Dutch State Visit To Luxembourg: Day 1

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived in Luxembourg today for a three day state visit and you know, dearest readers, that a state visit means new hats!.

Embed from Getty Images

The Dutch king and queen were met by the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess at  Findel Airport this morning. Princess Stéphanie wore a new almond straw hat with shallow rounded crown and mushroom brim. The hat is trimmed with a large cream silk flower and green silk leaves and feathers that trail toward the back. On its own, the hat is a great scale and shape on Stéphanie’s but in combination with her green dress, tops a wonderfully balanced ensemble. This is such a beautiful look on the Hereditary Grand Duchess.

May 23, 2018 | Royal Hats May 23, 2018 | Royal Hats

May 23, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: Les Folie’s Bibis (Sylvia Martinez). Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Dutch king and queen were official welcomed at the Grand Ducal Palace by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Queen Máxima wore an eye catching green chartreuse silk dress topped with a new hat. The green felt design features a flat crown and wide, cartwheel brim and is simply trimmed with a Petersham ribbon hatband, brim binding and flat bow at the back.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty ImagesEmbed from Getty Images

My thoughts about this hat have flip flopped several times! The shape and scare are excellent on Queen Máxima but my first impression about the colour and use of felt was that the design felt unnecessarily heavy and suited to an outdoor winter event. Sorting through photos, I’ve had a change of heart. Matching a hat to the bright chartreuse silk would have put the ensemble WAY over the top and I suspect the green felt was chosen to coordinate with (rather than perfectly match) and mellow the impact of the statement dress. In that sense, it does well. I just wonder if straw might have been a better weight and texture compliment to the shiny silk and feel more appropriate for the season.

May 23, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats May 23, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa paired her pink silk coat with a matching straw beret calot hat, simply trimmed with a small bow at the back. The scale and shape of the hat works very well with the raised collar on the coat and Maria Teresa’s statement earrings bring a bit of sparkle to the sleek pieces. The paler hued dress makes the ensemble work and I think the smaller hat is a great choice for the Grand Duchess, who’s petite height makes large brims sometimes overwhelm her.

May 23, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images
May 23, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats

Designer: Gillis Modistes. Coat is Yves Dooms.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

There are some statement looks today- what did you think of these hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Cyril Moreau / Bestimage; Emmanuel Claude and René Scho / SIP

Luxembourg Royals At Closing Octave Procession

On Sunday, members of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg attended the annual closing procession of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg, a national religious celebration that occurs every year several weeks after Easter. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated the day’s events in a new calot hat in gold-beige draped straw. It’s a quietly polished look for Maria Teresa – the gold hue of the hat coordinates well with the gold threads in her dress – that feels like it might have benefit from a bit of colour added to the ensemble.

   May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats

May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats  May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new
The Hereditary Grand Duchess and Princess Alexandra elected for more statement millinery pieces. Princess Stéphanie’s red headpiece of layered red banana fibre straw is embellished with a side multi-looped bow. Head wrap designs are tricky at the best of times and the placement of this one, low down on Stéphanie’s forehead, is awkward. Princess Alexandra’s hat, in navy straw, features a rounded crown, fluted wide brim and a red and white striped hatband.
May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats
My opposition to these hats is based in the styling of these ensembles- Princess Stéphanie’s businessy blazer seems an odd pairing for the headpiece (her headpiece and lace dress combo at National Day two years ago was a better combination) while Princess Alexandra’s beachy hat and summery halter dress are completely at odds with her dark leather belt, tailored jacket and pumps. The horribly matched necklines of the dress and jacket make it almost impossible for me to focus on the hat and that just makes me sad.
May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats May 6, 2018 | Royal Hats
Designer: I suspect Fabienne Delvigne for Princess Stéphanie’s red headpiece. Princess Alexandra’s hat is unknown.
Previously Worn: both are new
The annual octave procession always sees a number of Grand Ducal hats- what do you think of this trio of designs this year?
Photos from René Scho and Claude Piscitelli via Cour grand-ducale 

Jordan & Luxembourg Royals Attend Sandhurst Parade

The passing out parade at Sandhurst yesterday was attended by members of the Jordan and Luxembourg royal families, on hand to offer their congratulations to Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg who were among the new graduates completing their officer training at the prestigious military academy in Surrey (Prince Wenzel of Liechtenstein and Shaikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain were also graduates).

