Hats From the Past

Royal Hats 57 years ago to the January 30, 1965 funeral of Winston Churchill. Queen Elizabeth wore a black velvet tam by Aage Thaarup with tall stem and tiny rows of impeccable vertical stitching.

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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret both wore dramatically shaped black turbans,

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Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester ore a draped embroidered turban style hat while her sister-in-law Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, wore a black toque. The Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra wore veiled black pillboxes.

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Princess Marina of Greece wore a draped halo turban while and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wore a large brimless fur hat. Prince Berhard starts on Queen Juliana’s right while on her left are are Charles De Gaulle and Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, all of the men in military uniform and caps.

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While the hats at events such as these are not the focus, they speak to a particular moment in time, and to the importance of the event to which they were worn.

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Princess Amalia Introduced to Council of State

Upon her coming of age this week, Princess Amalia was introduced to the Council of State in The Hague today by her parents, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

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Queen Máxima wore a new hat for the occasion, in vibrant magenta felt. With a rounded crown and steeply upturned sidesweeping  slice brim, the design is trimmed with a double satin stitched hatband and statement flower in layers of purple and red silk.

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The brim length on this design is shorter than many of  Queen Máxima’s other hats in this shape and this reduced scale works well, especially in this showstopping colour. As we’ve previously noted in discussions here on the blog, few of the hats in her closet are trimmed with flowers and it’s great to see a floral trim, especially one so dimensional and effective.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

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

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Dutch Queen Opens Museum Wing

Queen Máxima was in Haarlem on Tuesday to open a new wing of the Teylers Museum.

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For this engagement, she wore a new hat in deep aubergine felt with a rounded crown and wide brim. The design is simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband.

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The cherry red outfit works so well with the dark hat, the colours providing great contrast in a much more interesting palate than, say, red and black (Queen Margrethe has a red and aubergine hat that we’ve widely admired for the same reason!). I’m less sure about the shape of the brim on its raised side- a smoother shape would give a much more refined look to the design. Between the large hat, ruffled collar, earrings and loose hair, there’s a lot going on here. The last time we saw this coat with a hat, it was this brimless one, which I think paired better with the statement collar.

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Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Thought about Queen Máxima’s new hat?

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Dutch Queens At Award and Book Launch

Last Wednesday, Princess Beatrix attended the Jantje Beton award ceremony for most play-friendly city in Culemborg. For this event, where she presented a statue award that she had made, she repeated a beigey pink straw hat with a pyramid crown and triple rolled bumper brim.

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The sheen and bias placement of the brim beautifully frame Beatrix’s face, softening the angular lines of the crown, while  metallic silver threads in the sinamay weave give the loveliest bit of sparkle. The pyramid crown shape is never going to be a favourite for me but the rest of this design works really well.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Nov 13, 2014; Sep 7, 2011

Also last Thursday, Queen Máxima visited Museum Beeld en Geluid to receive the first copy of the photo book “Stichting Haags Verhaal” by photographer Piet Gispen. She repeated her her midnight blue felt fedora with Petersham ribbon hatband tied in a side bow.

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The extended brim on this design gives it a chic informality that seemed to suit this event and paired well with her grey ensemble.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 5, 2017; Oct 3, 2016

Thought about these two hats last week?

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Dutch State Visit to Norway Concludes

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima wrapped up their state visit to Norway on Thursday in Trondheim, accompanied by the Norwegian crown prince and princess.

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Queen Máxima repeated a crescent-shaped calot headpiece covered in stacked pleats in the same mulberry fabric as her firework embroidered coat.

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Some of you may remember that on its first outing, this headpiece had two crescents with a split between them (see photos from that event in 2017 below). Or perhaps the two crescents were separate pieces, right from the start? We don’t see many royal hats with such scale options and this development adds to the interest and intrigue for this design.

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Designer: unknown. Coat by Claes Iversen.
Previously Worn: Mar 28, 2017

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a slim navy headband.

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And that concludes this state visit! Which hats or headpieces stood out to you most this week in Norway?

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