Dutch State Visit To Austria

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima undertook a state visit to Austria this week, arriving in Vienna on Monday.

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For the first day of the visit, Queen Máxima wore a wide brimmed hat in red straw trimmed with a monochrome ribbon hatband.


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From a distance, the hat tops a stand-out look we’ve all come to love and expect from the Dutch Queen. At closer view, I wish the finishing on the hat was more crisp and polished (note the wobbly brim finishing) but I really like how the hat’s classic, straight lines counterbalance the soft drape of the dress. The ensemble would have noticeably less presence without the hat so that makes it a firm success for me!

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Designer: bespoke “Gladys” design by Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

On Tuesday, Queen Máxima repeated her blue mesh and cotton lace covered calot hat with matching dress. This time, she did not add the aquamarine and diamond brooch she affixed to this hat on its first outing.

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I have slightly warmed to the modern placement of mesh and lace on this draped calot but so wish the hat was paired with a streamlined lace dress. This treatment of the dress’ neckline looks like it is swallowing Máxima up and the repeated unstructured trim on both the dress’ neckline and hat are just too much to keep the ensemble from looking messy.

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On this day, the couple visited Kulturhaus Brotfabrik community kitchen for a baking workshop. The resulting images taken are great fun. Don’t you wish we saw more, “Cooking with Royal Hats”?!

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: Oct 14, 2019 

Yesterday, for the final day of the visit, Queen Máxima wore a textured golden brown straw bandeau headpiece trimmed with coffee hued silk roses.

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The hat is a remake of a layered bandeau/calot Queen Máxima wore in Indonesia two years ago:

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I think this new version is a vast improvement! The shape is on-trend and the floral trim gives lift and life to the piece which now beautifully frames Máxima’s face. The last version… well, someone in my household described it as two giant garden slugs draped over her head. This version is so much better. Here’s to this improvement!

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Designer: unknown. Natan.
Previously Worn: Mar 10, 2020

All in all, I think this state visit was a millinery success. What do you think of the hats Queen Máxima wore this week in Austria?

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Dutch Queen Opens Bosshardthuis

Queen Máxima opened the Majoor Bosshardthuis (Major Bosshardt House of the Salvation Army) in Amsterdam yesterday. Major Alida Bosshardt was well-known for a life of dedicated service to vulnerable members of society.

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For this visit, Queen Máxima repeated a headpiece of silk flowers in beige-pink and a darker, duskier rose hue studded with beige net veil.

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I’ve never entirely embraced the pairing of this headpiece and coral lace dress and the inclusion of coral flower earrings and pearl trimmed necklace take to well into ‘too much’ territory for me. The dress is beautiful, the jewellery is fun and the headpiece has good potential… but not all together.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Elie Saab. 
Previously Worn: Oct 11, 2017; Feb 4, 2017

If you were Queen Máxima’s stylist, what would you suggest as a great pairing for this headpiece?

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Dutch Queen Opens Museum and Family Support Center

On Tuesday, Queen Máxima attended the opening of the ARTIS Groote Museum, a museum about the connection between humans and all life on earth. For this event, she repeated her circular open-crowned headpiece in draped caramel brown abaca.

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While open crowns are not always met here with admiration (!!), this one pairs so beautifully with this dress. It’s not just the shared hues that work (although they do!), it’s the shared softness between the flowing dress and draped headpiece that make the two pieces fit so well together. I’m a fan.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Edouard Vermeulen/ NATAN 
Previously Worn: July 7, 2015; April 26, 2014

Yesterday, Queen Máxima visited “Het Jeroen Pit Huis”, a center for families with children with disabilities. She wore a new headpiece of pale pink silk roses studded with blush net veil.

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It’s great to see the Dutch queen wearing venturing beyond Fabienne Delvigne’s studio (I wish she did so more often!). The gentle colour, face-framing shape and nod to nature in this design create a very pretty piece that pairs beautifully with Máxima’s curled hairstyle and slightly darker muted pink dress. It’s lovely.

Designer: Berry Rutjes. Dress by Edouard Vermeulen/ NATAN 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

While Queen Máxima is probably best known for her bolder looks, I really like these softer ones. What do you think?

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Koningsdag 2022

The Dutch royal family celebrated the King’s birthday in Maastricht on Wednesday with a day of events attended by crowds not seen in several years!

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For this event, Queen Máxima wore a new hat. The muted pink wide brimmed design features a flat crown and is simply trimmed with a slim hatband.

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I like the pairing of the muted pink hat with more vibrant dress and the scale of the hat works well with the the dress’ caped bodice.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of Queen Máxima’s new hat?

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Dutch Monarchs Visit Dune and Bulb Region

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the Dune and Bulb region in northern South Holland on Thursday.

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For this day of visits to tulip companies, football club FC Lisse, Noordwijk’s Space Campus and tourism developments in Katwijk, Queen Máxima repeated a large rounded pillbox hat covered in navy fabric.

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The classic hat is such a great compliment to the beautiful lace trimmed dress, a piece you can see in better detail below or and at Josine Droogendijk’s wonderful blog on Máxima’s fashion. The sleek lines of the hat elevated the sophistication of the ensemble, its dark hue standing out so well amidst the many colourful tulips.

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Designer: Bettina Thomas. Dress by Oscar de la Renta and coat by Natan.
Previously Worn: Nov 8, 2013 

It’s been nearly a decade since we first saw this hat- what are your thoughts on its outing this week?

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