Orange-Nassau Wedding, Ten Years On: The Guests

Royal Hats After looking at the marvellous hats worn at Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita’s civil wedding ten years ago, it is now time to look at the hats worn by guests at their religious ceremony.

The groom’s mother, Princess Margriet, topped her two toned pink suit with a magenta straw hat with a wide, upfolded brim. The hat appeared to have a double crown, thanks to a tall wrap of straw around the rounded crown, and the piece was trimmed with pink and red feathers on the side.

Anita’s mother, J.C.M. van Eijk-Steens, topped her ice blue suit with a straw hat in the same hue. This piece had a double brim made of translucent straw and was trimmed with straw rosettes, training bow tails, and pale blue feathers. While there is much going on with the hat, it was well balanced with her more streamlined suit.

 Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau and Anita Van Eijk, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène topped her gunmetal grey and aubergine ensemble with a navy straw hat. Trimmed with a large purple flower on the side (see it here), the simple straw piece swept off her face in a gently upfolded brim. It’s a fairly nondescript hat that seemed slightly at odds with the rest of her more fashion-forward outfit.

Princess Marilène, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

Princess Annette repeated the same cream straw hat she wore two days earlier to the civil wedding, replacing the black ribbon around the crown with a slim one in palest blue. I suppose it’s hardly a surprising move for a princess who has very few public engagements (and ever fewer which require a hat) to recycle a neutral piece in this kind of way.

Aimée Söhngen, who would marry the Princess Margriet’s youngest son two months later, wore a bright pink short Fez style hat wrapped in a large veil of dotted pink net. Clearly designed to coordinate with her pink dotted jacket and shoes, the hat seemed off balance and oddly squashed around the middle. Unfortunately, the piece was left looking like a 1960s lampshade.

Aimée Söhngen, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix (as she was then) topped her grey dress with a coordinating straw hat. The flat brimmed piece featured a wide straw wrap around the flat crown; from the front, the hat was streamlined and restrained. In contrast, the back of the brim raised slightly to reveal a mass of pink and silver blooms that nestled into the Queen’s hair. I adore this surprise around the back of the hat; the hidden blooms are reminiscent of the hat Beatrix wore to Princess Amalia’s christening which makes me guess that this piece is another design by Emmy Hill.

Queen Beatrix, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima (as was her title in 2005) wore one of her most memorable hats to this event. Made of stripes of transparent magenta and red straw, the wide brim of the picture hat was formed into large fluted ruffles that gave the Fabienne Delvigne design an incredible sense of movement and presence. On it’s own, the hat was a creative masterpiece but its pairing with Máxima’s shiny red coat and huge costume earrings took the ensemble way over the top. Máxima has not repeated this hat to date and I would love to see it make another outing with a more simple, neutral dress. As far as millinery goes, it is spectacular.

While I would love to see Máxima’s hat repeated, I’m pleased that Princess Laurentien’s hat has been left in the past. The Marianne Jongkind design, made of gold straw, featured a soaring, pointy crown and brim, each edged in brown straw. While the shape was unique, it overwhelmed the princess and looked like it was headed to a costume party instead of a royal wedding. Its pairing with her fussy brown dress and cartoonish belt seems like an experiment in avant garde fashion that went very wrong.

The daughters of Princess Irene (who was lecturing in South Africa and did not attend), Princess Carolina and Princess Margarita, wore much more demure pieces. Carolina topped her lilac printed jacket with a chic lavender hat with asymetrically raised brim; Margarita matched her dark raspberry straw hat to her skirt. While she did not wear a hat, Princess Mabel’s fashion choice had a very sentimental note- she  wore the same dress Princess Beatrix wore for her engagement announcement in 1965.

Princess Carolina, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina wore an orange and coral feathered fascinator and her daughter, Juliana Guillermo, wore a headpiece of trailing copper feathers. While neither piece are particularly memorable, I adore that two family members chose hues of orange for this Orange-Nassau wedding.

The only guest from a foreign royal family was Princess Astrid of Belgium, who wore a sleek silver picture hat with cartwheel brim trimmed with a silk ribbon around the base of the crown. The austere hat combined beautifully with her textured Chanel suit, leaving no question that the ensemble was haute couture from head to toe.

