Today was Prinsjesdag in the Netherlands, the start of a new session of Dutch parliament. King Willem-Alexander, who addressed a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives, was joined in The Hague by Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien. As per tradition, the women wore 18th century court dress (long gowns and hats). Queen Máxima’s dress had an interestingly royal connection, as it was inspired by the Japanese Room at Palace Huis ten Bosch. Designed by Jan Taminiau, the gown was made of palest sandy pink silk organza and featured flowers and birds that were painted, beaded and embroidered by hand.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Princess Laurentien wore a Hardies Couture gown with cape sleeves in vibrant green chevron printed Missoni sweater knit balanced by a netural cocktail hat. The hat’s sinamay beret base was covered in a finely woven layer of gold French tulle that made the piece faintly shine and sparkle. The hat was trimmed in two parabuntal straw twists that gave the small hat a wonderful sense of space and movement. It’s a fantastic hat for Laurentien and it provided some much needed grounding to her dress.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Prinsjesdag usually brings us some memorable fashion and I thought the millinery this year did not disappoint. What are your thoughts, dearest readers, on these two new pieces?