Queen Máxima Opens Health Support Centre

Queen Máxima opened a specialized support centre for eating disorders in Zevenhuizen today. For the opening of Leontienhuis, named after founder Dutch racing cyclist Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, Máxima choose a cheery red straw hat. Made of two large petals of straw, the unembellished hat has an open crown.

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

I know these open-topped pieces are not popular (I am on record for being less than a fan) but they provide an interesting alternative for a casual hat. This one has the most beautiful sense of movement on the brim and the colour is beautiful on Máxima. In the end, I would prefer it with a crown but it remains an interesting piece as is.

Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 1, 2011; October 29, 2011

What do you think of this vibrant open topped hat?

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23 thoughts on “Queen Máxima Opens Health Support Centre

  1. The chunky bracelet cheapens the overall look of the outfit, the shoes are too cutesy (the bows) with this outfit, and the hat, well…it does look more like a be

  2. The hole in the middle spoils this hat for me. Her scalp can get sunburnt out in the sun as well. I would wear all the other things she has on.

  3. I really like the brim. It’s different and original. But I agree with everyone else that it would have been waaay better with a closed top.

    I don’t like her shoes (don’t like plateau heels in general) and I don’t like it when EVERY accesory is in one color: shoes, belt, hat, purse… it’s too much.

  4. Lovely hat — if only it had its crown! It’s not so bad as her bandage-colored affairs that match her hair color, but a top to this hat would be nice. Nonetheless, it’s spectacular.

  5. I would like the hat if it had a proper top but my real quibble is with those shoes. They don’t look like they fit properly.

  6. Love the over-all shape of this hat. It suits her face well. But it would be so much nicer with a top on it! The color is stunning on her.

  7. The draping around the neck of the dress is lovely and the shoes are dynamite. But those are about the only nice things I can find to say. Ditto on what everyone has said about the topless “hat.” Then, the drab color of the wrinkled dress, what apparently are leather gloves in the middle of summer, and the sometimes unkempt hair just add up to a real miss on the entire look for me.

  8. She likes this topless hat style…reminds me of golf visors ..but for some reason the Queen thinks it’s great. She has worn this style so often I doubt she will change her mind.

  9. Ditto, ditto, ditto. This is not good at all. Because the piece is missing, the hat looks so squat and flat. Not flattering at all to one of our sartorial favourites. The dress however is the most lovely shade and the thin belt and other accessories are lovely together. Good on the Dutch queen for getting involved and highlighting a group that supports those attempting to overcome eating disorders. Thank you.

    • I agree with what Jane says: July 10, 2015 at 7:41 am, and July 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm and what Louise E says: July 10, 2015 at 7:00 am. I also see a giant golf visor!

  10. I dont mind the other open crown/doughnut hats.from afar,they look like beautiful pillboxes/calot hats.but this is terrible

  11. I agree with everyone, lovely colour, good interesting brim, so good until you see the top! The openness just gives it a too-casual or sporty vibe. (It might have been okay if she’d been watching tennis at Wimbledon, say!) But it’s such a near miss that overall one is left groaning with disappointment!

  12. Oh no! I was ‘this close’ to say “I love it!!”. Make it a proper hat and I will say it.
    The color combination, dress, belt, shoes, jewels, gloves and clutch are great, just add what’s missing on the hat and it will be so happy. I’m even ready to overlook the wrinkles on this cute dress.

  13. I like the shape of the brim, but don’t like the crownless hats I’ve seen so far. The part of any hairstyle that shows isn’t the greatest.

  14. It looks fine until you encounter the hair sticking through what should have been the crown. Not a good look! The color and the shape are great, but the hole in the middle ruins it. It looks too casual for an engagement, and would be more at home on the beach.

  15. Good grief, what was she thinking………..I liked the *thing* until I saw the hole in the top of the hat/head…….the only thing going with this hatless thing is the color…….great color and if the top was completely covered it would be great. I even like the 2 petals in the back, but the hole ruins it.

    • What a great idea you have there Barbara, I don’t like hats with holes in the top of the head unless it’s a sports visor. And open toe shoes are not a thing a queen should wear for any event, make that personal. I think she sometimes gets her royal life when working and her personal life when a wife and mother confused with her choices of clothing.

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