Dutch Royals Commemorate Remembrance Day

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima took part in the Dutch annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam on Saturday. For this event, which saw the couple place a wreath at the Dam Memorial, Queen Máxima repeated her ruched black silk calot hat. The pleated design of this piece gives it lovely, textural sense of movement and while its small scale somewhat limits its overall statement, the hat fits well for an event of this nature.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Sep 28, 2017;  November 4, 2016July 23, 2014March 22, 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve seen this piece on Queen Máxima- did Saturday’s outing alter your thoughts on it?

Photos from Getty as indicated 

12 thoughts on “Dutch Royals Commemorate Remembrance Day

  1. This is a fine hat for the occasion, but I think its best outing was the last one. The soft shape echoed the floral pattern of the dress nicely.

    Thanks from me, too, HatQueen, for your diligence in a hat-intensive week. I appreciate your judgement in not opening the two funeral posts for comments. But would it be OK if I ask a question? I just wondered about the connections Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Lady Elizabeth Anson had to the late Grand Duke and his family. Does anyone know?

    Yes, as Jimbo and Glitter Girl point out, we have a christening and Ascot coming up, not to mention Lady Gabriella’s wedding and The Trooping!

    • I wondered if the connection with Lady Anson was through her father, the late Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Anson- were he and the late Grand Duke in the same regiment?

    • I agree with you mittenmary regarding this calot hat looking much better at the last outing in 2017. That appearance was lovely in part, I think, because of Queen Maxima’s hair color and style and certainly the beautiful black and white/cream floral dress was outstanding. I even loved her earrings although I’m dying to know what they’re made of!

      • SoCal Gal, I think they were made out of caviar!
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  2. As Jimbo says, you have done stellar work in the last busy week, Hat Queen. I haven’t commented, but I certainly enjoyed your coverage of the events, particularly in Japan and Luxembourg. These were, of course, completely different events, and I respect your decision not to comment on the latter ceremony. And now we have summer to look forward to as well as Ascot and all the exuberant designs both bring. Your post is always a treat!

    • Maybe the new British royal will wear a cap for his debut tomorrow?!

      Thanks for your kind words. Covering fashion at funerals brings out understandable criticism… comment closed posts seem the only sure way to keep the tone respectful. We see many of the black hats at other events and can comment upon them then. A few people have asked via social media and email why the Grand Duchess did not wear a hat for the late Grand Duke’s funeral- I truly have no idea.

      • Maybe Grand Duchess Maria Theresa didn’t wear a hat because she and Grand Duke Henri are the “hostess/host” and now head of the family and the hostess doesn’t wear a hat when welcoming guests to her home? Doesn’t Queen Elizabeth forgo hats when welcoming fellow royals and other dignitaries and guests to Windsor and Buckingham Palace? I’m not sure, just a thought.

        • Interesting idea… but the funeral was held outside the palace at the Notre Dame Cathedral, where the Grand Duke and Duchess wouldn’t have been considered hosts.

  3. Not my favourite hat. The ruching round the edge makes it look like a bit messy and somehow not a proper hat – almost as if she screwed up a paper bag and put it on her head (OK, not really, but that’s the effect for me.).

  4. 1. It’s not the most exciting hat – the best view of it is from its last outing, September, 2017, when Max’s hair looked particularly beautiful.
    2. Not hat related: Prince Philip was at Windsor Castle for a luncheon today with HM, and he looks GREAT – dapper as ever.
    3. HQ: Wonderful job on all the recent world events- your posts have been very informative and well designed. I respect your decision of no comments on the funeral, which is actually unfortunate, because of the millinery beauties that we saw.
    4. It appears that we have another Christening to look forward to.
    5. Have my recent emails been relegated to spam?

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