Designer Updates and News

Royal Hats BlogTwo hat designer confirmations and a hat giveaway for you today, dear readers:

I confirmed today that the beige beret-style hat worn twice by Queen Máxima to host the French President last week and and to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Kingdom of the Netherlands on November 30, 2013 was designed by Fabienne Delvigne (click on each photo to link back to the original post). This news surprised me but is further proof how versatile and talented Delvigne is.

 Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, Nov. 30, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne| The Royal Hats Blog

This unique calot trimmed with a bird sculpture in feathers was also designed by Fabienne Delvigne. Queen Máxima wore it last week on a visit to Italy as well as on November 5, 2013 for the Prix de Rome Awards (click on each photo to link back to the original post).

Queen Máxima, January 23, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog    Queen Máxima, Nov 5, 2013 in Fabienne Delvige | The Royal Hats Blog

And finally, milliner María Eugenia Fernandez is giving away a hat on her blog. Eligibility is worldwide and it seems quite simple to enter the giveaway- see her blog for more details. Good luck!

María Eugenia Fernandez

Photos from SemanaMichel Porro via ZimbioFranco Origlia/Stringer via Getty; Dutch Photo Press and María Eugenia Fernandez

Birthday of Princess Beatrix

Royal HatsPrincess Beatrix of the Netherlands celebrates her 76th birthday today. Last year, we looked at her incredible wardrobe of hats (see here, here and here); while Beatrix has worn nearly every style (and shape and colour) of hat imaginable, she has settled into a familiar signature millinery “look” during the past decade. It is amazing to think of her venturing far away from this signature look but I would love to see her in something a little more linear instead of the rounded shape hats she usually wears- something like the “Sophie” hat by British designer Bundle MacLaren

Bundle MacLaren "Sophie" design

What hats would you like to see Princess Beatrix wear? Please link to original photos and credit the designers for each hat.

Photo from Bundle MacLaren

Queen Máxima Opens Tech Facility

Lely Group, an international producer of ground-breaking innovations for the agricultural sector, welcomed Queen Máxima  to officially open their new campus in Maasslius this morning. For this opening, she repeated her charcoal grey hat with dramatic upturned brim. The photos today give us a better view of this hat- I think it is more striking from the back and side than it is from the front. Máxima paired this hat with a monochrome grey ensemble that read a little flat to me, although I love that her coat was lined with the same mini hounds tooth fabric as her dress. What do you think of this hat and outfit together?

Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 16, 2013October 5, 2013

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press

Queen Opens Village Hall in Norwich

Children waved flags and cheered as the Queen arrived to open the new village hall at Thornham today. For this event, she repeated her cherry red felt hat trimmed with side bloom and curling bow (see the trims better in a photo the last time Her Majesty wore this hat). I think this is a good hat for Queen Elizabeth; while the shape is fairly simple (with an almost pork pie hat shaped crown), the style punch comes from the colour. I think it’s a great colour for the Queen. What do you think?

Queen Elizabeth, January 29, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, January 29, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: November 18, 2011; March 31, 2011; November 17, 2010; October 29, 2009; February 20, 2009; January 18, 2009; October 23, 2008; March 20, 2008

Photos from Ian Burt via Norwich Evening News 24

Princess Beatrix Attends Freedom Conference

Princess Beatrix attended the 9th meeting the ninth meeting of Liberty Connected at the University of Utrecht today, January 28. For this meeting, attended by representatives of various religions and philosophies who presented their dreams Netherlands, Princess Beatrix wore one of her signature brimless hats. This one, in black straw, was wrapped in wide textured black band set slightly off center. The whole look was too harsh for me; I thought the colour and shape was not terribly flattering for Beatrix and left her looking rather pasty. A hat that does that is not a successful one in my books. What do you think?

Princess Beatrix, January 28, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Beatrix, January 28, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Beatrix, January 28, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Beatrix, January 28, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: I believe it is Suaznne Moulijn
Previously Worn: May 27, 2009

Photos from Koen van Weel and Koen van Weel via ANP and RTL Nieuws

Japanese Royals Open Ski Competition

On Sunday, Prince Masahito and Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the opening ceremony of the 64th Chubu Region Ski Championship of Japan held in Katsuyama City. Princess Hanako repeated a cream coloured bowler style hat with bow trim. It is a rather sedate hat that does not excite me very much. However, its pairing with her lovely royal blue dress worked better than the last two outfits it was paired with so I’ll be happy and leave it at that. What do you think of this hat?

Princess Hanako, January 26, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: November 24, 2013; November 25, 2013

Photo from the Imperial Family of Japan

One Hat, Six Suits

Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary of Denmark relies on her black straw Susanne Juul hat for many occasions. While we have seen it at a number of memorial services and funerals (see here, here, here and most recently here) this hat has also accessorized outfits at numerous less sombre events. The ensembles seen here are quite diverse and include lace, tiered ruffles, a graphic wool check, and classic cut wool coats. I am curious, dear readers, which outfit to you think is best paired with this hat?

Princess Mary, September 6, 2009 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Princess Mary, October 5, 2010 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Princess Mary, October 2, 2012 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Princess Mary, October 1, 2013  in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Princess Mary, September 18, 2013 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary at Flag Day in September 2009; At the opening of parliament in 2010, 2012 and 2013; Welcoming the Vietnamese President in September 2013

UPDATE: Crown Princess Mary added a sixth ensemble to this lineup when she paired this hat with a purple dress and black jacket for an ANZAC Day ceremony on April 25, 2015

Photos from Svenskdam; Martin Hoien via Billed Bladet; PurePeople; Jeppe Bjørn Vejlø via BT and Getty as indicated