Dutch Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Guests

We finish our look back 20 years at the May 2001  wedding of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien today with hats worn by royal guests and extended members of the Dutch royal family to the couple’s religious ceremony.

Princess Mathilde wore a white parasisal straw hat with slightly flared, flat-top crown and generous mushroom brim. The classic black and white scheme always works and I really like how the black stitching on her coat was reversed in white on the hat’s black hatband.

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Crown Princess Victoria took a more neutral path with a tan and cream subtle plaid coat and dress topped with a picture hat in beige straw. It was not a dynamic look (it’s all rather biscuit!!), not helped by the low curve of the hat’s gently sidesweeping brim that sat awkwardly low over Victoria’s face.

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Mette-Marit Tjenssem, who would become Crown Princess of Norway three months later, wore a blush coat with sequin detail repeated on the hatband of her cream picture hat. It was another quiet ensemble (despite the sequins) but nice, from today’s vantage point, to see Mette-Marit in a brimmed design.

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We can usually count on Princess Märtha Louise to bring some colour and she did not disappoint at this event, pairing her lilac shantung silk suit with a deep orange statement hat. Between the hat’s vibrant shade, extended brim with point ends, fuchsia brim binding and brim stitching and hatband of cut orange and fuchsia silk leaves, it was a memorable design.

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Princess Kiko was in head to hem pale butter yellow. Her hat was a most interesting shape with a bumper style overtop a downward facing visor- it really defies description. Can you remember seeing her in another design of this shape? It feels unique.

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Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg topped her red suit with a natural straw woven hat with rounded crown and fluted brim bound with chocolate binding and topped with a layer of silk petal studded crin… or a large patterned lace? The hat was finished with a large flower on the left side.

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The Countess of Wessex wore two toned hat with green fluted crown and palest seafoam parasisal straw with very interesting, inverted brim and trimmed with peacock feathers. We don’t see many two toned hats and while this one reflects millinery styles of the time, still was a well balanced and interesting (in a good way!) design.

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Princess Alexandra De Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berlebourg (Princess Benedikte’s eldest daughter) contrasted her pale blue ensemble with a copper straw picture hat. The unexpected scheme worked, as did the hat’s scale on Alexandra’s tall frame. I really like the proportion between the hat’s crown and wide brim and the textural contrast provided by the stitched silk bow.

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Princess Miriam of Bulgaria wore a folded black sinamay design with black and white feathers and a black veil.

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Princess Margriet wore a wide brimmed hat in red sinamay with long sinamay sash folded over the hat. That folded sash was unique, as hat trimmings go, but seemed at odds with the rest of the design.

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Princess Marilène (back row behind Prince Constantijn) wore a dark hued, wide brimmed hat. Princess Irene (front row on right, beside Maxima) wore a lime green straw boater with extended brim. Princess Christina (second row, in between Prince Constantijn and Queen Beatrix) looked to be in a hat with black brim and royal blue crown.

It’s always interesting, looking back at past events, which hats seem timeless and which ones reflect specific styles of the time. Looking back 20 years at this event, which hats stand out most to you?

You can see hats worn by immediate family (and the bride’s attire) at the religious ceremony here and hats at the civil ceremony here.

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6 thoughts on “Dutch Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Guests

  1. Princess (Queen) Mathilde’s hat is fantastic. She could wear it again today and it wouldn’t look dated. The outfit pairs well with it, and, overall, it’s a great look.

    Martha Louise’s hat is fabulous. That’s a hat Princess Haya would wear at Ascot. It’s fabulous and fun and totally in her wheelhouse.

    Princess Kiko’s hat reminds me of pageboy/baker boy/newsboy hats. I think it’s unique and fun. The color is outstanding on her.

    Princess Alexandra’s hat is great. Lovely shape on her. Princess Margriet’s hat also stands out for me. The color and shape look great on her, and it could be worn again today.

  2. Tailoring was having a moment in 2001 wasn;t it! I don’t mean that in a good way! Everyone’s outfirst are so boxy – and while the hats shapes are large (which I normally love), there’s no deftness to most of them, they’re just… big!

    Sophie’s, although definitely of its time, is good – but contrast to now, and she looks waaaay better. Victoria and MM are in bland outfits that age them, but Mathilde’s could be worn today (and if she were Maxima, still would be!)

    Laurentien’s mother still gets my best dressed – it looks more magenta than red in this pic, but it’s a winner.

  3. I think this is one of Mathilde’s best ever outfits and hats.

    Sophie looks great.

    Kiki’s hat reminds me of a smaller version of the cap worn by women in the British Army – and it’s not a great look on them either.

    Martha-Louise – I think this is a larger more festive version of the white cap/hat in the Dutch National dress.

    Metre-Marit and Victoria’s hats aren’t great but I love Victoria’s coat. MM’s coat is nice but the slip dress underneath let’s it down.

    Seeing the outfits reminds me how good tailored suit outfits look rather than so many of the floaty dresses now worn for formal occasions.

  4. Now that I see Queen Beatrix’s outfit with the coat off I like her hat better. It was so nice of Laurentien’s mom to turn her head and give us a side view of her beautiful hat! Now for the guests highlighted in today’s post I like Mathilde’s the best. Thank you HQ for pointing out the reverse color scheme on her hat ribbon else I would never have noticed the black stitching on her coat. (I’m a big picture gal and sometimes miss important details.). Martha Louise wins most colorful and unique hat! I don’t see the relationship between the color of Princess Alexandra’s hat and her outfit. It is definitely a contrast, but I would need to see more pictures to see if the colors really complemented each other. I would reward Princess Kiko the “cutest” hat award. I like it for her petite form. It is nice to see M-M in a hat but that outfit completely obliterates her enviable figure. It is so matronly! What a shame! The rest of the hats didn’t speak to me.

  5. Wow, most of these hats are terribly dated. The odd proportions don’t help. Kiko’s hat is very interesting, but her ill-fitting suit is killing me.

  6. Oh my, this is a good reminder the turn of the new century/millennium was not the best of times for millinery.

    Princess Alexandra is the clear winner here and IMO ties with Jantien as the best dressed guest. Alexandra could pull an Anne with this hat and outfit and no one would likely suspect they are 20 years old as they would fit in immensely well today.

    Mathilde and Victoria look good, but seeing these again reminds me of how distinct the fashions of the early 2000s actually were. I like Märtha-Louise’s hat except for the exaggerated brim, and Mette-Marit’s is a good attempt, although you can tell she’s not super comfortable in it. Princess Kiko’s hat resembles the oversized caps Anne wore occasionally in the 1970s. The rest are largely forgettable unfortunately.

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