Inventory: Queen Máxima’s Orange Hats

This week, we have explored the least popular colour for royal hats and peeked inside the millinery closets of the three queens who most frequently wear it. After looking at the orange hats worn by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mathilde, we’re moving on to the royal house of Orange-Nassau whose queen, quite fittingly, rules when it comes to hats in this hue:

1.  2. Princess Máxima, November 4, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: both are Fabienne Delvigne 
First Appeared:  September 20, 2005; November 4, 2006

3. Princess Máxima, March 1, 2007 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    4.

Designer:both are Fabienne Delvigne
First Appeared: March 1, 2007; November 5, 2009

5.Princess Máxima, November 2, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  6.Queen Máxima, September 2, 2013 in Fabienne Deligne I Royal Hats    7. Queen Máxima, May 20, 2015 | Royal Hats 

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne; unknown
First Appeared: November 2, 2011; September 2, 2013May 20, 2015 

Queen Máxima also has two orange headpieces which, interestingly, have only appeared on foreign visits:

H1. 2007-10-04         H2 Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
First (and last) Appearance: October 24, 2007 in India; October 29, 2014 in Japan

While I suspect that hats #2, #3 and #H1 have been retired, Queen Máxima has a habit of bringing back pieces she has not worn in several years and I think we may see some of these pieces again. What strikes me about this collection is its boldness, both in terms of shapes and saturated shades. Like Queen Mathilde, Queen Máxima’s orange hats are not for the faint of heart and require considerable confidence to pull off. This is something Queen Máxima seems to have in spades and many of us adore her for it.

Photos from Mark CuthbertSandra MuBurak Kara, Andreas Rentz via Getty; Corbis;  Dutch Photo Press; Corbis


This Week’s Extras

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Princess Astrid of Belgium in a white Stetson during her visit to Canada this week (Blog Real)

Infanta Elena enjoying a day of riding with her daughter Victoria (Svenskdam)

The largest exhibition of Queen Elizabeth’s outfits (150 in total) will go on display next year at Buckingham Palace as part of her 90th birthday celebrations (Telegraph)

Thanks to the help of some eagle eyed readers, we identified two more orange hats worn by Queen Elizabeth. Stay tuned first thing tomorrow when we look at the largest owner of orange royal hats (not surprisingly, a member of the House of Orange)

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The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled at two formal events this week. Kate wore some spectacular earrings originally belonging to her mother and to the late Queen Mother  (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor and The Court Jeweller)

For any Halloween enthusiasts- take a peek back at King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s 25th anniversary back in 2001 with Elizabethan dress code. It’s one of the few times we’ve actually seen royals in costume. (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

And finally- Princess Leonore of Sweden wishes everyone a Happy Halloween. I think her royal antennae are a first here at Royal Hats! (Princess Madeleine of Sweden Facebook)

Inventory: Queen Mathilde’s Orange Hats

 As promised, we’re going to continue our inventory of orange hued royal hats with a peek into Queen Mathilde’s closet. So far in 2015, we have seen the young Belgian queen wear twenty-two different hats – in 2014, she wore just twenty. This makes her a moderate royal hat wearer and with this frequency, it is a little surprising to find that she has three orange hats currently in rotation:

1.July 21, 2014 in FD | Royal Hats   2. Queen Mathilde, May 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   3. Queen Mathilde, October 2, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: all three are Fabienne Delvigne
First Appeared: July 21, 2014; May 21, 2015October 2, 2013

UPDATE: a fourth orange hat was introduced on October 11, 2016 while on state visit to Japan, In keeping with the others, it is also not a traditional shape or style! This piece was further renovated before reappearing in Canada on March 13, 2018 as an entirely orange design. A fifth design with open crown was also introduced during the Canadian state visit on March 15, 2018.

4. Queen Mathilde, Oct 11, 2016 | Royal Hats  Mar 13, 2018 in FD | Royal HatsMar 13, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
First Appeared: October 11, 2016; revamped and reintroduced March 13, 2018

5. Mar 15, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
First Appeared: March 15, 2018

Prior to becoming Queen, Mathilde wore hats much less frequently (sometimes just four or five per year). Despite this low frequency, there are two more orange headpieces which were worn during her time as princess. I suspect both have now been retired:

P1.    P2. 

Designer:  #P1 is Fabienne Delvigne and #P2 is unknown
Last Appeared: May 2, 2009; July 21, 2004

Finally, there is one more hat that deserves inclusion here- a natural straw picture hat with wide orange stripe around the brim. Queen Mathilde first wore this piece for National Day in July 2010 (below left) and repeated it most recently while on a July 2012 visit to Burundi (below right).


Four orange hats in one’s current millinery closet might not sound like much but in relation to the size of Mathilde’s overall wardrobe, I think it is significant. I’m also struck by the bold shapes and brave shades she has chosen- this is not orange for the faint of heart! Queen Mathilde wears orange well and my guess is that we will see more hats in this colour appear in coming years. For now, what do you think of this collection?

