Monaco Royal Wedding: Other Reigning Royal Houses

With lots more hats to still admire, we continue our look at the July 2, 2011 religious wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with guests from The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Jordan, Thailand and Morocco.

Princess Máxima, as was her title at the time, debuted a hat at this wedding that has since become one of her most-worn pieces. In warm-hued caramel straw, the familiar ‘slice’ shape is sharply upturned on one side that curves back off the face to effectively highlight it. The hat is simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband in the same colour tied in a side bow. The combination of caramel hat and tangerine silk dress was a little out-of-the-box but worked well on Máxima, brilliantly playing of Willem-Alexander’s crisp white tropical dress military uniform.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.

The Countess of Wessex topped her sleek slate grey pleated sheath dress with an exuberant hat. A large grey saucer, placed at a steep incline, the design’s focus was its trim- large sprays of cut feathers in varied shades of grey and finished with a sizable diamanté cluster on the outer side of the hat. The colour variation in the feather trim gave great depth and movement to the hat and while the overall look was monochrome, the sleek lines of the dress contrasted with the hat’s lavish trim to provide enough textural contrast that kept the look anything but flat.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Amanda Wakeley.

Princess Michael of Kent wore one of her characteristically wide brimmed hats, a finely woven white straw design with low crown and curved brim trimmed with an oversize beigey-blush silk rose under one side of the brim.  You’ll notice no seam at the base of this hat’s crown, its smooth lines flowing out to the brim, like a cloche. The seamless shape creates a downward front curve of the hat, pulling it down visually, and making me really wish the flower was above the brim in a more traditional placement to lift the look. As it is, almost touching Marie-Christine’s shoulder, the flower competes with her amazing necklace. Although, who, am I kidding, we’re all unable to divert our eyes from those sleeves.

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Princess Sara al Faisal of Jordan (second wife of Prince Faisal bin Hussein) brought some colour to this wedding’s fashion with a head to toe look in vibrant magenta. Her button percher, covered in what looks like the same silk as her dress and jacket, was trimmed with a large silk rose and deep burgundy curled cut feather. Different shades of deep pink in the rose trim gave the hat great dimension and saved the overall look from being one-note.

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While not in hats, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand and  Lalla Meryem of Morocco and her daughter, Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali, represented their respective countries in exquisitely beautiful national dress that deserves inclusion in our sartorial tour of this event.

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Well, what do you think, dearest readers? Which hats and ensembles stand out here are your favourites?

Jump to this post for an index of other royal hats that appeared at this wedding. 

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Inventory: Queen Máxima’s Yellow Hats

Queen Máxima celebrated her 49th birthday over the weekend, sharing a family recipe for an Argentine cookie. To accompany our best wishes for her, I thought it would be fun to take another dive into her closet. Yellow is not a colour the Dutch queen wears often but seemed a happy one for her birthday; here is a look at all of her yellow hats, in the order they have been introduced:

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne; unknown
Introduced: December 7, 2012; June 6, 2014; December 6, 2018

I’m not sure we’ve ever reached into a royal hat closet and pulled out three such similarly shaped hats that covered such different looks! While all brimless, these three could not be more different. My favourite is the third, that beautiful silk ikat print of the draped toque hat pairing so well with the structured funnel neck of the coordinating dress neckline.

What do you think of Queen Máxima’s yellow hats? Do you think she’ll follow this inventory with the acquisition of several new styles, as she did following our look at her green hats?!

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Dutch Monarchs At Remembrance Day

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended Dutch National Remembrance Day ceremony yesterday as they do every year on May 4. As in Denmark, the event took on particular poignancy with this also being the 75th anniversary of liberation and the visually arresting view of an empty Dam Square.

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For this event, Queen Máxima wore a simple black felt fedora hat with relaxed brim. The design is trimmed only with a ribbon hatband, and was anchored with a large pair of pearl hatpins.

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It’s a streamlined look for Queen Máxima that carries a sense of gravitas fitting to this event. Máxima always wears black for Remembrance Day and while I was initially surprised with the choice of a fedora, it provides a strong, streamlined millinery look for a somber event (perhaps more somber this year than others) where fashion simply needs not to be a primary focus. Jump over to the Dutch Monarchy page here to read King Willem-Alexander’s thoughtful speech. 


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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new. 

What do you think of Queen Máxima’s look, and her new hat, for Remembrance Day yesterday?

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Monday Multiples: Queen Máxima

We have seen Queen Máxima step out twice so far in a pleated fabric (likely silk crepe) Fabienne Delvigne turban. The hat, on its own, makes a significant style statement but, as always, this statement is impacted by the outfit it is paired with and Queen Máxima  has paired this turban with two very different ensembles:

Look #1: With a red caped dress worn March 20, 2015 on a visit to Germany

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Look #2: With an electric blue silk long sleeve blouse and white multicolour tiered skirt )reminiscent of a decorated Easter egg!) by Claes Iversen on an October 16, 2018 day visit to Zeeland. 

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Which ensemble do you think works best with this hat?

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Monday Multiples: Queen Máxima

In February, Queen Máxima repeated a tawny, muted burgundy Natan day dress with statement beret hat. This dress had previously been worn with a hat clearly made to pair with it, making me think that a second, closer look at these hats with this dress might be in order:

Look #1:  With a museline felt fedora by Fabienne Delvigne with relaxed brim and hatband in the same fabric as the dress worn with a statement necklace on January 31, 2019 to open a new exhibition at the Schunk Museum in Heerlen and on October 2, 2019 for the Sciencemakers Awards

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Look #2: With a pheasant feather covered beret with decidedly 1960s vibe (possibly a vintage hat from the royal archives?) of unknown design worn to a seminar on Indonesia and the Netherlands on February 18, 2020 in Amsterdam

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It’s interesting how Máxima has used texture in both ensembles- the necklace in the first, the hat in the second- to set them off. Lighting clearly also plays a part, the dress showing as more muted and brown-based in the second outing than the first (perhaps, also impacted by the hat with all the brown toned feathers). This leaves me curious, dearest readers, about which hat you prefer most with this frock

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