On Saturday, Queen Margrethe visited Christiansfeld to take part in the town’s official inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. For this celebration of the town, founded in 1773 and named after King Christian VII, the Queen repeated her pink straw hat and matching suit. This outing of the ensemble gives us a much better view of the hat and shows that the double band around the crown is in fact, made from the same navy floral fabric as Margrethe’s blouse. This trim on the hat helps greatly to break up the sea of bright pink and provide some much needed contrast. I wish that the silk flowers trimming the side of the piece were larger- in their current scale, they seem like a sad afterthought.
UPDATE- Count Ingolf of Rosenborg (Queen Margrethe’s cousin) and his wife, Countess Sussie, also attended this event. Countess Sussie wore a simple straw hat in latte coloured straw trimmed with a white and mint green band around the crown.
On Saturday, Queen Máxima celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Opkikker Foundation at the Science Center Nemo in Amsterdam. For this event, she repeated her ecru straw picture hat with upturned brim edged in unfinished straw fringe.
The rough fringe is repeated on a band around the crown of this hat, seen below. This unfinished trim lends slight edginess to this piece, contrasting surprisingly well with Máxima’s lace trimmed dress. Beige from head to toe can often be boring but I think the wonderful textures at play in this ensemble make it interesting and beautiful. What do you think?
This short video by Dutch royal hat designer Eudia shows a most interesting mix of traditional hand blocked millinery with modern laser cutting. The combination of old and new construction methods yields such a striking design.
The groom’s mother, Princess Margriet, topped her two toned pink suit with a magenta straw hat with a wide, upfolded brim. The hat appeared to have a double crown, thanks to a tall wrap of straw around the rounded crown, and the piece was trimmed with pink and red feathers on the side.
Anita’s mother, J.C.M. van Eijk-Steens, topped her ice blue suit with a straw hat in the same hue. This piece had a double brim made of translucent straw and was trimmed with straw rosettes, training bow tails, and pale blue feathers. While there is much going on with the hat, it was well balanced with her more streamlined suit.
Princess Marilène topped her gunmetal grey and aubergine ensemble with a navy straw hat. Trimmed with a large purple flower on the side (see it here), the simple straw piece swept off her face in a gently upfolded brim. It’s a fairly nondescript hat that seemed slightly at odds with the rest of her more fashion-forward outfit.
Princess Annette repeated the same cream straw hat she wore two days earlier to the civil wedding, replacing the black ribbon around the crown with a slim one in palest blue. I suppose it’s hardly a surprising move for a princess who has very few public engagements (and ever fewer which require a hat) to recycle a neutral piece in this kind of way.
Aimée Söhngen, who would marry the Princess Margriet’s youngest son two months later, wore a bright pink short Fez style hat wrapped in a large veil of dotted pink net. Clearly designed to coordinate with her pink dotted jacket and shoes, the hat seemed off balance and oddly squashed around the middle. Unfortunately, the piece was left looking like a 1960s lampshade.
Queen Beatrix (as she was then) topped her grey dress with a coordinating straw hat. The flat brimmed piece featured a wide straw wrap around the flat crown; from the front, the hat was streamlined and restrained. In contrast, the back of the brim raised slightly to reveal a mass of pink and silver blooms that nestled into the Queen’s hair. I adore this surprise around the back of the hat; the hidden blooms are reminiscent of the hat Beatrix wore to Princess Amalia’s christening which makes me guess that this piece is another design by Emmy Hill.
Princess Máxima (as was her title in 2005) wore one of her most memorable hats to this event. Made of stripes of transparent magenta and red straw, the wide brim of the picture hat was formed into large fluted ruffles that gave the Fabienne Delvigne design an incredible sense of movement and presence. On it’s own, the hat was a creative masterpiece but its pairing with Máxima’s shiny red coat and huge costume earrings took the ensemble way over the top. Máxima has not repeated this hat to date and I would love to see it make another outing with a more simple, neutral dress. As far as millinery goes, it is spectacular.
While I would love to see Máxima’s hat repeated, I’m pleased that Princess Laurentien’s hat has been left in the past. The Marianne Jongkind design, made of gold straw, featured a soaring, pointy crown and brim, each edged in brown straw. While the shape was unique, it overwhelmed the princess and looked like it was headed to a costume party instead of a royal wedding. Its pairing with her fussy brown dress and cartoonish belt seems like an experiment in avant garde fashion that went very wrong.
The daughters of Princess Irene (who was lecturing in South Africa and did not attend), Princess Carolina and Princess Margarita, wore much more demure pieces. Carolina topped her lilac printed jacket with a chic lavender hat with asymetrically raised brim; Margarita matched her dark raspberry straw hat to her skirt. While she did not wear a hat, Princess Mabel’s fashion choice had a very sentimental note- she wore the same dress Princess Beatrix wore for her engagement announcement in 1965.
Princess Christina wore an orange and coral feathered fascinator and her daughter, Juliana Guillermo, wore a headpiece of trailing copper feathers. While neither piece are particularly memorable, I adore that two family members chose hues of orange for this Orange-Nassau wedding.
The only guest from a foreign royal family was Princess Astrid of Belgium, who wore a sleek silver picture hat with cartwheel brim trimmed with a silk ribbon around the base of the crown. The austere hat combined beautifully with her textured Chanel suit, leaving no question that the ensemble was haute couture from head to toe.
The hats at this wedding covered the full spectrum from elegant to eccentric, exquisite to egregious. Keeping their age in mind, dear readers, I’m curious to hear which hats made the strongest style statement for you?
Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary this week. On Wednesday, we looked at the hats worn at their civil nuptials and today we honour their anniversary with a look at at their religious ceremony which took place August 27, 2005.
While her civil wedding suit was an unexpected choice, Anita went with a very traditional bridal gown for the church ceremony, held at Jeroenskerk Church in Noordwijk. Designed by Dutch designer Frans Hoogendoorn, her A-line dress in cream duchess satin dress featured an overlay lace bodice with three-quarter length sleeves and boat-neckline. A detachable train three meter long flowed out from the back of the dress.
Anita completed her bridal ensemble with full length silk tulle veil edged in lace appliqué. The veil was anchored by the diamond Ears of Wheat Tiara, an early nineteenth century piece worn by all of Princess Margriet’s daughter-in-laws on their wedding days (and Princess Margarita, at her first wedding). Of all the Dutch royal brides to wear this piece so far, I think this combination of dress, tiara and veil is the prettiest.
The young attendants wore petite floral headbands to match their butter yellow and pale green smocked dresses. Two adult attendants, in cream organza skirts and pale green ruffled blouses, tucked cream rosettes in their hair.