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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Dutch Queen Spends Day In Rotterdam

Queen Máxima was in Rotterdam this morning for a series of events that included opening an exhibition at the Tax museum and visiting a stable that offers therapeutic riding. For this day out, she wore a new hat in pale grey straw with sidesweeping brim, finished with a monochrome straw hatband and slim bow at the back

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The hat’s brim follows a less sharply upfolded angle than Máxima’s signature ‘slice hats and its this shape variation that leaves me a bit torn. From some angles, it’s good but from others, the brim shape is a bit awkward.

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I hate to be a broken record here but the photo below also suggests some very uneven finishing on the hat’s brim. I like the scale and the bow at the back is a nice touch but the colour leaves me a bit bored. Of course, even Queen Máxima needs hats in neutral hues and while this one pairs beautifully with her dress, I’m less certain that this colour is a great one on her.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think, dearest readers? Am I being overly harsh about this new hat?

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This Week’s Extras

Here are some of the royal hats we missed during Ascot- we’ll look at the hats worn today for National Day in Luxembourg in a separate post, later tomorrow.

Last Sunday, Queen Margrethe attended a church service in Tallin, Estonia, in the jaunty boater hat with navy textured fabric crown and cream straw brim by Mathilde Thoe Førster she debuted last month. Love the jaunty angle!
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Efter Valdemar Sejrs erobring af det nuværende Tallinn i 1219 byggede kongens mænd en trækirke i byen på Toompeahøjen. Ti år senere erstattede danske munke fra Ribe kirken med en mere robust bygning i sten, som i dag er Tallinns Domkirke. Det var således 800-året for Domkirkens oprindelse, der i dag blev fejret med en festgudstjeneste, hvor H.M. Dronningen var til stede. Gudstjenesten var i dagens anledning både på dansk og estisk, ligesom Det Danske Drengekor og Københavns Kantatekor sang salmer undervejs. For nogle uger siden skænkede Danmarkssamfundet et dannebrogsflag til Domkirken, som får en permanent placering i kirkerummet. Inden dagens gudstjeneste afslørede Dronningen en mindeplade i kirken for Dronningens deltagelse i festgudstjenesten. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix ©️

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On Monday, June 17, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the 109th Japan Academy Prize ceremony in Taito. Empress Masako wore a white hat with short brim and wide hatband embellished with the same decorative braid as is on the lapels of her matching jacket. Interestingly, the hatband has been turned upside down since its last outing. The Akishino family joined the emperor and empress to host a tea party at the Imperial Palace for prize winners. Crown Princess Kiko and Princess Mako repeated aqua and white bumper hats while and Princess Kako repeated a blue silk covered bowler with bow on the side


On Wednesday (the day after her spectacular debut at Ascot), Queen Máxima officially opened the renovated Military Hospital in Utrecht. She repeated her raspberry straw picture hat with mushroom brim by Fabienne Delvigne.
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Queen Margrethe in a white floppy sun hat on Wednesday to watch the Danish army’s 2nd brigade in Oksbøl go through exercises before the departing to Iraq.
The Duchess of York in a colorful, feathered Jess Collett bandeau while in Italy this week
Princess Hisako attended the Japanese National Wheelchair Twin Basketball Championship yesterday in a repeated cafe au laid hued straw hat with triple layered, twisted hatband
Queen Elizabeth attended The Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club today in a repeated magenta hat by Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren.
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It’s already Monday in Japan- on this day, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend the Japan Art Academy award ceremony in Tokyo. The Empress is looking so polished these days- today she topped a beautifully tailored ice blue suit with a matching short brimmed hat with multi layered silk organza hatband.
We saw a number rather unattractive and unflattering felt top hats at Royal Ascot this week. Since the silk used to make the gleaming antique top hats we all admire (thanks ChicagoChuck!) is no longer produced, what do you think of Stephen Jones’ summery, sustainable and smartly stylish alternative in straw?! This is a hat that greatly intrigues me.

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Royal Ascot Day 1: Dutch Monarchs

I’m delighted to welcome milliner Jay Cheng, creator of Jaycow Millinery, to chat about today’s royal hats at Royal Ascot.

Queen Máxima wore a dusky pink straw sidesweeping saucer hat with all visible surfaces embellished by flowers made of trimmed coque feathers in paler shades of beigey-blush pink, with pearl bead centers. Straw loops circling around the saucer, under the feather flowers, complete it.

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Royal Hats: Many of us have been waiting years for Queen Máxima to make her Ascot début and she did so in a statement hat!

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Jay Cheng: This is a fabulous first début for Queen Maxima. She’s looking stunning in the beautiful soft pinkish salmon color disk hat! Perfect match for her light flowy organza dress. Feather flowers are certainly a labour of love . Each feather is cut and made into petals to form the three dimensional floral trim. Just stunning workmanship.

I don’t think the hat works in all angles.The side profile photos are great but the front ones, we can’t see Queen Maxima’s face. Even without showing part of her face, the hat is still captivating and the total look is fabulous with those gloves and the nude color heels!

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Royal Hats: This hat is all about those beautifully constructed feather flowers- SO fabulous and surprisingly multi-dimensional in this tawny, salmon pink (great colour description, Jay!) The colour slightly tempers the fantasy of this hat and links it to the summery but fairly sedate silk organza dress- I agree that the two pieces pair surprisingly well together. Yes, the hat it’s a lot of look and no, we can’t see Maxima’s face from all angles but it’s light, pretty, whimsical, feminine, unique and great fun- ideal elements of an Ascot hat!

