Day Two Of Dutch Tour Of Canada

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their Canadian tour yesterday with visits to the University of Waterloo and a Dutch family-run orchid farm in Beamsville. For these events, Máxima repeated a large picture hat in natural straw. We have seen this loosely structured piece before and while it fits squarely in beach hat territory, it’s a relaxed piece that works really well for less formal engagements and I love the unstructured-ness of it. I thought this hat’s pairing today with Máxima’s green lace suit and brown leather accessories made for a well-balanced and complimentary ensemble that looked effortlessly chic.

 Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

 Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

A number of readers have voiced dislike of Queen Máxima’s large hat pins- it seems that she took your advice for this hat and left them off. Arriving for the first event of the day, however, she was caught with a gust of wind that nearly sent her hat flying. I think Máxima needs only look to her mother-in-law (or to Queen Elizabeth, the grand dame of refined hatpin use) to find a solution which will keep her hats firmly in place without looking like they have been pierced with major weapons.

 Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Her skirt and blouse is from NATAN.
Previously Worn: January 2, 2013; November 4, 2011; March 31, 2006

 Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

I thought Queen Máxima’s easy breezy straw hat was a great choice for yesterday’s visits in Southern Ontario and I loved the whole ensemble. What did you think?

Photos from Rpe/Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk/dpaPatrick van Katwijk/dpaPatrick van Katwijk/dpaPatrick van Katwijk/dpaPatrick van Katwijk/dpa, and Patrick van Katwijk/dpa all via Corbis

19 thoughts on “Day Two Of Dutch Tour Of Canada

  1. I love the way King Willem and Queen Maxima seem to be sharing a little private observation/joke in the 4th photograph. I have seen similar photos at other events and I think it is nice that they are not stiff and formal all the time (and I would LOVE to know what amuses them!).

    The Hat and Ensemble look effortless and chic, exactly how a Queen should look.

  2. This is an interesting color combo for Maxima, and I think she pulls it off well. The hat is one of the largest I’ve seen on her in, but she does it so well and I’m glad it’s not full of trimmings, which would ruin the look. As @Jane asked, yes this is a high quality hat because it is a panama straw hat. Panama straw and parasisal are 2 of the best quality materials used in making women’s spring/summer hats.

  3. I love this hat. Love. It.
    I love this outfit on Maxima….I do think that perhaps the hat is the tiniest bit less formal than the rest of the outfit. The straw seems a tad too floppy and a stiffer material or weave might have worked more successfully.

  4. Only Maxima, I believe, would be able to wear a hat that is bigger than life and pull it off. She is remarkable. Her entire ensemble was wonderful. Her “gi-normous” hats must travel in a hat box all by themselves.

  5. I like the green and brown combo but the green is a bit on the murky side. LOVE the hat – nobody does BIG HAT like Max.

    • I just noticed the shoes – would have preferred she wore a closed toe but they seem to fit better than her red peep toes.

  6. That hat is ginormous! It’s full on Dynasty glamour – and I loves it of course! This is Max at her best!

    The hatpin issue… She doesn’t need to not wear them, just not wear them so long and without something to soften the end – as you say – listen to the experts, phone Queen Liz, one Queen to another – surely this is the stuff they chat about! (Because she obviously racked up a big bill on the phone to Queen Silv in tiara lessons!!)

  7. I absolutely love this hat, dress, jewelry, gloves, purse, everything! I think Maxima looks so chic. I am as green with envy for this outfit as the dress is green!

  8. She wore the same outfit earlier in the day to the
    University of Waterloo. The colours show up well in the pictures here. I got a good look at the hat and was disappointed in the quality. It seemed no different than what can be bought in a beach store. Now I might be completely wrong. Is it a good quality hat?
    She seems to be wearing a lot of lace. Duchess of Cambridge also started the lace idea when she was in Canada and dressed somewhat sedate. I wonder if the Queen is following that as she too is in Canada. Sorry the thought just crossed my mind as I have not seen the Queen wearing lace as often before.
    I do like the colour combination ….hat and dress.

    • Lace is hot in fashion right now. It has nothing to do with Kate wearing it 4 years ago.

      I’m LOVING this outfit! The green and brown combination is perfect casual chic.

      • I’m sorry Jane but Queen Maxima has been wearing lace much longer than Kate. She even wore lace to William and Kate’s wedding! She has worn lace day dresses since 2003 (maybe earlier)

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