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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.