Dutch Visit to Germany: Day 3

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their visit to Germany in Potsdam yesterday with a program of engagements which included a visit with Prime Minister Dietmar Woudke and stops at the Großer Refraktor telescope, film and media city at Babelsberg, and Schloss Sanssouci, neo-classical summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (and the German rival of Versaille!). For these events, Queen Máxima repeated her large picture hat in pale, dusky pink straw with dramatic, upswept ‘slice’ brim, simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband in the same colour, tied in a bow at the side.

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This is such a familiar and successful millinery look for Máxima, it’s hard to believe this is just this hat’s fourth public outing. And herein lies my only, small quibble with this hat- if you scroll through the photo galleries, you’ll see a slight crease in the hat’s brim, just above Máxima’s left ear. A bit of steam would likely smooth this out and restore the brim to the perfectly sweeping curve we know and appreciate it to be.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: March 28, 2019; May 16, 2018June 20, 2017 

This is a grand hat that the Dutch queen wears spectacularly well- what do you think of its outing in Germany yesterday?

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11 thoughts on “Dutch Visit to Germany: Day 3

  1. A great look for Max; but I do have a question about this hat.
    Just where the brim curls up and way from Max’s forehead, from some photo angles that lower part of the brim looks saggy irregular and droopy; there isn’t the clean line to the curve which I’ve come to expect from Max’s other straw slice hats.I noticed the same “wobble” in the straw in previous wearings. It’s as if the extent of the brim overall is too much to support the curvature at this point – or the straw fabric isn’t strong enough.
    Does anyone know why this would be happening? does the straw need stiffening/stabilising through the curve to create a smooth line?

  2. Colorwise, this isn’t as fun as the hat’s previous outing, but it’s an ensemble that is so well put together, and I absolutely love those massive sleeves!

    • If I saw the dress minus the hat, I probably wouldn’t like those sleeves– but with the hat on, no problem! as you say, they balance each other out.

  3. The sleeves on the dress make the hat look small! A great look for Max, who looks like she was having a lovely day.

  4. The Germans may tout Sanssouci as a rival to Versailles but it really isn’t as, although it’s charming, it’s quite small. Frederick wanted a private place and built a palace above his garden, again not the size of Versailles, that is just one room wide. Potsdam is quite close to Berlin and well worth a visit.
    Love this hat, btw.

    • And of course there’s a Dutch Quarter in Potsdam that’s also worth a visit. Established to house Dutch artisans in a previous century.

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