Chapeaux! The hats of Queen Beatrix

During her reign from 1980 to 2013, Queen Beatrix wore hats to hundreds of special occasions: during countless state visits, receptions, exhibition openings, award ceremonies, the official openings of the Dutch parliament and on each annual Queen’s Day. The many hats created a recognisable and familiar image for the monarch and became part of her ‘representational work outfit’. A great number of these renowned hats (111 of them) are now on exhibit at ‘Chapeaux! The Hats of Queen Beatrix’ in Paleis het Loo (‘Loo Palace’) in Apeldoorn.


Designed by Maarten Spruyt and Tsur Reshef, and realised in close collaboration with the Royal Collections of the Netherlands in The Hague, the exhibition features creations by milliners such as Harry Scheltens (who designed for the Queen for 30 years), Emy Bloemheuvel and Suzanne Moulijn. The hats are combined with pictures of the occasions on which they were worn. However, the hat is never an isolated accessory, but is always chosen, designed and coloured in combination with the rest of the outfit – frequently in close consultation with the queen. The hats show a surprisingly wide range of possibilities in colour, material, decoration and a creative play between line and shape. Watch the MuseumTV video to get a taste of what you can expect.


Besides harbouring the exhibition ‘Chapeaux! The hats of Queen Beatrix’, the Paleis het Loo in itself is a ‘must-see’ too. Since 1984, this former Royal Palace has been opened for the public after thorough renovations. You can admire furnished rooms and halls that reflect how the Oranges lived and worked 300 years ago. You can also wander through the symmetrical baroque gardens that were built along 17th-century lines – there’s nothing quite like it in the Netherlands.


So make sure to see the Paleis het Loo and its exhibition ‘Chapeaux! The hats of Queen Beatrix’ for yourself!

Due to success the exhibition is prolonged till the 29 October 2017!


Museum informatie

Paleis Het Loo
Koninklijk Park 1

[email protected]


Maandag Gesloten


Adults (from 13 years)€8.50
4 to 12 years old€3.00
Family price (2 adults + 4 kids)€21.00
0 to 3 years old Gratis

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