Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1969 when the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands opened Dutch Parliament in a most interesting millinery design. I’m out of words to describe this one.

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15 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. Ah, the 1960’s “cat glasses”!!! In 1968 I was 8 years old and had my first pair of cat glasses, they were pale pink. Then I broke them, “on accident”, and got my next pair in pale blue. I remember them well and I can tell you, I was stylin’!!! Now the Medusa hat, well, what can I say except that it does appear much better close up, and in color, when you can see the details of the velvet loops and butterflies. Although you can also see her hair through the “clear shower cap” that they’re affixed to so that’s a downer. I do love the mink fur stole and wish they’d bring them out of mothballs, because you know that these royal ladies all still have them. If it wasn’t too politically incorrect, I think they would bring them back. Love the exception made for Queen M. She’s still wearing that old fur of hers and I LOVE IT and its groovy. Now back to hats. I really love the blue feathered hat worn by PrincessB. Now that’s a statement hat! I wonder what it was made from; dyed ostrich perhaps? It was so light and poufie and BLUE I’ll bet it made her blue eyes sparkle. I ended up watching the 1968, 1970 and 1976 openings of Dutch parliament and noticed the same white calot hat with an open circular crown on a lady in the audience. Maybe that was her favorite “good” hat? Princess M.’s outfits were boss.

    • Your comment made me smile! After seeing this year’s pair of Dutch royal hats at Prinsjesdag that were, well, a bit boring, I found myself wishing for statement pieces like these ones to make a comeback.

  2. It looks as tho a few of the antlers from this hat were removed and saved for the hat Princess Beatrice wore for the royal wedding.

  3. Agreed that it looks much better in the video, and also it was by far not the strangest hat in the bunch if you looked around the audience when the camera panned. (And that includes Princess Magriet’s!) However,, I still don’t like the hat, even in the context of its time. It reminds me of the headcover that my mother used to wear when she went to bed with her hair in curlers — not something that should make an appearance outside the house!

  4. Here’s the video — Juliana can be seen at 0:51 through to 2:12.( or go straight to the closest view at 1:42) The hat is a very pretty shade of blue with gorgeous matching gloves and a complementary blue gown. https://youtu.be/9oIyX1yGAtc
    To me the hat does not look as dramatic in the video as in the B&W closeup, because it is all the one colour, so there is less apparent contrast. I like the all-over-flower/feather hats of the era. but aside from the colour, this particular example doesn’t really stand out.
    The hat I REALLY like is Princess Magriet’s – check out those shiny gold ribbon loops in a half-picked daisy arrangement, set well forward – bold and interesting! at 0:58 to 1:05 and at 1:54.

    • Mcncln, I agree with you, the color video has a softening look to it, and I actually don’t mind it at all. What caught my attention, however, were the two “flower towers,” on either side of the queen. being one to dabble in the garden, I really enjoyed the floral impact!

    • Thank you so much for the video–yes, it’s much less frightening as headgear in color. Once one gets one’s head back into the late 60s, it actually looks very well. The princess’s hat is marvelous, agreed! I was so charmed that I watched the following video from the next year, 1970, when the queen sported a violet hat of some proportion. However, her daughter, the future and past Queen Beatrix, is wearing a hat in the ’70 video that dwarfed (literally) any of her mother’s hats–must be seen to be believed. (There are some very striking hats among the other ladies as well. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-QM0PEKrV8

      • I enjoyed the 1970 video, and thought Beatrix’s hat was fun, as opposed to Juliana’s hat from the previous year, which was creepy. (I think it was the Medusa effect.)

        A question — when the Queen emerged from her coach in the 1970 video, she appeared to bow toward the camera, but you wouldn’t think that there would be anyone present that the monarch would need to bow to — was she bowing to the flag?

    • Thanks Edie for the 1970 parliamentary video link –both Magriet’s and Beatrix’s hats were spectacular! Magriet made some bold choices at that time; here’s another look of her’s which I think rivals Maxima for sheer impact: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Princess_Christina%2C_Pieter_van_Vollenhoven%2C_Princess_Margriet_1968.jpg
      In checking the 1970 video I somehow belatedly found 2 closeups of Juliana’s blue hat from the original post– it’s evident that the crown is see-through – the hat is actually an open lattice of velvet over a sheer cap. Now that I can see it well, I really like it! (though if the hat is really steel blue, it’s too dull a blue for Q Juliana; her dress is a better colour for her): https://i.pinimg.com/originals/2b/7a/ef/2b7aef95b21191a7d944d128b7b3ef54.jpg

  5. It’s a pity we can’t see the colours in this picture. I imagine the hat may have been turquoise maybe, as I have vague souvenirs of Queen Juliana wearing that colour, but of course I can’t remember. I was only eight at the time ! We had only just got a television and we were not allowed to watch it very often. But goodness those glasses ! I remember them, and the strange mixture of those butterfly wings and all that jewellery ! (Queen Juliana had fabulous jewellery.)

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