Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened a cultural building in Arnhem back on December 10th. She repeated a brimless hat made of metallic black straw with a wide stripe wrapped several times around the side of the hat. The crown of this hat features several layers of rolled circles as well. I think I would prefer this hat without those rolled circles on the crown (which make it look a little lumpy) but I thought Beatrix looked great. The sparkly effect of the metallic straw is quite pretty, isn’t it?
Yesterday, Princess Beatrix attended a national tribute to Nelson Mandela. For this event, she repeated a larger hat with flat crown and brim, wrapped with similar wide bands of straw. When previously worn, this hat was trimmed with a large black and white flower on the side. Understandably for this event, the bloom was replaced with a black feather hibiscus bloom. While I love a picture hat, the sharp lines of this hat make it look a little boxy for my taste. If the top of the crown was slightly rounded (and devoid of that large seam), I think this hat would be fantastic.