Princess Beatrix was in Lelystad yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Zuiderzee Act, legislation that kicked off a massive construction, engineering and hydraulics project during the twentieth century that dammed the Zuiderzee, a large shallow inlet of the North Sea, improved flood protection and created significant agricultural land. For this event, she wore a most interesting hat.
The design is a fascinating combination of double brims and double crowns in two shades of blue. A flat navy brim provides foundation for the piece, over which sits a second sidesweep brim in bias cut medium blue straw with a pinched pleat on the raised side. This same medium blue straw is used for the hat’s domed crown around which is wrapped an open topped, slightly fluted, tall column of the same navy straw used for the base brim.
While there is a lot going on in this hat, the contrast of colour and shape is fascinating. It’s not often that a royal hat is so unique that it immediately draws one in for a closer look to figure it out and I love that this one does just that, without venturing into the bizarre. Princess Beatrix’s floral tunic and skirt does a great job of softening and balancing the graphic hat and she carries off the bold design with characteristic aplomb.
Designer: Susanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: May 9, 2009; February 29, 2008; April 30, 2004
Following the celebration, Princess Beatrix took a fleet review at sea from her own vessel, De Groene Draeck. As captain, she donned a navy patterned visor.