Queen Máxima Opens Health Support Centre

Queen Máxima opened a specialized support centre for eating disorders in Zevenhuizen today. For the opening of Leontienhuis, named after founder Dutch racing cyclist Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, Máxima choose a cheery red straw hat. Made of two large petals of straw, the unembellished hat has an open crown.

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

I know these open-topped pieces are not popular (I am on record for being less than a fan) but they provide an interesting alternative for a casual hat. This one has the most beautiful sense of movement on the brim and the colour is beautiful on Máxima. In the end, I would prefer it with a crown but it remains an interesting piece as is.

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 1, 2011; October 29, 2011

What do you think of this vibrant open topped hat?

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One Headpiece, Three Frocks

Royal HatsFor the recent bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, Queen Máxima repeated a Fabienne Delvigne headpiece made of luminescent silver silk. The open topped headpiece, made of two padded and tapered U-shaped forms that create a ring around Máxima’s head, was met with lukewarm reception when she wore it first in October 2007 at Princess Arianne’s christening. Since then Queen Máxima has paired it with two other outfits, both in blue lace.

Look #1: A silver silk cut-out jacket and pleated silver and grey jacquard skirt worn originally on on October 20, 2007 for Princess Arianne’s christening and repeated during the Swedish royal visit, April 4, 2014

Look #2: Teal lace dress worn November 23, 2013 on a visit to Venezeula

Queen Máxima, Nov. 23, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, Nov. 23, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Look #3: Grey silk dress with blue lace trim worn June 19, 2015 for the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

I’m curious, dear readers, which outfit do you think works best with this unique headpiece?

Photos from AP via Parool and Getty as indicated

Queen Máxima Opens Nursing Center

This morning, Queen Máxima was in Nieuwolda to officially open a new nursing centre. For the event, she repeated her ringed headpiece in ruched caramel brown straw. The last time we saw this hat, I did not have any love for it; the improved placement on Máxima’s head and the pairing with her more casual green dress make it work so much better. I’m not ready to declare love for these doughnut shaped headpieces but I’ll concede that today, this one worked.

Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats     Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: April 26, 2014

What do you think of this ruched headpiece today?

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Queen Máxima Opens Exhibit on Dutch Design

Queen Máxima visited the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam yesterday to open an an exhibition on Dutch design over the past 200 years.  For this opening, she repeated her large burgundy picture hat with a low, square crown and large mushroom-shaped brim. Despite its very simple grosgrain ribbon trim around the edge of the brim and base of the crown, the colour and scale of this hat give it loads of dramatic impact. With her striped gold and claret dress and orange accessories (an unusual choice that work surprisingly well), Máxima certainly stands out in a crowd.

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

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 24, 2014May 24, 2014

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Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

European royals gathered in Waterloo, Belgium yesterday to participate in a ceremony hosted by the Belgian government to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The 1815 battle, which saw the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte and the restoration of Louis XVIII to the French throne, is being celebrated during three days of grand scale re-enactments which include more than 5000 historical re-enactors from around the world. The Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg monarchs were on hand yesterday for the first event.

As hostess for this ceremony, Queen Mathilde stood out in a natural straw hat with large, flat crown and wide mushroom brim. The considerable scale of the piece was lovely on Mathilde and gave some neutral grounding to her vibrant goldenrod dress and jacket. We haven’t seen this piece worn since 2004 and it was lovely to see it again.

Queen Mathilde, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 26, 2004

Queen Máxima repeated her silver grey silk ringed headpiece with new grey and blue lace dress. In the past I have been rather critical of these open-topped headpieces and while I’m still not in love with this one (and retain quibbles about the puckered seams), I appreciate it much more. The open top gives this piece a lightness needed for a summer hat and places the focus on  Máxima’s face.  This is the third outfit we have seen Máxima pair with this headpiece (we’ll look at those in greater detail in a few weeks) and is, so far, my favourite.

Queen Máxima, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: April 4, 2014November 24, 2013; Oct. 20, 2007

The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg topped her oyster-grey suit with a domed pillbox hat made of the same fabric. We have seen Maria Teresa in numerous pillbox hats over the past year and the shape suits her well. The ensemble is a little bland for my taste, however, and I would have loved even a subtle bit of colour to liven it.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Marchioness of Douro (née Jemma Kidd), who is the Duke of Wellington’s daughter-in-law, wore a Philip Treacy percher hat in cream, trimmed with a signature Treacy twist.

The Marchioness of Douro , June 18, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

It always seems that the European royals are delighted to get together and this event was no different. What did you think of the royal hats seen yesterday in Belgium?

European Monarchs in hats by Fabienne Delvigne, June 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

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Swedish Royal Wedding: Royal Guests

Royal Hats A number of other reigning royal houses were represented among the guests at Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist’s wedding yesterday. Queen Mathilde of Belgium topped her blue gown with the bandeau bottom piece of the Nine Provinces tiara. The simple scroll motif and low height of this tiara make it a more modest piece but in combination with her diamond and pearl drop earrings and diamanté studded off the shoulder gown (in what is THE most perfect shade of blue on her), Mathilde looked classically beautiful.

Queen Máxima wore her Mellerio Ruby tiara, a piece made up of three large scrolls connected by suspended diamond swags. With a matching necklace and bracelet, the tiara makes a grand but very light, delicate statement. I thought it was the perfect piece to pair with her embroidered lace Jan Taminiau gown, a gown many of you will recognize from her and King Willem-Alexander’s inaguration in April 2013. As she often does at such formal events, Máxima looked incredible.

Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

The Countess of Wessex wore her Aquamarine tiara made up of diamond scrolls around a central aquamarine. It was beautifully paired with small drop earrings, an aquamarine pendant and a grey lace dress by Czech designer Taťána Kovaříková. While some might be underwhelmed by the streamlined gown, it was exactly the right cut and shade to show the aquamarines to greatest effect and I thought Sophie looked very elegant.

Countess of Wessex, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Hisako of Takamado wore a diamond tiara with small pearl drops that, like the tiara she wore for Princess Madeleine’s wedding two years ago, I assume is one from the vast Japanese Royal collection allocated for her use. This piece is a perfect proportion for petite Princess Hisako; it appears that it combines with her earrings and delicate necklace to form a diamond and pearl parure. Throughout the video stream yesterday, Princess Hisako seemed to be enjoying herself immensely, wearing a wide smile and looking most lovely in her pale green, gold embroidered gown.

Just two posts remain in our coverage of the Swedish royal wedding- royal representatives from non-reigning royal families are up next.

Photos from Splash News,  Patrick van Katwijk/dpa and Patrick van Katwijk/dpa via Corbis; Getty as indicated

Queen Maxima Opens Children’s Hospital

Queen Máxima was in The Hague today to officially open the Juliana Children’s Hospital. For this event, she repeated her vivid orange folded straw headpiece and matching cotton day dress. Máxima looks fantastic in orange and the informality, lightness and sense of fun inherent in both these two pieces makes them work well together. I really like the placement of this headpiece off to one side (much better than the first time she wore it centred on her head) but wish that the metal headband securing it to her head was hidden in her hair. What perplexes me most, however, about this ensemble is the Carmen Miranda earrings. Each time she has worn this outfit, Máxima has paired it with a larger set of earrings. It’s a shame, really, as the headpiece is a fabulous statement piece which doesn’t benefit from such competition.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by NATAN
Previously Worn: November 15, 2013; September 2, 2013

Photos from Getty as indicated