Dutch Monarchs Visit South East Friesland

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima spent a day in South East Friesland on Thursday, visiting a cheese farm, a traditional Skutjesilen sailing school and an eco farm, where they partook in a bike ride. For this engagement, Queen Máxima repeated her large, natural straw picture hat with upswept slice brim trimmed with a tan ribbon hatband, tied with an unstructured bow on the side.

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This hat is a familiar one- as we’ve seen it paired with nine different looks we’ve consistently admired its great shape, scale and go-with-everything natural hue. I think the discussion point here then, is this hat’s pairing with this dress. While the dress’ less structured shape fit with the more casual nature of this visit (a level of formality the hat adapted to easily, further showing its great versatility), this pairing of hat and dress lacks some of the high-impact statement we’ve seen this hat have with other outfits. I’m also not keen on the dress’ particular shade of orange, which I think might pair better with a lighter, creamer hat (or this darker one?).

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Belissima”
Previously Worn: Sep 4, 2019;Sep 27, 2018;  Jun 21, 2018Oct 10, 2017Sep 20, 2016;  Aug 30, 2014May 24, 2014May 30, 2013Jan 24, 2013Jan 21, 2013Jul 2, 2011

What do you think of this hat’s outing in South East Friesland on Thursday?

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12 thoughts on “Dutch Monarchs Visit South East Friesland

  1. I’m happy to see this hat again, though like some others not keen on the color combo. It’s not only the dress vs hat, but on my monitor, the shawl/stole though brownish does not look the same shade as the hat, so adds yet another color to the mix. IMO this hat looked better with some of the other pairings, in particular #2 and 5 from the linked post.

    Does anyone know why they went bicycle-riding? Was it just “this is a fun thing to do on a farm even though you’re not properly dressed for it”?

  2. I can see what others say concerning the dress and hat colors, but this color scheme worked very well for me personally. I have long adored this hat and it remains one of my favorite slice hats for Máxima due to it’s size, how well the very large brim has stayed in shape for almost a decade, and just how it frames her face so beautifully. Three hats three days in a row? This week Máxima certainly helped make up for the summer of almost no hats.

  3. I love the hat but agree it’s starting to look a little worn out. Love the color of the dress more than the style. She always looks happpy. King looks tired .

  4. I didn’t like the dress at first, but it grew on me. It fits her well and the hemline is perfect. Agree that the hat, as beloved as it is, is too close the color of the dress and that a darker one would be better. But this is a quibble, because I was happy to see Max out and about. Unlike some commenters here, I really liked Max’s restraint in terms of “less is more” with her jewelry. She really doesn’t need to try that hard to look fantastic.

  5. A dress and bikeriding – that is quite the challenge! Maxima did well.
    I agree with Jamesb that this hat looks a tad crumpled.It’s a beauty that is well worth restoring to tiptop condition for more wearings
    I agree too that the hat colour is not the best with this dress — the colour values are too close. Also, the outfit looks uncharacteristically plain for this Queen. A simple minimal dress design like this is just crying out for some accessory drama in terms of a statement hat, earrings and shoes! such a lost opportunity 😦
    I like HQ’s alternative hat colour suggestions. Below are some other neutral colours Max has paired with an orange dress.(She’s also worn a hot pink hat too in 2006 –orange and hot pink happen to be one of my favourite combinations).
    From 2009: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-dutch-crown-princess-maxima-c-and-chilean-president-michelle-bachelet-54581568.html
    And 2 from 2016: Embed from Getty Images
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    And from 2009, a light beige: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-dutch-crown-princess-maxima-c-and-chilean-president-michelle-bachelet-54581568.html

  6. I love this dress so much. It’s fresh, bold, informal and perfect to ride a bike with. She looks so elegant with the hat and I think it pairs nicely.

    I saw a video of her at the school and I love how she interacts with people. She listens intently to the speaker and then turns around to see if the students understood and liked it. She’s just so present and engaged with everyone at these events. I know that’s the “job” of Royals, but she looks so genuinely interested and I respect that.

  7. I quite like the pairing with the dress, I really like the orange too. I do think the hat is showing it’s age a tad, it’s starting to look a little crumpled at the front. Which wouldn’t be surprising, it’s a major hat to keep in tip top condition!

    Only Máx would attempt cycling in this get up and make it look effortless!

  8. I love this hat and it seems quite a timeless piece. I don’t think I’ve seen her wear one in a different colour(though maybe wrong!) But I do see what you mean about the impact or lack of. I did like the dress (even though not a huge natan fan)

      • Same!

        The dress and the hat are both nice, but quite plain, which makes this a laid-back look. (For a hat-and-heels outfit.) Which may be just the thing for a day in the country, though I would have liked to see some sort of ‘focal point’ – underbrim trim or one of QM’s vibrant necklaces, perhaps.

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