Prinsjesdag 2012

It’s Prinsjesday (Prince’s Day) today, and that means we’re in for some wild hats! Prinsjesday is the day on which the reigning monarch of the Netherlands (currently Queen Beatrix) addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives  in The Hague. It’s been a tradition in Holland since the 18th century and the dress code harkens back to that time period- full length gowns with hats. It’s glorious.

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Queen Beatrix wore one of her signature chicken feather nest hats. It’s a dramatic hat for certain but I’m just not sure these feathers were the most flattering colour against her pale complexion and hair.

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Princess Margriet, wore a grey net and feather fascinator on the top of her head. To me, it looks like grubby bath sponge.

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Princess Máxima was a vision in magenta. Not many can carry off such a strong colour from head to toe, but Máxima is in a category unto herself. I thought the shape of the hat, designed by Fabienne Delvigne, was not quite compatible with the more delicate cut of her dress but now I’m nitpicking- anyone who can pull off a huge magenta hat is someone I’ll cheer loudly for. Go Máxima!

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Máxima’s sister-in-law Princess Laurentien sported a large purple cabbage rose fascinator. It veered dangerously close to eye patch territory, but we’ll let it go this time. The piece works well with her hairstyle.

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Great day of hats in the Netherlands today, don’t you agree?

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Photos from Zimbio and Dutch Photo Press


One thought on “Prinsjesdag 2012

  1. I just came across this post from 2012 (linked from Pinterest) while looking at some Maxima photos, and there don’t seem to be any comments yet, so I’m putting one here to call people’s attention to an oldie that deserves a revisit, especially that extraordinary Beatrix hat!

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