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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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. 


Designer: unknown

Previously Worn: this hat is new

What do you think of this new toque hat?
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Day 2: Singapore State Visit to Holland

The second day of the Singapore state visit to the Netherlands saw Queen Máxima joined by President Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee for a visit to a Horticultural Center in Bleiswijk. For this tiptoe through some lovely tulips, Queen Máxima repeated her chartreuse (or is it more of a pale olive?) green felt design with flat crown and wide, cartwheel brim trimmed with Petersham ribbon brim binding, hatband, and back bow.

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Thanks to Dutch royal photographer Patrick van Katwijk, we now have a full view of the back of this hat. While the scale and shape are good on this design, what sets it apart from all other wide brimmed royal hats is the brave and unusual colour- certainly not one many can wear well. The chartreuse hat, purse and shoes don’t directly match with Máxima’s brown and cream hound’s tooth dress but that’s what I like about the ensemble- it the similar palate of neutrals (along with the subtle colours in those fantastic earrings!) coordinate into an interesting mix of shades that make me look closer. It’s unified and balanced while still being interesting.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 23, 2018
The first time we saw this hat, it was styled for a different season in a completely different way. What do you think of it on this, its second outing?
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Dutch Royals Welcome Singapore State Visit

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed President of Singapore Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee this morning at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam for the start of a three-day visit. For this welcome, Queen Máxima repeated her purple felt picture hat with dramatic, sidesweeping brim.

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It’s no wonder this hat was named your favourite royal hat in 2014  – the scale and colour are fantastic on Máxima and the upswept brim is beautifully balanced by that gentle wave pleat on the opposite side, a subtle detail that gives wonderful movement to the design. The hat’s pairing with a purple scarf, statement earrings and the same raspberry silk coat we saw her wear for the Austrian state visit last week is regal and bold although I’m less sure about the flowy, high-low hemmed floral dress, which seems an unusually summery choice for this ensemble.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Flavia” design.
Previously Worn: February 5, 2018October 13, 2015October 30, 2014October 15, 2014March 19, 2014November 12, 2013
This is the sixth ensemble we’ve seen paired with this hat (see the others at this post)- what do you think of this hat’s outing today in Amsterdam?
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Dutch Royals Welcome Austrian Visit

On Wednesday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed President of Austria Alexander van der Bellen and his wife Doris Schmidauer for an official visit at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague. For this visit, the Dutch queen repeated her dark cranberry velvet felt hat with wide upswept brim.

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There’s not much to say about the hat- by now, I think we can consider this Queen Máxima’s ‘signature’ millinery shape- but the styling of the ensemble is something to discuss. This outfit is all about the yellow feathered necklace, which gives such unexpected contrast against the otherwise cranberry head-to-toe look. Acid yellow costume beaded earrings and a necklace is not what I’d immediately think of to pair with this silk dress and hat but it certainly makes a statement.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: March 27, 2018Oct 24, 2017
Amazing how a necklace can vault an ensemble out of feeling too matched, isn’t it?! What do you think of this third outing of this hat?
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Dutch Monarchs Attend Political Farewell

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the Council of State in The Hague today to attend a farewell reception of vice-president Piet Hein Donner. For this, Queen Máxima repeated her grey felt pillbox hat trimmed sparingly with grey ribbon binding around the base and a slim double bow at the side.

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It’s a simple hat that suffers a bit from styling choices here- hat and trouser combinations are always tricky (to be fair, this is better than most) and this hat is caught in a battle of prevailing formality between the casual hairstyle and stunning pearl jewelry. The ensemble’s colour palate is good but with the trouser cuffs overtaking the width of the hat, I think the overall balance of the look is off.

Designer: uncertain
Previously Worn: March 15, 2016
So… what do you think of this hat today in The Hague?
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