Queen Máxima Opens Exhibition

Yesterday, Queen Máxima opened an exhibition at the Groninger Museum entitled “”The Secret of Dresden”. For this event, she topped her chocolate suit with a large felt hat in the same shade. The large brim of the hat was upturned on one side and the squared crown was slightly flared at the top. It is a hat with very strong lines that Máxima carries off very well. A monochrome outfit such as this can be difficult to pull off but the open neck of the suit and the pearl jewelry lightened the look. If this somber-hued ensemble was chosen as a quiet nod to Queen Fabiola’s funeral (which I suspect it was), it was a beautiful choice for Máxima to make.

Queen Máxima, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 11, 2014November 26, 2013March 11, 2010Nov 17, 2007

Photos from PPE and PPE

Dutch Monarchs Award Military Order

King Willem-Alexander awarded the Military Order of William to Major Gijs Tuinman during a ceremony in The Hague today. Queen Máxima joined to watch the event, dressed in a new oyster velvet turban hat. We have not seen her in a true turban for a long while and I suspect the choice of this hat today was more about function (keeping warm on a blustery day) than about appearance. We can’t totally dismiss aesthetics, however, and I thought this hat coordinated very well with Máxima’s neutral ensemble. For a winter hat, I think this turban is great. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, December 4, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, December 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk and Albert Philip Van Der Werf via Corbis

Designer Confirmations

Royal Hats It has been a very quiet week in royal hats this week. Next week things will liven up with a state visit to France and the Nobel Prizes (which always include Scandinavian royal hats and tiaras) are right around the corner. Today, I’m taking advantage of the quiet to make a number of designer confirmations – the following hats worn by Queen Máxima over the past two years were all made by Fabienne Delvigne:

Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, May 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, June 19, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, June 3, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, June 12, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Máxima, January 25, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsQueen Máxima, June 4, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Máxima, September 18, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, June 3, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

We are all often tough on Delvigne designs (especially the open topped ones) but this group of varied and very beautiful hats shows how immensely talented this Belgian milliner is. Please click on each photo to link to the original post which includes photo credits.

Queen Máxima Opens Joure Community School

Queen Máxima was in Joure today to open the new Community School, a collaborative project that includes primary schools, a childcare organization, social welfare supports and a center for the arts. For this opening, Queen Máxima unearthed a wonderful hat we haven’t seen since 2006! In black felt, this hat has all the classic elements of a trilby hat- lengthwise crease down the center of the crown, brim folded up at the back- although on a larger scale than the average trilby hat (and with a much wider brim). It is a fantastic hat on Máxima that paired exceptionally well with her graphic dress; I am so so glad she decided to bring it back into circulation. What do you think of this feather-trimmed trilby?

Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 16, 2006

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkRobin Utrecht/PoolPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Queen Máxima in Westbeemster and Alkmaar

Queen Máxima had a busy day yesterday, opening new facilities of the CONO cheesemakers in Westbeemster and a non-profit support program of the Waaier Foundation at the Alkmaar Stadium in Alkmaar. For these events, she debuted a new brimless hat made from the same rough, nubby woven silk linen as her swing jacket. The colour is more neutral than what we usually see Máxima wear, but looked really great with her gold jewelry and maroon pencil skirt.

Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

I was all about to wax lyrical about this new pillbox when I saw this photo montage and learned that this lovely pillbox was not, in fact, a pillbox at all. I’m going to pretend this hat isn’t a donut because from the front, it is so pretty. What do you, dear readers, think of this hat and matching jacket?

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Tino” design.
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Koen van Weel via ANP; and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Three Dresses and One Royal Purple Hat

Royal HatsWe saw Queen Máxima wear her dramatic purple wool hat at two high profile events last month- once while touring Japan and the other, for the Spanish King and Queen’s introductory visit to the Netherlands. Since debuting this hat a year ago, Queen Máxima has paired it with three different dresses- begging the question of which pairing do you think is best?

 Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, March 19, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats        Queen Máxima, March 19, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats        Queen Máxima, October 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

(for more details on each outing of this hat, click on each photo to link back to the original post)

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press;  and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Dutch Royals Attend Air Crash Memorial

Yesterday in Amsterdam, members of the Dutch Royal Family attended a national memorial for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine in July. Queen Máxima wore a simple rounded black pillbox hat in black felt which was trimmed with a flat double bow at the back.

Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 2, 2013

Princess Beatrix wore a round black straw hat woven with metallic threads. The indented crown of the hat was wrapped in a tall, rolled band of straw, making it look like a large-scaled bumper style chapeau.

Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: I think this hat is new

Princess Margriet wore a plack straw hat with flat brim that slightly raised around the back. This hat was trimmed with a slim band around the crown and a swath of light straw folds and wispy black feathers around the sides and back of the hat.

Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

I thought all three hats were quietly dignified, yet each flattered their wearer and conveyed a bit of their personal style. My favourite was Queen Máxima’s pillbox- which one did you prefer here?

Photos from Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk, Albert NieboerPatrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk, all via Corbis