Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 2

We continue our look back at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s wedding 17 years ago this month with a look at the hats worn by royal families from Belgium and Luxembourg.

Queen Paola topped her lilac wool suit with a matching felt hat with upturned brim by Fabienne Delvigne. The brim features a waved, pleat on the upswept side with gentle point which gives lovely movement to the piece. The ensemble was a lot of lilac but Paola’s ruffled blouse broke up the look with some textural contrast.

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Crown Princess Mathilde wore a dark chocolate faux fur papakha style hat. It’s a very wintry look that contrasted well against her red suit and the matching cuffs on her jacket added a harmonious and wonderfully luxe touch.

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Princess Astrid wore one of the most bizarre royal hats I have ever seen. The natural straw hat with flat crown and short cartwheel brim was trimmed with vertically placed pheasant feathers around the back and…. another straw hat, in a slightly darker shade, placed on the side. This was a first- trimming a hat with another hat- that thankfully, has not been repeated. The milliner, Christophe Coppens, is now an avant garde artist/designer and while this hat gets marks for creativity, I can’t describe it as anything but utterly ridiculous.
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Prince Laurent, who was not yet married, attended in uniform complete with cap, and is photographed below with a very young looking Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg.
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Grand Duchess Josephine of Luxembourg (who passed away in 2005) wore wore a fur-brimmed bumper hat with domed crown covered in the same stylised silver animal print as her jacket. The brown fur and silver/slate blue combination always perplexed me a bit – don’t you think this design would have been improved with silvery grey sable brim instead?!
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Hereditary Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her gold brocade suit with a dramatic chocolate fur Cossack style hat and matching scarf. Yes, the hat is a bit too large for petite Maria Teresa but the look read very ‘Russian Imperial court’ (in a good way!) and I always loved how it coordinated so well with Grand Duke Henri’s uniform. Planning one’s look to match with one’s husband’s orange order- now that’s romantically dedicated dressing!

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Princess Sibilla also wore a gold suit and chocolate hat, although the effect was completely different! Sibilla’s hat follows a more demure shape with rounded crown, mushroom brim and chocolate velvet hatband, tied in a droopy side bow. It’s precisely what one might have expected from a royal hat two decades ago… but I’m afraid my current eyes are left wanting a bit more (and are drawn back to Maria Teresa’s more dramatic look).

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Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein is also included on this event’s guest list but I have been unable to find photos of her. This omission aside, there are some great looks here, aren’t there?! I’m also looking forward to your thoughts about Princess Astrid’s hat- do you find it as silly, 17 years on, as I still do?! 
Stay tuned tomorrow for the final look at royal guests from Spain, Greece, Great Britain and Monaco .
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7 thoughts on “Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 2

  1. Ah yes, the era of Delvigne’s rippled brims! While many of them I didn’t care for, this one I enjoyed, and I think the lavender color helped clinch it. Paola looked so lovely.

    Mathilde’s papakha looks too tight on her, and as Glitter Girl said, too severe.

    Like the Swedish princesses, it is odd (probably an understatement) to see Astrid in straw hats for an early February wedding, and I can never forget this unfortunate creation no matter how hard I try! I think this takes first place for the most bizarre royal hat we’ve seen.

    I think Josephine’s hat would’ve made more sense if she pulled in brown somewhere else in her outfit, but as is, grey would’ve made a much better choice (although I suspect brown is probably the easiest to find in terms of natural fur colors).

    Maria Teresa’s look is a bit over-the-top, but she looks very fabulous, and while her hat is a little tall, overall the proportions are good on her (unlike Mathilde’s IMO).

    Sibilla looks nice overall, and her outfit and hat remind me of ensembles worn in the 1940s.

    • Josephine could have asked Margrethe for some spare yeti fur!
      I liked Maria Teresa’s hat and outfit, but the effect of the height of the hat and the length of the skirt made it look like this petite lady was wading through the ground.
      Astrid’s double hat? Just a double no! Much more bizarre than Martha Louise’s choice.
      My first prize goes to Queen Paola; love that hat.

  2. Mathilde looks glorious here. I don’t care for any of the others. Astrid makes me smile in that gee-what-is-that way, and unfortunately the wrinkled brim on Queen Paola’s hat reads “crunched” rather than movement.

  3. Well, this is a completely different kettle of fish from the other guests! Most of these ensembles make me ask, “why”? From the always elegant Sybilla looking like Miss Marple, to the Grand Duchesses, both past and present, looking very odd with their furs, to Princess Astrid making Princess Martha Louise look “normal” with her quirky double straw hats (in February), it’s difficult to say which look is strangest. I am not even thrilled with Mathilde’s dark hat, which seems a bit too severe for her. No, these are all hats that need to go away.

    • Double Ditto Glitter Girl! I’m too tired to come up with something new to add when you and JamesB said all that needed to be said.

  4. Ooooooh! I’d forgotten that this was where Astrid wore the double hat. Thing is I can imagine her in the shop, seeing it and saying ‘why not’. Shame she didn’t have a good friend with her.

    MT needed to take 10% off the volume but she looks fab. Sibilla looms a tad yawny, Mathilde good but safe.

    But Paola looks fabulois. That hat is just *mwah*

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