Celebrations for the 200th anniversary of The Kingdom of the Netherlands kicked off yesterday when King Willem-Alexander received the biographies of Kings Willem I, Willem II and Willem III in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Today, the King and Queen attended further celebrations at the Hall of Knights in The Hague. Queen Máxima wore a rather sedate beige felt calot style; the front looked slightly raised, almost in the style of a beret. Unusually for Máxima (and her hat designer, Fabienne Delvigne), this new hat was completely without embellishment. On its own, I don’t think I would have liked this hat but as an accessory to Máxima’s whole outfit (and her incredible aqua silk dress), it looked very regal and elegant.
Princess Beatrix wore a sweeping black picture hat with a double brim and wrapped crown, trimmed with bright magenta silk blooms. I thought the shape of this hat was very beautiful (the transparent top brim and crown wrap are particularly pretty) and the flowers made it very festive. Paired with her pink and black printed dress, this hat is a winner for me.
In the afternoon, the King and Queen watched a re-enactment of King Willem I landing on the beach. Queen Máxima wore the same hat but paired it with a beige wool coat for the outdoor event.