Belated Birthday of Queen Máxima

Royal Hats Last Wednesday, Queen Máxima celebrated her 44th birthday.  I want to send our belated best wishes to the Dutch queen today with suggestions of hats we would most like to see her repeat in the coming year. My pick is a hat we have not seen for a long while-  this large brimmed picture hat in bright magenta straw wrapped in feathers. I think Queen Máxima is at her millinery best in large hats in bold colours and I would love to see this Fabienne Delvigne design make another outing. What hat would you like to see her repeat this year?

Princess Máxima, April 24, 2009 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima, April 24, 2009

Photo from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press

Queen Máxima Opens Education Centre

On Friday, Queen Máxima was in Zoetermeer to officially open the new Koninklijke Kentalis care education centre for people with disabilities. For this event, she repeated a headpiece of beige folded straw. The piece, which has a very organic and natural feel to it, has a lovely delicacy and sense of movement to it.  I admire that Queen Máxima consistently wears hats for official openings and and while I’m not usually a fan of all beige outfits or hats worn with trousers (and I don’t like choice of blouse with her jacket), I think there is something that works about they way she has dressed down this hat for this informal event.

Dutch and Belgian Queens Open Sculpture Exhibition

On Wednesday, an outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrating 20 years of Dutch-Belgian cultural cooperation was officially opened in The Hague by Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde. It’s not often that we see two Queens at work together and it seems that these two decided to mark this special engagement with a pair of coordinating NATAN frocks and two new and very vibrant hats.

Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima, May 20, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima, May 20, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima, May 20, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima topped her coral coat dress with a large straw saucer hat in the same hue. The hat was cheekily trimmed with a mass of vertically placed rainbow feathers in the center and a wide band of tan straw edged around the brim. The shape of this saucer is a departure for Máxima and it balanced very well with her collarless coat and chic chignon. I suspect that most of us would go to great lengths to avoid wearing an orange saucer hat trimmed with feathers that look to be plucked straight from an Obsk but on Máxima, it just works. In fact, I think her coral coat dress works better with the hat than it would without it.

 Queen Máxima, May 20, 2015 | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, May 20, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Mathilde topped her orange and royal blue printed dress with a ruched blue straw calot hat. The draping on this particular piece is beautifully done (amazing how the straw looks to have the same fluidity as fabric) and this shade of blue works well for Mathilde.. It is a shape we have seen on both queens numerous times and while I would love to see some more variety, this piece is so well done that it warrants a thumbs up.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Earlier in the day, Queen Mathilde attended a reception for Belgian artists held at the the residence of the Belgian ambassador. For this meeting, she paired the same hat with a blue and white printed Dries van Noten dress. This quick change shows the versatility of this hat and makes me wonder, dear readers, which dress do you prefer with it?

Queen Mathilde, May 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, May 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, May 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, May 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

From all accounts, it seems that a wonderful day was had by Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde in The Hague. What did you think of their vibrant hats?

Dutch Monarchs Open New Tunnel

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands spent a busy day in the region of Zeeuws Vlaanderen today with visits to Terneuzen, Hulst, and Sluis before officially opening the Sluiskiltunnel. For this event, Queen Máxima wore a new picture hat in pale pink straw.

 Queen Máxima, May 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 

Trimmed simply with a wide ribbon and bow around the base of the crown, this hat was all about scale- scale gained from a large brim that gently curved upward on one side. It’s a lovely hat that unfortunately, did not wow as Máxima’s hats usually do. And why not? Colour issues. The peachy pink hue of this hat is so close to Maxima’s skin tone that the two begin to oddly blend together. While this could be balanced the right outfit, the clash between the pink hat and the golden yellow skirt and tunic (which, to be honest,is a disaster on its own) does nothing to help. Pink and yellow can be a beautifully fresh combination when done right but this is so very, very not right.

 Queen Máxima, May 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

   Queen Máxima, May 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

 Queen Máxima, May 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

It is not often that a royal picture hat doesn’t work for me but I’m afraid, this one is one of the few. Queen Maxima has a similar hat with a smaller brim in a slightly different shade of pink that I think is a better hat for her. What do you think?

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Albert NieboerPatrick van Katwijk, and Albert Nieboer via Corbis

Dutch Monarchs Pay Remembrance Day Respects

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attend the National Remembrance ceremony at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam yesterday. Queen Máxima repeated a felt rounded pillbox hat with bow for this occasion.

Queen Máxima, May 4, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 10, 2014; November 2, 2013
Photos from Getty as indicated

Dutch Monarchs Join Sail Aruba

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their visit to Dutch territory in the Caribbean with a stop on Friday in Oranjested, Aruba. There, the royal couple took park in Sail Aruba as part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the 350th anniversary of the Marine Corps. For these festivities, Queen Máxima chose a new hat to top her tropical white suit.

Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

In pinky beige straw, her brimless calot hat featured none of the plumes or blooms we usually see on royal hats- instead, the design of the hat included gentle waves moulded into the straw that gave considerable visual interest and movement to the piece. Queen Máxima anchored the hat with simple pearl hat pins that coordinated with her pearl jewellery.

Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

There are things I like about this hat-  I like that the design is creative and unusual and I thought it hit just the right note of formality on a day that saw the royal couple start a sailing race and enjoy fresh coconut water right from the fruit (and sport some funky sunglasses!). However, I think there are more things I do not like about it. The fleshy colour is creepy – thank goodness Queen Máxima’s hair was clearly visible around it and saved her from looking like a Conehead. While the shape is interesting and creative, this calot has crossed the line into helmet territory and that’s not something I can get behind. It’s cool and very high fashion but I just don’t think it’s attractive.

Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, May 1, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

What did you think of Queen Máxima’s new hat?

Desginer: unknown. What I do know is that it is 100% not a Fabienne Delvigne design.
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Dutch Monarchs Visit Caribbean

With our royal hat detour this week, we now have some royal hat news to catch up on! King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima travelled to the Caribbean on Thursday for a quick two-day visit. Their first stop was on Bonaire where they took part in Rincon Day, a festival celebrating the culture, music and dance of the island’s oldest town. Máxima joined in the festivities with her ruched yellow silk open-topped headpiece. We have seen this piece twice before and both times, I was not complimentary. This time, however, I love it! This piece belongs in a tropical climate (where an open-crowned design actually makes sense) and it is such a better match with this easygoing dress than the formal frocks Máxima has paired it with before. With whimsical jewellery and an up-do, this ensemble is the perfect choice for a Caribbean festival.

Queen Máxima, April 30, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    Queen Máxima, April 30, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, April 30, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 30, 2014; June 6, 2014

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; and Getty as indicated