Monaco Royal Wedding: Other Reigning Royal Houses

With lots more hats to still admire, we continue our look at the July 2, 2011 religious wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with guests from The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Jordan, Thailand and Morocco.

Princess Máxima, as was her title at the time, debuted a hat at this wedding that has since become one of her most-worn pieces. In warm-hued caramel straw, the familiar ‘slice’ shape is sharply upturned on one side that curves back off the face to effectively highlight it. The hat is simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband in the same colour tied in a side bow. The combination of caramel hat and tangerine silk dress was a little out-of-the-box but worked well on Máxima, brilliantly playing of Willem-Alexander’s crisp white tropical dress military uniform.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.

The Countess of Wessex topped her sleek slate grey pleated sheath dress with an exuberant hat. A large grey saucer, placed at a steep incline, the design’s focus was its trim- large sprays of cut feathers in varied shades of grey and finished with a sizable diamanté cluster on the outer side of the hat. The colour variation in the feather trim gave great depth and movement to the hat and while the overall look was monochrome, the sleek lines of the dress contrasted with the hat’s lavish trim to provide enough textural contrast that kept the look anything but flat.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Amanda Wakeley.

Princess Michael of Kent wore one of her characteristically wide brimmed hats, a finely woven white straw design with low crown and curved brim trimmed with an oversize beigey-blush silk rose under one side of the brim.  You’ll notice no seam at the base of this hat’s crown, its smooth lines flowing out to the brim, like a cloche. The seamless shape creates a downward front curve of the hat, pulling it down visually, and making me really wish the flower was above the brim in a more traditional placement to lift the look. As it is, almost touching Marie-Christine’s shoulder, the flower competes with her amazing necklace. Although, who, am I kidding, we’re all unable to divert our eyes from those sleeves.

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Princess Sara al Faisal of Jordan (second wife of Prince Faisal bin Hussein) brought some colour to this wedding’s fashion with a head to toe look in vibrant magenta. Her button percher, covered in what looks like the same silk as her dress and jacket, was trimmed with a large silk rose and deep burgundy curled cut feather. Different shades of deep pink in the rose trim gave the hat great dimension and saved the overall look from being one-note.

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While not in hats, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand and  Lalla Meryem of Morocco and her daughter, Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali, represented their respective countries in exquisitely beautiful national dress that deserves inclusion in our sartorial tour of this event.

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Well, what do you think, dearest readers? Which hats and ensembles stand out here are your favourites?

Jump to this post for an index of other royal hats that appeared at this wedding. 

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Dutch Monarchs At Remembrance Day

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended Dutch National Remembrance Day ceremony yesterday as they do every year on May 4. As in Denmark, the event took on particular poignancy with this also being the 75th anniversary of liberation and the visually arresting view of an empty Dam Square.

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For this event, Queen Máxima wore a simple black felt fedora hat with relaxed brim. The design is trimmed only with a ribbon hatband, and was anchored with a large pair of pearl hatpins.

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It’s a streamlined look for Queen Máxima that carries a sense of gravitas fitting to this event. Máxima always wears black for Remembrance Day and while I was initially surprised with the choice of a fedora, it provides a strong, streamlined millinery look for a somber event (perhaps more somber this year than others) where fashion simply needs not to be a primary focus. Jump over to the Dutch Monarchy page here to read King Willem-Alexander’s thoughtful speech. 


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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new. 

What do you think of Queen Máxima’s look, and her new hat, for Remembrance Day yesterday?

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Dutch State Visit To Indonesia Day 3

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima concluded their state visit to Indonesia in Sumatra on Thursday with several more informal engagements that saw the Dutch queen in a pair of neutral headpieces. The first paired with a coral floral dress, was a repeated open circle headpiece in ruched caramel brown straw.

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We’ve talked about these open-crowned designs here many times before and while they are still not my favourite, I can see how it was a logical choice for a less formal event 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: July 7, 2015; April 26, 2014

Queen Máxima’s final piece of millinery for this tour was a new halo bandeau headpiece covered in the same tan linen as her outfit (one some of you will recognize from Konigsdag last year).

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Hats and pants always seem an odd combination to me but this bandeau works well, I think, thanks to its interesting raised shape (which gives it more presence and style than a simple headband) and it’s quiet colour. The design frames Máxima’s face in a very attractive way, adding that extra bit of interest to her overall ensemble without overwhelming.

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Designer: unknown. Outfit by Natan.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

For the final engagement, a boat trip to see Silima Lombu Eco Village on the island of Samosir in Lake Toba, King Willem-Alexander wore a casual trilby in finely woven Panama straw, simply trimmed with a charcoal hatband tied with a side bow. It’s great to see a men’s hat on a royal tour and Willem-Alexander wears it well.

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That wraps up the Dutch state visit to Indonesia. Which hat was your favourite on this tour?

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Dutch State Visit To Indonesia Day 2

The second day of the Dutch state visit to Indonesia continued yesterday with Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X and Her Highness Radu Hemas welcoming King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima to Kraton Palace in Yogyakarta. For this visit, and a stop at a community development project, Queen Máxima repeated her picture hat with upswept ‘slice’ brim in muted leaf green straw.

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On this hat’s first outing, we discussed in great detail, this hat’s construction faults. It’s a shame- the brim of this hat could be so fantastic had it been properly cut on the bias and treated to more refined finishing. The colour is lovely on Máxima and executed more successfully, the hat could be a beautifully pairing for this delicately patterned frock. ‘Nuff said.
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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan

Previously Worn: May 16, 2019; June 5, 2018 

Later in the day, the royal couple visited the Prambanan Temple. For this, Queen Máxima changed into her textured, natural straw hat with wide cartwheel pleated brim trimmed witha flat, multi-looped bow in caramel satin.

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The pleats on either side of the brim significantly alter its shape and, together with the roughly woven straw, make the look of the hat decidedly less formal. It gives this design interest, and while it’s not my favourite millinery shape in Máxima’s hat closet, it’s nice to see something out of the ordinary.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Zimmerman
Previously Worn: June 23, 2017

Did yesterday’s outings alter your thoughts on these two hats?

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Dutch State Visit To Indonesia Day 1

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday for a four-day state visit.

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The visit officially kicked off today with a welcome at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java by President Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana and visits to a Dutch cemetery and Pipiltin chocolate factory. For this program of events, Queen Máxima wore a new calot hat formed from overlapping crescent shapes made of textured golden brown straw.

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The Dutch queen wears warm neutral shades so well and this hat’s hue pairs well with her printed silk georgette dress. It’s the shape that I’m not sure works- from some angles, it close-fitting scale and shape take on a helmet vibe and I wonder if the flowing lines of the dress might work better with a brimmed hat.

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Designer: unconfirmed. Fabienne Delvigne has made several similar shaped designs. Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

I’m curious, dear readers- what do you think of Queen Máxima’s new hat?

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