Dutch Inauguration Countdown: Queen Beatrix’s Final Official Engagement as Queen

Queen Beatrix completed her last official engagement as Queen of the Netherlands this morning in The Hague. Very fittingly, she opened The Huygens Exhibition, a “spectacular show about the House of Orange, the Golden Age and the revolutionary scientific progress achieved during that period. The exhibition combines political history, science and the arts to provide a full immersion into the context of the times”. I thought it was poignant that her last official engagement involved a look back in history before we all look forward to the next monarch on April 30. It’s amazing the continuity these royal families are part of.

Beatrix wore one of her classic blue domed single tier cake hats. I don’t think there’s anything to say except she looked radiant and happy, and that we’re all going to miss seeing her this way, as Queen, very much.

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This is the same hat the Queen wore during her last visit to Aruba in October 2011. That visit, accompanied by Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Máxima was one that seemed particularly fun and happy. I don’t know if that’s why she chose to repeat this hat today…. I do know that the joy we see on Beatrix’s face during that visit is something we all hope will multiply and continue in this new phase of her life.

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Photos from Robin Utrecht and Michel Porro via Getty and Robin Utrecht via Corbis

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Reminder to Vote in April Poll

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Don’t forget to add your vote to this month’s second poll featuring an all Dutch cast in some spectacular red fascinators. Voting will remain open until this Monday, April 29th at 6:00 AM GMT and the winner will be unveiled later that morning, just in time for the Dutch abdication and inauguration. To see the original poll post with large photos, click here. 

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Princess Benedikte in Esbjerg

Princess Benedikte of Denmark visited the kitchen appliance manufacturers West Frost and Viking in Esbjerg yesterday. She repeated the red wool stacked beret designed by Susanne Juul that she wore to the Danish Opening of Parliament last October. I like the vibrant colour on her and find the shape interesting…

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What do you think? Is this a good shape or is it interesting in not such a good way?

Photos from Ugeavisen.dk

Birthday of Lady Gabriella Windsor

Royal HatsLady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (he is Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin), celebrates her 32nd birthday today. Ella, as she is known, lives in London and works as a freelance feature writer. At six feet tall, she’s one of the tallest royal women and after graduating last year with a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, she’s one of the most educated as well. Like many of the other ‘secondary’ royals, we see Ella just at weddings and major events (like the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and the Trooping of the Colour in early June).

Ella is wonderfully stylish, as evidenced by this Philip Treacy hat she wore in December 2012 to the Hennesy Cup.  I think the shape and color of this oversize Homburg-style hat is marvelous on her.

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Birthday of Princess Isabella

Royal HatsQueen Elizabeth wasn’t the only royal birthday girl today – it was also the birthday of Princess Isabella of Denmark who turned six years old. The Danish Monarchy released a series of photos taken by Crown Princess Mary to commemorate this milestone. For this photo shoot, Isabella wore her first fascinator- a sweet cornflower blue dahlia headband. This spirited girl has the makings of a wonderful future hat wearer, don’t you think?!

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Photos from Crown Princess Mary of Denmark via Kongehuset.dk

Duchess of Cambridge Reviews Scouts

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped in for the Queen at the National Review of the Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle this morning (the Queen is celebrating her 87th birthday in private today). Kate looked lovely in a latte colored straw beret designed by Whiteley.

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Kate has worn this hat on 3 other occasions: on June 6, 2011 at the Epsom Derby; on June 9, 2012 for a family wedding, and on July 5, 2012 for the Order of the Thistle ceremonies in Edinburgh. Many royals repeat a hat with the same coat or dress but Kate has changed it up and worn this hat with a different outfit each time. I LOVE this kind of recycling – it keeps things interesting for us hat fans and shows what a creative dresser Kate is. I hope this is something she will continue.

What do you think of this beret? Of the four outfits Kate has worn with it, which one do you think looks best with this hat?

Photos from The Daily Mail

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We think we recognize her by her bright and sparkling blue eyes, the triple strand of pearls, that ever-present black purse, or her megawatt smile.  In reality, we recognize her her by her hat.

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Today, on the 87th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, I offer special thanks along with my celebratory congratulations. She is, after all, the first person  we all think of when we hear the words “royal hat”. Happy Birthday, Ma’am.

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Queen Elizabeth at  Westminster Abbey on May 21, 2010 to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the granting of their Royal Charter . She is wearing a hat designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan. 

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