Dutch Monarchs Visit Groningen and Drenthe

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the north eastern Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe yesterday. For this visit, which included stops at the Veenkoloniaal Museum and the Wedeka social labour centre, Máxima repeated her charcoal grey picture hat with rounded crown and diagonally raised ‘slice’ brim. There were some wonderful photos taken that give us a view of this hat’s marvellous brim from all angles.

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

I adore the orange and grey colour scheme of Máxima’s outfit and thought the grey hat and orange shoes balanced the ensemble very well.

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

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: January 30, 2014October 16, 2013October 5, 2013

These photos made me realize that part of the success of this hat relies on the great vibrance of Máxima’s personality. On many others, this large grey hat would overwhelm but, as we often say about her millinery, Queen Máxima is able to carry it off. That, my dear readers, is why we all can’t wait to see what she wears next!

Photos from EPP / Pictures News via Paris Match and Getty as indicated

Who Wore It Best: February 2015 Poll Results

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Royal Hats  For the first of our February polls, we faced off two lovely red Garbo hats and the winner emerged, loud and clear:

Queen Máxima, October 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, October 14, 2014

Stay tuned later this week for our next poll.

Photos from Michel Porro via Getty and Edwin Valoo via PPE

Who Wore It Best: February 2015 Poll

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Royal Hats  When it comes to effortless royal millinery style, I think the Garbo hat style is tough to beat. While we see Garbo style hats most frequently in shades of brown, grey or black, two fashion-forward Dutch royals have stepped out in bold red. While the hats were in different shades and had different trimmings, their simplicity and chic elegance was very similar. The question is, dear readers, who wore it best?

Queen Máxima, October 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    Juliana Guillermo, April 30, 2013 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, October 14, 2014 and Juliana Guillermo, April 30, 2013

As these hats are in a Valentine hue, this poll will remain open until February 14 at midnight, GMT. Happy voting!

Photos from Michel Porro via Getty and Edwin Valoo via PPE

Queen Máxima Opens Vocational Education Initiative

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was in Almere yesterday to lend her support to the opening of ‘Almere On Stage’, an interactive program that provides knowledge of vocational and education possibilities to high school students. For this event, Maxima debuted a new calot hat. Made of an open weave fabric combining the colours of her tunic and skirt, this calot was covered in long folded ‘leaves’ that wrapped around the circular hat. These leaves provided lovely movement and dimension to the hat and unified each element of the ensemble. I also thought Queen Máxima wore it to great effect, placing it slightly off centre around her chignon and choosing small but vibrant earrings. It’s a modern hat that fits so well with the modern way Máxima wears hats to daytime engagements.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this is a new hat

This makes me wonder, dear readers- if 2013 was the year of the toque hat and 2014 was the year of the pillbox, is 2015 shaping up to be the year of the calot?

Photos from Albert Philip Van Der Werf and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Patrick van Emst / Pictures News via Paris Match; and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

 

Queen Máxima Supports Foundation For Forgotten Children

Queen Máxima supported the work of The Forgotten Child Foundation in Goirle yesterday, attending the foundation’s presentation of an award for extraordinary commitment to forgotten children. For this event, she repeated her pleated red fabric calot hat. On this hat’s last outing, Máxima wore it off to the side, balanced by a low chignon; on this outing, she followed the traditional placement of a calot hat, centered on the crown of her head.  These photos allow us to see the graceful pleats that surround this hat, giving it a sense of movement and interest despite the very simple shape. Paired with her red coat, Máxima cast a rather vibrant picture. I’m curious- what do you think of the new way Queen Máxima wore this hat?

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Queen Máxima, February 3, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 1, 2013

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Albert Philip Van Der Werf, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; and Reuters via Het Koninklijk Huis

European Royals Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

Members of six royal houses gathered at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation. Gathered together to remember the horrific history of this place, where more than one and a half million people lost their lives, were the King and Queen of Belgium, the King and Queen of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

For the outdoor commemoration ceremony, Queen Mathilde wore a large black faux fur hat.

Queen Mathilde, January 27, 2015 | Royal HatsQueen Mathilde, January 27, 2015 | Royal HatsQueen Máxima repeated a black wool calot hat with wide, folded cuff around the perimeter of the hat. In a respectful and touching gesture, King Willem Alexander wore a traditional Jewish kippah.

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Crown Princess Victoria and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie did not wear hats for this event. This commemoration, however, was not about hats or who attended. It was about taking time to remember a period of purest evil so that through this memory, humanity can keep it from becoming part of our future.

“What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.” – Anne Frank, 7th May 1944

Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, January 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

I encourage you to watch the full commemoration ceremony below.

Photos from Getty as indicated and Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press