Dutch Queen Celebrates Children’s Charity Anniversary

On Saturday, Queen Máxima celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Opkikker Foundation at the Science Center Nemo in Amsterdam. For this event, she repeated her ecru straw picture hat with upturned brim edged in unfinished straw fringe.

Queen Máxima, August 29, 2015 in Fabiienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, August 29, 2015 in Fabiienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, August 29, 2015 in Fabiienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

The rough fringe is repeated on a band around the crown of this hat, seen below. This unfinished trim lends slight edginess to this piece, contrasting surprisingly well with Máxima’s lace trimmed dress. Beige from head to toe can often be boring but I think the wonderful textures at play in this ensemble make it interesting and beautiful. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, August 29, 2015 in Fabiienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, August 29, 2015 in Fabiienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, August 29, 2015 in Fabiienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 3, 2014.  It was also worn by Queen Máxima’s mother on June 10, 2004.

Photos from Albert Philip van der Werf, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

16 thoughts on “Dutch Queen Celebrates Children’s Charity Anniversary

  1. Anyone who knows me knows how much I despise all-beige outfits, especially on blondes, but this one works better than most; I agree the textures of the hat and lace appliqué help save this monochrome look from dreariness. I love this hat and hope it’s next appearance is with something in purple, orange, or green. Finally, I don’t understand all the comments complaining about the wrinkles on her dress; this is what happens to clothes when you wear them.

    • It would indicate to me that if the dress isn’t 100% linen then it has a high percentage of linen in it (the colour also hints at this) – and linen, like silk and cotton, wrinkles. A dress designer should, to my mind, avoid dressing ‘cut-above’ clients who make much-photographed public appearances for their living, so to speak, in anything that wrinkles. It just doesn’t look good.

      • Your comment is brilliant and spot on. You have very good insight into what Max was wearing, I liked her dress, the color, the style and the appliques were so pretty. All that beige for me was broken up with that appliques on the dress, it made the eye travel and not just focus on the one color. Great job Sandra………

  2. This dress is an unflattering cut and it could use an ironing. The colour doesn’t do anything for her. She looks good in these big hats, but I am afraid that the rough fringe does nothing to appeal to me. She has also played this hand before, so the ragged edges have lost their element of surprise.

  3. I like the ensemble, however I wonder how much less I’d like it without the bouquet of red roses in every shot of hat+dress! The dress looks nice, but just seems a bit bland, even with the lace applique. Before the summer break it seemed Maxima had lost some weight, but this dress makes her look a bit podgy round the middle so it’s hardly flattering (off with his head!). The hat is fun and she wears this style so well.

  4. Despite the unfortunate creases in the dress, the outfit is marvelous, the hat with its rough fringe excellent with the dress. The hat alone overcomes any boring feeling that the colorless outfit otherwise might have evoked.

  5. She looks wonderful, and rather understated for her flamboyant self. I like it!

    Also, the link back to the christening was wonderful! I love all three of the hats featured on that post.

  6. I love the shape of the hat, but not the unfinished trim, which looks like a dog chewed on it. I would like the dress if it wasn’t so creased.

  7. Whoa…………..how beautiful, the hat is gorgeous and the color is perfect. That dress is beyond beautiful and the entire outfit is so chic and becoming on her……..what a beautiful lady and that smile says it all.

  8. Love this hat on her (again) – and I so wish she would cut her hair so it always looked looked like it does here under her hat – she fails a lot of the time in my book with her hats just because she has her rather thin hair, hanging from under it.

  9. It’s quite unusual for Max to repeat a whole outfit combo, she’s the queen of mixing and matching. It’s still lovely, but I still have an issue with the crease in the dress – I don’t think it’s a fit issue, just that it is a natural material that tends to bunch up.

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