Dutch Queen Opens Namesake Children’s Cancer Clinic

Queen Máxima was in Utrecht today to officially open the Princess Máxima Centre for Pediatric Oncology. For this event, she wore a new straw picture hat with upswept brim in the loveliest muted shade of leaf green.

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Even though we have seen this style of hat on the Dutch queen in nearly every shade of the rainbow,  I can’t help embracing this version. The scale and shape continue to work well but it’s the colour that makes this piece sing. Green can be a tough colour to wear but the slightly muted shade compliments Máxima’s rosy skin tone. With her Natan floral dress, the pairing is pretty and hopeful- exactly the kind of thing to wear to meet young patients as Máxima did today.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new
I think this green design is a great addition to Queen Máxima’s millinery wardrobe- what do you think?
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26 thoughts on “Dutch Queen Opens Namesake Children’s Cancer Clinic

  1. Oh I love this! This is my favorite hat shape for QM and I wish other royals would embrace it too. I love this muted spring/summery green. It seems like it could easily be adapted to go with all kinds of things. I also think it really elevates this particular look. I’m so tired of all these blergh beige/light pink dresses, but the green hat picking up the green dress accents, makes this one so much nicer.

  2. When it comes to Maxima her colors are either a hit or a miss…..Today is a HIT! As mentioned green is often difficult to match but this is the way to do it. It is also a hopeful look for her job on this day.

  3. Lovely colour, good outfit. But it’s a pity (not to say a bl***y shame, but it’s no use getting excited) that the hat wasn’t blocked on the bias. With a great, big, upswept brim like this, it would have looked far better. I dare say Queen Máxima doesn’t see the difference (most people don’t, unless someone takes the trouble to show them), but she certainly can afford couture millinery (which this, I’m sorry to say, is not). I don’t want to sound pedantic about it, but I think clients should be well advised and well served, that is, get the best quality workmanship possible, whether they are queens or not!

    • What is it you are seeing that you think could be improved upon? I’d like to understand the rationale for your comment.

      • Yes, exactly. The material would roll smoothly and in the same way all around the edge. Bias blocking gives “souplesse” (suppleness ?) to the material. When blocking a round brim on the grain, specially an upturned brim, there will be four sides of the brim were the sinamay will be on the bias, and were you can shape it easily, and four sides where it will be on the grain. In these four spots, you’ll more or less have to force the material to turn, sort of breaking the fibres. That is the effect you can see clearly in the close ups of Q. Maxima’s hat. In the long run, an upturned brim that is not bias blocked may have a tendency to loose its shape.
        It is difficult to explain in words (and I feel my English is insufficient), but easy to see when you compare two hats. Of course for a flat brim (like a boater), or a very large geometrical shape, it would be better to block in one piece, on the grain.
        A second advantage of bias blocking is that the sinamay fibres will spread beautifully around the brim, like a fan, and this shows against the sunlight, giving the wearer a sort of halo around the head.
        Biais blocking takes more material and is more work to do, therefore being more expensive. It is the true mark of couture millinery, as is bias draping of fabric in Haute Couture. Of course it all depends on the price of the hat. But it feels like cheating to me to use ready to wear techniques for what I suppose is sold as couture millinery.

        • Thank you so much for the so-interesting details of how hats are made. You’ve made me examine the close-ups of this one and learn something new.

        • Wies, thank you so much for that explanation! Although I know little about millinery construction techniques except what I’ve read here, I am a weaver on triangular frame looms, and there too, the bias vs the grain are very important. Weaving from the hypotenuse to the point (which is easier and quicker) produces quite a different drape and appearance of the finished item than weaving from the hypotenuse to each short side (which takes longer and requires more yarn). (Though I mostly sell at craft fairs, so I hardly have to worry about whether my customers think I’m following proper couture techniques!)

          • Matthew, this sounds absolutely fascinating! I didn’t know there was such a thing as triangular frame looms. What a pity we can’t come together as Royal Hat followers once a year to give each other talks and technical demonstrations!

        • Wies, a once a year gathering sounds awesome, though I fear it might involve a lot more plane, train, and boat travel than could be easily organized!

          If HatQueen will indulge an off-topic post, here is a photo of a triangular frame loom with a piece on it that is completed but not yet removed:

          and here is a not-quite-finished different piece showing a bit more detail of the weave and the point:

          These are both using the hypotenuse-to-point method. I can’t find any photos of the other method right now but I’ll keep looking. I use it, but only rarely, as the market around here doesn’t really support the higher prices.

          • Beautiful and very interesting. It takes two wefts to make a square then?
            I wanted to post a picture of a brim blocked on the bias to show what the difference was but I have no idea how to post photos on this blog – or any other blog for that matter.

        • Wies, you said “It takes two wefts to make a square then?” If you mean, does it take two triangles, the answer is yes, sometimes. Two triangles put together on the long side (hypotenuse) will make a square, but also, four triangles put together on the short side, sort of like a pinwheel, make an even larger square, and with alternating colors, a very nice pattern. They can either be sewn together after the fact (what I do), or actually made on the loom in layers and woven together at the edges before removal (requires a much larger work table than I have available!). There are also square frame looms, which can be up to about 7 or 8 feet per side, but mine is only 12 inches, so even square, I still have to sew pieces together!

          Regarding how to post photos on a blog, I think only HatQueen (the owner) can do it on this one, but if you post a photo on a social media account, you can get the link there and then just copy it into your reply here. (But not Pinterest, which cannot be used here.)

          • Thank you Matthew. I’d love to pursue the discussion on the topic of the triangular looms (Where do they come from? Is there a specific use for the triangular fabric?) but I’m afraid this will make us stray too far from royal hats. As for inserting pictures, I’ll try. (Maybe.)

        • Wies, I agree that a discussion of triangular fabrics would stray too far from royal hats, but I also have a WordPress blog that has somewhat fallen out of use — if you would like, I will start a post there about triangular looms so we (and anyone else who is interested) can discuss further.

    • Thanks for pointing this out, Wies. There was something odd about the brim that I couldn’t explain, but this does. I suspect that bias blocking would also make the finished edge around the brim smoother and remove the slight ripples we see here?

  4. love the colour and very suitable for the occasion! I love her interaction with the children, nice choice of photo’s

  5. I thought this hat was new but have been waiting for your expert opinion HatQueen to confirm it! I love this hat not just because of the colour and that it is a shape and scale that undoubtedly suits Maxima’s style but because of the material used. The tightly woven straw has almost a shimmer to it and appears to have been naturally dyed and had a graduation of colour that provides an extra dimension when viewed in the close up shots.

  6. Lovely new hat for Queen Máxima but I wish she’d stop wearing the ever I’ll-fitting Natan dresses. For all that couture you’d think they could custom fit their pieces. I see it again and again on Queen Matilda, Grand Duchess Maria Therese and Queen Máxima. Shudder…love the hat though and I agree that the teal clutch was a miss.

  7. This is the green hat I’ve been waiting for! This moss shade is lovely, understated, easy to pair with many colors, and doesn’t look costumey. This is not my first choice of outfit for this hat, but it works nevertheless, and the belt helps pull out the green color overall. Definitely hope to see this again with a grey, blue, or rose outfit before the summer ends!

  8. Very pretty and fresh! Too bad about the clashing teal clutch, but at least the other accessories are neutral. Looking forward to seeing how this gets used in future ensembles, maybe with peach, rose, dove grey or…?

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