Dutch King and Queen Celebrate Protestant Church

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended Sunday Service at the Fontein Church in Nijkerk, The Netherlands, yesterday to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Protestant Church. For this event, Queen Máxima repeated her ruched pale pink calot hat. Every time I see this hat, I admire the lovely way it frames her face…

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

… until I see it from a side or back view, when I must lament how much it looks like a bandage wrapped around her head. I do love the pale pink hat and accessories with Máxima’s beautiful green suit but I’m afraid I’ll never truly warm to this hat. I do believe I would prefer this hat, this hat or even this hat with this ensemble. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 13, 2013May 24, 2013; January 21, 2013; April 29, 2011

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

17 thoughts on “Dutch King and Queen Celebrate Protestant Church

  1. For blonde hair, that style of hat needs to contrast with her hair colour. Or if she wants the pale colour, it ought to be a different style so as to be obvious. With both the pale colour *and* the relaxed style, it merges too much with her head shape and hair colour – bad move, especially so with such a vivid colour dress. She could easily have gone for a hat the same emerald green, but kept the hat small, neat and unobtrusive, like a cocktail saucer or a pillbox.

  2. While I like the outfit and the jewels(who won’t like those jewels), the hat is a disaster, it looks like a darn bandage wrapped around her head. Her roots are showing also and this should not be for someone in her position.

  3. IMO the whole outfit looks awful: ill fitting, crushed and wrinkled, poorly colour coordinated and finished with a “hat” which I cannot think of as anything but an ill-shaped piece of tat. And this for a Queen! The earrings, the brooch and Max’s smile are gorgeous and the King is his well dressed self.

  4. This style is not my favorite. Ok, it’s the opposite of my favorite. Didn’t she have a giant, leaf-shaped hat that she wore with a green dress? Was the hat green or just the dress? Anyway, I think that would look better.
    BUT!!! I love Queen Maxima and I will give her a pass on anything!

  5. Although it’s hard to decide which is worse, the color or the style of the hat, I think the color actually is the bigger problem.
    A big bright green hat might look nice with this dress. I notice from the previous wearings that Queen Máxima has worn bright green with the hat the last three times. Why?

  6. I would like it from the front especially if it were a different color. But still, it looks too thrown together from the side and back. I do like small neat hats for a change from the large ones that she can wear so well.

  7. I don’t mind the hat, it’s not as much a bandage as Mathilde’s and is mostly a per hat, but I think the colour needs to pop more to do Max justice. Would a proper gold work with her colouring? Or, as has been suggested, maybe black. The colour of the dress is gorgeous and she’s right to not want to detract or distract from that. Love the jewels!

  8. Not a fan. There is nothing I like about this hat. It looks like she knotted up a pair of faded pink pantyhose and gave it a twist, and plunked it down onto her head. With all the money she has for clothes, she makes some really odd choices sometimes.

  9. This hat looks like a bunch of fabric randomly stuck on her head and the color is not flattering for her – with her light hair, it washes her out. It might work if it were a darker color.

    That being said, I’m not fond of these flat turbans. If they were worn for an informal context, wearing pants doing an activity, I might warm up to them.

    With that dramatic rich green outfit, I’d prefer to see a dark deep green, or black, hat that stood out from her head instead of a flat lying turban. The dress deserves it.

    And, I agree with Lyn, the earrings and brooch are spectacular!

  10. Not a fan of this or any of your suggested alternatives. I do not think these pale cold colors go well with her natural coloring and I´m not a fan of turbans.

  11. Like you, it’s not my favourite hat and since you likened it to swaddled bandages, I can’t get that image out of my mind! Anyway, I have a hard time dragging my eyes from those emerald earrings!

  12. Nope! Still not a fan of this one – it’s too much of a reminder of those open crown ones that we tend to think look like a paper sack or a hunk of burlap on her head -nice fame on the front view but it could be done with another fabric and I might like it (possibly) better.

  13. I think the hat veers almost into turban territory. I like it but feel conflicted because the side and back views are indeed the weaknesses of this head piece. It looks wonderful from the front though and frames her face beautifully. Overall it is a win for me.

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