Inventory: Queen Máxima’s Blue Hats

Before January disappears, I want to try and fit in several more blue hat wardrobe inventories. Today, we’re venturing into the depths of Queen Máxima’s closet. As one of the most frequent hat wearing royals around today, you might expect there to be a number of blue hats in Máxima’s history but amazingly, there are just four:

1. Princess Máxima, February 27, 2007 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 2. Princess Máxima, October 31, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  3. Queen Máxima, June 25, 2013 | Royal Hats

Designers:  Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne; unknown
Introduced: February 27, 2007; October 31, 2011; June 25; 2013

4. Queen Máxima, November 8, 2013 | Royal Hats

Designers:  unknown
Introduced: November 8, 2013

Even I am surprised to find just a velvet turban, a roughly woven straw picture hat, a feathered headpiece and a rounded pillbox on the blue shelf of Máxima’s millinery closet. These pieces are varied, certainly, but are less than half of the blue hats worn by both Queen Mathilde and the Countess of Wessex (even the Duchess of Cambridge has considerably more!). I suppose we can only surmise that when it comes to blue, this orange queen is not such a fan.

Photos from Getty ImagesPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; and UNITED PHOTOS/Reuters/Corbis

Your Winners! Best New Royal Hats of 2015

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After nine polls, ten finalists and more than twenty thousand votes, your favourite new royal hats of 2015 have been named. With no further fanfare, here are the top five winners (jump back to this post for a peek at all the finalists):

#5 Queen Mathilde’s red straw saucer by Fabienne Delvigne worn on June 25 in China

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

#4     Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s magenta silk flower and ribbon twist headpiece by Philip Treacy worn for the christening of Prince Nicolas on October 11

Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

#3 The Countess of Wessex’s soaring cream straw slice hat with lattice woven ribbon detail by Jane Taylor, worn for Ascot on June 16 

And by an incredibly slim winning margin of just twelve votes, your#1  favourite new royal hat of 2015 was Beatrice Borromeo’s natural straw hat with textured mushroom brim of unknown design worn at the christening of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques on May 10

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It appears, dearest readers, that we have not completely joined in the current trend for cocktail hats but usually favour larger scale, dramatic hats with substantial brims. Thanks to everyone who cast a vote- you can review the detailed results of the poll below. And finally, if anyone can provide any design information about our winning hat, it would be greatly appreciated!

For those of you wondering about the best repeated hat of 2015, I think it’s safe to say that this Jane Taylor design on the Countess of Wessex (which won our Ascot 2015 poll) would likely win. It received far greater positive response than any other hat we saw last year.

Photos from Getty as indicated; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis;  Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; and Eric Gaillard / Reuters

Queen Máxima Awards Horticulture Prize

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was at the Keukenhof Flower Show in Lisse yesterday to  present the 2016 Tuinbouw Ondernemersprijs horticulture award. For this event, she repeated her  large black felt Garbo hat (a hat many of you will recognize as one of your ten finalists for favourite new royal hat of 2015).

Queen Máxima, January 6, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Photos yesterday show the grandly sloped brim of this piece and this shape, combined with the large scale, gives this hat such drama. Máxima certainly wears it well.

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I can’t help cheekily wondering if this hat’s outing today was a subtle ploy for additional votes in our best new hat of 2015 contest. I love to think that this queen, whose bold millinery style keeps us on our toes and is one of our favourites to watch, is having such fun with us.

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis and Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis

Best New Royal Hats of 2015

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I am so excited to share your choices for the top ten best new royal hats we saw in 2015. You have chosen very well, dearest readers, and now is time to pick a winner. In random order, here are your ten finalists (please click on any of the captions below each photo to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats):

#1 and #2

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      Crown Princess Victoria, May 31, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde in a red straw Fabienne Delvigne saucer on June 25 in China
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in a pale pink angled Philip Treacy picture hat for the Indian State Visit, May 31

#3

3.Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Beatrice Borromeo in a natural straw hat with textured mushroom brim at the Monaco twins’ christening on May 10

#4 and #5
#7 and #8

#9 

Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine of Sweden in a magenta silk flower and ribbon twist headpiece by Philip Treacy
for the christening of Prince Nicolas on October 11

#10

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde in a pale blue Fabienne Delvigne picture hat with fluted brim on July 21 for Belgian National Day

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You have seen the finalists- now it is time to cast your vote. Voting will remain open until January 15 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the winner shortly thereafter. You can vote once every twelve hours for as many hats as you wish. To make things interesting, I have hidden results until the poll is finished. Happy voting!

Photos from Getty as indicated; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis; Sören Andersson / TT via The Swedish Royal Court; Eric Gaillard / Reuters; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, and  Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis

Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Netherlands

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We are half way through narrowing down contenders for the Best New Royal Hat of 2015!  Turning our focus to The Netherlands today, we have thirteen more millinery finalists that cover a rainbow of colours and styles. To streamline the poll, I have omitted a number of less memorable hats (links are provided below). Click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.

The hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to a final poll. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, save your vote (or jump back to vote again for hats from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, or Luxembourg and Norway).

Queen Máxima (not including this and this brown calot, pleated red turban, grey calot, and brown slice hat)

1.Queen Máxima, February 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  2.Queen Máxima, March 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne| Royal Hats  3.Queen Máxima, April 27 in Fabienne Delvgine | Royal Hats  4.Queen Máxima, May 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

5.Queen Máxima, May 20, 2015 | Royal Hats  6.Queen Máxima, August 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  7.Queen Máxima, September 15, 2015 in Jan Taminiau | Royal Hats  8.Queen Máxima, November 8, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix (not including this charcoal grey hat) and Princess Laurentien 

9.Princess Beatrix, September 8, 2015 | Royal Hats 10.Princess Beatrix, September 23, 2015 in Suzanne Moulijn | Royal Hats 11.Princess Beatrix, October 2, 2015 | Royal Hats 12.Princess Beatrix, November 27, 2015 | Royal Hats 13.Princess Laurentien, September 15, 2015 in Eudia | Royal Hats

Do you think any of these hats deserve to be named best royal hat of the year? Cast your vote below. Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016- you can vote for multiple hats once per day.

Queen Máxima Presents Prix de Rome

Queen Máxima was at the Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam today to attend the Prix de Rome award, a scholarship for arts students established in 1663 during the reign of Louis XIV of France. She showed some of her own artistic flair, turning up in a wonderful colour blocked dress topped with her rounded pillbox hat. The simple hat, which is trimmed with a flat, layered bow at the back, was a great counterpoint to the vibrant dress and balanced it beautifully. I love the ensemble (even the costume earrings worked!) and think it is one of Máxima’s best of the year.

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Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, December 17, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 4, 2015November 10, 2014; November 2, 2013
Sometimes a simple hat is all an ensemble needs to elevate it from fine to fabulous! What do you think of Queen Máxima’s hat choice today?