The hats at this wedding covered the full spectrum from elegant to eccentric, exquisite to egregious. Keeping their age in mind, dear readers, I’m curious to hear which hats made the strongest style statement for you?

Photos from ANP; Michel Porro via Getty; and Getty as indicated

Who Wore It Best: November Poll Results

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In the contest between these two purple fascinators worn by Dutch princesses, a clear winner has emerged: i

Princess Marilène, October 5, 2013 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène, October 5, 2013

This confirms, dear readers, that you like your purple fascinators to resemble bath poufs as little as possible. On this point, we are agreed. Tomorrow, we’ll kick off a review of all of the royal hats we have seen in 2014 in preparation to narrow down to our favourites!

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press Europe

Who Wore It Best: November Poll

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Is it me or has it been a week of exceptionally wintry, heavy and dark hued royal hats? To lighten things up, I thought we would step back to the wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak a year ago. This event saw two Dutch princesses appear in similar pouffy, feathered fascinators in the same shade of deep periwinkle blue. Worn with chignons and dresses with a very similar neckline, Princess Marilène and Princess Maria Carolina could not have dressed more like twins had they deliberately set out to do so. The question remains, dear readers, who wore their periwinkle pouf best?

 Princess Marilène, October 5, 2013 | Royal Hats    Princess Maria Carolina, October 5, 2013 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène and Princess Maria Carolina, October 5, 2013

 Princess Marilène, October 5, 2013 | Royal Hats    Princess Maria Carolina, October 5, 2013 | Royal Hats

Voting will remain open until midnight GMT on November 30 and we will celebrate the winner shortly thereafter. Happy voting!

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press Europe

Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Dutch Royals

Royal Hats For the May 22, 2004 wedding of the Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, the Dutch royal family were represented by Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Máxima (as were their titles at the time), Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien. Princess Laurentien wore a very pretty straw hat with a wide, curved brim in sea foam green. The hat was unique as the crown extended under the brim, forming a sort of headband around Laurentien’s head. It is a hat I thought suited her very well but unfortunately, was completely lost against the horrible burgundy net wrap and multiple strand necklace she wore. Had those two items been replaced with a tailored pale green or cream coat, the full elegance and beauty of this hat would have shone.

Princess Laurentien, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats  Princess Laurentien, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima was undeniably included among the best dressed guests at this wedding in an exquisite blush embroidered dress, pink coat and pink hat. The hat, designed by Fabienne Delvigne, featured a huge, upturned two-layer brim with rough, frayed edges. The unfinished edges of the hat created a most beautifully delicate effect (an oximoron to be sure) and provided both contrast and compliment to Máxima’s dress and coat. The hat is a very haute couture look but one that I think Máxima carried off magnificently and stunningly well.

Princess Máxima, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats

Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon Parma, pictured here with her brother Prince Jaime, wore a large cream straw hat with downward curving mushroom brim. The hat was trimmed with a large spray of straw flowers and leaves on the side and provided a neutral accent to her vibrant coral and orange ensemble.

Princess Maria Carolina, May 22, 2004 |Royal Hats

Stay tuned tomorrow as we look at the hats worn by remaining royal guests at this grand wedding. 

Photos from  A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, and Lalo Yasky via Getty

Bourbon-Parma Wedding in Apeldoorn

Royal Hats Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma (son of Princess Irene of the Netherlands) celebrated his religious marriage  to Viktoria Cservenyak today at The Church Of Our Lady At Ascension in Apeldoorn. Vicktoria wore a light lace veil anchored by the Dutch Ears of Wheat tiara. I thought the patterned veil and modest tiara were a beautiful compliment to her elegant empire-waist gown;  she looked very beautiful and happy.

Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The bride and groom’s immediate family members celebrated this wedding in a rainbow array of fascinators. Viktoria’s mother wore an explosion of teal and white feathers to coordinate with her dress and coat. Somehow, I think her coat would have coordinated much better with a picture hat.

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Jaime’s mother, Princess Irene, wore a headpiece made of layered red straw leaves. It was a little pointy for my taste and I’m afraid I liked her coat much better than her millinery.

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Jaime’s twin sister, Princesses  Margarita, looked to be wearing a curled ribbon headpiece in cornflower blue. It’s hard to tell without a closeup view but this fascinator seems a little lackluster to me. You can’t say that however, about their sister Princess Carolina who followed her mother’s lead and went head-to-toe in the same colour. She looks great in purple (I really do love her dress) but that fascinator looks like a bath pouf, doesn’t it?

Princess Maria Carolina, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Maria Carolina, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma (the wife of Jaime’s older brother Carlos) was admitted to hospital this week and was not able to attend (she is expecting a baby soon). I’m sure you all join me in wishing her and the baby good health.

While I thought the bride (who will now be known as the Countess of Montizón) looked lovely, I’m afraid I can’t say the same for the millinery worn by this couple’s immediate family. The rest of the Dutch Royal Family’s hats fared a little better- you can see them here.

Photos from Michel Porro via Zimbio; Philip Van Der Werf via Corbis and Dutch Photo Press

Funeral of Prince Johan Friso

The funeral of Prince Johan Friso of Orange-Nassau took place today in the small village of Lage Vuursche, on the outskirts of Utrecht. Drakesteijn Castle, the small private castle where Friso and his brothers grew up and where his mother, Princess Beatrix is planning to relocate, is nearby.

Dutch Royal Family, August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Mabel wore a beautiful picture hat with a lattice mushroom brim and a large feather. Princess Beatrix wore a straw hat with flat crown and brim, trimmed with a band around the crown that folded into a large side bow. Queen Máxima repeated a simple black straw picture hat with squared crown. Princess Laurentien wore a black embellished straw beret.

Dutch Royal Family, August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats BlogPrincess Mabel and Princess Beatrix, August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Mabel and Princess Beatrix, August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Friso’s maternal aunts and cousins, members of the Bourbon-Parma, Von Vollenhoven, Guillermo and families, also attended. Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma (far left, below) wore a black beret and Princess Marilène (centre, below) wore a black picture hat with side bow.

Dutch Royal Family, August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Mabel and Princess Beatrix, August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Mabel and Princess Beatrix, August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Beatrix,  August 16, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Dutch Royal Press and Handout/Getty via Zimbio

Dutch Enthronement: Princess Irene and Family

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Princess Irene, younger sister of Princess Beatrix, looked incredibly regal in an ecru coloured lace hat. While there is a lot of lace going on here, the hat was fairly restrained and simple. I thought she looked incredibly beautiful.

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Princess Annemarie, wife of Princess Irene’s son Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, wore an interesting gold fascinator by Amelie D’Hoogvorst with long feathers that curved around her head. It reminded me of both an octopus and Medusa… not the kind of images or comparison one wants their hat to conjure up.

Princess Annemarie, Apr 30, 2013 in Amélie d'Hooghvorst | Royal Hats Embed from Getty Images

Princess Irene’s two daughters  Princess Margarita and Princess Carolina both wore striking variations on pillbox hats. Margarita’s hat, in a metallic taupe coloured straw, featured a unique curved crown and I thought she looked great.

Princess Margarita, Apr 30, 2013 | Royal Hats  Princess Margarita, Apr 30, 2013 | Royal Hats

Princess Carolina’s peacock blue hat was a show stopper for me- the size, colour and sassy side fan and flower embellishment were absolutely gorgeous on her. Carolina’s hat was one of my favourites of the day.

Princess Carolina, Apr 30, 2013 | Royal Hats  Embed from Getty Images

UPDATE: It seems Princess Margarita did not get enough hat wearing in today so she showed up for the black tie gala dinner in a fascinator! The fascinator on its own is beautiful- feathery, light and substantial enough to be actually seen (hear that Princess Anita?!) and in a lovely colour on Margarita. But when added to a bright pink sparkle dress, bright pink wrap and bright pink sparkle clutch?? II think it’s a little much.

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Photos from Getty as indicated and Dutch Photo Press