Last Wednesday, Queen Máxima celebrated her 44th birthday. I want to send our belated best wishes to the Dutch queen today with suggestions of hats we would most like to see her repeat in the coming year. My pick is a hat we have not seen for a long while- this large brimmed picture hat in bright magenta straw wrapped in feathers. I think Queen Máxima is at her millinery best in large hats in bold colours and I would love to see this Fabienne Delvigne design make another outing. What hat would you like to see her repeat this year?
Princess Máxima, April 24, 2009
Photo from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press
On Friday, Queen Máxima was in Zoetermeer to officially open the new Koninklijke Kentalis care education centre for people with disabilities. For this event, she repeated a headpiece of beige folded straw. The piece, which has a very organic and natural feel to it, has a lovely delicacy and sense of movement to it. I admire that Queen Máxima consistently wears hats for official openings and and while I’m not usually a fan of all beige outfits or hats worn with trousers (and I don’t like choice of blouse with her jacket), I think there is something that works about they way she has dressed down this hat for this informal event.
Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition ARTZUID 2015 yesterday in South Amsterdam. For this event, she repeated a large black straw hat with flat crown and gently raised brim on one side. This hat is simply trimmed with a wide band of patent leather wrapped around the crown which gives textural contrast to the piece. It’s not the most striking of royal hats but with her royal blue ensemble, made for a perfectly fine working ensemble.
Previously Worn: October 2, 2012; June 13, 2012
Photos from Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, and Patrick van Katwijk/dpa all via Corbis
Queen Margrethe repeated her lovely pale blue hat to open a Clay Ceramic Museum in Middelfart (Danish Monarchy)
Emperor Akihito carried on the tradition of planting rice at the Imperial Palace. (Imperial Family of Japan blog)
Princess Kiko wore a demure navy pillbox hat for the 1200th anniversary of the Koyasan Shingon branch of Japanese Buddhism (Imperial Family Of Japan)
Prince Michael of Kent, Honorary Admiral of Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, viewed the Dunkirk 75 flotilla from HMS Trumpeter on Thursday (Ministry of Defence)
The Chelsea Royal Hospital Grounds is home to both the Chelsea Flower show and the Chelsea Pensioners- learn more about this group (and their wonderful tricorne hats) in this great article (Royal Central)
Prince Harry’s Sentebale garden at the Chelsea Flower show brought rave reviews from critics, family members and his proud granny (The Daily Mail). Watch his interview with the BBC here.
Queen Mathilde officially opened the new maternity and children’s wing at the ‘Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen’ (UZA) hospital in Edegem yesterday. She carried on her penchant for vibrant hats and frocks with a new headpiece in pale coral pink straw.
In past, I have been rather vocal about my dislike of open-crowned hats. This piece, however, has me eating those words because I think it is beautiful. The colour is lovely on Mathilde and combination of ruched straw and curving lines of the piece lend it the most graceful sense of movement. The fluted edge at the back (faintly reminiscent of this previous hat) is subtle but crucially saves the headpiece from looking like a doughnut.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
I thought the combination of this hat with Mathilde’s her interesting pink and coral printed dress created a very fresh and modern take on ‘feminine pink from head to toe’. I suspect, however, that not everyone will be as enamoured with this headpiece as I am – what do you think of it?
Photos from Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A., Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A., Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A., and Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A. all via Corbis
Earlier this week, Princess Hanako spent two days in Hiroshima Prefecture. For her visits on Tuesdayto the Atomic Bomb Memorial and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, she repeated her white brimless hat with straight sides, domed crown and wide band wrapped diagonally around the perimeter of the piece. We often see royals in black or grey ensembles for these kinds of memorial visits and I thought her all white ensemble was a respectfully nice change. The unusual shape of this hat makes it a continued favourite for me.
Previously Worn: July 14, 2014
The following day, the Imperial Princess, who is Honorary President of Japan Ikebana Art Association, opened an exhibition on this form of traditional Japanese flower arrangement. For this, she wore a new suit and matching hat in pale green silk. The hat featured a domed brown and mushroom brim which looked to be embellished with the same blue lace (or embroidery?) as the peplum on her tunic. Matching hats and suits can be a tricky thing to get right but the beautiful texture of this embellishment makes me think that this combination was a success. When it comes to royal hats, green is one of the least popular colours but for this event, I think it was a stroke of genius- this shade of green looks great on Princess Hanako and perfectly complimented the flowers at the exhibition.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
I am clearly a fan of these two hats worn by Princess Hanako this week in Hiroshima. What do you think?
Photos from Hiroshima Peace Media Center and Yomiuri
On Wednesday, an outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrating 20 years of Dutch-Belgian cultural cooperation was officially opened in The Hague by Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde. It’s not often that we see two Queens at work together and it seems that these two decided to mark this special engagement with a pair of coordinating NATAN frocks and two new and very vibrant hats.
Queen Máxima topped her coral coat dress with a large straw saucer hat in the same hue. The hat was cheekily trimmed with a mass of vertically placed rainbow feathers in the center and a wide band of tan straw edged around the brim. The shape of this saucer is a departure for Máxima and it balanced very well with her collarless coat and chic chignon. I suspect that most of us would go to great lengths to avoid wearing an orange saucer hat trimmed with feathers that look to be plucked straight from an Obsk but on Máxima, it just works. In fact, I think her coral coat dress works better with the hat than it would without it.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Queen Mathilde topped her orange and royal blue printed dress with a ruched blue straw calot hat. The draping on this particular piece is beautifully done (amazing how the straw looks to have the same fluidity as fabric) and this shade of blue works well for Mathilde.. It is a shape we have seen on both queens numerous times and while I would love to see some more variety, this piece is so well done that it warrants a thumbs up.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Earlier in the day, Queen Mathilde attended a reception for Belgian artists held at the the residence of the Belgian ambassador. For this meeting, she paired the same hat with a blue and white printed Dries van Noten dress. This quick change shows the versatility of this hat and makes me wonder, dear readers, which dress do you prefer with it?
From all accounts, it seems that a wonderful day was had by Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde in The Hague. What did you think of their vibrant hats?