One Hat, Six Frocks

Royal Hats During King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s recent trip to Denmark and Germany, Máxima repeated her large grey felt hat with ‘slice’ diagonally folded brim designed by Fabienne Delvigne. We have seen this hat five times, each time worn with a different ensemble. Which outfit do you think works best with this hat?

1. A lilac beaded tunic and grey pencil skirt for the October 5, 2013 wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma 

Queen Máxima, October 5, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, October 5, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

2. A NATAN grey draped sheath dress and gold accessories to open the FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre in Wageningen on October 16, 2013

Queen Máxima, Oct. 16, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, Oct. 16, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

3. A grey pinstriped NATAN coat and checked dress for the January 30, 2014 opening of Lely Group’s new campus in Maasslius

Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

4. A gray, brown and khaki green colour blocked NATAN dress during the Swedish State Visit, April 5, 2014 

Queen Máxima, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

5. A vibrant grey and orange cowl necked dress from NATAN on a February 17, 2015 visit to the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe

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

6.  Visiting Hamburg on March 19, 2015 in a tri-toned NATAN dress and coordinating oatmeal hued jacket

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

Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press Europe; Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Dutch Monarchs in Hamburg

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima concluded their visit to Germany with a stop in Hamburg today. For their visits to Hamburg Town Hall and famous Fish Market, Queen Máxima wore a new red dress and matching pleated hat. While the hat follows the shape of a traditional turban, Máxima wore it off-centred on the back on her head, treating it as an oversize calot hat. Since this is the fifth red hat in this style that can be found in her millinery closet, we can only guess that it must be one that Máxima likes very much.

Queen Máxima, March 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, March 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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

Photos from Getty as indicated and Christian Charisius, Patrick van KatwijkDaniel Bockwoldt, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis. 

Dutch Monarchs Begin German Visit

After completing their state visit to Denmark, King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands moved on to begin their two day visit to Germany today. For their arrival in Luebeck, Máxima repeated her grey felt hat with ‘slice’ brim sharply upturned on one side. We have seen this hat numerous times on this young queen and today, for the first time, it was paired with this tri-toned dress. The hat is a staple for Máxima and looks great on her. I think, however, the unattractive dress doomed this outfit from the start. Next week we’ll compare all the outfits she as worn with this hat and I suspect, this one will not win. What did you think of Queen Máxima’s hat and dress combination today?

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

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

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: February 18, 2015; January 30, 2014October 16, 2013October 5, 2013

Photos from Getty as indicated and Carsten Rehder, Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Day 2 of Dutch State Visit to Denmark

For the second day of the Dutch state visit to Denmark, Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary joined the King and Queen of the Netherlands for a visit to Samsoe Island. This visit unexpectedly saw Queen Máxima and Princess Mary in a pair of new brown fedora hats. Queen Máxima’s hat in chocolate brown felt features a slightly higher crown (with characteristic fedora pleats) and an unstructured brim; her hat is trimmed with a wide grosgrain ribbon around the base of the crown and an unstructured bow loop on the side. The slightly floppy hat contrasted with Máxima’s supremely structured camel coat and the varied shades of brown between hat, coat, purse and gloves kept the ensemble from being bland or boring.

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

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

Designer of Queen Máxima’s hat: Fabienne Delvigne. Her coat is designed by Claes Iversen
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Mary’s hat in beaver brown felt featured a more structured brim and a more defined ‘pinch’ at the top of the crown. Her hat was also trimmed in grosgrain ribbon with a flat, traditionally shaped bow on the side. While I like the more restrained and traditional fedora shape that this hat follows, I found the styling of Princess Mary’s outfit today rather perplexing. The brown hat paired with brown sweater, brown boots and black skirt make sense but the addition of her pale blue-grey coat, to me, does not. Unfortunately, the disharmonious outfit decreases the impact of the chic and stylish hat.

Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer of Crown Princess Mary’s hat: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, March 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne| Royal Hats

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Fashion foibles aside, it appeared as though the two couples shared an enjoyable day together. Which of these two brown fedora hats struck your fancy?

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

Dutch Monarchs Kick Off State Visit to Denmark

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived in Copenhagen this morning for the start of their state visit to Denmark. As we come to expect with such high profile events, Queen Máxima arrived sporting a new hat. Clearly designed to compliment her amazing embellished grey coat, Máxima’s coordinating grey felt calot hat is trimmed simply in a band of grey velvet around the edge of the hat. The grey velvet creates the appearance of a small, upfolded brim and adds a textural contrast to the hat. It is a simple hat but one that looks elegant on her and perfectly compliments her embellished coat.

Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

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Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. First guess for Máxima’s hats is always Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Queen Margrethe also wore a new hat today. Made of purple felt, her slightly domed pillbox is trimmed with a triple band of black sequins around the perimeter of the hat with a spray of black feathers and black sequin looped bow on the side. I thought the balance of colour in this ensemble was very well done (the hat tied Margrethe’s purple dress and black fur jacket together beautifully) and the use of sequins on the trim were restrained enough not to venture too far into showgirl territory.

Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Dutch State Visit to Denmark March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Later today, we’ll look at hats worn by Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte.

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

Queen Máxima Opens Namesake Canal

Queen Máxima was in Den Bosch this morning to open her new new namesake waterway, the 9 kilometre long Maxima Kanaal. As she does for all official openings, Queen Máxima wore a hat (and gloves) for this event. While we have seen her in several ‘slice’ picture hats with sharply diagonal folded brims, this particular hat, in camel felt, is new. Trimmed with  a simple monochrome grosgrain ribbon around the crown and small felt bow on the back brim, the lack of embellishment makes this hat all about its strong shape.  Its pairing with Máxima’s black and white dress was a surprising but very elegant and modern choice – the simple neckline was a great compliment to the hat and the muted accessories kept the whole outfit from veering into “too much” territory.

Queen Máxima, March 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, March 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

My only qualm about this hat is the way the huge hat pins look like a pair of knitting needles stabbed through the back of it. While hat pins are necessary, this pair really disturbs the smooth, clean lines of this hat.

Queen Máxima, March 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, March 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsQueen Máxima, March 5, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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

I suspect some of you might have preferred a hat in a more vibrant colour with this dress but I loved the way this hat was such an  unexpected choice. The dress kept the hat from looking dull or boring while the hat and other tan accessories restrained the dress from looking too much like a bar code on steroids. For me, this beautiful balance is what makes this ensemble work. I look forward to hearing how you, dear readers, weigh in on this new hat!

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