Milestone Birthday: Queen Beatrix’s Majestic Hats

 

Birthday milestone 75

Today, we come to our third and final post in our 75th Birthday Celebration for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. We’ve already looked at her early hats and her lighthearted hats– today we conclude with the majestic hats. These are hats fit for a Queen, and hats that I think show Queen Beatrix at her millinery best. Like the funny hats, these fit into several distinct categories.

The Upturned Brims. I suspect at the top of a Queen’s job description is to make sure she is seen by her people. Hats can make this difficult sometimes but Queen Beatrix is a master at finding large hats with upturned brims that do not restrict her visibility to the masses.

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The Boater:  While we tend to associate Queen Beatrix with her Hat Cakes (and multi-tiered Hat Cakes), many her hats over the past 20 years have followed a boater shape with a flat crown and brim.

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The Double Brims: Why be just a little queenly with one brim when you can be REALLY queenly with two?!

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And finally…. The Spectacles. The thing I love most about Queen Beatrix’s style is that she’s not afraid to take things over the top. These are the hats that prove this queen has no millinery fear. I absolutely adore her for that.

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This wraps up my series on Queen Beatrix’s hats. Which one of her signature styles is your favourite?! 

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10 thoughts on “Milestone Birthday: Queen Beatrix’s Majestic Hats

  1. Dear HatQueen, first of all let me thank you for this effort to gather and post 155 stunning pictures!
    I liked them all. I didn’t know so many shades of colours and so many shapes exists in the world.
    My favourites are #102,128,132,135 and 155. Hard to coose 🙂

  2. No clear favorite, but I will say Bea looks fabulous in bright colors. She looks absolutely smashing in red #108 AND pink #155!

  3. I love #132 the hat she wore for Princess Amalia’s baptism. It was sweet- after having three boys, she finally had a granddaughter. The pink hat was so sweet and I loved the flowers on the side.

    • It was very sweet indeed. Although- Amalia was her second granddaughter (after Eloise). No matter- Beatrix was probably thrilled to have some daughters born into the family!

  4. Queen Beatrix changed from her signature hat style in the early 90’s, then came back to it in the late 90’s. In between there are some very fun looking fantastical hats. How did this come about? Was there a different designer or consultant during this period?

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