Over the past few years, Queen Máxima has amassed a collection of ruched pinky-beige close fitting hats, all in modified calot shapes:
A pleated calot of unknown design worn November 3, 2014 in South Korea
Headpiece by Fabienne Delvigne worn on a visit to Achterhoek, May 6, 2014
Beaded Fabienne Delvigne design worn to christen a lifeboat on April 2, 2014
Opening the Fries Museum on September 13, 2013 in a ruched Fabienne Delvigne design (originally worn with diamond star brooches to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding on April 29, 2011)
The first hat is clearly designed as a perfect match for the dress it accompanied and stands slightly apart from the others as the only piece made of fabric. The remaining three intrigue me- all are from the same designer and all are made of straw, making them less tied to a particular outfit. The designs are so similar, I can’t help wondering why all three were added to Máxima’s millinery wardrobe. I suppose slight variations in colour probably account for this but it seems peculiar to have three such similar designs in very close colours in one’s hat closet. The last hat was the first one to appear in 2011 and I wonder, dearest readers- do you think the others were necessary additions?