Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: The Families

The wedding of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima seventeen years ago was a grand, major state occasion for certain, but a personal, family one as well.  After looking at the attire and headwear of the couple and their attendants yesterday, we now turn our attention to the hats worn by members of their families.

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We start with a hat that is on my list of all-time favourites. Queen Beatrix wore a violet purple straw hat with domed crown and double sideswept brim, the top of which was in a darker eggplant purple that linked with her deeply hued coat. The hat, designed by Suzanne Moulijn, was completed with a violet straw hatband and dark purple silk rose on the side. The sweeping lines of the design and the glorious colour combination made it a fantastic mother-of-the-groom look for Beatrix.

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Princess Laurentien, who had been a member of the Dutch royal family less than a year at the time and was expecting her first child, wore a dramatic, wide brimmed hat. The design’s flared, angular crown was covered in the same golden ochre velvet as her dress and trimmed in a wide hatband in the same bubble printed jacquard as her coat. The brim was finished in a wide binding of ochre silk and while the use of straw might have seemed a little odd for a winter event, IT was a brilliant choice, allowing light to filter around Laurentien’s face and lending some much needed lift to the rather heavy (and, dare I say, clunky) design.

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Princess Margriet’s hat was made of the same red and white woven fabric as her cape with a tall, rounded, red faux fur bumper brim.
 
Princess Marilene, wore an streamlined almond felt hat with asymmetrical angular crown, simply trimmed with a slim hatband. Try as I might, I’ve not been able to find any photos of Princess Annette (Princess Margriet’s other daughter-in-law at the time, wife of Prince Bernhard).
Princess Irene wore a vibrant blue felt design with sloped crown, lavishly trimmed with a hatband of black ostrich feathers that spilled over the brim. Princess Christina’s magenta felt hat was trimmed in brim binding and a hatband in the same crushed eggplant purple velvet as her coat and featured a saucy upturn on one side of the brim. Unfortunately, I can’t locate photographs of Princess Irene’s daughter Princess Maria Carolina (Princess Margarita did not attend) but we saw Princess Christina’s daughter, Juliana Guillermo, who was one of the adult attendants, in yesterday’s post.
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The bride’s maternal aunt and godmother, Marcela Cerruti Carricart, who acted as one of the witnesses, wore a dove grey velvet felt hat with cloche-shaped crown and upfolded Kettle brim, trimmed with silk ribbon. 

Máxima’s half sister Delores wore a chocolate pillbox; her half sister María wore a gray-green brimmed hat with silk hatband; and her half sister Ángeles wore a chocolate brimless hat trimmed with a burgundy silk bow.

  
Sister-in-law, Mariana Zorreguieta, wife of Máxima’s brother Martin, wore a grey felt hat with rolled brim, trimmed with a silk ribbon bow.

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I always feel empathy toward the non-royal family at these sorts of events, and the challenges they must face when making decisions about attire. Hats in shades of brown and grey are certainly safe bets, and I wish they had felt comfortable to make some bolder choices. Aside from this, and the the bittersweet notes added by the absence of Máxima’s parents, it’s a good lineup of hats, some of which could be fashionably worn today. Which designs here stand out to you most?
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Dutch Princess Opens Namesake Canal Lock

Princess Beatrix was in Nieuwegein today to officially open the third chamber of her namesake lock in the recently widened and deepened Lek Canal which links Amsterdam and Rotterdam. For this event, she wore one of her signature straw bumper hats;  better photos over at PPE show it’s a navy design (not denim blue that it shows here) we’ve seen before with a distinctive vented outer upfolded brim that folds into a high point on the side.


Designer: Susanne Moulijn
Previously Worn:  June 20, 2016; March 4, 2016November 28, 2015
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Dutch Queen Opens Exhibition In Heerlen

Queen Máxima was in Heerlen today to open a new exhibition at the Schunk Museum. For this opening, she wore a new burgundy fedora described by the designer as “made of melusine felt in a pink mink color and trimmed with a fabric band matching her dress”.

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The relaxed brim makes the design decidedly less formal, something that wouldn’t work for all outings but fits well with an art exhibition opening such as this. And let’s be honest- the hat is a supporting element to the statement necklace and its relative quietness makes the ensemble work. It’s not my favourite hat in Máxima’s millinery closet but it tops a good look on her here.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Borsamalia”
Previously Worn: this hat is new
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Dutch Queen Names Vessel

On Friday, Queen Máxima was in Rotterdam to attend the naming ceremony of the dredger VOX Amalia. For this event, she repeated her avocado felt hat with flat crown and wide, cartwheel brim trimmed with Petersham ribbon brim binding, hatband, and back bow.

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We saw this hat less than a month ago, paired with the same hounds tooth check coat. Friday’s outing also included the chartreuse silk dress worn with this hat at its debut…. while I want the combination of green-ish items to work, I’m afraid the mix of shades and sheens is a bit to unconnected for the ensemble to read harmonious for me. Styling aside, the shape and scale this a great hat for Máxima

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Nov 22, 2018May 23, 2018
What do you think of Queen Máxima’s avocado hat on Friday in Rotterdam?
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Dutch Royals Welcome African Leader

On Monday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca and his wife Lígia Dia, on a visit to Amsterdam. For their official welcome, Queen Máxima wore a new cuffed calot hat in the same sapphire blue wool as her coat.

The vibrant colour is great on Máxima and the punchy combination with her emerald dress and jewels is a good one. The close fitting calot seems to be a complimentary silhouette to the boxy coat- and its the boxy coat that lets the ensemble down, preventing the look from appearing truly polished. Recut the coat and maybe we’ll have something here.


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10-12-18 Máxima ha ejercido de perfecta anfitriona junto a su marido en una ceremonia de bienvenida organizada en el Palacio Real con motivo de la visida del presidente de Cabo Verde y su mujer a los Países Bajos, acto en el que ha recuperado uno de sus abrigos preferidos para combatir las bajas temperaturas. Se trata de un modelo de líneas rectas con cuello caja y bajo a la altura de las rodillas confeccionado en un vistoso tejido azul eléctrico con relieve y decorado por dos grandes botones forrados a juego de Natan, una de sus firmas de cabecera. 📷@holacom #Queenmaxima #kingwillemalexander #koningwillemalexander #koninginmaxima #netherlands #holanda #maxima #queen #Natan

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this new blue hat on Queen Máxima
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Princess Beatrix Launches Rebranded Help Line

Princess Beatrix unveiled the new name of Sensoor, the national listening help line, at the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum this morning. For this event, she repeated her silver straw boater hat with stacked navy and silver hatbands, trimmed with a double straw twist at the back. The metallic straw gives the hat a wonderful sparkle and sheen, lending much dimension to the straight lines of the design.

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Designer: likely Susanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: Nov 18, 2016
It’s lovely to see Princess Beatrix out and about- what do you think of her hat today?
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Dutch Queen Opens New Charity Headquarters

Queen Máxima opened a new environmentally sustainable office building for a group of Charity Lotteries in Amsterdam yesterday. For this visit, she wore a new toque hat in the same saffron yellow and navy silk jacquard print as her blouse.

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There’s lots going on here to balance the ensemble: the reversed pattern of the silk print on the skirt,  the small-ish scale of the hat, the open funnel neck of the blouse, the high contrast yellow and navy colour scheme. It’s a very coordinated look to be sure, but I think it works well and I admire Máxima for stepping out in a colour as strong as this yellow- not something we often see on a royal hat. 


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Previously Worn: this hat is new

What do you think of this new toque hat?
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