This Week’s Extras

King Willem-Alexander re-enacted his marriage proposal to Queen Máxima on the pond at Huis ten Bosch Palace, the couple in matching knit winter hats.
 The Swedish royal family in knit hats to cross country ski together
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful Valentine’s themed designs by Australian milliner Jill Humphries and Dutch milliner Berry Rutjes
Adore the plum and teal scheme on this button percher with silk abaca bow by British brand Camilla Rose Millinery
Watermelon pink beret percher with perfect bow by British milliner Awon Golding for Lock & Co.
 Amazing quilled black straw braid halo bandeau studded with pearls by Australian brand Zia Pazza Headwear
 Grey-blue felt bucket hat with whimsical faux fur brim by British milliner Laura James
Charming blush straw Tiffany hat with bow by German brand Atelier Hutgeflüster
Elegant camel felt beret percher with veil and two cafe au lait feathers by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Stunning headpiece of orange and red cascading silk leaves by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Pyramid hat in black and red checked buntal straw with black lace and tassel by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio​
Chic cream straw trilby with black hatband and brim binding by American milliner Jill Courtemanche
Lovely bandeau headpiece of oxblood feather flowers by German milliner Nicki Marquardt
Incredible feather work on this teardrop percher with wave in ombre blue by Australian milliner Jill Humphries


Fascinating story of a lost, found and restored couture gown worn by an American socialite who was briefly married to a Polish prince (Town and Country)
Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

The British royal family is growing! Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son arrived safely this week and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that a sibling is expected for Archie.


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Bourbon Parma Wedding Ten Years On: Family & Guests

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma celebrated their 10th anniversary last week. Yesterday we looked at the bride’s attire– today we look at hats worn by family and royal guests.

The groom’s mother, Princess Irene wore a statement pinwheel fascinator of purple feathers. Fascinators such as this one were still popular at the time (we’ll see several more at this wedding) and while this one was on-trend in terms of style and the colour was lovely, I think its scale overwhelmed Irene.

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Princess Margarita, who attended the bride and helped maneuver her 4 meter long train, topped and adorable red coat with a pleated bandeau headpiece trimmed with feathers on one side. The scale of the piece is lovely on her and just right for a head-to-toe ensemble in one colour- a bigger hat would have been too much. While bandeau headpieces are very popular today, this one was ahead of its time!

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Princess Carolina paired her stunning amethyst silk dress with a silvery grey straw fasciator studded with purple and grey feathers. As far as fascinators go, the crescent shape of this this one worked really well, not only to frame Carolina’s face but to give some presence to the piece. Both the shape and colour made the piece a great pairing for the dress, linking with the handpainted pattern on the skirt and complimenting, rather than competing with the cowl neckline. While fascinators such as these seem a bit dated now and the feather placement on this design isn’t perfect, ten years ago, I adored this look on Carolina.

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Queen Beatrix wore one of her signature oversize pillboxes, this one in the loveliest shade of slate blue. The hat paired beautifully with her both her blue jacquard silk dress and her fur-trimmed cape, the latter giving the most wonderful “ice queen” vibe, in the best possible way.

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Princess Máxima wore a simple black beret percher overlaid in pale grey and black net veil by Dutch milliner Irene Bussemaker. The veil is the star on this design, adding wonderful texture and softness to the otherwise stark piece. It’s not a showstopper hat for Máxima but, I suspect, that was the intent.

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Princess Laurentien topped another head-to-to red ensemble in a percher saucer hat trimmed in red guinea fowl feathers. While the numerous textures in this overall look might seem a bit much, they save it from being one note. I think the hat was a triumph, its scale so great on Laurentien (particularly with her characteristically sassy haircut) and the feathers a whimsical yet effective touch.

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Princess Mabel leaned into the fasciator trend with a large headpiece of black feathers. A decade of time since first seeing this outfit has not warmed me any more to it- while the fascinator linked with the coat and the top linked with the skirt and shoes, these two halves seemed at odds and the overall look just didn’t mesh.

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While Princess Margriet, Princess Annette and Princess Anita  did not wear hats, Princess Marilene topped her Valentino coat with a lilac crin bow fascinator studded with goose and coque feathers, net veiling and tulle. While the design was fine, I’ve always felt her lovely coat deserved a much more refined hat. Something wide brimmed in felt the same shade as the coat’s velvet bow would have been so much better.

