King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima concluded their state visit to Indonesia in Sumatra on Thursday with several more informal engagements that saw the Dutch queen in a pair of neutral headpieces. The first paired with a coral floral dress, was a repeated open circle headpiece in ruched caramel brown straw.
We’ve talked about these open-crowned designs here many times before and while they are still not my favourite, I can see how it was a logical choice for a less formal event held on tour in a tropical climate. This particular design pairs well with the dress, adding a neutral grounding that slightly softens the impact of the coral print.
Queen Máxima’s final piece of millinery for this tour was a new halo bandeau headpiece covered in the same tan linen as her outfit (one some of you will recognize from Konigsdag last year).
Hats and pants always seem an odd combination to me but this bandeau works well, I think, thanks to its interesting raised shape (which gives it more presence and style than a simple headband) and it’s quiet colour. The design frames Máxima’s face in a very attractive way, adding that extra bit of interest to her overall ensemble without overwhelming.
Designer: unknown. Outfit by Natan.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
For the final engagement, a boat trip to see Silima Lombu Eco Village on the island of Samosir in Lake Toba, King Willem-Alexander wore a casual trilby in finely woven Panama straw, simply trimmed with a charcoal hatband tied with a side bow. It’s great to see a men’s hat on a royal tour and Willem-Alexander wears it well.
That wraps up the Dutch state visit to Indonesia. Which hat was your favourite on this tour?
Photos from Getty as indicated