Dutch Enthronement: Royal Guests

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As expected, the royal guests attending this inauguration pulled out all the stops when it came to their hats!

The Duchess of Cornwall wore an ice blue leaf fascinator designed by Philip Treacy. She wore this previously to the weddings of Peter Philips and Autumn Kelly in 2007 as well as her son Tom in 2005 but it looks totally reinvented with her ice blue gown. In the past, I have not always been a fan of these halo fascinators but today, I thought Camilla looked absolutely beautiful.

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore a cream straw hat with a dramatic diagonal brim and large spray of flowers and feathers on the side designed by Philip Treacy. I think this hat would have benefited from a trim of some of those feathers (it was a little too messy on the side I thought) and I prefer Victoria in smaller hats but overall, she looked great.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a delicate slate blue flowered, feathered, netted, fascinator. There was a lot going on in this headpiece but I loved it. I thought it was gorgeous with her handpainted silk kimono-inspired gown. The whole look was unexpected but beautiful.

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The Princess of Asturias, who does not wear hats very often, suddenly developed some hat bravery and appeared in this Maria Nieto designed asymmetrical signature hat in dove grey complete with a flower and feather explosion on top.  I’m going to give her points for her new-found hat bravery but something about the shape of this hat didn’t work for me. The crown ended up looking like a giant earmuff and that’s never a good thing. Leitizia’s column dress would have been better contrasted with a hat with a horizontal brim, don’t you think?

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Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein wore the loveliest shade of green silk from head to toe… but even in the loveliest shade, it was too much green Her hat looked like a folded green dinner napkin and fell flat for me.

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium wore a blush pink picture hat designed by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne. I loved this hat- it was quietly elegant and looked beautiful on Mathilde. The rest of her ensemble was a bit to pink for me (we have to break her of this head-to-toe one colour obsession) but didn’t attract from how much I love that hat.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore a wreath of beaded flowers??? I know. I didn’t really get this either.

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I thought that the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg looked all right in this latte brown straw hat with rolled brim. While I liked the colour with her newly darkened caramel hair, I think the brim was to chunky for Princess Stephanie’s delicate features and the hat aged her WAY beyond her 29 years.

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Crown Princess Masako of Japan was all smiles this morning. Much has been speculated about Masako, whose attendance at this event ended a decade-long period of her missing out international royal events (officially, the Japanese court says she is being treated for adjustment disorder but unofficially, it’s widely understood she’s suffered chronic depression after giving up her international diplomacy career to marry the Crown Prince). Masako repeated the silk dress and matching pillbox hat she wore for Emporer Akihito’s birthday celebrations in 2010. The hat alone, I love on her. With the dress, it’s a lot of fabric. That being said, it was just so wonderful to see Masako back out in public. Crown Prince Naruhito, beamed non-stop from ear to ear, seemed thrilled to be attending this event together.

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 Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Misned  of Qatar wore a navy turban to coordinate with her couture outfit and serious bling. I don’t think there’s any point commenting about her hat since we’re all just staring at her necklace! And yes- it’s real. Mozah doesn’t do jewels that aren’t real.

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We seldom see such a gathering of representatives for so many royal houses- it’s quite spectacular.

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Photos from Getty as indicated and Dutch Photo Press

27 thoughts on “Dutch Enthronement: Royal Guests

  1. Mozah looks like someone in a Disney movie… not in a good way. She is so beautiful and stylish, but today looks harsh

  2. I keep coming back to this site to see all these amazing hats. I’m just speechless. The princesses here all looked so amazing. I’ve never seen so many long gowns with hats. Just love it! Thanks for all of your photo’s. They are the best of any royal site.

    • The hats on Tuesday were amazing, weren’t they? The next time we’ll see long gowns with hats will be at Prinsjesday (the Dutch Opening of Parliament) on September 17. I really love that the Dutch have retained this court dress. It’s so grand and so fun for us hat watchers to see hats with long gowns!

  3. I’m surprised no one has mentioned Camilla yet. I thought she looked beautiful. Her headpiece was more detailed and looked so nice with her dress, which was quite simple. She looks so nice in blue.

    • I was wondering the same thing. I thought the hats on the young princesses were all a little much. Camilla’s was beautiful (but I wouldn’t have liked it if he dress had not been so simple and elegant). The dress and fascinator were very flattering on her.

      • I looked back at the other photos you posted of hear wearing this hat (I don’t know how you keep track of all of them!!). This is the best she’s looked in this hat. It’s still a little out there for me.

  4. I’ve been reading here for 4+ months every day and just gotta start commmenting because these hats are too much!

    Cams: nice feathers. can’t get the nickname “halo fascinator” out of my mind. Good one!
    Vicki: WOW. I’m speechless she looks so good. She keeps getting better.
    Mary: first thought was it looked like she scraped some lichen off a rock and stuck it on her head. now that we’ve got closeups its a little better
    Leti: plate on head. Why? Poof on top gives her another head. Why?
    Sophie: remember the old game Frogger? that thing on her head was trying to make it from one ear to the other but got squashed.
    Mattie: Holy toledo! She’s rockin’ it.
    MM: Whe know she loves her kids. She doesn’t need to wear their art projects on her head to prove it.
    Steph: MINI-BEA!!! She totally looks like she’s trying to look like Princess Beatrix. Not a good fashion role mode (but real nice lady)
    Masako: She showed up. Who cares about the hat.
    Mozah: With couture Valentino and that honkin’ necklace, who cares?!

    This blog is AWESOME! Thanks for all the great hats yesterday!

    • Didn’t see it until now but that young Stephanie sure does look like a mini-Queen Beatrix. I guess imitation is sincere flattery here?

    • I think Letizia looked AMAZING. The hat was fantastic and such a departure from any of the hats she’s ever worn before. Happy claps! Camilla, Victoria, Mathilde and Mary were the other winners for all the reasons already mentioned. Mary’s fascinator is sublime.

      • I’m sorry but I really didn’t like Princess Letizia’s hat. She looked like a slim arrow pointing upwards to the explosion on her head.

    • Camilla looked AMAZING. So did Victoria, Mary, Mathilde and Letizia. Letizia showed she has some fashion prowess and it was so refreshing to see her in a hat that wasn’t meant for an old lady! I loved Mette Marit’s headpiece with her amazing Valentino dress. Who says you need a clunky hat? Stephanie should take lessons from her because if she had put a light fascinator on with that suit, she would have been one of the best dressed.

    • Honks- I agree on most points. I’d place Mary and Letizia in the best hats category. Mary’s fascinator was OUTSTANDING. Letizia finally wore a REAL hat. Loved them both. Of course, the other best hats were VIctoria, Mathilde and Camilla.

  5. I thought Princess Mary’s fascinator was phenomenal. She looked amazing at all three events during this coronation.

  6. I loved the pink hat and the brown hat [Mathilde and Stephanie] I don’t think the brown hat aged her at all. She looked really nice.

    • Leti and Vicki both looked amazing. I’d say Vicki wins. I also thought Camilla’s fascinator was awesome and LOVED that she took a fashion risk. She took WAY more of a risk than Stephanie (who is turning out to be BORING) and it paid off.

    • I am in love with her hat! It is so beautiful and there is just the right amount of flowers and feathers on the side. I can’t stop looking at how good she looked yesterday!

    • I thought her beaded head things looked really pretty in her hair. Her dress had so much beautiful embroidery and the beads in her hair kind of continued this. she’s going to make such a beautiful queen someday.

  7. The Hereditary Grand Duchess and Princess Masako both looked nice. The other hats were too dramatic. Are they all incapable of modesty?

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