Black hats are a staple in any royal millinery closet, drawn upon regularly for memorials, Remembrance services and regular daytime engagements. Since beginning her royal life in 2002, we have seen 25 different black hats and headpieces on Queen Máxima covering all shapes and styles. Here are these 25 designs, in the order they were introduced:
1. 2. 3.
Designer: unknown; unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: Oct 10, 2002; March 20, 2003; March 30, 2004
4. 5.. 6.
Designer: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: May 4, 2004; March 15, 2006; May 4, 2006
Designer: Fabienne Devigne; unknown
Introduced: October 31, 2006; May 4, 2008
9. 10. 11.
Introduced: April 30, 2009; May 4, 2009; April 29, 2010
12. 13. 14.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: April 30, 2010; May , 2010; March 10, 2011
15. 16. 17.
Designer: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne; unknown
Introduced: May 4, 2011; October 28, 2011; January 9, 2012
18. 19. 20.
21. 22. 23.
This group covers the full spectrum of millinery shapes with pillboxes, fedoras, stovepipes, calots, fascinators, picture hats, turbans, perchers and even that infamous pair of antlers. I’m struck not only by the diversity, but by the consistent introduction of new pieces each year. Some of the oldest pieces are still in rotation (#4 and #5) while some more recent designs have only been seen publicly once (#14. #15, #17, #18).
While not every piece is successful (I’d be happy to see #7, #15, #17 and #20 retired), the collection shows immense diversity or style, material, scale and embellishment. The word ‘brave’ often comes up when discussing Queen Máxima’s approach to wearing hats and this group confirms how brave her style really is, corkers and all.
Which hats here stand out most to you?
Photos from Julian Parker, Julian Parker, Michel Le Segretain via Getty; Albert Nieboer via PPE; AFP via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Edwin Veloo via PPE; Marty Melville via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Julian Parker via Getty; Edwin Veloo via PPE; Robin Utrecht via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Edwin Veloo via PPE; Corbis; Corbis; Albert Nieboer and Albert Nieboer via PPE: Michel Porro via Getty; Albert Nieboer and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Pool via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Albert Nieboer via PPE; Pool via Getty