Queen Elizabeth Hosts State Visit

President Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates arrived in England today for a two-day state visit. For his official welcome, Queen Elizabeth wore a new hat in a textured ecru floral plaid, made in the same fabric as her coat. The sequin flower trim was very sweet and unlike anything we’ve seen her wear in recent memory.

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Previously Worn: This hat is new

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Review of the Dutch Enthronement

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The Dutch Inauguration was an elegant display of royal tradition and featured many wonderful hats. Here is a review of the millinery (and a queenly tiara!) we saw today in Amsterdam.

Inauguration Of King Willem Alexander  | The Royal Hats Blog

The King and Queen
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

The Dutch Royal Family
Princess Beatrix, The Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane, Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel

Princess Margriet and Family
Princess Margriet, Princess Marilène, Princess Annette, Princess Anita and Princess Aimée

Princess Irene and Family
Princess Irene, Princess Annemarie, Princess Margarita and Princess Carolina

Princess Christina and Family
Princess Christina and Ms. Juliana Guillermo

Royal Guests
Princess Mathilde of Belgium, The Princess of Asturias, The Duchess of Cornwall, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Masako of Japan, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg, Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein and Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Misned

Inauguration Of King Willem Alexander  | The Royal Hats Blog

Photo from Pool via Getty and Jasper Juinen via Getty

Dutch Enthronement: Royal Guests

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As expected, the royal guests attending this inauguration pulled out all the stops when it came to their hats!

The Duchess of Cornwall wore an ice blue leaf fascinator designed by Philip Treacy. She wore this previously to the weddings of Peter Philips and Autumn Kelly in 2007 as well as her son Tom in 2005 but it looks totally reinvented with her ice blue gown. In the past, I have not always been a fan of these halo fascinators but today, I thought Camilla looked absolutely beautiful.

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore a cream straw hat with a dramatic diagonal brim and large spray of flowers and feathers on the side designed by Philip Treacy. I think this hat would have benefited from a trim of some of those feathers (it was a little too messy on the side I thought) and I prefer Victoria in smaller hats but overall, she looked great.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a delicate grey flowered, feathered, netted, fascinator. There was a lot going on in this headpiece but I loved it. I thought it was gorgeous with her handpainted silk kimono-inspired gown. The whole look was unexpected but beautiful.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark  | The Royal Hats Blog Crown Princess Mary of Denmark  | The Royal Hats Blog

The Princess of Asturias, who does not wear hats very often, suddenly developed some hat bravery and appeared in this Maria Nieto designed asymmetrical signature hat in dove grey complete with a flower and feather explosion on top.  I’m going to give her points for her new-found hat bravery but something about the shape of this hat didn’t work for me. The crown ended up looking like a giant earmuff and that’s never a good thing. Leitizia’s column dress would have been better contrasted with a hat with a horizontal brim, don’t you think?

 

The Princess of Asturias   | The Royal Hats Blog

Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein wore the loveliest shade of green silk from head to toe… but even in the loveliest shade, it was too much green Her hat looked like a folded green dinner napkin and fell flat for me.

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium wore a blush pink picture hat designed by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne. I loved this hat- it was quietly elegant and looked beautiful on Mathilde. The rest of her ensemble was a bit to pink for me (we have to break her of this head-to-toe one colour obsession) but didn’t attract from how much I love that hat.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore a wreath of beaded flowers??? I know. I didn’t really get this either.

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I thought that the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg looked all right in this latte brown straw hat with rolled brim. While I liked the colour with her newly darkened caramel hair, I think the brim was to chunky for Princess Stephanie’s delicate features and the hat aged her WAY beyond her 29 years.

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Crown Princess Masako of Japan was all smiles this morning. Much has been speculated about Masako, whose attendance at this event ended a decade-long period of her missing out international royal events (officially, the Japanese court says she is being treated for adjustment disorder but unofficially, it’s widely understood she’s suffered chronic depression after giving up her international diplomacy career to marry the Crown Prince). Masako repeated the silk dress and matching pillbox hat she wore for Emporer Akihito’s birthday celebrations in 2010. The hat alone, I love on her. With the dress, it’s a lot of fabric. That being said, it was just so wonderful to see Masako back out in public. Her cute husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, beamed non-stop from ear to ear, clearly thrilled to be attending this event together.

 Crown Princess Masako of Japan | The Royal Hats Blog

 Crown Princess Masako of Japan | The Royal Hats Blog

 Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Misned  of Qatar wore a navy turban to coordinate with her couture outfit and serious bling. I don’t think there’s any point commenting about her hat since we’re all just staring at her necklace! And yes- it’s real. Mozah doesn’t do jewels that aren’t real.

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Misned  of Qatar   | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Pool, Julian Parker, and Robin Utrecht via Getty; Hello Magazine, Belga via Skynet;  The Daily Mail and Dutch Photo Press

Dutch Enthronement: Princess Christina and Family

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Princess Christina (known as Princess Marijke), youngest sister of Princess Beatrix, also attended the Inauguration with her three children. Christina wore a spiky peach colored feather fascinator that brought out the strawberry highlights in her hair.

