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 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. 
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 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 | 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: unconfirmed. I suspect Fabienne Delvigne
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: unknown
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

 

Day 2 of Dutch Royal Visit to South Korea

The second day of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s visit brought a huge millinery surprise- the repeat performance of a statement hat we have not seen in 9 years! Today, Queen Máxima very unexpectedly appeared in the grey silk flower headpiece that she wore for Princess Alexia’s christening in November 2005.

Queen Máxima, November 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

This is a statement headpiece to be sure. It really is a work of art as the grey petals on the silk flower anchoring this piece carry movement, texture and shape that feels very real. It’s huge, it’s bold, it’s brave and it’s beautiful. While the colours are soft, there is still significant contrast between the frothy headpiece and Máxima’s tweedy tunic. I love this contrast and think it makes the whole ensemble work but suspect some of you might feel differently. No matter our like or dislike of this headpiece and/or its pairing with this outfit, it is wonderful to see it return from the back of the millinery vault, isn’t it?

Queen Máxima, November 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 19, 2005

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

Dutch Royals Begin Korean Visit

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands kicked off the second leg of their Asian tour today with an official welcome to South Korea. Queen Máxima topped her Matthijs van Bergen designed frock with a matching folded calot hat, made in the same sand coloured silk linen as her dress. From a distance, the hat looked to be a lovely compliment, allowing the subtle graphic print on the dress bodice to shine.

Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Dutch Royals visit South Korea

From a closer view, however, the hat fell flat (quite literally) – its folded construction again took on the appearance of a wrapped head bandage. I suspect this headpiece was meant to be modern, light, airy and a little edgy (to compliment the edginess of the dress) and while it delivered on these accounts, I don’t find it to be particularly pretty when viewed up close. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. It is not a design by Fabienne Delvigne

Photos from Robin Utrecht, Albert NieboerPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Day 3 of Dutch Royal Visit to Japan

On the third day of their visit to Japan today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended a Food and Agribusiness conference. Queen Máxima repeated her khaki green pleated fabric calot hat, a hat which was clearly custom made to coordinate with her striped Natan skirt. Her hairstyle and drop earrings showcased this hat very well and the colour, which might seem boring to some, provided a quietly elegant contrast against her blonde locks.

Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Some of you have commented over the past few days that Máxima’s characteristically vibrant style has overwhelmed the pastel-clad Japanese royals; I think this hat today was a better bridge between these polar opposite styles. What did you think of this pleated calot hat today in Japan?

Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: February 13, 2014

Photos from Robin Utrecht, Albert Nieboer, Robin Utrecht, Robin UtrechtRobin Utrecht, and Robin Utrecht via Corbbis