King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia paid their introductory visit (the first since becoming Spanish monarchs) to the Dutch King and Queen today. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed their Spanish friends this morning at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. I expected Queen Letizia would forgo a hat today and was therefore surprised when Queen Máxima did not.
Queen Máxima repeated her purple wool ‘slice’ picture hat with sharply upturned brim around one side of the hat. I adore the gentle wave on the lower side of the brim and love how all the drama from this hat comes from the form instead of the trimmings. And who doesn’t love a queen in a purple hat?! I suspect some of you will quibble about the colour clash between this hat and Máxima’s dress but I suspect any mismatch we detect may an issue of lighting and fabric sheen (as you can see from the way the dress photographs so differently in the following photos). My issue is the necklace, which looks like a medieval torture device. There were times in history where such displays of weaponry warned visiting monarchs not to mess with their hosts and while I suspect this was not the case today (!), I think this necklace was an odd choice that tragically, detracted from the beautiful hat.
Queen Letizia did not wear a hat. The Spanish royals show us time and time again that they are not a hat wearing bunch and while I thought today might coax even a small hat onto Letizia’s head, it was not to be. So far, we have only seen Letizia wear hats for major royal weddings where the dress code clearly required a hat and I suspect that trend will continue.
These four monarchs were clearly delighted to see one another and it appears that a lovely visit was in store. What did you think of Queen Máxima’s hat today (and Queen Letizia’s lack of hat?!)