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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Dutch Welcome Indian State Visit

The Dutch king and queen welcomed President Ram Nath Kovind of India and his wife, Savita Kovind, to the royal palace in Amsterdam yesterday for the start of a 3-day state visit. Queen Máxima repeated her grey fur felt oversize fedora, with tall crown and a wide, downward facing brim simply trimmed with a wide grey Petersham ribbon hatband.

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It’s a subdued ensemble for Queen Máxima, who must have known (or predicted?) that Savita Kovind would wear a vibrant sari. Perhaps this was a deliberate choice?

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Rossini” design
Previously Worn: Mar 15, 2018

What do you think about this hat on this, its second outing?

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Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh: Royal Guests

The Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of the Duke of Edinburgh held yesterday at Westminster Abbey was attended by numerous cousins and colleagues from various European royal houses.

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Queen Máxima repeated a rounded black felt beret with knotted applique trim worn on the back of her head in the style of a pillbox.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Jan 27, 2020

Princess Beatrix joined those in Edinburgh green. The gently domed crown on her brimmed hat was wrapped in three layers of sinamay that were tucked over the other on the side to form a beautiful layered hatband.

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Designer: likely Suzanne Molijn
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Queen Margrethe repeated a chic grey felt trilby trimmed with a black, white and grey feather pompom on the side.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 29, 2019; Oct 28, 2014;  May 15, 2014Oct 1, 2013; May 1, 2013;  Oct 7, 2008

Queen Mathilde wore a black draped halo bandeau headpiece with dotted birdcage veil.

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Designer: Elisa headband by Fabienne Delvigne. Coat by Meer Couture.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

Queen Letizia topped a stunning coat dress with a green velvet covered teardrop percher hat raised at the back. The design is trimmed with a bow in the same crepe as the dress and a black tulle veil.

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Designer: Balel by Isabel Terroso
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Silvia repeated a black straw hat with upfolded brim and rounded crown simply trimmed with a hatband and flat, looped bow twist.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: July 12, 2017; April 17, 2017; April 1, 2017; March 16, 2013

Princess Christina of Sweden wore a black cloche with rounded crown and curved, extended brim trimmed with a wide velvet hatband anchored with a large buckle.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 11, 2017 and others

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, wore a peaked grey bandeau headpiece trimmed with a black leaf on the side.

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Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: Oct 19, 2019

Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a black felt Garbo style hat.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece repeated a navy sinamay pillbox with slim bow at the base.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 25, 2016; May 19, 2012; April 14, 2011; April 16, 2010

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal wore a black looped bow fascinator with crystal studded veil.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Nina of Greece wore a navy blue felt rounded pillbox

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We have not seen such a well attended royal event in over two years, something that attests to the respect and affection held for the late Duke. How lovely has it been to see so many royal hats?!

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