Today, we come to our third and final post in our 75th Birthday Celebration for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. We’ve already looked at her early hats and her funny hats– today we conclude with the majestic hats. These are hats fit for a Queen, and hats that I think show Queen Beatrix at her millinery best. Like the funny hats, these fit into several distinct categories.
The Upturned Brims. I suspect at the top of a Queen’s job description is to make sure she is seen by her people. Hats can make this difficult sometimes but Queen Beatrix is a master at finding large hats that do not restrict her visibility to the masses. One of her secrets? Many hats with upturned brims.
#101 Attending the 350th anniversary of the Treaties of Westphalia on October 24, 1998
#102 Queen’s Day 1997
#103 In pink for a June 2006 tour of Russia
#104 Attending a Forensic Science conference in August last year
#105 Welcoming the Pakistani President September 27, 2004
#106 Opening Cultural Center, November 1, 2012
#107 An engagement in Utrecht, May 20, 2011
#108 Welcoming the President of Ghana on October 21, 2008
#109 November 9, 2009 on a state visit to Mexico
#110 Attending an exhibition at the Railway Museum, April 14, 2010
#111 On a tour of Turkey in June 2012
#112 Commemorating Remembrance Day, May 4, 2011
The Large-Brimmed Flat Tops. While we tend to associate Queen Beatrix with her Hat Cakes (and multi-tiered Hat Cakes), the majority of her hats over the past 20 years have had a brim and a flat crown. These large beauties exude a regal presence and make Beatrix look very queenly, indeed.
#113 Celebrating her silver wedding anniversary in 2001
#114 Welcoming the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, April 24, 2006
#115 Qeen’s Day, April 30, 2003
#116 Welcoming the German President, October 8, 2007
#117 During the November 2009 state visit to Mexico
#118 In Liege on June 22, 2006 during a visit to Belgium
#119 Opening a Museum on March 30, 2012
#120 Opening a building in The Hague, October 5, 2011
#121 April 18, 2008 while opening a new harbour
#122 Attending the 00th anniversary of Dutch Royal Tropical Institute, March 11, 2010
#123 Visiting Sint Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean on November 4, 2011
#124 at the 125th anniversary of the Dutch Tourist Promotion Office, March 3, 2010
#125 In Doha on March 9, 2011 during a state visit to Qatar
#126 April 25, 2012 opening an exhibition of Dutch design
#127 Opening a sculpture exhibition in The Hague, May 29, 2012
#128 Attending the 400th anniversary of the Luthern church on October 10, 2011
#129 On a state visit to Oman, January 11, 2012
#130 November 11, 2012 Bidding farewell to Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovich
#131 Queen’s Day, April 30, 2005
The Double Brims. Why be just a little queenly with one brim when you can be REALLY queenly with two?!
#132 Attending the Christening of her granddaughter Princess Amalia, June 12, 2004
#133 Visiting Liepaja, Latvia on May 24, 2006
#134 A November 5, 2011 visit to Saba in the Dutch Caribbean
#135 In Ghent on June 21, 2006 during a visit to Belgium
#136 At the funeral of her beloved father, Prince Bernhard, December 11, 2004
#137 Christening a new ship on February 11, 2010
#138-139 Opening The Open Air Exhibition in 2009 and 2012
#140 Attending the Rheuma Foundation Jubilee on November 18, 2011
And finally…. The Spectacles. The thing I love most about Queen Beatrix’s style is that she’s not afraid to take things over the top. These are the hats that prove this queen has no millinery fear. I absolutely adore her for that.
#141 The Punching Bag. At an event in 1992.
#142 Sunny Side Up. At an event in 1994
#143 Snakes and Ladders. Queens Day, April 30, 1994
#144 The Pincushion. At the Centenary of the ANV at the Hague, May 9, 1995
#145 The Candy Striper. Queen’s Day, April 30, 1995
#146 The Bee Hive. At the May 30, 1998 religious wedding of her nephew, Prince Maurits
#147 The Pop-Up Surpise. At the may 17, 2001 civil wedding of her son , Prince Constantijn
#148 The UFO. Queen’s Day, April 30, 1992
#149 The Puffball. On a visit to Leiden University, August 31, 2009
#150 The Slinky. Inaugurating a new healthcare centre in The Hague on March 16, 2011
#151 Oranje Orange. On a state visit to Oman, January 10, 2012
#152 The Snake. Prinsjesdag, 2004
#153 The Feather Floosh. In Berlin on April 12, 2011 during a state visit to Germany
#154 The Grape Vine. Christening the vessel ‘Polaris’ in Rotterdam, October 10, 2012
After 154 hats in this marvellous journey of Beatrix’s finest millinery moments, I know I have to choose a favourite. While there are so many here (and in the previous two posts) I love, none quite compare to this one, #155, worn on September 22, 2012 to re-open the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. This hat has all the criteria of a majestic and perfect hat. Jaunty asymmetrical shape? Check. Large slightly upturned brim? Check. Ombre bands around the crown? Check. Something spectacular to look at on the back? Check? Gorgeous colour? Check. For me, this one is the unquestionable winner.
We’ve now seen 155 of Beatrix’s hats. Which one is your favourite?!