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

Queen Máxima Opens Museum

Queen Máxima was at the Hermitage Amsterdam today to open the new Outsider Art Museum. For this opening, she repeated a hat in chocolate brown felt we haven’t seen on her since 2006 . It’s an interesting piece that carries a slight retro feel thanks to its square, top hat shaped crown and cloche shaped bell brim. It’s a fine enough hat but Máxima has several other hats of similar shape which might be contributing to my ambivalence about this piece (it feels like we’ve seen it in several iterations before).

Queen Máxima, March 16, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 16, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, March 16, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 21, 2006

The combination or streamlined hat and draped dress is a good one but the colour falls flat for me. Since November, Queen Máxima has been on a neutral millinery streak, wearing only brown, grey or black hats. I’m more than ready for this vibrant queen to step out in something more colourful.

Photos from Albert Nieboer/dpa/CorbisAlbert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis and Hollandse Hoogte/Corbis

February’s Top Royal Hats

After looking at the numerous new and repeated royal hats we saw in February, two clear winners have emerged:

Queen Elizabeth, February 7, 2016 in | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth attending the Church of St. Peter & S.t Paul in West Newton on February 8 in an Angela Kelly design

Queen Máxima, February 16, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima on a visit to West-Brabant on February 16, 2016 in a hat by Fabienne Delvigne

That makes Queen Máxima undefeated in favourite repeated designs so far in 2016! Jump over to the bottom of the original poll posts (new hats here and repeated hats here) to look at the results in greater detail. You can also follow our growing list of favourite hats this year at the new “Fan Favourites” tab at the top.

Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty and Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis

Dutch Monarchs Award Military Honour

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were at the Commando Corps at the Binnenhof in The Hague this morning to award the Militaire Willemsorde, the oldest and most prestigious medal in the Kingdom of The Netherlands awarded for exceptional bravery on the battlefield. Queen Máxima used the occasion to début a new pillbox hat in grey felt trimmed sparingly with a band of grey ribbon around the base and a slim double bow at the side. It’s a very simple hat that  I thought was improved with Máxima’s addition of a diamond brooch (why don’t we see more jewels dressing up royal hats?) although I would still prefer it scaled up to a slightly larger proportion. With her lace dress, grey coat, and stunning drop pearl earrings, the hat makes for an elegant ensemble.

Queen Máxima, March 15, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 15, 2016 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, March 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, March 15, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This hat is new (and different than this very similar design)

What do you think of this new hat?

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Queen Máxima Presents Humanitarian Award

Queen Máxima was in Vlaardingen today to award the Geuzenpenning medal to the to Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), an organization that helps refugees in need at sea.For this presentation, she repeated her tan silk linen headpiece with matching swing coat. The retro vibe of this ensemble is great on Máxima and the neutral colour lets her gold jewellery sing. If only this hat was the pillbox it looks like it might be from the front…

Queen Máxima, March 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, March 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

… instead of the doughnuttiest of doughnut hats that it reveals  to be from the back.

Queen Máxima, March 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Tino” design.
Previously Worn: November 13, 2014

I think these brimless hats are an attempt at more informal pieces of millinery, which I can appreciate. I have even come around to a few of them (here and here). While I adore this piece from the front, the back view makes it fall flat for me. What do you think of this hat on its second outing?

Photos from Patrick Van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick Van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick Van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick Van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis and Patrick Van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis