Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 3

We wrap up our nostalgic look back at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s wedding on February 2, 2002 with a look at the royal hats worn by guests from Spain, Greece, Jordan, Great Britain, Monaco with a few extras thrown in.

Queen Sofia of Spain wore a cascading headpiece of golden beige organza leaves and roses. While the design looked transported from the 1960s, it linked well with her lace suit.

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Princess Cristina wore a heather purple felt brimmed hat trimmed with feathers in purple and dark grey. I’m still at odds about the feather placement- on one hand, it’s terribly messy but on the other, I like its exuberance and admire how the two shades link with her dark blue velvet and purple silk coat… a rather bulky item (it looked like a blanket) that hasn’t aged well. When a hat makes a coat look better, that can only be a good thing.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece topped her textured red coat with a matching hat. In a modified top hat shape, the felt design features a tall, flared crown with domed top, upturned rolled brim with downsweep on one side, a layered red felt hatband and brown mink pompoms. The mink trim links well with the mink trim on Anne-Marie’s coat without being overly matchy and those pompoms are whimsical and fun. This hat’s unique shape is very much of its time but I always thought it was a bold and brave choice for her.

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Princess Marie-Chantal followed the same formula as Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, topping her richly patterned brocade coat with a tall brown fur Cossack style hat. Unfortunately, the hat’s large scale completely overwhelmed her and I’m still trying to see how it relates to the red, magenta and gold printed coat (which it’s own, is gorgeous!).

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Queen Noor of Jordan wore an embroidered headscarf in white, an interesting colour choice for a winter event with her baby blue silk tailored suit. She is photographed below by the Prince of Wales who wore his naval uniform and cap. Princess Sarvath, Princess Badiya and Princess Sumaya are also listed on the guest list but I’ve not been able to locate any photographs of them.
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The Countess of Wessex wore primarily Philip Treacy millinery hats at the time and chose one in camel felt for this event. The design made its style statement primarily by shape, pairing a deeply pinched, tall stovepipe crown with an offset brim. The hat was minimally embellished with a slim hatband tied in a front bow. It’s another design very much of the time and looking at it now, seemed a little heavy for Sophie’s cream coat and delicately embellished dress.

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Prince Albert of Monaco wore military uniform with cap while his elder sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco, wore a grey felt cloche with extended brim and wide grey hatband. The hat’s classic shape suited Caroline well although I’m not sure about its pairing with her Chanel dress and coat, pieces that feel like they ought to be paired with something more luxurious and bespoke.
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Princess Míriam of Bulgaria topped her pink feathered skirt and fur collared jacket in a what looks like a headpiece of horizontally placed pheasant and pink feathers, placed on the back of her head.
Princess Inaara, wife of the Aga Khan at the time, wore a calot hat in large flowers with petals made of mocha and copper organza, velvet and crin (see closeup here). The mixed textures on the piece gave it some life and while it related well to Inaara’s fur trimmed camel cape, these combined less well with her mushroom grey tweed suit and earthy green blouse. Too many neutrals, I’d say.
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Other noteable guests included Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, who wore a traditional African printed capulana headwrap and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane, who wore a brimmed hat in pale pink straw. 
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This wraps up our look back at this wedding! What do you think of this final group of hats?
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Royal Hats at the Olympics

As the Olympics draw to a close this weekend, I thought we should look back at some of the royal hats we have seen during the Sochi games.

Crown Prince Haakon, February 14, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Crown Prince Haakon, Prince Albert & Alexandra of Hanover, February 14, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Prince Albert of Monaco and Alexandra of Hanover attend the
downhill run of the men’s alpine skiing super combined event on February 14, 2014

Alexandra of Hanover & Pierre Casiraghi, February 14, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Prince Albert, February 12, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

 Alexandra of Hanover and her brother Pierre Casiraghi at the men’s super combined
competition on February 14, 2012; Prince Albert of Monaco at an event on February 12, 2014  

King Harald & Queen Sonja, February 17, 2014 | The Royal Hats BlogKing Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway at the Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start competition on February 17, 2014 

Queen Máxima, February 11, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands watching the men’s Snowboard Halfpipe qualification on February 11, 2014

King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia, February 15, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia, February 16, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden at cross country ski events on February 15 & 16, 2014 

Photos from KCS Presse via Corbis; Leonhard Foeger/Reuters/CorbisKCS Presse/Splash News/Corbis; KCS Presse via Corbis; Kay Neitfeld via Corbis; Jens Buettner/EPA/Corbis; Hendrik Schmidt/EPA/Corbis; and KCS Presse via Corbis

Hat from the Past

The Royal Hats Blog   On February 10, 2006, Prince Albert of Monaco attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. These photos of the perennial bachelor, who looked like he was working hard to impress a mystery blonde date, were an international sensation. I don’t think anyone in the royal world suspected that the goofy prince in the red ski hat would marry the mystery blonde, South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock, five years later.

Prince Albert, February 10, 2006 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Albert, February 10, 2006 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photosby Pascal Le Segretain via Hello Magazine