Seeing Quintuple: Princess Beatrix

Royal HatsSeeing Princess Beatrix at an engagement over the weekend in a dashing navy straw boater hat made me curious about her other dark blue straw hats. A little research this morning uncovered five brimless navy straw hats exist in her closet. Although there are slight differences between each hat, these brimless beauties follow the same general shape and scale that we all are used to seeing on Princess Beatrix. I assume they were all made to coordinate with specific outfits (the one in the top row, middle, is a slightly brighter shade while the one on the bottom left was custom made to match the gown she wore to King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration last year) and it is interesting to note the subtle design differences between them.

Queen Beatrix, August 20, 2009 | Royal Hats Queen Beatrix, November 22, 2011 | Royal Hats Queen Beatrix, November 9, 2012 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix on August 20, 2009;  November 22, 2011; and November 9, 2012 

 Princess Beatrix, November 7, 2013 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix on April 30, 2013 and November 7, 2013 

Photos from AFP/Stringer via Getty; Pool and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; AFP Photo / POOL/Jasper Juinen via Getty; and ANP via

9 thoughts on “Seeing Quintuple: Princess Beatrix

  1. P. Bea looks wonderful in darker blues (and many other colours), but that so-called cake-hat shape is not my cup of tea.
    Lilibet in the peach is an unflattering photo of her, aging her twenty years.

  2. I like Princess Beatrix in the more vibrant, bright blues, as opposed to the duller tones. The first hat is probably my favourite and the last my least favourite. She seems like a very warm person. Thanks.

  3. Not really a fan of these either, but it is such a Beatrix hat that I have to let it go too. She is a breath of fresh air whatever she wears, and with that hairdo, there really isn’t a hat that would look good and not crush it, or be crushed by the stiff wings of hair. Like Margrethe, she does what she does and she is always true to herself, although with better results.

  4. I am a big fan of Princess Beatrix (seeing that title to refer to her seems so strange) and she never fails to impress me. She is so very well groomed and dresses impeccably. I’m not a fan of this style of hat although it seems appropriate for her just like Queen
    Elizabeth always wears the same style of hat. Seeing either Beatrix or the Queen in a small fascinator would probably look all wrong and cause a fashion police alarm.

      • True, but one that from the front looks like a hat. It would be most weird if she were to wear a ‘side of the head explosion’ fascinator!

    • Of all the queens out there, she is my favorite even above the magnificent QEII, I also find it strange to call her a Princess, for me she will always be Queen B of the Netherlands, and I don’t like these hats at all. Navy looks great on her, nice with her coloring. f I had to go with any of these hats, it would be picture number 4, I like the draping in the back does it for me. Your right, a huge fashion police alarm if either wore those fascinators, and the one on QE in peach, didn’t look good at all.

  5. Such an identifiably Bea hat shape — I don’t hate it like I might have when she first started to wear them – despite I would never wear one, she’s so much fun, she can do this hat forever far as I’m concerned. Now for her daughter in-law’s crown-less/brimless donut icky things, I doubt I will ever get to accepting those very well, even if Bea showed up in one!

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