One of Queen Máxima’s signature hat shapes is the upswept ‘slice’- a wide brimmed picture hat with upswept 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 all simply trimmed with hatband around the base of the crown, leaving the dramatic shape of the hat to remain the focus of its impact. So far, we have seen the Dutch queen in twelve straw versions of this hat style, all designed by Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne:
Visiting Saint Martin on November 3, 2011; Prinsjesdag on Sep 20, 2005
Opening an education centre on September 3, 2014
UPDATE: A tenth hat in this style in warm, coffee brown straw was added on March 11, 2016 during the Dutch state visit to France and an eleventh, in black, was added November 7, 2016 during the Dutch State Visit to New Zealand. A twelfth, in pale pink, was added during a visit to Italy June 20, 2017.
In Italy, June 20, 2017
When we see royals wear different versions of the same style, the hats are often made of the same material and all relate to either summer or winter wear. Máxima’s slice hats are an exception to this loose rule; this shape lends itself not only to the light, summery versions seen above in straw but to versions made of felt. The sweeping brim of this style looks especially luxurious in brushed felt, as seen by the eight winter versions of this design we have seen so far (all except the camel tan hat are designs by Fabienne Delvigne):
UPDATE: Queen Máxima added a sixth and a seventh felt designs in grey and magenta in 2017 and an eighth in emerald green in early 2018
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?
Photo sources: Straw Hats: Michel Porro via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Corbis; Mark Cuthbert, via Getty; Corbis; Andreas Rentz, Luis Acosta, Patrick van Katwijk, Chesnot, Pool and Patrick van Katwijk via Getty
Felt Hats: Dutch Photo Press; Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Carsten Rehder and Albert Philip Van Der Werf via Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk , Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Getty