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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Dutch State Visit to Norway Day 2

The Dutch monarchs continued the second day of their state visit to Norway with a program of events including a seminar on human rights, a visit with the Prime Minister, lunch at Akershus Castle and a reception aboard Dutch navy ship in Oslo harbor.

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For these events, Queen Máxima repeated her navy smocked silk crepe and georgette organza calot headpiece embroidered with narrow metal bugle beads.

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This ensemble is such a great sartorial flat for the House of Orange, the small scale headpiece balancing well against the strong looks of the dress and coat. I’ve said it before- while the calot shape is not my favourite, it serves good purpose for events like these, especially when the host queen elects not to wear a hat!

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Designer: likely Jan Taminau
Previously Worn: Mar 5, 2019; Feb 8, 2018Apr 27, 2017

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a navy embellished hair ornament worn to tie back her hair.

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Dutch State Visit to Norway

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were greeted this morning by members of the Norwegian royal family for the start of a state visit to the Nordic nation.

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Queen Máxima repeated a beige blocked beret hat for this morning’s arrival in Oslo.

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The scale of the hat pairs well not only with Máxima’s voluminous dress but with the smaller scale hats typically worn by the Norwegian royal ladies. The combination of felt hat and silk dress is less cohesive, although an understandable choice for the current season and today’s rainy weather. I do admire how the neutral accessories let the dress and emerald earrings shine!

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Designer: Dress by Natan. 
Previously Worn: Jan 20, 2014; Nov 29, 2013

Queen Sonja repeated her chocolate and periwinkle blue felt hat with high, upturned brim embellished with ‘V’ cutouts. I’ve said this before- the hat, especially in combination with the chocolate dress, has a sci-fi vibe I find distracting and overly costumey.  What I do like are the cutouts, a design element we seldom see but that is so visually effective.

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Designer: uknown
Previously Worn: October 11, 2012; October 15, 2007 

Later in the Day, Queen Sonja changed into a different ensemble with brown velvet tam hat. Any day a royal embraces the opportunity to wear multiple hats is a great day! Tams are not trendily fashionable these days, a shame as the style and rich colour suit Sonja really well.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit repeated her classic ivory felt pillbox, worn, as she does, on the back of her head.

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Designer: Mona Strand. Dress by Fendi.
Previously Worn: May 17, 2019;  Dec 10, 2018May 15, 2014Jun 2, 2010May 17, 2010; Dec 10, 2009

Princess Märtha Louise wore am oyster bandeau bow headpiece trimmed with silver and crystal embellishments.

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Designer: 
Previously Worn: I believe this piece is new

What do you think of this quintet of millinery designs today in Oslo?

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Dutch Queen Opens Software Company

Queen Máxima visited Leusden today to open of the new office of AFAS Software.

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 For this event, she repeated her dark green felt hat with high sidesweeping brim, simply trimmed with a Petersham ribbon hatband and side bow.

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The brim on this hat seems to have been smoothed out since previous outings, which is a good thing. The shape and scale are almost too familiar on the Dutch queen to discuss much except to say both continue to suit her! I am on the fence about the mixed greens in this ensemble and wonder if there’s too much blue in the green shade of the hat to pair well with the leaf green of the dress?

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 5, 2018;  Jan 17, 2018

After the event, Queen Máxima’s entourage was notified that longtime fan Josée, who attends many of the Dutch queen’s working visits, is undergoing cancer treatment and won’t be able to attend often in future. The resulting exchange is quietly beautiful,  Queen Máxima whispering in her ear, “I will miss you.”

What did you think of Queen Maxima’s look today?

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Princess Margriet Attends War Memorial

On Friday, Princess Margriet was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a memorial at the Canadian war cemetery in Bergen op Zoom.

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The Dutch princess repeated a black woven hat with domed crown and brim, upturned around the back. The monochrome design is trimmed with a wide black hatband and a layered double bow in the same textured straw as the hat body, placed at the back.

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Black hats for memorial events are a tricky thing to get right but the woven straw and tweaked shape of both the crown and brim on this design give it visual the interest we often see provided by a hat’s trim. The styling of the ensemble is great with wonderful monochrome contrast found between the patent leather boots, sleek lines of the suit, silky shine of the bow necktie and nubby weave of the hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 11, 2008; October 15, 2002 and likely others

What do you think about this hat?

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