Dutch Monarchs Conclude State Visit to India

On Wednesday, King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima spent the third day of their state visit to India in Mumbai. Queen Máxima began the day in a repeated pale aqua straw picture hat with rounded crown and wide, sidesweeping brim with raw, unfinished edges.

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The design is completed with what appears to be a slim hatband in either burnt feathers or dyed raffia, tied at the back of the hat in a bow with tails left to swirl in a circle around the brim. This detail gives such lovely movement to the design and the colour is both lovely on Máxima and a great fit for a tropical climate.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: July 2, 2018

Later that day, Queen Máxima changed into another blue ensemble, this one topped with a fascinator of rolled blue sinamay ribbons and darker blue cut and burnt feathers.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Sandro Paris
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Thursday saw the royal couple visit Kochi, where Queen Máxima wore an orange straw hat with tall crown and wide, sidesweeping brim. The lower side of the brim has a stepped fold and a wide straw hatband completes the design.

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It’s a hat that hasn’t seen the light of day in over a decade and its outing struck me as unusual until I saw this:

It’s another fantastic take on diplomatic dressing. The scale of the hat and its colour link so well the dress.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Jan Taminiau 
Previously Worn: April 30, 2006; September 20, 2005

The final day of the visit saw the king and queen in Alleppey where Queen Máxima made another diplomatic statement, this time flying a sartorial flag for the House of Orange. She topped her orange lace dress with a wrapped straw calot trimmed with a pair of large, layered half bows and feather quill.

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I’ve long thought the dress lets this ensemble down but my lace quibbles aside, the hat makes a punchy statement despite its small size. The ensemble also made a lovely diplomatic counterpoint to Máxima’s nod to the Indian flag the day before

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: Nov 2, 2016; Nov 2, 2011

These four millinery designs join the two worn during the first two days of this state visit bringing Queen Máxima’s total to six for the week- an admirable total to be sure. I think the hats this week finished stronger than they started- what is your millinery evaluation of this Indian state visit?

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Photos from Getty as indicated 

12 thoughts on “Dutch Monarchs Conclude State Visit to India

  1. I’m glad to see this aqua hat get another outing, and the Indian climate certainly suits it just like that of Curaçao.

    I think a fascinator can suit Máxima, but not this one, or at least not as it was worn. This sat way too much on the top of her head; put if more on the side, and I think it would be much more of a winner, especially with this more relaxed hairstyle.

    Praise the hat gods for returning one of my all-time favorite hats for Máxima!! This orange slice hat is still such a beauty, and paired with this dress it looks wonderful while also being a great nod to the host country (I’m trying to remember if we’ve seen this dress previously, because it feels familiar).

    There’s something about the orange calot that makes it feel a bit unfinished to me, especially with her hair up; I think probably because it looks like a turban that’s unraveling. I prefer this hat with her hair down. Again, not thrilled with the dress (for the bad slip underneath, not for the color or lace).

    I’m really surprised at the variety of hats we saw on this tour (especially as I often think of their tour of North America years ago, where hats were repeated). It seems like the stereotype of Indian colorfulness really played into choose the bright colors and whimsical looks this time. Overall, despite the misses, this was a great hat tour de force for its fearlessness to try almost everything.

  2. I’ve looked and looked but can’t see the hatband on the ‘unfinished hat’ as HQ describes it. Never mind. (A very determined little bee stung my right arm through quite thick fabric yesterday and then the arthritic pains in my left arm started as a precursor to the rain we’ve got coming … so maybe I’m going cross-eyed too.) I like this hat for its airy feel, very suitable for the tropics, and the colour is beautiful.

    But the fascinator and associated dress can both go in a recycling bin as far as I’m concerned. The overall look is far too youthful for the beautiful, mature woman Max has become. And as for the ‘ruffle’ on the bottom of the dress, shudder!

    Love the ‘India flag’ outfit from head to toe (no sandals, yay). The people in the cultural costumes look fabulous and I especially love the ‘peacock tail’ (although the person is wearing stilts so it’s not all fun).

    I don’t mind the orange hat … but overall it is just too much orange. There’s no relief. Good on her, though, for climbing on to a stone wall in her high heels!! That’s our girl.

  3. As HatQueen has said, the aqua straw looks very well matched to the climate and occasion. It’s at its best backlit: those swirls really elevate the look. The blue fascinator looks half-hearted, although maybe it could work with an updo? The orange calot is the best of this bunch, but the ensemble is just overloaded with orange!

    I think the last slice hat appearance was on 9/6, so that’s a long break from this signature style!

  4. As always, Maxima’s millinery provides plenty for us to talk about, which we should enjoy, at least! I think these four hats vary wildly in how successful they are.

    The pale blue outfit demonstrates how important lighting is in colour-matching; in some photographs, the blue of the hat and dresss appear identical, and in others the hat looks much more of a grey-blue than the dress. This hat is a semi-success for me; it is wonderfully exuberant and dynamic, but from many angles (and particularly close up) it just looks rather amorphous and messy, to which the raw edges contribute.

    The royal blue fascinator might be attractive on someone else, but the scale is just wrong for Maxima, and overall too wispy, at least as part of this outfit.

    The large orange straw is wonderful, all the things the pale blue hat is (exuberant and impactful), but managing to look far more finished and flattering from all angles.

    The final small orange hat is a good design, but I agree that the dress lets it down (especially the white lining, very unflattering).

  5. The tour hats are pretty good – bar the blue feather/sinamay fascinator, which I feel is far too dressy a choice for the occasion. I can see that Maxima has tried to “casualise” it, with the choice of earrings and relaxed hairstyle – and she scores 10/10 from me just for doing what no-one else would think of doing – but I am afraid that for me, this combination of looks appears awkward —so the experiment is not a success.
    Overall, the tour dresses are not up to the challenge of the hats. Nevertheless it’s nice to see the repeat hats again, particularly the orange straw one in today’s post. Its golden-orange colour is just beautiful. Hope it comes out again.

  6. I love the orange hats. Each compliments its respective outfit well. The first blue hat falls somewhere between unfortunate and disastrous. It’s a big miss for me. It looks sloppy and does not fit connect well with the dress. Side note: is that a tiny cut out on her second blue dress? If so, I find that kind of weird.

  7. The orange outfit is fine..the hat is radiant. The blue outfits especially the hats , I am sorry but I have to take a pass.

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