Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Máxima represented the Dutch Royal Family at this event. Beatrix one of her usual large brimmed hats, in lilac (the entire outfit was worn at her niece Princess Maria Carolina’s wedding in June). I was a little harsh about the Belgian Royal Family all in monochrome outfits but Beatrix’s skirt, tunic, and large hat somehow work together. I could just do without the purple eye shadow.
While Beatrix may be predictable, Máxima certainly is NOT! The most fashionably bold of all the European Crown Princesses showed up not only dripping in diamonds but with the most amazingly over the top feathered cocktail hat complete with huge pheasant plumes. I don’t know that there’s any adequate commentary for this hat… except to say that one in a million could have carried it off. And carry it off she did!! I’m not sure if the gorgeous bell sleeves on her blouse is what made it all work (I think they balanced off the plumes) but somehow, it all worked.
Photos from Getty as indicated