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Princess Christina’s daughter Juliana Guillermo, looked fantastic in a red Garbo hat with white band around the brim. The hat coordinated beautifully with her graphic white and red dress. This was another one of my favourite hats today.

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Photos from Dutch Photo Press and Edwin Valoo via PPE

Dutch Enthronement: Princess Irene and Family

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Princess Irene, younger sister of Princess Beatrix, looked incredibly regal in an ecru coloured lace hat. While there is a lot of lace going on here, the hat was fairly restrained and simple. I thought she looked incredibly beautiful.

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Princess Annemarie, wife of Princess Irene’s son Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, wore an interesting gold fascinator with long feathers that curved around her head. It reminded me of both an octopus and Medusa… not the kind of images or comparison one wants their hat to conjure up.

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Princess Irene’s two daughters  Princess Margarita and Princess Carolina both wore striking variations on pillbox hats. Margarita’s hat, in a metallic taupe coloured straw, featured a unique curved crown and I thought she looked great.

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Princess Carolina’s peacock blue hat was a show stopper for me- the size, colour and sassy side fan and flower embellishment were absolutely gorgeous on her. Carolina’s hat was one of my favourites of the day.

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UPDATE: It seems Princess Margarita did not get enough hat wearing in today so she showed up for the black tie gala dinner in a fascinator! The fascinator on its own is beautiful- feathery, light and substantial enough to be actually seen (hear that Princess Anita?!) and in a lovely colour on Margarita. But when added to a bright pink sparkle dress, bright pink wrap and bright pink sparkle clutch?? II think it’s a little much.

Princess Margarita | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Pool via Getty; Dutch Photo Press; and Chris Jackson via Getty

Dutch Enthronement: Princess Margriet and Family

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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, younger sister of Princess Beatrix, looked beautiful today in a pale green hat. The crown of her hat was in the same fabric as her dress and featured a straw brim and bow. Even though the brim looked a little like the rings around Saturn, I liked how the tilted back angle framed her face.

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Princess Marilène, wife of Princess Margriet’s son Prince Maurits, looked statuesque and striking in a magenta pillbox.A simple pillbox is a great compliment to a patterned lace dress but when the whole lot is in bright pink, its a LOT of bright pink.

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Princess Annette, wife of Princess Margriet’s son Prince Bernhard, wore a dramatic black straw hat with a sharply curved upturned brim. I liked her monochrome hat well enough but felt it was a lost against her ornately patterned dress and skirt.

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At first glance, I thought Princess Anita (wife of Princess Margriet’s son Pieter Christiaan) did not wear a hat. It was only when I rewatched the royal arrivals did I notice she wore a small burgundy fascinator on the left side of her head. Anita had brain surgery a few months ago and it was great to see her looking so well.

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Princess Margriet’s final daughter-in-law, Princess Aimée, who is married to Prince Floris, provided the biggest hat surprise of the day. It took me a minute to place this hat… as you’ll see below, Queen Máxima wore it during a November 2011 tour of the Dutch Caribbean! Aimée is also wearing one of Máxima’s maternity gowns. While I found this family fashion-swap quite heart warming, I was not a fan of this hat and gown combination.

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Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk,Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Dutch Royal Press; Pascal Le Segretain via Getty; Boris RoesslerPatrick van Katwijk and Albert Nieboer via Corbis

Dutch Enthronement: The Dutch Royal Family

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For the abdication ceremony, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane looked adorable in matching flower-adorned headbands coordinating with their lovely Pili Carerra designed yellow sundresses. So sweet!

Princess Ariane, Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia  | The Royal Hats Blog

The Dutch Royal Family  | The Royal Hats Blog

For the inauguration, the three little princesses changed into royal blue dresses and matching hair bows designed by NATAN. I loved how the family created a united team in royal blue. Those hair bows were quite darling!

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Dutch Royal Family  | The Royal Hats Blog

Dutch Royal Family  | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Beatrix was beautiful in one of her classic round brimless hats. This one, made of royal blue straw, had a flourish or stylized leaves in the back. I loved that she was also in blue- it made such a statement of solidarity from this family.

Princess Mabel and Princess Beatrix  | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Beatrix  | The Royal Hats Blog

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Princess Beatrix was poignantly accompanied by her daughter-in-law, Princess Mabel (her husband, Princess Beatrix’s son Prince Friso has been in a coma since a skiing accident in February 2012). Mabel wore a headpiece of black feathers that looked beautiful on her.

Princesses Mabe and Princess Beatrix   | The Royal Hats Blog

Princesses Mabel, Beatrix, Alexia, Amalia and Ariane  | The Royal Hats Blog

Princesses Mabe and Princess Beatrix   | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Laurentien looked very elegant in a red statement hat trimmed with matching red net designed by Fabienne Delvigne. Laurentien has worn some seriously questionable hats in the past but I thought she looked fantastic today. I think this is one of the best hats she has ever worn and I loved that she wore red (a final nod to Holland’s red, white and blue flag).

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, April 30, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne  | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from NOS Konighuis;  Julian Parker via Getty; Pool and Robin Utrecht via Getty; and Dutch Photo Press