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:
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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):
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!
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 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.