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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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