Koningsdag 2019

The extended Dutch royal family celebrated Koningsdag today in Amersfoort where, it appeared, a great time was enjoyed by all:

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For today’s outdoor celebrations, Queen Máxima topped oatmeal linen culottes and tunic with orange applique detail with a new hat. A slanted saucer shape, it is described by the milliner as “made of banana fibers and silk in the same colour as Her Majesty’s outfit”.

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Let’s start with the positive- the shape and scale are good and the use of an anchor piece under the brim allows the hat to be worn at a lovely angle, slightly tipped back off the face. The hat is well connected to Máxima’s outfit and pairs well with the relative informality of the culottes. I appreciate how the swath of silk abacca gives some textural dimension and smooth shine that contrasts with the other natural fibres in the ensemble and while the colour palate is rather quiet, it allows the touches of orange to shine through brilliantly.

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But…. I have questions about the level of finishing on the hat. The brim edging is noticeably uneven and unless there’s something uniquely difficult about this material (I’ll trust our experienced milliners to advise on this), this simply doesn’t appear to be the standard one would expect of a piece of couture millinery. I have great respect for the fine work that couture milliners do but I find the finish on this hat unacceptably disappointing.
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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Mystery” design from the Couture Collection 2019
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of Queen Máxima’s new hat?

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20 thoughts on “Koningsdag 2019

  1. This definitely is the same design Mathilde has worn a couple of times (https://royalhats.net/2015/06/25/belgian-royal-visit-to-china/).

    Like Mathilde’s, I’m not a fan of the angle on the head; I understand wanting to see a royal face, but something with different brim would work better. Also, those culottes seem too casual to pair with this hat (and formal gloves) IMO. Finally, it’s really sad to see how terribly finished underneath the brim edging is, especially for what (presumably) is a couture hat (Fabienne Delvigne had an Instagram story showing her sewing on the banana fiber trim, but unfortunately the 24 hour time limit has expired).

    Overall, I want to like this, but the details hold me back from giving it two thumbs up.

      • Looks like a hat from the same block, or as you say, very similar. But not made of abaca silk but of sinamay (only the trim is abaca) and probably finished with a brim binding (can’t say for sure, but looks like it), hence the smooth finish.

  2. It’s unfortunate that the crumple in this hat matches the crumple of the linen culottes! Especially as the colour and style look good on the Queen in the close-up photos. I liked the angle of the tipped saucer – shame about the poor construction.

  3. It is like a downgrade version of the red hat Mathilde wore couple years ago for the China visit and National Day, especially in term of the finishing as well as the decoration (the fabric, is like an old rag stuck on the hat). I believe they are the same model but Maxima’s is sloppy while Mathilde’s is smart and sharp.

  4. Thank you HatQueen for your continued work in keeping us up to date with royal hat happenings across the World. I like others are a bit disappointed in Maxima’s hat but agree she and all the Dutch Royal family look very happy and engaged with the crowds.
    HatQueen I noticed a post on the fantastic QueensJewelVault blog of the Queen attending the funeral of her friend Jeanie Countess of Carnarvon:

    I recognise the coat as that which was most memorably pared with this Philip Tracey hat
    https://royalhats.net/2015/04/25/british-royals-commemorate-anzac-day-and-gallipoli-centennary/
    But the hat pared with the coat on its latest outing is new to me and I could not locate it in your wonderful inventories. Is this a new hat? If so wouldn’t it be unusual for HM to debut a new hat at a private engagement such as this.

    • The new hat you mention will be included in tomorrow’s “Extras” post. Just a correction- the previous hat (one of two) already worn with this coat was made by Philip Somerville. The Queen has never worn a hat made by Philip Treacy (but don’t feel bad- it’s easy to get the Philips mixed up!).

      Just a gentle reminder when referencing previous posts here to please link back to the post (where photo credits are clear) and not hot link to photos. I’ve corrected the link in your comment.

      • Sorry HatQueen I did get my Philips mixed up! Also thanks for correcting my post my IT skills are not that great.

    • I agree that it would be unusual to debut a new hat at a private funeral, especially when HM has so many black hats, but I wonder if the idea of “debuting a new hat” is different for HM herself than it is for us millinery watchers. For example, it’s possible she may have already had this hat for a while and simply never worn it to an event where it was photographed. (Or had it made in the past but changed her mind about that ensemble, so it’s new to us but not to her.)

  5. I agree with everyone: good hat, bad finish. But I think an orange topper would have been fun for this ensemble and the occasion.

    The princesses are so lovely! I join Glitter Girl in hoping Amalia will start wearing hats soon, however unlikely that may be.

  6. Oh dear! How disappointing. The hat looked nice enough from afar, but seen in close-up it seems all crumpled.
    What can one say? Of course there is no reason the brim isn’t finished correctly. And if the material really were that difficult, than the obvious solution would have been a brim binding. Doesn’t anyone at Delvigne’s ever consider that the inside of a hat should be as good as the outside and that nowadays everything is seen and photographed in high definition?
    As to Amalia wearing a hat soon, I don’t dare hope for that. On King’s Day only Queen Maxima wears a hat (bless her!), but all the princesses go bare headed.

  7. There is definitely an “issue” with the edge of the hat. It seems puckered and also not consistent in width. That’s a shame, because there is great potential here. I wonder when Amalia will wear her first hat to such an event? Now that she is wearing high heeled shoes and such an elegant dress, surely a hat can’t be far behind! We can always hope.

    • I wouldn’t expect a hat from Amalia until she is 18. And even then only for more formal events, like opening of parliament.

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