One of Queen Máxima’s signature hat shapes is the upswept ‘slice’- a wide brimmed picture hat with brim that soars high on one side of the hat above a rounded crown. Large brimmed picture hats can be difficult for royals to wear as the wide brim obstructs the all-important view of one’s royal face; the raised brim on this design not only alleviates this issue but it frames the wearer’s face in a kind of royal millinery halo. Máxima’s hats in this genre are usually simply trimmed with hatband around the base of the crown, leaving the dramatic shape of the hat to remain the focus of its impact.
Straw Versions, in the order they were introduced (I believe all by Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne):
UPDATE- Since this post was published, Queen Máxima has added these additional straw hats in this style:
Raw Edge Straw Versions: Fabienne Delvigne has made two additional variations of this shape for Queen Máxima in straw with unfinished, fraying edges
Felt Versions, also in order of introduction (again, I believe all are by Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne):
Camel on March 5, 2015
UPDATE- Since this post was published, Queen Máxima has added the following felt hats in this style:
Queen Máxima has taken the upswept brim shape and attached it on several hats with square crowns (like this one) not included in this list, but that further illustrates her penchant for this particular brim shape. She remains a very popular figure when it comes to royal hats and her distinctive style is partly defined by the way she has embraced these slice picture hats. What do you think of this style? Do you prefer this hat in straw or in felt?