Dutch Royals Visit Curacao

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Amalia continued their Caribbean tour, moving Thursday to the island of Curacao.

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Thursday, Queen Máxima repeated an open-crowned headpiece covered in an ecru textured natural fiber (presumably cotton or linen) trimmed with stacked bows on one side.

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It’s a bit clunky in execution, the bows lacking crisp finesse and the ringed shape sitting, from some angles, a little awkwardly on Máxima’s head.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn:   Jun 24, 2015; Nov 16, 2013

Yesterday, Queen Máxima and Princess Amalia both wore fedora hats.Queen Máxima wore a wide brimmed design in warm toasty brown natural fibre, simply trimmed with a monochrome hatband.

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Designer: Julia Fedora by 360Five Everyday. Dress by Sandro Paris.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Amalia wore her second working royal hat! In white crushable flexibraid material, the design follows a traditional fedora shape and is trimmed with a navy ribbon hatband with small side bow. She wears it really well.

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Designer: Fiona Fedora from House of Ord. Dress by Zara.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

What do your think of  the hats on this tropical tour so far?

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Princess Beatrix Attends Flood Anniversary Memorial

70 years ago today on February 1, 1953, South Holland, Zeeland and North Brabant were hit by devastating floods that caused 1836 deaths. Princess Beatrix attended commemoration of this event today in the village of Oude-Tonge. For this , she repeated  a warm brown sinamay bumper hat with domed crown trimmed with curving leaves on the back.

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Designer: Likely Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: Oct 14, 2017

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Dutch Royals Visit Caribbean

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima embarked on a Caribbean visit over the weekend, accompanied for the first time by Princess Amalia. For the first stop of the tour in Bonaire on Saturday, Queen Máxima epeated her circular open-crowned headpiece in draped caramel brown abaca.

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I’ve come around to these open-crowned designs, particularly as a great less formal events 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.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Zimmerman. 
Previously Worn: May 10, 2022; Mar 12, 2020; July 7, 2015April 26, 2014

Yesterday in Aruba was a double hat day for Queen Máxima! The first was her fuchsia straw picture hat with sharply sidesweeping ‘slice’ brim. This design is trimmed with a darker pink Petersham ribbon hatband looped into a bow on the side.

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It’s bright and vibrant, well suited to a Caribbean tour.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Aug 31, 2019; July 3, 2016;  April 13, 2016April 27, 2015

The second hat of the day was her textured brown straw bandeau headpiece trimmed with coffee hued silk roses.

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It’s another great neutral piece that with the flower providing just enough statement.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: Sep 9, 2022; Jun 29, 2022; Mar 10, 2020

For events today in Aruba, Queen Máxima repeated a sculptural calot headpiece in pale pinky-beige ruched silk abaca studded with tiny beads.

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While I always love a picture hat with this dress, I do understand the ease and appeal of a smaller headpiece on a tropical tour, and this fits the bill.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: Sep 15, 2017Nov 3, 2016;  Oct 25, 2015 Apr 2, 2014 

What do your think of Queen Máxima’s tropical tour hats so far?

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Funeral of King Constantine

The funeral of King Constantine II, former King of the Hellenes, took place on January 16.

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal

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Princess Nina

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Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte of Denmark

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Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

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Queen Silvia and Queen Mathilde

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Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Lady Gabriella Kingston

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Queen Noor and Princess Raiyah of Jordan

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Former Empress Farah Pahlavi

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Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna

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Margravine of Baden

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Princess Ekaterina of Hanover also attended in a layered black velvet bow bandeau headpiece by Jennifer Behr (bottom row below).

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Catching Up With European Royals

November 8: Queen Máxima repeated a plum felt hat with brim pleated on one side for the National Coalition Financial Health Action Meeting in Eindhoven.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Flavia” design.
Previously Worn: Nov 21, 2018;  February 5, 2018October 13, 2015October 30, 2014October 15, 2014March 19, 2014November 12, 2013

November 22: Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Haakon donned colourful hats on a visit to a mangrove reforestation development program in Kenya.

November 24: Queen Máxima attended the jubilee of the multicultural network for government officials at the ministry of Interior affairs in her muted burgundy melusine felt fedora. The combination of hat with sienna dress, cranberry coat and oxblood leather gloves and boots is a close-tonal one that works unexpectedly well.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Borsamalia.” Natan dress, Valentino cape.
Previously Worn: Oct 9, 2019; Oct 2, 2019Jan 31, 2019 

November 24: Queen Mathilde welcomed Mr. Ignazio Cassis and Mrs Paola Rodoni Cassis, the President and the first Lady of the Swiss Confederation, on state visit to Belgium in a repeated a cranberry felt brimmed hat with high, angular crown simply trimmed with a slim hatband knotted on the right side.

Designer: Dior (my guess is Stephen Jones for Dior). Outfit, bag and shoes all by Dior.
Previously Worn: Dec 16, 2019

November 30: Queen Máxima opened an exhibition on royal embroidery, stories and craftsmanship in the Tilburg Textile Museum in a repeated toque hat of safron and navy printed ikat silk.

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Designer: unknown. Dress and skirt by Natan.
Previously Worn: Dec 6, 2018

December 1: Queen Máxima repeated an emerald braided straw pillbox to attend the 70th anniversary of an organization supporting international education.

Designer: unknown. Dress and coat by Oscar de la Renta.
Previously Worn: May 27, 2021 

December 6, 2022: Queen Margrethe repeated her red and aubergine boater hat for a visit to the Danish Church of St Katharine’s in Camden for a celebration service for her Golden Jubilee.

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Designer: Mathilde Førster
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2021; Oct 5, 2021Apr 23, 2021Nov 27, 2020

December 6: Prince Alexander was christened in Moscow at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Princess Victoria wore a pale grey disc percher hat trimmed with feathers. Grand Duchess Maria of Russia wore one of her signature kokoshnik halo headpieces, this one in black with a white floral spray on the side.

December 10: For the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, Queen Sonja repeated a teal felt pillbox with ribbon trim and back bow.

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Previously Worn: Dec 10, 2015; May 9, 2015

Crown Princess Mette Marit wore a red double crepe covered bandeau headpiece with bow across the back.

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Designer: Jane Taylor Small Bow Band. Coatdress by Catherine Walker. 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new. 

Which hats here catch your eye?

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