Queen Máxima was in Steenbergen this morning to officially open an elderly care house. For this engagement, she reached back in her hat closet for a tall-crowned, ecru straw cloche that hasn’t been seen in over a decade.
This design, with it’s lively spray of feathers on the side and slim hatband, has much to admire- it’s well constructed with a very finely woven straw and those feathers add great energy to the design. We’ve seen Queen Máxima in just a few cloche hats, I think, for good reason- the classic shape simply does not suit her well and the slightly stretched proportions on this design, while interesting, don’t help. Shape issues aside, I have great admiration for royals who style decade-old hats into current ensembles and this neutral hat pairs well with Máxima’s green silk suit.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Suit by Natan. Previously Worn: April 4, 2006
Queen Máxima experimented with a handful of cloche shapes in the mid 2000s that we don’t see her wear much any more. Such experimentation is a necessary step (particularly for women marrying into royal families who haven’t worn many hats in their private lives) and I imagine this led her to the calot, turban and toque shapes that have become a signature look. What do you think of this cloche on Queen Máxima today?
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their visit to Germany in Potsdam yesterday with a program of engagements which included a visit with Prime Minister Dietmar Woudke and stops at the Großer Refraktor telescope, film and media city at Babelsberg, and Schloss Sanssouci, neo-classical summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (and the German rival of Versaille!). For these events, Queen Máxima repeated her large picture hat in pale, dusky pink straw with dramatic, upswept ‘slice’ brim, simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband in the same colour, tied in a bow at the side.
This is such a familiar and successful millinery look for Máxima, it’s hard to believe this is just this hat’s fourth public outing. And herein lies my only, small quibble with this hat- if you scroll through the photo galleries, you’ll see a slight crease in the hat’s brim, just above Máxima’s left ear. A bit of steam would likely smooth this out and restore the brim to the perfectly sweeping curve we know and appreciate it to be.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their visit to Germany yesday with stops at Foreign Operations Command near Berlin, a shipyard in Rostock, and a cultural market center in Bollewick. For these events, the Dutch queen repeated her textured natural straw pyramid shaped hat which is simply trimmed with a slim silk bow on the side of the hat in the same golden wheat shade as the straw.
In searching for something good to say, I might remark that it’s great to see Máxima depart from her usual go-to calots and sidesweeping ‘slice’ brimmed hats or that the warm brown colour contrasts well with her dark jacket. However- there’s no escaping the visible reality that there are issues (again) with the construction of this hat. While I strive to be fair in critiques here, we can all see how the inside of this hat is messily finished. From a milliner who loudly touts herself as doing couture work, I find this absolutely unacceptable.
Our weekly “Extras” posts show countless pieces of millinery that are beautifully designed and impeccably finished from milliners who never see any of their work worn on a royal head. When I think about those hats and place them beside this one… well, I have no words. The Dutch queen, quite simply, should be wearing millinery of a higher standard.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region of Germany yesterday for a three-day visit. For this arrival, Queen Máxima repeated her black double bandeau padded headpiece covered in black silk.
Bandeau headpieces are at the height of current millinery fashion these days and through this lens, this headpiece seems more stylish than we’ve given it credit for being in the past. The ensemble is also a great pairing with the headpiece taking a secondary, complimentary role to the patterned skirt and vibrant top- it’s a great look for the Dutch queen.
The Dutch king and queen were in The Hague today to commemorate 100 years of general election law and voting rights. For this event, Queen Máxima repeated her natural straw hat with oversize brim. The flexible brim was placed, on this outing, in a tall, dramatic sidesweep on one side.
We’ve seen this hat numerous times- the only new view today is from behind, which shows the caramel Petersham ribbon hatband. It’s a versatile design that Queen Máxima wears well, although I wasn’t keen on the pairing of warm, toasty brown hat with cooler, pinky brown dress. The pieces are good on their own but together? Not so much.
Queen Máxima opened the new Feadship shipyard in the port of Amsterdam this morning, an event that is part of the 170th anniversary celebration of the Royal Van Lent Shipyard. She repeated her straw picture hat with upswept ‘slice’ brim in muted leaf green.
On this hat’s first outing, we discussed, at length and excellent detail, this hat’s construction faults- issues, unfortunately, that are unchanged here. It’s a shame- the brim of this hat could be so fantastic had it been cut and finished differently.
Have a lovely Sunday- I’ll be back first thing tomorrow for focused coverage and discussion on hats worn for the Romanian national holiday and look at two (one new!) designs worn by Queen Elizabeth over the weekend at the Windsor Horse Show.
Later on May 7th, Empress Masako joined her husband at the Imperial Palace where they rehearsed for their first court ritual scheduled for the next day. The emperor and empress left together around 7pm. 📸 FNN, Jiji, Sankei pic.twitter.com/kKx1M9zzlo
Infanta Elena donned a neutral straw fedora to watch her daughter, Victoria de Marichalar, open the Seville Fair in a traditional Spanish mantilla with tall peineta comb (see more photos and video here). And 20 years after meeting at this event, the Dutch King and Queen returned this week along with their three daughters… and a quartet of wonderfully vibrant floral headpieces.
Queen Margrethe unveiled a new statue of Denmark’s longest reigning monarch King Christian IV (1577 – 1648) in Copenhagen yesterday. She repeated a hat with ecru straw crown and grey straw double brim for the event.