Since beginning her royal life fourteen years ago, Queen Máxima’s vibrant and confident sense of style has certainly extended to her millinery. Surpassing even Queen Elizabeth, Máxima is currently our royal with the most red hats. Since beginning her royal life in 2002, we have seen her in seventeen different designs:
Introduced: June 8, 2002; September 17, 2002
Designers: unknown; Philip Treacy
3A. 3B. 4.
Introduced: March 19, 2003 (flower removed and reintroduced October 26, 2007; flower worn on it’s own as a headpiece June 22, 2017); April 30, 2004
Designers: Both are Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced:July 1, 2004; August 27, 2005; June 19, 2006
Designers: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne
8. 9. 10.
Introduced; March 1, 2007; September 8, 2009; October 9, 2010
Designers: unknown; unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: November 3, 2011; May 22, 2012; June 21, 2013
Designers: all are Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced; March 20, 2015
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Even with five turban-esque designs, there is still much diversity of millinery shapes and styles within this group. #2 remains one of my favourite royal fascinators of all time while #14 shows how effortlessly chic a Garbo hat can be. While #6, #7, #8 and #10 are living proof of Máxima’s immense millinery bravery, I’m drawn to the classic lines of #5, a hat that has curiously only been worn once (and one I’d love to see repeated). I continue to be amazed at how Queen Máxima’s style encompasses designs that are traditional as well as pieces that can only be described as avant garde and I can’t wait to see what red design she adds to this collection next. Which of these hats do you like on her best?
Photos from Getty Images; Jasper Juinen and Julian Parker via Getty; RoyalPress Nieboer/dpa/Corbis; Julian Parker and Michel Porro via Getty; Robert Vos/epa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Albert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Albert Nieboer-Rpe/dpa/Corbis; RTL Nieuws; Mark Cuthbert and Michel Porro via Getty; Christian Charisius/dpa/Corbis