Queen Máxima Opens Hospital

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opened the new Isala hospital in Zwolle. She repeated a repeated the grey hat with sharply upturned brim…

Queen Máxima, Oct. 17, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, Oct. 17, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, Oct. 17, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

If you are feeling a sense of déjà vu, you’re not crazy. Máxima also wore a grey hat with an upturned brim for her engagement yesterday (and a grey dress). Here are side by side photos of the two hats to keep us all from scratching our heads this afternoon. I can’t imagine a life so filled with gorgeous hats that one grey wool felt hat with a sharply upturned brim just isn’t enough. I also can’t imagine why this colourful queen chose all grey ensembles, two days in a row.

Queen Máxima, Oct. 17, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, Oct. 16, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

What’s even more amazing… there’s a third grey wool hat lurking somewhere in the back of Máxima’s closet (it has a squared crown and you can see it here). And a fourth one that is brown-grey (see that one here).

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I am too overwhelmed with grey wool hats to figure it out. Can anyone help, please?!

Photos from Dutch Photo Press

17 thoughts on “Queen Máxima Opens Hospital

  1. I believe the grey is not a trend, but a very traditional “half-mourning.” It is not so long since the death of a member of the royal family, and soft greys and mauves are traditional, after the period for wearing black (“full mourning”) has passed. The rules about how long to wear each specific gradation of colour used to be very strict, not only for royals but for upper-class and middle-class people (ie, anyone who could afford to keep a wardrobe that included clothes for each stage). I have no idea how the rules are decided for royalty in different countries these days, but I suspect the Queen’s wearing of greys on formal occasions at present indicates that they are still observed to some degree in this family.

  2. I love Queen Max in these large brimmed hats and I love the second dress better on her, find it much more flattering. I would love to have a peek into her closet (of course I would love to do that with all the Royals and try on ALL THE HATS)! Maybe one day we can all plan a trip to Europe together and plan a Royal Hat Tour!!!

  3. Queen Max looks wonderful…I love her entire outfit. I saw pictures of her outfit and the skirt is really cute. The hat suits her, even gray is a nice color on her, in fact I can’t think of color that she can’t wear. I love this style of hat on her, even wearing gray she lights up the room.

  4. I hope she isn’t taking a page out of the Empress of Japan’s book and going to wear gray just about every time we see her. It is a nice hat and it suits her, but I am surprised she would wear such similar hats in such a short period of time.

  5. Two different colors, the one on the right is darker. She should have gone for a completely different style since the colors are so similar.

  6. Perhaps she is working on her own version of ’50 Shades of Gray’ ?….(apologies, MrFitzroy couldn’t resist).
    Beyond whatever is motivating the gray trend, it is lovely to see Maxima has been making good use of the brooch vault — there must be many spectacular things in there that havent seen the light of day in a very long time.

  7. Ah. Two similar hats. I truly thought she wore the same hat twice. When I saw today’s pictures on MyRoyals I wondered if she had perhaps misplaced her other hats…
    I do like today’s outing better than yesterday, but I’m not sure if that’s my opinion on the hats themselves or simply because I’m so distracted by yesterday’s half-cape-like-thing she wore…

  8. It does surprise me that she wore the same type of hat two days in a row, but I love love love this type of hat on her, so I’m not complaining. Very regal, very queenly.

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