Queen Máxima was in Delft this morning to open the exhibition ‘Forbidden Porcelain Exclusive For The Emperor’ at Prinsenhof museum. Amidst a sea of beautiful Ming Dynasty era Chinese porcelain, she chose a dove grey ensemble complete with new hat.
The wide brimmed design, in luxurious velvet felt, follows the familiar shape of an upswept ‘slice’ brim that we’ve seen many times on the Dutch queen and the hat is simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband. The scale and shape are slightly larger and more angular than its hat twins in this same shape, a variation balanced by the soft colour and softened by its pairing with Máxima’s lace dress. I’ve gone back and forth wondering if the lace dress might be better paired with a straw hat… in the end, I think this works.