Dutch Queen Christens Cruise Ship

HMS Koningsdam, the newest and largest ship in Holland America’s cruise fleet, was officially christened today in Rotterdam by Queen Máxima, who used the occasion to début a new hat.

Queen Máxima, May 20, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

In navy blue straw (a nice nod to the Dutch company’s corporate colour, seen on their ship’s hulls), the large picture hat featured a rounded crown and wide brim that folded down around the perimeter. Simply trimmed with two intersecting hat bands wrapped around the base of the crown, this hat is all about scale and shape. With Máxima’s navy lace dress and nude accessories, it topped a lovely ensemble.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
With this beautiful new design, Queen Máxima now has five pieces on the blue shelf in her millinery closet. I think this addition is a great one for her wardrobe- what do you think?
Photos from ANP and Getty as indicated

Dutch Queen Launches Youth Initiative

Queen Máxima was in Utrecht today to kick off a nationwide activity week for young people entitled “Getting Opportunities, Grabbing Opportunities”. For this event, she repeated her oversize burgundy picture hat with straight sided crown and large mushroom-shaped brim. The the colour and scale of this hat will always make Máxima stand out (which makes me love the hat) but I was less enthused about the styling of the overall ensemble.

Queen Máxima, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 19, 2015; June 24, 2014May 24, 2014

I’m not sure that orange accessories work for this ensemble… even when worn by the Queen of the House of Orange! Most of us adore Queen Máxima’s ‘more is more’ approach to fashion but sometimes, I wonder if ‘less might be a little more’ in the end. Thoughts?

Photos from Albert Philip van der Werf via PPE

Seeing Double: Queen Máxima

Royal HatsWhen I first saw Queen Máxima’s mushroom brimmed hat at Koningsdag this year, I thought it was the same hat that she wore to open Papageno House in Laren last summer. At first glance, the two hats look the same, except for the sash around the crown (something simple to alter) and the slight difference in hue between the pastel shades (something easily impacted by lighting conditions).

If you take a close look at these two pieces, you’ll see subtle differences in shade, shape and scale. Notice how the Koningsdag hat is a pale lilac (as opposed to a pale dusty pink) and the brim is a touch wider with a less rounded curve on the mushroom shape of the brim?

Queen Máxima, August 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    Queen Máxima, August 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima opening Papageno House, August 26, 2015

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously worn: Both hats were new at these events
With so many similarities between these two hats, you might wonder why Máxima commissioned a new one. From a video released from the designer, we know that the Koningsdag hat was custom matched to the background colour of her skirt (Máxima’s only other purple hat would have clashed terribly) and I can only imagine this retro shape was chosen again to compliment the 1950s lines of Máxima’s skirt and twin set. When we see other royals in twin hats, I’m often left scratching my head as to why they purchased two but this pair, thanks to Fabienne Delvigne’s video release, seems to make sense.
I am always fascinated to see such similar hats within one hat closet and – what do you think of this pair?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Dutch Remembrance Day Oberserved

The King and Queen of the Netherlands presided national remembrance day services held in Amsterdam yesterday. For this event, Queen Máxima wore a new pleated turban hat in black velvet. This photo by Yvonne Van Woudenberg provides a close-up view of the piece. It’s a simple piece that fit the tone of this occasion and I thought  Máxima wore it well.

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
I don’t suspect we’ll see this hat named among our top favourites this month although it is a well crafted piece and I really like the volume and height it achieves around Máxima’s crown (as opposed to a more form fitting, helmet like turban design). What do you think of this new piece?
Photo from Getty as indicated

Dutch Royals Celebrate Koningsdag

Members of the Dutch Royal Family joined King Willem-Alexander in Zwolle today to celebrate his birthday. For this informal annual celebration, Queen Máxima wore a new hat in pale lilac straw with a rounded mushroom brim (see a short video of its creation here). I thought that the hat’s pairing today, with Máxima’s floral skirt and bright cardigan, was unexpected. Colour scheme aside, we seldom see hats worn with twin sets these days and this ensemble hit just the right notes of informality and nostalgia needed for this event while still feeling chic.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne 
Previously Worn: This hat is new. While it looks very similar to the hat worn August 6, 2015, they are different
Queen Máxima’s fashion keeps us all on her toes and the styling of her ensemble today was a successful suprise. I can’t wait to hear you weigh in with your thoughts about this hat!
Photos from Getty as indicated

Dutch Royals Attend Four Freedom Awards

With a busy week of royal hat happenings, I’m going to catch up a few posts today and save the regular ‘Extras’ post for tomorrow. First up- over to the Netherlands! On Thursday, the king, queen and Princess Beatrix attended the annual Four Freedoms awards. For this event, Queen Máxima repeated the coffee-hued straw slice picture hat that she débuted in Paris last month. It’s pairing this time with her coral dress felt a little heavy to me, making me wish she had instead chosen her well-worn lighter version of this millinery style.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 10, 2016

Princess Beatrix topped her magenta dress and coat with contrasting black accessories. Her hat, in black straw, featured a highly upturned, pleated brim. The flat crown of the piece was wrapped in a straw sash that echoed the shape of the brim, giving the piece the illusion of a double brim. It’s a wonderful scale on Princess Beatrix and the double play of the brim and crown wrap gives such visual interest to the piece while keeping it light.

Designer: unconfirmed. Likely Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: May 4, 2011; April 14, 2011; June 22, 2010

You will see the winners below (you may recognize German Chancellor Angela Merkel) with the royal guests. This event is a highlight in the royal Dutch calendar each year- what did you think of the hats worn to it?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Open Post

For this week’s second open post, here is another look back in time at a fantastic hat from the past worn by Queen Máxima on a visit to her home country, ten years ago yesterday. I adore how the subtle colour lets the dramatic shape shine and would love to see her bring it out again.

Princess Máxima, March 30, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

What royal and royal hat news do you have to share?

Photo from ENRIQUE MARCARIAN/Reuters/Corbis