Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 3

We wrap up our nostalgic look back at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s wedding on February 2, 2002 with a look at the royal hats worn by guests from Spain, Greece, Jordan, Great Britain, Monaco with a few extras thrown in.

Queen Sofia of Spain wore a cascading headpiece of golden beige organza leaves and roses. While the design looked transported from the 1960s, it linked well with her lace suit.

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Princess Cristina wore a heather purple felt brimmed hat trimmed with feathers in purple and dark grey. I’m still at odds about the feather placement- on one hand, it’s terribly messy but on the other, I like its exuberance and admire how the two shades link with her dark blue velvet and purple silk coat… a rather bulky item (it looked like a blanket) that hasn’t aged well. When a hat makes a coat look better, that can only be a good thing.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece topped her textured red coat with a matching hat. In a modified top hat shape, the felt design features a tall, flared crown with domed top, upturned rolled brim with downsweep on one side, a layered red felt hatband and brown mink pompoms. The mink trim links well with the mink trim on Anne-Marie’s coat without being overly matchy and those pompoms are whimsical and fun. This hat’s unique shape is very much of its time but I always thought it was a bold and brave choice for her.

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Princess Marie-Chantal followed the same formula as Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, topping her richly patterned brocade coat with a tall brown fur Cossack style hat. Unfortunately, the hat’s large scale completely overwhelmed her and I’m still trying to see how it relates to the red, magenta and gold printed coat (which it’s own, is gorgeous!).

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Queen Noor of Jordan wore an embroidered headscarf in white, an interesting colour choice for a winter event with her baby blue silk tailored suit. She is photographed below by the Prince of Wales who wore his naval uniform and cap. Princess Sarvath, Princess Badiya and Princess Sumaya are also listed on the guest list but I’ve not been able to locate any photographs of them.
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The Countess of Wessex wore primarily Philip Treacy millinery hats at the time and chose one in camel felt for this event. The design made its style statement primarily by shape, pairing a deeply pinched, tall stovepipe crown with an offset brim. The hat was minimally embellished with a slim hatband tied in a front bow. It’s another design very much of the time and looking at it now, seemed a little heavy for Sophie’s cream coat and delicately embellished dress.

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Prince Albert of Monaco wore military uniform with cap while his elder sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco, wore a grey felt cloche with extended brim and wide grey hatband. The hat’s classic shape suited Caroline well although I’m not sure about its pairing with her Chanel dress and coat, pieces that feel like they ought to be paired with something more luxurious and bespoke.
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Princess Míriam of Bulgaria topped her pink feathered skirt and fur collared jacket in a what looks like a headpiece of horizontally placed pheasant and pink feathers, placed on the back of her head.
Princess Inaara, wife of the Aga Khan at the time, wore a calot hat in large flowers with petals made of mocha and copper organza, velvet and crin (see closeup here). The mixed textures on the piece gave it some life and while it related well to Inaara’s fur trimmed camel cape, these combined less well with her mushroom grey tweed suit and earthy green blouse. Too many neutrals, I’d say.
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Other noteable guests included Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, who wore a traditional African printed capulana headwrap and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane, who wore a brimmed hat in pale pink straw. 
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This wraps up our look back at this wedding! What do you think of this final group of hats?
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10 thoughts on “Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 3

  1. Heavens, some of these really haven’t aged well. Before she hit her fashion stride about 2011, Sophie always looked nice but never ‘wow’. This is another one, Phillip Treacy hats are lovely but they just didn’t do that much for her.

    Caroline is my favourite here, I think the cliche shape links well the the suit as it has a 20’s flapperish vibe. Christina gets a let off for being pregnant, but that coat is perplexing.

  2. Thank you, Hat Queen for this trip down memory lane when we did not have access to so many photos. I remember buying an Ihola to get some good views. I have always admired the elegance of Nane Anan, still do, but now that I read your reviews may be something slightly more wintery would have even been better.

  3. We don’t often see Sofía in many hats, and this one was a lovely choice for her.

    Infanta Cristina’s outfit looks awkwardly shaped because she was around 6 months pregnant with her third child at the time. Aside from that, I overall loved this hat for its color and the fun feathers, although some could be trimmed back to clean up the whole look more.

    If Anne-Marie’s hat had a rounded crown, I might be on board with it more, but as is the shape is quite awkward and dated. Her coat, however, was an excellent choice.

    While Maria Teresa’s fur hat was a bit tall, Marie-Chantal’s hat is too wide in my opinion, but overall I liked the concept of the fur hat with this brightly colored outfit (Although brown fur hat with black shoes and clutch? Nope!).

    Sophie’s hat is classic early-2000s for her, but it is not flattering. If there had been more trim, I could warm up to this, but overall I never cared for these exaggerated shapes and angles from Treacy during this time period.

    Caroline’s hat and outfit are both beautiful, but I’m not convinced they belong together. If she had worn dark grey shoes, the hat would’ve made more sense.

    Inaara was quite ahead of the game concerning calots, and this is a good look for her, despite my general dislike of calots; my biggest complaint here is the hat blends in too much with her hair color.

    In conclusion, while this wedding did happen at a time when hats were going through some awkward stages, it does demonstrate why we don’t usually see hatted winter weddings, as you are certain to get all sorts of materials. It’s unfortunate we don’t get more fall/winter weddings as there are some really beautiful felt hats that deserve to be shown off more.

  4. Those ladies who opted for felt hats seem to have made the best choice for the season and the occasion.

    Personally I love the Cossack fur style (there was quite a lot of that on the runways in the ‘eighties) but it is rather exagerated for a Dutch winter (it is a sea climate after all). P. Marie-Chantal and G.D. Maria Teresa seem to have thought they were heading for the Nort Pole.

    It is curious to see how large those square edged hourglass crowns were, and how unflattering finally, whether it is for P. Laurentien, P. Märthe Louise or the C. of Wessex. Even Philip Treacy, who is a master of volumes and proportions, went in for that kind of design at the time. Maybe we need to wait for another fifteen or twenty years to rediscover the charmes of this type of hat.
    And I hope we will all be around still to enjoy this blog! Thank you HatQueen for the retrospective, it was great fun!

  5. Forgot to say thank you, HatQueen! It’s so fun to see the changes in both hat fashions and preferences of our royal hat-wearers. And, as Glitter Girl has said, the fact that it was a winter wedding brought our some special challenges.

  6. Marie-Chantal’s fur, like Maria Theresa’s from the previous post, veers into costume territory for me, so I think Mathilde’s wins the all-fur hat category. Anne-Marie’s is the standout from this for me. I like the festive color and jaunty trim, even if the oversize crown looks dated now.

  7. Crowns were much taller, and many hats were worn lower across the forehead. It’s interesting to see the changes in styles in just 17 years. Thank you for the retrospective!

  8. Again, with this group, we see the gamut from giant fur Cossack hats to delicate straw chapeaux. The problems of a winter wedding in Northern Europe. It would seem some guests treated it as if it were spring and some as if it were winter. As much as I love Queen Sofia’s choice, it is not wintery enough for my taste. On the other hand, those huge furs engulf the wearers, and might be more appropriate on a ski slope. For these reasons, I like Princess Cristina’s hat the best, even if she does appear to be wearing a comforter. I have truly enjoyed this trip down memory lane, Hat Queen. Thank you!

  9. Queen Sofia for the win, in this group, IMHO. It looked like a cross between those 60’s hats and a fascinator, in a good way; and the overall look is lovely.

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