 

 

Embed from Getty Images

King Abdallah, a 1981 graduate of the Royal Military Academy himself, stood in for Queen Elizabeth to oversee the Sovereign’s Parade.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Grand Duke Henri, a 1975 Sandhurst graduate and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, a 2002 graduate, both attended in military uniform with caps. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a vibrant pink saucer hat in matching straw that looks to be a near identical twin to the cherry red hat she wore for Luxembourg’s National Day celebrations in June. The saucer follows a gentle curve that raises at the back and, like its twin, is simply trimmed with a looped ribbon of straw. The shape is a little too clunky (from the front, it does look like someone sat upon it), the binding a little too thick and the straw ribbon trim too random for this hat to be a winner for me.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Hereditary Grand Duchess, Princess Stéphanie, wore a pale aqua straw hat with wide, gently upswept brim on one side, trimmed with a slim layered straw hatband in the same hue that tied at the side. From the side view below, you’ll note that the hatband continued around the brim of the hat in several large loops. We haven’t seen Stéphanie in many wide brims and while I want to encourage such millinery experimentation for her, something about its combination with her dress and coat was slightly off balance. I may prefer this ensemble with the smaller, quirkier hat she originally paired with it.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Princess Stéphanie, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats
Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Amelie D’Hooghvorst
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Claire wore a pale pink straw hat piped a narrow stripe of burgundy piping. From far away, the hat looks like a raised ‘slice’ brim design but it is actually a large saucer with domed crown and curved front brim. I like the side view much better than the front, where the piece unfortunately resembles a wonky, sideways-worn cowboy hat.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Princess Claire, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Princess Alexandra repeated her rose-beige straw hat with pork pie crown, floppy brim and grosgrain ribbon hat band finished at the side with a flat bow. It’s not the most refined piece in her millinery closet but paired well with her navy silk dress.

Princess Alexandra, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 23, 2016
Thoughts about the hats in Surrey yesterday?
Grand Ducal Family, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated; Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco  

 

Luxembourg National Day

Members of Luxembourg’s royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday today in a slightly lower key way than in years past (fewer family members in attendance and no hats worn for the annual military parade. For the Te Deum for National Day at Notre Dame du Luxembourg cathedral, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her cherry red dress and coat with a new disc hat in matching straw. The hat features a gentle curve around the back and is very simply trimmed with a looped ribbon of straw.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie topped her pink caped sleeve dress with a matching cocktail hat. Built on a triangular straw base, the hat is trimmed with looped crin embroidered with beads, which relate wonderfully to the beaded neckline on her dress. We’ve seen Stéphanie struggle with percher placements before but this one is in a great spot on the side of her head and the bright colour is absolutely fantastic on her.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images
Designer: Sylvia Martinez of Les Folie’s Bibis
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Just two hats for National Day in Luxembourg is a little disappointing- thankfully, both of these designs packed a lot of punch.

Embed from Getty Images
Photos from Getty as indicated and The Catholic Church of Luxembourg

Luxembourg Royals at Closing Octave Procession

Members of the Luxembourg royal family took part in the closing procession of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg on Sunday.

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new black straw hat with upswept ‘slice’ brim, trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband, folded into an abstract bow at the side. While it’s a versatile new design for her, it’s close enough to this diagonally brimmed straw black hat that I’m left more than a little curious about its addition.

 Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. I strongly suspect Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Back in late January, our friends at Luxarazzi interviewed milliner Sylvia Martinez about her participation in a recent exhibition which included designing pieces for the Grand Duchess and Hereditary Grand Duchess. She sent these two hats to the Luxembourg royal ladies and in a surprise move, Princess Stéphanie wore this design to this event. In golden beige sinmay, the percher design features a lace covered disk base trimmed in pearls with a multi looped straw bow at the back. The hat fits Stéphanie’s style well (and she’s done very well pairing it to her bouclé dress) although I would have loved the placement to be further forward, jauntily angled over her right eye.

Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats  Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats

Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats  Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats

Designer: Sylvia Martinez of Les Folie’s Bibis,
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Claire topped her pale blue chiffon hat with a pillbox hat in the same hue. The straw hat, in palest blue nubbly straw, features a slightly domed crown and is trimmed with a swath of widely woven net veil. After our recent marathon look at pillbox placement, I think this one is placed back slightly too far and I’d prefer it scooted up an inch or two.

 Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Amalia and Prince Liam of Nassau joined their parents on the balcony. Princess Amalia sported a sweet pale blue hair bow.

Princess Amalia, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

It’s lovely to see the Luxembourg royals and this is one of the few annual events outside National Day celebrations when we do. What do you think about the three new hats we saw in Luxembourg this weekend?

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Photos  Jean-Paul Frisch and Monique Kater / RTL Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu