Seeing Quintuple: Queen Máxima

Queen Máxima has certainly embraced the modified toque hat as one of her go-to hat styles. When she debuted a new red toque last week for Prinsjesdag, I had a sense of deja vu and I suspect some of you did as well:

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In Singapore, January 25, 2013; Visiting Zeeland, June 21, 2013

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 Prinsjesdag, September 16, 2014

To be fair, the red gown and toque worn last week are a different shade of red than Máxima’s red suit (and required a matching hat). However, does it seem strange to you that Máxima has two red toques to go with her red suit? Click on each of the photographs above to take you to the original post covering these events (and confirmation that the first two toques are indeed, not the same toque!). All three hats were designed by Belgian Milliner, Fabienne Delvigne.

UPDATES: Máxima’s penchant for toque hats has continued with fourth and fifth red beauties added October 1, 2014 (below left) and March 20, 2015 (below right). While the fifth had could arguably be considered a turban, Queen Máxima wears it in the same way she wears her other toque hats- off her face, centered on the crown of her head like a calot hat.  I think these two additions are due to colour and fabric matches- they both look to be custom made specifically to coordinate with certain dresses – and I am most amused to see two more come into circulation!

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October 1, 2014 in Rotterdam and March 20, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany

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17 thoughts on “Seeing Quintuple: Queen Máxima

  1. The hats on 1 and 5 are not very attractive to me, yet I do like the other hats. The calot as you mentioned in a previous comment is one of my favorites, these 3 that I like are okay and she does look great in the color red. Very easy to be seem in wearing that color!

  2. I think all three versions are unattractive on Maxima with no structure or “punch” except from the vibrant colour.

    • I disagree. The more I see this style of hat the more I like it. It makes an outfit a little bit more formal and regal without a big hat that hides her face or is covered with silly feather explosions. Maybe because I remember these style hats from the 1960s when we all had beehive hairdos! I just don’t like them when they are the same color as Queen Maxima’s hair.

  3. It’s always a surprise to me that Max doesn’t make appoint of using a Dutch milliner, there must be some, right? Instead, she almost exclusively wears hats made by a Belgian. Not a criticism, just a comment.

  4. I am not crazy about toques, or toque-inspired hats. If I have to chose a favorite here, I’ll go for the middle hat, in the second set of photos, with the suit, and the knot part on the side of the head, as the hairstyle is more sleek, the placement on the head seems better, and I don’t like a knot at the front of the head, as it reminds me of little terry-toweling scarves you can tie around to keep the hair off your face while you put make-up on. I do like Queen Maxima in red, but I don’t think the toque style suits her. I prefer to see her in big brimmed statement hats.

  5. Even though the color doesn’t seem as good a match….the one she wore in Zeeland seems most flattering. I’m on the fence a bit on this style, and it really comes down to the individual hat.

    • What makes a toque a toque is the shape of the hat, not where it is worn on the head. Toques usually look as though they were made of wrapped fabric or straw. This pleated or ruched look makes them resemble a turban (but they do not wrap fully around the head like a turban does) although their shape is closer to that of a rounded pillbox. A calot is a close fitting cap, not nearly as volumous as a pillbox, toque or turban.

      Queen Mary of Great Britain wore toque hats on the top of her head. During the recent resurgence of the toque, we have seen Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima wear them back further on the crown of their heads. These two queens are wearing toque hats (or this modern variation of the toque hat) much more like a calot or pillbox.

      What makes things even more confusing is that millinery designers, in their great creativity, don’t stick to purely traditional hat shapes. That makes it all the more interesting for us to keep watching, but all the more confusing when we try and categorize the hats.

      If you ever get stuck, I have been slowly building a Glossary of Hat Types here on the blog. There are diagrams of each hat type there- seeing the diagrams side by side might help you see the differences between each hat style.

  6. I do not like to toques but if I have to pick one I would choose the middle one. The last one is too small for the hair but too big to be considered a cocktail version

    • The toque in the middle is the same one as the one worn on World MS Day. The first one (on the left) was also worn in 2012 for Princess Estelle of Sweden’s christening. The one worn on Prinsjesdag (on the right) was worn for the first time that day. Confusing, right?!

  7. I do find it odd, especially since the hat-to-suit color match appears off in pic number 2. I do like the design of that one a little bit better, though.

  8. I really like the highly modified toques that Max wears. I always hated the ones the Duchess of York, Diana, and old Queen Mary wore. These are almost more like a modified turban, and are very flattering. I agree that she should have stepped it up a bit more for the big celebration, but even when she misses, she puts on a great show for us Max lovers. She seems a lot more real than some of the other queens and princesses out there. I think she must be the happiest Royal of all times. 🙂

  9. twist and turn it all around…think she would have done something else for an occasion as special as on Sept 16
    she does wear red often…love that colour

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