This Week’s Extras

On Thursday, Queen Máxima opened the world’s first 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam. She repeated a natural straw hat by Fabienne Delvigne with sharply raised slice brim.
Queen Margrethe in an artfully wrapped headscarves Friday in Fuglafjørður and yesterday in Vestmanna, both in the Faroe Islands
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Numerous stunning hats in this year’s Melbourne International Millinery Competition
Veiled scarlet percher lavishly trimmed with silk roses by Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Luminous gold straw hat with angular crown and black net trim by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Deep red dyed sinamay rolled lily headpiece with feathers by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Uniquely shaped natural straw hat with darling blush flowers around the crown by British milliner Ruth Ravenscroft
Australian milliner Melanie Athineros proves grey is far from boring with this dimensional, textured feather headpiece.

Wonderfully sleek red straw wide brimmed fedora with butterfly trim by British milliner Louise Pocock
Super cool and unique layered puffy silhouette on felt hats from Danish brand Andersen & Berner
The most classic braided straw summer hat in “vintage pink” by French brand Rose Cherie Paris
The loveliest denim blue straw beret with fun bow by Australian milliner Lauren J. Ritchie
Such lovely lace applique on this coral bandeau headpiece by Irish milliner Kate Betts
Fantastic texture on this trilby and pattern on this Garbo hat by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Adore the volume, shape and dramatic drape of this scarlet silk turban by Nigerian brand Hatabelles

 

Lovely portraits of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their daughters taken this week at their annual summer photocall at Huis Ten Bosch Palace
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If you’ve not seen this documentary on the Duchess of Kent, it’s worth a watch (there are some great hats!)

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Multiples: Queen Máxima

Three weeks ago, Queen Máxima repeated a gold straw hat with high, sidesweeping slice brim. So far, she has paired this “Bellisima” design by Fabienne Delvigne with three different ensembles:

Look #1: With a gold beaded gown by Jan Taminiau for Prinsjesdag on September 17, 2013

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Look #2: With a brown caped coat and lace dress, both by Claes Iversen worn March 20, 2018 for a Jordanian state visit and October 31, 2019 to present the Prix de Rome

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Look #3: With a Zimmerman gold floral and lace dress worn June 24, 2021 for the 75th anniversary of the EYE Film Museum

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Which ensemble do you think pairs best with this hat?

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Dutch Queen Celebrates Film Museum

Queen Máxima visited the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam yesterday to mark its 75th anniversary.

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For this event, she repeated her gold straw picture hat with sharply diagonally raised slice brim on one side.

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Its the first time Máxima has paired this hat with this gold floral and lace dress and the two pieces compliment well. While it’s a head-to-toe look in the same hue, the smooth lines of the hat provide lovely contrast to the more textural dress. I particularly love the whimsical note provided by the earrings (note their reversed purple and topaz stones!).

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Zimmerman. 
Previously Worn: Oct 31, 2019; Mar 20, 2018; Sep 17, 2013

What do you think of this look on Queen Máxima yesterday?

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Dutch Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Religious Ceremony

Last week, we looked back 20 years at the hats worn to Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien’s civil wedding on May 17, 2001. Today, we continue with their religious ceremony, held May 19, 2001 at St Jacobs Church in The Hague.

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Laurentien’s gown, made of radzimir silk, was designed by Edouard Vermeulen of the House of Natan (she and Constantijn resided in Brussels at the time so a Belgian designer wasn’t surprising or controversial). The bodice followed a straight boat neckline, modernized with a cowl-like fold.

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Three quarter length fitted sleeves opened to a dramatic pointed calla lily shape.

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The gown’s unique silhouette continued with a fitted empire waist, below which the skirt opened, as a coat, to reveal a column skirt beneath.

The coat’s train flowed to a length of 3.5 meters (12 feet) over which Laurentien wore a full length, layered silk tulle veil. Unfortunately, the veil obscured the deep V at the back of the dress, a design feature that beautifully balanced the gown’s high neck at the front. At the time, I thought it was beautifully modern and sleek gown, elegantly regal in scale and design.

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Laurentien anchored the veil with the diamond Laurel Wreath Tiara from the Dutch royal jewel collection. With her pearl and diamond drop earrings and voluminous veil, the tiara has just the right amount of sparkle, gravitas and height to complete this bridal look.

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Queen Beatrix topped a blush silk floral collared dress and variegated pastel woven coat with a wide brimmed rose straw hat. The hat featured a wide, round crown with straight sides and flat top and an upturned kettle brim, trimmed with a layered pink silk hatband and swath of tulle wrapped around the crown.

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Laurentien’s mother, Jantien Brinkhorst, wore a red straw hat with wide, sidesweeping brim. Notice the gentle brim pleats on the lower side.

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Máxima Zorreguita, who would marry Prince Willem-Alexander the following February wore a brimmed taupe straw hat. The brim’s binding and triple layered hatband looked to be in the same silver silk as her suit, linking the pieces together.

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We’ll look at hats worn by other members of the Dutch royal family and royal guests in tomorrow’s post. For now- what do you think of Laurentien’s bridal look, 20 years on?

Hats worn by royal guests and extended members of the Dutch royal family
Hats worn to the civil ceremony

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Carla of Bulgaria in a peach sinamay draped rose hat
Queen Máxima repeated a tan linen halo bandeau headpiece on Thursday
King Carl Gustaf and Princess Christina attended the opening of an exhibition on their grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta, along with Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria. There are some fantastic historical photos in the exhibition that include hats.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Incredible transformation in this remade straw bowler hat by Norwegian milliner Sigrid Modes
Such fun texture from the round petals covering this magenta bandeau by Australian milliner Wendy Diggles
Charming woven tutti fruitti straw boater by Scottish brand Scotch Bonnet Millinery
Moss green Panama straw fedora with black hatband by British brand Arts On Hats
Adore the silk applique on this slate blue cuffed design by Canadian milliner Jay Cheng
White straw cloche decorated with fascinating replica Dorset buttons by Australian milliner Jo Peterson
Gorgeous sheen on this lilac straw teardrop percher with ombre pleated fan by British milliner Sarah Blackmore
Vibrant yellow hysteresis loop shaped disc with feather starburst by British milliner Viv Jenner
Layered statement bandeau in black and natural straw with abstract rose by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald
Wonderful blush surprise beneath the extended brim on this cloche by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones Bryson
 Incredible statement brim, beautifully shown off with silk binding by Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind
Lovely ivory laurel leaf headdress with pearls by Australian milliner Sylvy Earl
Interesting use of flat navy flowers to add texture to this black straw hat by British milliner Naomi Uhlig
Charming ivory cloche with extended crin brim and blush twists by American milliner Maria Etkind
Fantastic short-brimmed boater covered in jeweled lace with flying bow by British milliner Ian Bennett

 

Lovely photos shared by Luxembourg’s royal house shared for Prince Felix’s 37th birthday this week
And finally, Swedish National Day greetings from Haga Palace and from Florida!

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