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Princess Aimee wore a white fascinator of ruffled straw. I prefer the look of this fascinator, which almost reads as a cocktail hat, to the feather explosions seen on other heads here, but always felt it was too summery for a November wedding. Perhaps she had planned to wear it for the originally scheduled date in August? Either way, cocktail hats were popular ten years ago and I think something in navy felt would have made a better pairing.

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The final Dutch royal hat at this wedding was worn by Princess Christina. Her tangerine straw callot was studded with black and orange feathers. The hat’s link to the black, yellow, caramel and coral floral print on Christina’s coat is obvious yet still incongruous…  and too Halloween-y. I think a solid colour hat would have been the way to go here.

The only hat on a royal guest was this wonderful purple felt cloche worn by Countess Diane of Nassau, wife of Prince Jean of Luxembourg. The design appears to be trimmed with a pair of slim, layered hatbands and a ruffled side bow at the side with feathers. It’s a classic piece that was elevated by its unexpected, yet very effective pairing with Diane’s fuchsia frock.

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Looking back at past events is always an interesting glimpse at style trends at that time and this flashback is no exception. Which millinery looks have best stood the test of time? Which do you think are best left in the past?

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Dutch Queen Reopens Haarlem Museum

Queen Máxima was in Haarlem yesterday to open the renovated Museum of the Spirit. To visit this collection of 700 years of healthcare history and contemporary art, she repeated her charcoal felt brimmed hat with sharply upturned slice brim.

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It’s a great go-to look for the Dutch queen and the hat pairs well with this grey dress, leaving its statement ochre yellow lace overlay skirt as the star. This event is this hat’s 11th outing- an understandable statistic, given its neutral colour, but surprising to me nonetheless. I don’t feel the same saturation with this piece as I do with other frequently worn hats we see, perhaps thanks to the significant lengths of time in between each outing, the different ensembles it has topped or it’s streamlined design?

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: Oct 10, 2018; Feb 8, 2017; Feb 16, 2016Dec 8, 2015Mar 19, 2015Feb 17, 2015; Apr 5, 2014, Jan 30, 2014Oct 16, 2013Oct 5, 2013

What did you think of Queen Máxima’s grey hat on this occasion?

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Inventory: Queen Máxima’s Orange Hats

While orange is among the colours we see least on royal millinery, it’s wonderfully fitting that the queen of the House of Orange embraces wearing this hue. Here’s a peek into Queen Máxima’s closet at her orange hats, in order of introduction:

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Designer: both are Fabienne Delvigne 
First Worn: September 20, 2005; November 4, 2006

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; unknown
First Worn: March 1, 2007; October 24, 2007

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First Worn: November 5, 2009; November 2, 2011

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne; Bettina Thomas
First Worn: September 2, 2013; October 29, 2014May 20, 2015

I have heard Queen Máxima’s style described as bold, fearless, experimental and brave – descriptions that seem well deserved looking at this lineup of millinery. The restrained #5 is the only design here without some unique element, whether it be an unexpected brim fold, a quirky shape, or some vibrant plumage. This is what makes Máxima’s hats so fun to watch- there is an element of surprise in so many of them. It’s not always a successful surprise but it keeps us on our toes. I’m particularly excited about her recent hats from South African-based milliner Bettina Thomas, whose impeccably exectued bold shapes and trimmings suit Máxima so well. I certainly hope this collaboration continues.

What do you think of Queen Máxima’s collection of orange hats?

Photos from Mark CuthbertSandra MuBurak Kara, Raveendran/AFP, Andreas Rentz via Getty; Corbis; The Asahi Shimbun and via Getty

Monday Multiples: Queen Maxima Orange Slice

As Canadian readers enjoy Thanksgiving today, we’re looking at a seasonally-fitting hat in warm orange straw. Queen Máxima has paired this burnt sienna design with sidesweeping brim by Fabienne Delvigne with three ensembles so far:

Look #1: With a belted suede jacket and orange silk crepe gown worn for Prinsjesdag in The Hague on September 20, 2005

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Look #2: With the same suede jacket and multicoloured floral silk dress worn on April 30, 2006 in Stockholm for King Carl Gustaf’s 60th birthday celebration.

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Look #3: With a chocolate, cream, lime and orange silk twill striped dress by Jan Taminau worn October 17, 2019 in Kochi, India

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Which look do you think works best with this hat?

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