore a rather sedate beige wool calot style; the front looked slightly raised, almost in the style of a beret. Unusually for Máxima, this new hat was completely without embellishment. On its own, I don’t think I would have liked this hat but as an accessory to Máxima’s whole outfit (and her incredible aqua silk dress), it looked very regal and elegant.
Princess Beatrix wore a sweeping black picture hat with a double brim and wrapped crown, trimmed with bright magenta silk blooms. I thought the shape of this hat was very beautiful (the transparent top brim and crown wrap are particularly pretty) and the flowers made it very festive. Paired with her pink and black printed dress, this hat is a winner for me.
In the afternoon, the King and Queen watched a re-enactment of King Willem I landing on the beach. Queen Máxima wore the same hat but paired it with a beige wool coat for the outdoor event.
Queen Máxima officially opens the new “Queen Máxima Barracks for the Royal Military Guard” at Schiphol airport in Badhoevedorp, near Amsterdam, this morning. She repeated a chocolate wool felt hat with square crown and dramatic, upturned diagonal brim – one of the first hats she wore in what has now become one of her signature shapes. The lines on this hat are a little sharp for my taste but but with her chocolate suit, wrap and accessories, the overall ensemble looked quite luxurious. What do you think of this hat?
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited Caracas, Venezuela yesterday. Máxima repeated one of my least favorite headpieces- this pair of silver fabric rings look like the rings of Saturn circling her head. Many of you will recognize it from the christening of Princess Arianne in 2007 when Máxima wore this with a beautifully tailored silver suit. That first wearing, there was something about the suit and the hat combination that worked. This pairing (with a lovely teal lace dress), however, seems to magnify the oddity of this hat. But that’s just my opinion- what do you think?
After completing their visit to the Dutch Antilles, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued on to a one-day official visit to Colombia. For this visit today, Máxima repeated a pale pink straw hat with sharply upturned brim and ribbon trim around the crown. I thought this regal hat was a great choice to begin this more formal leg of the tour and topped off a beautifully styled ensemble. There has been much conversation here this week about the appropriateness of Máxima’s recent millinery and clothing choices but today, I think she knocked it out of the park.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima completed their inaugural Caribbean tour with a second day spent on the island of Aruba. For her final piece of millinery this tour, Máxima made a rather unusual choice- she repeated a pale grey velvet headpiece with open crown and side bow loops. My thoughts about convertible hats aside, I thought choosing a velvet headpiece for an event in a warm, tropical country just didn’t make sense. A wide brimmed straw hat would have been better, don’t you think?
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the island of Aruba today on the final leg of their inaugural Caribbean tour. Máxima repeated her pale gold ruched toque - a hat we have seen a few times this year. I don’t have strong feelings either way for this hat so will leave the opinions to all of you!
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their Caribbean tour today with a second day on the island of Curacao. Máxima debuted her second new hat of this tour- a whimsical fuchsia pink straw beret trimmed in a mass of pink striped grosgrain ribbon. This hat was a stark contrast from the all-white hat she wore yesterday and provided a bright and very fun exclamation point to her pink yellow and black Ikat print dress. I think this hat is great fun and looks fantastic on Máxima. I would have preferred her shoes and handbag in different colours (the all pink accessories are a little too matchy-matchy for me) but this didn’t diminish how much I adore this hat. I can’t wait to hear your opinions on this one!
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their Caribbean tour today with a visit to Curacao. Máxima reached back in her millinery closet and pulled out a hat we have not seen in a very long time- a white straw picture hat with a sharply upturned front brim trimmed with an explosion of white feathers. This hat has a slightly 80′s vibe (see here and here) but I adore it nonetheless and am so excited to see it again! The shape is a little less formal than most picture hats and the feather poof is pure frivolity and fun. Last time Máxima wore this hat, there were green feathers tucked in with the white ones; I suppose the removal of these green feathers now makes this hat more versatile. If I were to nitpick, I would push this hat a little further up/back on Máxima’s head (so the front sight line was not perched directly on her eyebrows) but that is a picky detail and does not diminish my love for this hat. What do you think of this picture hat?
Designer: I believe it is Fabienne Delvigne Previously Worn:Nov 3. 2009
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their Caribbean tour with a visit to Bonaire today. For the first time so far this trip, Máxima unveiled a new hat! It appears to be a cream fabric pillbox with large stacked bow on one side. I like the colour and scale of this hat, especially paired with this new sorbet-striped summer dress, although the bow on the side seems oddly out of proportion. I realize it’s a little dangerous to wish for a more dramatic bow from Máxima (see here) but this bow looks like a bunched up wet washcloth stuck to a perfectly nice little pillbox.
UPDATE: This was actually a convertible hat! The designer is also confirmed as Fabienne Delvigne.