Dutch Monarchs Welcome Spanish King and Queen

King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia paid their introductory visit (the first since becoming Spanish monarchs) to the Dutch King  and Queen today. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed their Spanish friends this morning at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. I expected Queen Letizia would forgo a hat today and was therefore surprised when Queen Máxima did not.

Queen Máxima repeated her purple wool ‘slice’ picture hat with sharply upturned brim around one side of the hat. I adore the gentle wave on the lower side of the brim and love how all the drama from this hat comes from the form instead of the trimmings. And who doesn’t love a queen in a purple hat?! I suspect some of you will quibble about the colour clash between this hat and Máxima’s dress but I suspect any mismatch we detect may an issue of lighting and fabric sheen (as you can see from the way the dress photographs so differently in the  following photos). My issue is the necklace, which looks like a medieval torture device. There were times in history where such displays of weaponry warned visiting monarchs not to mess with their hosts and while I suspect this was not the case today (!), I think this necklace was an odd choice that tragically, detracted from the beautiful hat.

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

Designer: Fabienne Delvinge
Previously Worn: March 19, 2014; November 12, 2013

Queen Letizia did not wear a hat. The Spanish royals show us time and time again that they are not a hat wearing bunch and while I thought today might coax even a small hat onto Letizia’s head, it was not to be. So far, we have only seen Letizia wear hats for major royal weddings where the dress code clearly required a hat and I suspect that trend will continue.

These four monarchs were clearly delighted to see one another and it appears that a lovely visit was in store. What did you think of Queen Máxima’s hat today (and Queen Letizia’s lack of hat?!)

Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Queen Máxima Attends Domestic Violence Symposium

Queen Máxima of The Netherlands attended a symposium in Amsterdam this morning marking 40 years of the protection of women against domestic violence. For this engagement, she repeated her scarlet wool felt Garbo style hat with narrow leather band and bow around the crown. I adore this hat! The slightly floppy shape lends an air of informality and effortlessness, which makes this hat look all the more chic. I can’t think of anyone who does red better than Máxima and while a red hat and dress could easily be an assault to the eyes, I think this combination works so well. What do you think of this scarlet combination?

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 8, 2013

Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Máxima Opens Rotterdam Market

Queen Máxima attended the opening of ‘Markthal’, the first indoor fresh food market in The Netherlands, in Rotterdam today. Reader Jules commented earlier this week that Máxima’s dress code for official openings always includes a hat and today was no exception. This, however, was not just any hat, it was a new red toque hat!

This toque, with a slightly more rounded shape (almost reminiscent of a beret) was covered in pleated tomato red fabric which coordinated with the print of Máxima’s dress. I thought that the open bandeau neckline of the dress worked perfectly to balance the hat, which was further showed off to great effect with Queen Máxima’s chignon hairstyle and ruby earrings. While this red toque brings the total number of red toque hats in Máxima’s hat closet to four (see the other red toques at this post), I think it’s a winner and thought Máxima looked fantastic. I can’t wait to hear your opinions on this hat!

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Photos from Getty as indicated above

Queen Máxima Opens Science Museum

Queen Máxima attended the official opening of Micropia, a museum about micro-organisms, in Amsterdam today. While the museum sounds most interesting, I’m afraid Máxima’s hat choice was a disaster. She repeated the bright yellow fabric doughnut headpiece we saw her debut the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June. A bright yellow ring headpiece is bad on its own but paired with a matching jacket over a beigey-pink silk dress, it was truly awful. If you can find something attractive about this outfit, please do share because I’m afraid, dear readers, I can not.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 6, 2014

Photos from Koen van WeelKoen van Weel and Koen van Weel via ANP

Seeing Quadruple: Queen Máxima

Queen Máxima

Royal HatsQueen Máxima has certainly embraced the toque hat as one of her go-to hat styles. When she debuted a new red toque last week for Prinsjesdag, I had a sense of deja vu and I suspect some of you did as well:

 Princess Máxima, January 25, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, June 21, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

In Singapore, January 25, 2013; Visiting Zeeland, June 21, 2013; Prinsjesdag, September 16, 2014

To be fair, the red gown and toque worn last week are a different shade of red than Máxima’s red suit (and required a matching hat). However, does it seem strange to you that Máxima has two red toques to go with her red suit? Click on each of the photographs above to take you to the original post covering these events (and confirmation that the first two toques are indeed, not the same toque!). All three hats were designed by Belgian Milliner, Fabienne Delvigne.

UPDATE: On October 1, 2014, this toque-loving queen added a fourth red hat in this style to her millinery wardrobe. This addition is clearly about the right shade of red but it is rather amusing to see another red toque come into circulation. See more details of this hat at this post.

Queen Máxima, October 1, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Michel Porro/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert and Michel Porro via Getty

Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag

It’s Prinsjesdag! Every year on the third Tuesday of September, the Dutch monarch addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives in The Hague. This speech from the throne lays out government’s goals, policies and budget for the following session of parliament. The event is mired in tradition and pomp- the family arrives in their gold coach, dressed in finery fitting with the 18th century court dress requirement (that’s when Prinsjesdag began and the dress code has not changed). This dress code makes the event one of the very few royal events where we see full length gowns topped with hats!

This is a wonderful dress code for Queen Máxima and she did not disappoint. She topped her cherry red tailored Valentino gown with a coordinating ruched calot hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne. The hat beautifully framed her face and slightly softened the strong lines of the dress. Máxima wears many Delvigne designed ruched toque and calot hats, to varying degrees of success (as yesterday’s post illustrated). At first glance, I thought this hat was well-balanced with just the right amount of movement in all the right places. A second look, however, makes me wonder if this hat is just too small. It seems precariously perched on the back of Máxima’s head, almost as an afterthought. She does look spectacularly regal but I think that’s thanks to the gown and jewels. The hat really doesn’t add much, does it?

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 Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

The King and Queen were joined by Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, who topped her purple coat with a camel hat. The hat, large-scale straw pillbox designed by Eudia, was trimmed with autumn-hued pheasant feathers. In some photos, it looked like the hat had a pointed peak in the front but I believe that was an illusion created by the feather trim. The hat helped tie Laurentien’s sash with her outfit and I think overall, it worked well for her. Her corduroy coat, however, is an entirely different matter…

Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal HatsPrincess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

I must admit- I miss the days when the royal balcony also included Princess Margriet and Princess (then Queen) Beatrix. What did you think of this pair of royal hats for today’s important event in Holland?Dutch Royal Family, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see all the hats Queen Máxima has worn to previous Prinsjesdags at this post. 

Photos from Pool/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert and Pool via Getty; Pool/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Jasper Juinen/Getty via Zimbio; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert and Jasper Juinen via Getty

Dutch King and Queen Celebrate Protestant Church

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended Sunday Service at the Fontein Church in Nijkerk, The Netherlands, yesterday to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Protestant Church. For this event, Queen Máxima repeated her ruched pale pink calot hat. Every time I see this hat, I admire the lovely way it frames her face…

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Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

… until I see it from a side or back view, when I must lament how much it looks like a bandage wrapped around her head. I do love the pale pink hat and accessories with Máxima’s beautiful green suit but I’m afraid I’ll never truly warm to this hat. I do believe I would prefer this hat, this hat or even this hat with this ensemble. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 13, 2013May 24, 2013; January 21, 2013; April 29, 2011

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