Prinsjesdag 2019

Members of the Dutch Royal family celebrated Prinsjesdag today, the start of a new session of Dutch parliament that takes place every year in The Hague on the third Tuesday of September.

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King Willem-Alexander, who addressed a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives, was joined in The Hague by Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien (along with this familiar cheerleader!). As per tradition, the women dressed in long gowns and hats according to the 18th century court dress code that remains in place for this event.

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Queen Máxima wore a domed beret hat with teardrop point in deep claret velvet felt. The brimless design is trimmed with a double knotted bow with rolled tails on the side.

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First up, the colour is absolutely divine on Máxima. I wasn’t initially on board with the hat’s uniquely domed shape but I’ve come around- the pearl encrusted collar/capelet on Máxima’s gorgeous gown (LOVE her in Timinau designs!) makes a strong statement that needed some millinery oomph to counterpoint. A flatter percher would have been too little and a brimmed hat, too much against that collar. The luxuriously sleek lines and texture of this hat enable it to stand on its own while linking so amazingly well with the dress (and THAT diamond and ruby stomacher!). It’s grand, regal and all kinds of glamour.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC933 from AW 2019. Gown by Jan Taminiau
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Laurentien also topped her gown, in pink textured lace with underlayer of sequinned metallic voille, with a teardrop- shaped hat. The pink sinamay percher base is formed with a gently curving raised edge that gives dimension to the design, which is completed with a mass of hibiscus blooms made of pink feathers. The hat pairs with the gown to create a beautifully coordinated look with layered, textural contrast to break up the single colour. It’s a more subtle look for Laurentien but one she wears very well.

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Designer: Eudia. Gown by Hardies Couture The Hague
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prinsjesdag always brings statement royal looks and this year is no different- what do you think of this pair of hats today in The Hague?

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Dutch Queen Celebrates Kids’ Support Program

Queen Máxima was in Utrecht yesterday to attend the 40th anniversary of the Child Phone support program. For this celebration, she repeated her black straw picture hat with sharply upsweeping ‘slice’ brim.

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There’s not much to say about this hat (it’s a black version of her go-to brimmed style and while we’ve now only seen it three times, it’s a very familiar style) but there is much to admire about its styling with this dress. On it’s own, the dress is fantastic and sets a perfect balance of contrasting pattern that could easily have been upset with the wrong accessories. The smooth curves of the hat works so well with the white background of the bodice and the whole ensemble is brought together with a dichotomy of classic pearls and killer patent heels. It’s SO GOOD.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Carolina Herrera.
Previously Worn: July 18, 2017; Nov 7, 2016

I’m a sucker for black and white ensembles and love the pairing of this hat and dress. What do you think?

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Dutch Queen Opens Eco Facility

Queen Máxima was in Beltrum today to officially open the Netherlands’ first green mineral plant which processes natural materials into organic fertilizer, soil conditioner and clean water. For this engagement, she repeated her with her large, natural straw picture hat with upswept brim.

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This workhorse hat is Máxima’s most worn piece of millinery (paired with eight different looks so far, including this textured dress) and it’s no surprise- it’s her signature shape in a neutral colour that goes with almost everything. The natural tones of this ensemble feel like a great pairing for today’s particular opening and while it’s not the vibrant tones we associate (and love!) on her, it’s a layered and polished neutral look.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: Sep 27, 2018;  Jun 21, 2018Oct 10, 2017Sep 20, 2016;  Aug 30, 2014May 24, 2014May 30, 2013Jan 24, 2013Jan 21, 2013Jul 2, 2011

This hat will be familiar to all of us- anything new you notice about it on today’s outing?

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Belgian and Dutch Monarchs Celebrate Anniversary of Liberation

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde joined King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in Terneuzen, Netherlands on Saturday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands in Zeeland.

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Queen Mathilde repeated her black calot overlaid in wide wrapping stripes of textured woven fabric that form a large, looping rosette motif on the side. We’ve seen it paired successfully with this black and white dress before, the two textural pieces combining to make an attractive, modern take on classic black and white.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Mar 22, 2019; Sep 24, 2018; July 14, 2018February 20, 2018

Queen Máxima repeated her fuchsia straw picture hat with sharply sidesweeping ‘slice’ brim.

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We’ve seen this hat several times before to greater success, I’m afraid, paired with more polished hairstyles and vibrant ensembles. In theory, I like the idea of a neutral ensemble with bright accessories but something about the styling of this particular ensemble feels a bit off balance- maybe it’s the front time on the skirt that’s throwing things off? What IS working for me is something I don’t usually comment about and that’s King Willem-Alexander’s very distinguished looking summer beard! Dapper, indeed.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: July 3, 2016;  April 13, 2016April 27, 2015

We’ve seen both these hats before- what do you think of their outings over the weekend?

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Monday Multiples: Queen Máxima

We’re going to take a quick series detour today into Queen Máxima’s closet. Jimbo’s posts will return next week!

Today we’re going to look at the three neutral hued hats that Queen Máxima has paired with her Natan emerald silk suit:

Look #1: With a beigey-pink ruched calot hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn September 14, 2014 

Look #2: With a golden-wheat straw Fabienne Delvigne slice hat worn June 18, 2016 

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Look #3: Almond straw cloche with side feather spray by Fabienne Delvigne worn May 28, 2019

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Which hat do you prefer most with this suit?

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Dutch Queen Opens Exhibition

Queen Máxima was in Rotterdam this morning to open a children’s exhibition in the Wereld Museum (World Museum). For this event, she repeated a picture hat in transparent wheat gold straw with tall, sidesweeping ‘slice’ brim, simply trimmed with a cuffed hatband in the same straw.

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The neutral hat is a good counterpoint for the vibrant green dress and the combined look is light and summery. I mentioned skin tone yesterday and how that contributes to the success of a hat- the warm colour of this hat works better on Queen Máxima than this new hat she recently debuted in cool grey, don’t you think?

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn:  June 18, 2016; June 2, 2015May 29, 2015September 5, 2013June 3, 2013

We’ve not seen this hat in a few years- what do you think of it today?

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Dutch Queen Opens Technical College

Queen Máxima attended the official opening of computer coding college ‘Codam’ in Amsterdam this morning in her warm brown straw picture hat with high upswept brim.

The warm tones of Queen Máxima’s complexion work so well with warm colours such as the brown in this hat and the apricot of this dress. We don’t talk enough here about hat colours flattering skin tones but I think it’s a factor that plays significant part in a hat working well on a particular person.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Oscar de la Renta.
Previously Worn: May 25, 2018;  Feb 18, 2017; Nov 28, 2016Nov 1, 2016; Sep 14, 2016; Jun 2, 2016; Apr 21, 2016Mar 10, 2016

What do you think of this hat on Queen Máxima today?

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