Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to Prinsjesdag in 1962. Queen Juliana (middle) delivered the speech from the throne and was joined on the balcony by husband Princer Bernhard and daughters Princess Beatrix, Princess Irene and Princess Margriet. Their hats are such classic pieces from the time, aren’t they?!

Photo from Getty as indicated

Orange-Nassau Wedding, Ten Years On: The Guests

Royal Hats After looking at the marvellous hats worn at Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita’s civil wedding ten years ago, it is now time to look at the hats worn by guests at their religious ceremony.

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.

 Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau and Anita Van Eijk, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

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 Marilène, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

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.

Aimée Söhngen, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

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.

Queen Beatrix, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

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 Carolina, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

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?

Photos from ANP; Michel Porro via Getty; and Getty as indicated

Dutch Royals Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

Royal Hats Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary this week. In honour of this milestone, we’re going to take a look back this week at the many hats worn at their civil and religious weddings.

Prince Pieter-Christiaan, third son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, met Anita van Eijk when they were both working in London, sometime between 2000 and 2003. Their civil wedding, on August 25, 2005, took place at Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn (the Prince was raised on a nearby estate) attended by family and friends. Following the trend set by other von Vollenhoven daughter-in-laws, Anita wore a brightly coloured Andrew Gn suit for the civil ceremony.

Printed with coral and trimmed with chunky beads at the collar and cuffs, the green and yellow  ensemble was topped with a large headpiece in the same shades. Made up of splayed straw leaves around a central mass of yellow ranunculus blooms, I remain perplexed about how Anita’s garden headpiece related to the deep-sea theme of her suit.

Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Anita van Eijk, August 25, 2005 | Royal Hats

The groom’s mother, Princess Margriet, topped her black and white suit with a coordinating pompom fascinator. Princess Marilène, wife of Prince Maurits, wore an avant garde hat with a stacked gold straw crown and transparent cream brim, attached most unusually at the top of the crown. With her gold bubble skirt, the ensemble had a decidedly futuristic, outer space vibe about it.

Princess Annette and Aimée Söhngen (Prince Floris’ fiancée who would join the Dutch royal family just two months later) both wore black and white ensembles topped with coordinating cartwheel brimmed hats. Aimée’s hat, with its black straw crown and white lattice brim, added a particularly lovely top note to her elegant ensemble.

At the time of this wedding, I wondered if the black/white/gold ensembles worn by Princess Margriet and her daughters-in-law were deliberately chosen to let the bride stand out. If this was indeed the case, it did not apply to Queen Beatrix (as was her title then), who topped her cornflower blue dress with a tall crowned hat in silver straw.

The loudest style statement at these civil nuptials was made by Princess Laurentien, who wore a vibrant turquoise and lime trouser suit. The oufit’s pairing with a coordinating turquoise gigantic, flat crowned picture hat by Fabienne Delvigne simply defies description.

While some of these Dutch royal hats make rather bold statements, I think overall, they have aged surprisingly well in ten years of changing fashion (much better than the outfits they were paired with!) and with some new frocks, could be successfully repeated today. I’m curious which pieces stand out to you most, dear readers, and for what reasons.

On Thursday, we’ll look at the hats worn at Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita’s religious wedding which took place on August 27, 2005. You’re in for some real corkers.

Photos from ANP and Getty as indicated

Royal Hats this Year: The Netherlands Part I

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We saw so many hats worn by members in the House of Orange this year that we need to break this review into two parts! First, we’ll look at all of the hats and headpieces worn by the Dutch princesses. Please click on each photo to link to larger views and detailed information on each hat.

Princess Margriet

1. Princess Margriet, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Princess Margriet, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Princess Margriet, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Princess Laurentien

5. Princess Laurentien, April 26, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats 6. Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats 

Princess Annemarie and Princess Margarita

7. Princess Annemarie, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Princess Margarita, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix

9. Princess Beatrix, January 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 10. Princess Beatrix,March 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Princess Beatrix, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Princess Beatrix, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 

13. Princess Beatrix, May 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Beatrix, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 15. Princess Beatrix, May 22, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Princess Beatrix, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats 

17. Princess Beatrix, June 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Princess Beatrix, June 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 19.  Princess Beatrix, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 20. Princess Beatrix, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 

21. Princess Beatrix, June 28, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Princess Beatrix, September 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 23. Princess Beatrix, September 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 24. Princess Beatrix, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 

25. Princess Beatrix, September 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Princess Beatrix, October 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 27. Princess Beatrix, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Princess Beatrix, October 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 

29. Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2014 | Royal Hats 30. Princess Beatrix, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Princess Beatrix, October 31, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 

33. Princess Beatrix, November 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 34. Princess Beatrix, November 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 35. Princess Beatrix, November 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list for best of 2014? Are any of them on your list of least favourites?

Stay tuned later today for a review of all the hats Queen Máxima wore this year.

Dutch Royals Attend Air Crash Memorial

Yesterday in Amsterdam, members of the Dutch Royal Family attended a national memorial for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine in July. Queen Máxima wore a simple rounded black pillbox hat in black felt which was trimmed with a flat double bow at the back.

Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne  | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne  | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne  | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 2, 2013

Princess Beatrix wore a round black straw hat woven with metallic threads. The indented crown of the hat was wrapped in a tall, rolled band of straw, making it look like a large-scaled bumper style chapeau.

Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: I think this hat is new

Princess Margriet wore a plack straw hat with flat brim that slightly raised around the back. This hat was trimmed with a slim band around the crown and a swath of light straw folds and wispy black feathers around the sides and back of the hat.

Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

I thought all three hats were quietly dignified, yet each flattered their wearer and conveyed a bit of their personal style. My favourite was Queen Máxima’s pillbox- which one did you prefer here?

Photos from Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk, Albert NieboerPatrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk, all via Corbis

Dutch Princesses Attend Grand Defile

Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands attended the ‘Grand Defile’ , a celebration of 200 years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at Het Loo Palace  in Apeldoorn on Saturday. Princess Beatrix repeated a caramel straw hat with flat crown and brim, wrapped in a wide, coordinating band around the crown. A flat bow at the back completed the hat. While this is not my favourite colour on Princess Beatrix, I like this more restrained hat shape on her very much.

Princess Beatrix, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Margriet wore a bright teal straw hat with a small, diagonal brim. The brim was trimmed in black piping around the edge and featured a massive teal bloom on under the raised side of the brim. I want to love this hat but something about it seems out of proportion for me. I think if the brim had been slightly bigger, it would have worked more successfully. I do adore the colour and the large bloom.

Princess Margriet, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

What do you think of this pair of Dutch royal hats?

Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from ANP, ANP and ANP via RD.nl