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Designer: Berry Rutjes. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

King Willem-Alexander wore a black felt hat and the Duke of York, who completed the first carriage, repeated his black silk top hat. Seeing the two side-by-side makes me wonder if the Dutch king’s hat could have been a bit taller?

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What do you think of Queen Máxima’s new hat today?

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Order Of The Garter 2019

Founded by Edward III in 1348, The Order of the Garter is the senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry awarded at the Sovereign’s pleasure as a personal gift. Twenty four recipients of the order, known each as a Knight or Lady,  meet each year for a grand ceremony held int St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on the Monday before Royal Ascot begins.

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Members of the Garter wear elaborate robes and accessories for the Garter Service including a special hat. The hat, in the style of a Tudor bonnet, is made of black velvet with a voluminous, unstructured crown and flat brim. It is trimmed with the order insignia, white ostrich and black heron feathers, and slim cord wrapped around the base of the crown that extends to a pair of gold and royal blue tassels hanging down the side. British royal family members belonging to the order include Queen Elizabeth, who is Sovereign of the Garter, The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Princess Royal, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. The Duke of Edinburgh, who is also a member, did not attend the service today.

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King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and King Philippe of Spain were appointed as Supernumerary Knights of the Garter during state visits to the UK in 2018 and 2017; their attendance at today’s ceremony saw them officially installed in these roles and they wore the full garter regalia.

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Queen Máxima wore a tall, verical saucer hat in dusky pink straw trimmed with a mass of silk flowers and curling pheasant feathers on the underside of the raised brim.

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It’s a great look for the Dutch Queen. I really the slightly darker shade of pink on the hat and adore how its lines and lush trimming play so well off Máxima’s sleek caped coat dress- the pairing of the two items is fantastic. I’d like, however to change two things about the hat- first is the angle of placement on the head (tilt the top edge down a bit so it sweeps slightly more diagonally that so vertical) and the second is to tidy up the brim binding edge. Tweak these two things and a great hat would become a complete knockout.

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Designer: unconfirmed. My guess is Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Claes Iversen.
Previously Worn: This hat is new. Some suggest it is a reworked version of this Prinsjesdag hat but the straw bases are different shapes and colours.

Queen Letizia wore a kokoshnik-style bandeau headpiece in formed black straw, trimmed with black feathers and veil. It’s the first headpiece in this style we’ve seen on the Spanish queen and it suits her petite frame so well (not leaving the hat looking like it’s wearing her, as unfortunately is often the case). With her black and white printed dress, the headpiece tops an elegant ensemble that’s fantastic on Letizia.

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Designer: It is the “Black Peony” design from Spanish brand Cherubina
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated a hat in almond straw with off-center, peaked crown and side sweeping brim. A beaded straw hatband and side twists studded with ecru silk flowers complete the design. The beaded embellishment on the hatband and side twists add a subtle but welcome bit of sparkle to the design and while the colour is quiet, the scale and style make a great signature look for Camilla.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: June 19, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge repeated a black sinamay hat with upturned flyaway brim in windowpane lattice straw, trimmed with a curled black an ostrich feather. The brim shape on this piece gives the design a wonderfully light and airy feel and the hat was beautifully paired with Kate’s white coat dress with black trim.

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Designer: Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. It is the Lion Tamer design. Coat dress by Catherine Walker.
Previously Worn: July 1, 2016June 11, 2011

The Countess of Wessex repeated her natural straw saucer hat with lattice open woven brim  trimmed with a large coral feathers and tan twists. The hat’s shape, reminiscent of Dior hats in the 1950s, pairs so well with her full skirted ensemble. Bright coral is not an easy hue to wear and this ensemble is beautifully balanced between the vibrant skirt and the hat’s feathers.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: May 15, 2018 (it was also your favourite repeated royal hat in 2018!);  Oct 5, 2017June 20, 2017 i

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her slate grey straw veiled pillbox hat. It’s a quietly classic design we’ve seen on Brigitte more than a few times but one she wears well.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 18, 2018May 19, 2018Jun 17, 2017Jun 1, 2017Jul 1, 2016Jun 12, 2016Jun 10, 2016

Zenouska Mowatt, on the far left below, topped her blue and yellow patterned dress with a navy straw bandeau. The bandeau’s wide curving base is trimmed with silk flowers and leaves on the right side.

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Designer: I suspect it’s the “Catherine in Midnight‘ by Laura Cathcart
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

The Order of the Garter service this year brought us a wonderful parade of hats to kick off Ascot week with a fanfare. What do you think of these hats in Windsor today? Which designs stand out most to you?

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Dutch Monarchs Wrap Up Irish Visit

The Dutch State visit to Ireland continued its third and final day today with visits in Cork, Cobh and Camden Fort Meagher. For today’s program, Queen Máxima repeated her wrapped calot hat in pale beigey-pink natural fibres.

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Even though we’ve not seen this design on Máxima in nearly five years, there’s not much new to say about it. The calot shape frames her face nicely and the colour of the hat matches nicely with this ensemble, but the wrapped look of the hat, which I suspect is supposed to come across as free form and artistic, is simply messy. Máxima wears saturated and jewel tones so well, this ensemble compares in comparison to countless other looks that simply suit her better. Let’s hope she’s got something spectacular in her suitcase for the Order of the Garter service on Monday.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 14, 2014; September 13, 2013May 24, 2013January 21, 2013April 29, 2011

We’ve not seen this calot in a while- what do you think about it’s outing in Ireland today?

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