Queen Máxima’s ensemble at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge two weeks ago struck a positive chord with many readers here at Royal Hats. While the shape of this design is a very familiar one on the Dutch Queen, this particular iteration has been in circulation for less than a year; on each outing, so far, it has been paired with a different dress. Since the hat is turning out to be a popular one both for Queen Máxima and for us fans, let’s take a closer look at each ensemble it has been paired with:
Look #1: With an elaborate pink lace coat dress by Claes Iversen worn during a state visit to France, March 10, 2016
Look #2: Worn with a vibrant coral coat dress to the Four Freedom Awards on April 21, 2016
Look #3: Matched with a warm brown accessories and an acid green lace tunic and skirt, worn for a university opening on June 2, 2016
Look #4: Worn with a structured, white Gucci dress and warm brown accessories on September 14, 2016 to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
UPDATES: Look #5: With a NATAN aqua silk linen dress embroidered in metallic sequins, worn on state visit to Australia November 1, 2016
Look #6: With a pale grey ruffled Claes Iversen dress trimmed with coordinating coffee trim around the neckline and belt, worn during the Belgian state visit November 28, 2016
Look #7: With a bright pink NATAN dress with beaded collar necklace and earrings worn February 21, 2017 on a visit to villages near Rotterdam
Look #8: With a pale beige-pink lace Valentino suit for the final day of a state visit to Luxembourg, June 25, 2018
Look #9: With a sleeveless mustard linen dress with beaded hip detail by Oscar de la Renta and chocolate accessories worn July 2, 2019 to open a technical college in Amsterdam
Look #10: With an aqua floral draped NATAN dress worn July 7, 2021 during a state visit to Germany
Look #11: With a brown and ice blue embroidered dress by Zeus + Dione worn September 15, 2021 on a visit to Hoogezand.
Queen Máxima has long favourite this upswept ‘slice’ brim shape and it is a style we have come to associate closely with her. I think this piece works so well for a few reasons- the neutral, natural colour lends itself to infinite colour pairings but the slightly darker brown tone brings beautiful warmth to an outfit yet still offers a contrast against Máxima’s light skin and hair. Looking at these different ensembles, what pairing do like best with this hat?