This week, we have explored the least popular colour for royal hats and peeked inside the millinery closets of the three queens who most frequently wear it. After looking at the orange hats worn by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mathilde, we’re moving on to the royal house of Orange-Nassau whose queen, quite fittingly, rules when it comes to hats in this hue:
1. 2. 3.
Designer: all Fabienne Delvigne
First Appeared: March 1, 2007; November 4, 2006; September 2, 2013
Last Appeared: March 1, 2007; November 4, 2006; June 12, 2015
4. 5. 6. 7.
Designer: #4, 6 and 7 are Fabienne Delvigne; #5 is unknown
First Appeared: November 2, 2011; May 20, 2015; November 5, 2009; September 20, 2005
Last Appeared: November 2, 2011; May 20, 2015; June 3, 2013; April 30, 2006
Queen Máxima also has two orange headpieces which, interestingly, have only appeared on foreign visits:
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
First (and last) Appearance: October 24, 2007 in India; October 29, 2014 in Japan
While I suspect that hats #1, #2, #7 and #8 have been retired, Queen Máxima has a habit of bringing back pieces she has not worn in several years and I think we may see some of these pieces again. What strikes me about this collection is its boldness, both in terms of shapes and saturated shades. Like Queen Mathilde, Queen Máxima’s orange hats are not for the faint of heart and require considerable confidence to pull off. This is something Queen Máxima seems to have in spades and many of us adore her for it.
Photos from Burak Kara and Sandra Mu via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Dutch Photo Press; Albert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis; TOBIAS SCHWARZ/Reuters/Corbis; Julian Parker/Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Semana; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis and Albert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis