Dutch Monarchs Visit Caribbean

With our royal hat detour this week, we now have some royal hat news to catch up on! King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima travelled to the Caribbean on Thursday for a quick two-day visit. Their first stop was on Bonaire where they took part in Rincon Day, a festival celebrating the culture, music and dance of the island’s oldest town. Máxima joined in the festivities with her ruched yellow silk open-topped headpiece. We have seen this piece twice before and both times, I was not complimentary. This time, however, I love it! This piece belongs in a tropical climate (where an open-crowned design actually makes sense) and it is such a better match with this easygoing dress than the formal frocks Máxima has paired it with before. With whimsical jewellery and an up-do, this ensemble is the perfect choice for a Caribbean festival.

Queen Máxima, April 30, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    Queen Máxima, April 30, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, April 30, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 30, 2014; June 6, 2014

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; and Getty as indicated

15 thoughts on “Dutch Monarchs Visit Caribbean

  1. I loathe this open crowned hat and the yellow is too bright and there is too much of it. The look is too much like some Carmen Miranda costume. The costume jewels look home-made and cheap. I cannot understand why someone who owns so many beautiful clothes, hats, and jewels, can sometimes mess up as badly as this.

  2. I don’t think this shade of yellow flatters her skin tones. I don’t like open-topped hats at anytime. I think the outfit would have worked better if she had worn a white brimmed hat with some yellow trim on it. Those button earrings looks like a schoolkid made them in craft class. Maybe one of her kids did?

  3. It is bright and cheery but I don’t think that shade of yellow looks good against Queen Maxima’s skin tone.

  4. I agree, HatQueen, the first thing I thought on seeing these pictures was “Goodness, a holey hat that actually looks good!” It really does work well here.

  5. I wish that the dress had some type of pattern or something to break up all the yellow. The head to toe yellow makes her look a bit like a banana. Although, if anybody can pull it off, it is Max.

  6. I wonder where you get the idea that she was on a tropical vacation visit beachgal as this was an official visit on the occasion of 200 years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
    And as Mona pointed out the other local ladies dressed in their finest to meet the King and her.
    I find it only appropiate that she dressed in her role.
    Reminds me of an anecdote I read somewhere about Queen Elizabeth (Queen mother) during WW2 that she remarked upon being criticised for dressing in expensive clothes. She explained that if the public came to see her they would dress in their best clothes, so she should reciprocate in kind.

    I find her combination that she dressed for their visit to Aruba yesterday much nicer. We celebrated here Sail Aruba for the 200 years of the Kingdom and 350 years for the Marine Corps.
    Yes she came in a small boat; and no we didn’t greet her in swimwear and flipflops. We locals know better than that.

  7. It is a bit Carmen Miranda (I want to add some fruit in the middle of that hat) but for a Caribbean street party, it works.

  8. Love the yellow hat and dress. So bright and cheery and she carries it off so well. A big no for the button craft jewelry

  9. And, with today’s news, we have a new royal ‘lady’ to be anticipating in hats with the birth of the new Princess of Cambridge!

  10. I also like it here but geezeeeez she is sooo over dressed for her tropical vacation visit! King Willem has a better take on how to dress for an Island stop then Max seems to. But then she always is over-the top then isn’t she?

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