Milestone Birthday for Queen Beatrix: The Funny Hats

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Yesterday, we looked at some of the many hats Queen Beatrix wore as Princess and during the first 10 years of her reign. In continued celebration of her 75th Birthday, we’ll now turn our focus to the hats she has worn over the past 23 years as Queen. In looking over all these hats, there are a number that elicit giggles and/or doubletakes. I’m calling these the funny hats not because they are odd (although some of them are!) but because to a hat lover like me, they are so very amusing. Here are some of Queen Beatrix’s funny hats!

The Single Tier “Hat-Cakes” (also known as the Donuts or the Giant Pillboxes). This is one of Queen Beatrix’s signature looks. These are the hats that look like a large round cake plunked on the Queen’s head (not necessarily a bad thing, especially if one likes cake!)

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#55 Tres chic on a visit to France, March 6, 1991
#56 Attending a World Wildlife Federation meeting in Rotterdam, May 8, 2012
#57-58 Prinsjesdag and Queen’s Day in 2007

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#59 Visiting the European Space Agency on October 24, 2012
#60 Queen’s Day, April 30, 2009
#61 Visiting Friesland, July 6, 2012 

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#62 Dancing in Aruba on October 29, 2011 
#63 Receive President Gul of Turkey, April 19, 2012 
#64 In Doha during state visit to Qatar March 9, 2011
#65 Prinsjesdag, September 2002

The Multi-Tiered Cakes. Over the past seven years, Queen Beatrix seems to have decided that double and triple layered Hat Cakes are also fashionably delicious.

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#66 Visiting the European Court of Human Rights on January 8, 2006 
#67 Queen’s Day, April 30, 2011
#68 Opening a bio-energy storage center, April 23, 2008

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#69 On a state visit to Norway, June 3, 2010 
#70  Visiting Germany July 3, 2008 
#71  Opening of the House of Europe in The Hague, May 16, 2011

The Bird’s Nests. Nobody carries off a feathered hat like Queen Beatrix.

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#72 Opening an exhibition November 22, 2011 
#73-74 Prinsjesdag in 2012 and 2005 

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#75  In Essen during a state visit to Germany April 15, 2011 
#76 Prinsjesdag 2009
#77 Hosting the visit of French President Jacques Chirac in February 2000 

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#78 At the wedding of Prince Philippe and Princes Mathilde, December 4, 1999
#79 Beaming at the wedding of her son, Prince Friso, April 24, 2004
#80 Royal blue for Prinsjesdag 1999

The Mini Brim. My least favourite of Queen Beatrix’s hats are these Hat Cakes with the addition of an awkward mini-brim. Because I like these least, I’m only going to post a few of them (Beatrix has worn numerous more) but this is probably enough to give you an idea of these funny hats.

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#81-83 Public engagements in 1995, 2001 and 2011

The Spools. I suppose hat shapes can get a little boring- there is always some type of crown and sometimes, some type of brim. These spool hats create double brims going off in opposite directions and while sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

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#82 In St. Petersburg, June 7, 2001 
#83 Official visit to Slovakia May 22,  2007
#84 During a tour of Russia,June 5, 2001 
#85 Also during the visit to Slovakia in May 2007 

The Loop-de-Loops. Some queens have bows or feathers on the sides of their hats. Queen Beatrix often has loops.

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#85 At an unknown event in the late 1990s
#86 In Dresden on April 14, 2011 during a state visit to Germany
#87 Welcoming Slovakian President Gasparovich to Holland, November 20, 2012
#88 Opening a sculpture exhibition May 26, 2011 

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#89 Attending a meeting at The Hague, January 25, 2012 
#90 An official visit to St Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, November 3, 2011
#91 The 100th anniversary of the International Criminal Court in November 2012 
#92 Queens Day celebrations on April 30, 2012

The Pyramids. And last, but by no means least, there are the pointy hats. These ones make me giggle every time I see them!

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#93-94 Queen’s Day 1994 and 2006
#95 Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2006
#96 A visit to Sint Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean, November 4, 2011

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#97 Attending a symposium at The Hague on September 7, 2011 
#99 At a Memorial for WWII, May 4, 2012
#99 On the island of  Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean, October 28, 2011
#100 A hug from a young admirer on the island of Curacao, November 1, 2011

PHEW! That is quite the lot of funny hats. It’s tough to pick a funny hat so instead, I’ve decided to pick the funny hats I would actually wear. For me, the choice is easy- #65. I’m not sure I’ll ever have an occasion to wear a midnight blue velvet pillbox with a spray of feathers at the back, but it’s beautiful and if I’m to have one over-the-top hat in my closet, this would be it. Which one would you actually wear?!

I’ll be back on Monday with the third and final installment in this series- the Queenly Hats.

Photos from CorbisZimbio, Dutch Photo Press and Viva Maxima Blog 

3 thoughts on “Milestone Birthday for Queen Beatrix: The Funny Hats

  1. Yikes. There’s not one single hat here I’d be caught dead in! I guess for a queen, it’s different. The feathered ones are really awful but in a way, I kind of like them on Beatrix. The pyramid ones have got to go. Ugh.

    • I totally agree. There’s something that makes those feathered hats work (albeit, in an odd way!) on Beatrix. I remember first seeing her in that huge teal feathered hat at Friso and Mabel’s wedding and wondering what in heaven’s name she was thinking… but in an odd way, she carries it off. I hope that this bold streak will continue once she returns to being Princess Beatrix again in a few months.

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