Photos from JULIEN WARNAND/epa/Corbis; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis; Le Soir; Photonews and Pascal Le Segretain via Getty; Benoit Doppange via Belga; The Belgian Monarchy; The Royal Forums;  Albert van der Werf/dpa/Corbis; Newscom

Japanese Royals Visit Brazil

Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko arrived in Sao Paulo yesterday to begin a short visit to Brazil. On their visit the Monument to Japanese Immigration Pioneers at the Ibirapuera Park, the couple planted a memorial tree. Princess Kiko wore a simple cream straw hat with a squared crown and gently rolled brim. The hat is trimmed in a slim band around the base of the crown in the same textured beige silk as her suit. We don’t often see the princess in straw hats (most of her hats are felt or covered in fabric) or in such large brims and it’s nice to see this bit of change.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Photos from Getty as indicated

Princess Beatrix Attends Anniversary and Exhibition

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands undertook two engagements today, attending the ninetieth anniversary of development organization Simavi and visiting photographer Raymond Ruttin’s exhibition. For these events, she repeated a navy straw bumper hat adorned with three rows of shiny braided trim wrapped around the back brim. While there’s not much new to say about this often-seen hat shape, the trim is unique. These large bumper hats don’t lend themselves easily to trim (imagine a huge cabbage rose stuck on the side) yet milliner Suzanne Moulijn finds ways to add embellishment.

Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2015 in Suzanne Moulijn | Royal Hats   Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2015 in Suzanne Moulijn | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2015 in Suzanne Moulijn | Royal Hats

Designer: Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: November 7, 2013October 24, 2012

I find the subtle trim on this large, imposing hat an interesting contrast that works. What do you think?

Photos from Rpe/Albert Vd Werf/dpa/CorbisRpe/Albert Vd Werf/dpa/Corbis and Rpe/Albert Vd Werf/dpa/Corbis

Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Orange Hats

When Queen Elizabeth was spotted at Ascot last week in a peach textured hat and coat, it brought up repeated questions about why she seldom wears this colour. Orange is one of the most infrequently worn colours in the world of royal hats; with autumn in full swing (and Halloween around the corner), I thought it was a good time to look closer at the few royal hats in this hue. There’s no millinery closet better to start our tour than that of Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen has just two orange hued hats in rotation these days, both in shades of soft peach.

1.     2.

Designers: both are Rachel Trevor Morgan
First Appeared: November 19, 2009; June 12, 2012

UPDATE- Third and fourth hats in orange and peach were added in June 2016 and a fifth in vibrant orange for Christmas 2017

3. Queen Elizabeth, June 16,2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats   4.Queen Elizabeth, July 6, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
First Appeared: June 16, 2016; June  25, 2016


Designer: Angela Kelly
First Appeared: Dec 25, 2017

For her infamous début as a Bond girl at the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, Queen Elizabeth chose a peach ostrich feather fascinator. As she seldom wears such headpieces, I doubt we’ll see this piece worn publicly again.

July 27, 2012 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 

Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
First Appeared: July 28, 2012

Queen Elizabeth has worn several other orange hats over the past decade. While I suspect these have all been retired from service, they show some interesting diversity of style. The small number of hats here further proves that orange is certainly not Her Majesty’s favourite.

A.November 13, 2008 | Royal Hats    B.This is a red hat! See it at #5 here.   C.March 16, 2006 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designers: Philip Somerville; Angela Kelly
Last Appeared: November 13, 2008;  March 16, 2006

D.July 17, 2003 | Royal Hats    E.July 26, 2004 | Royal Hats    F.July 20, 2009 | Royal Hats

Designers: unknown
Last Appeared: July 17, 2003June 17, 2007July 20, 2009

 G.Queen Elizabeth, October 20, 2006 | Royal Hats     H.July 30, 2000 | Royal Hats  

Designers: unknown
Last Appeared: October 20, 2006; July 11, 2002

What do you think of orange and peach shades on Her Majesty? I suppose it’s a contrast from all the blue and pink hats she wears!
Two queens who wear orange well (and frequently!) are Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima- stay tuned later this week as we look at the orange hats in their millinery closets.
Photos from WPA Pool, Ben Stansall,  Samir Hussein, Andrew Milligan/PA Images, Ian MacNicolWPA Pool,  STR/StringerAnwar Hussein, via Getty; Bauer Griffin via Zimbio;  Mark Cuthbert Mark Cuthbert  and Hugo Philpott via Getty 

Imperial Royal Couple in Toyama

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were in Toyama over the weekend to take part in the 35th National Healthy Ocean Meetings. For their arrival on Saturday, Empress Michiko repeated her large white domed saucer hat trimmed in a black and caramel bow that coordinates with her jacket. The slightly different stripe between the bow and the jacket gives a tiny bit of visual interest to the piece although I still wish the hat was a colour other than harsh white.

Empress Michiko, October 24, 2015 | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, October 24, 2015 | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, October 24, 2015 | Royal Hats Empress Michiko, October 24, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: My guess is Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: October 29, 2014

On Sunday, the Imperial couple attended the Healthy Ocean conference in Imizu. Empress Michiko wore one of her most oft-worn hats, a small pale grey saucer with upturned rim around the back. The petite piece is trimmed by a large charcoal grey origami flower.

Empress Michiko, October 25, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: April 17, 2015April 17, 2015January 14, 2015;  April 11, 2014December 6, 2013; December 2, 2013

Yesterday, the Emperor and Empress capped off their three day visit with a stop at an aquaculture center in Namerikawa. Empress Michiko used the occasion to début a new hat in teal blue. Another domed saucer, this small piece is trimmed in a simple flat bow in the same fabric as her coordinating suit. It is wonderful to see the Empress in a bit of colour and pattern and I think this ensemble is very smart on her. She looks great in teal, doesn’t she?

Empress Michiko, October 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, October 26, 2015 | Royal Hats Empress Michiko, October 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

My favourite hat in this trio, by wide margin, is the new teal saucer hat the Empress wore yesterday – do you agree?

Photos from Yomiyuri; Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Ashahi Shimbun; Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty