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PrinsjesHatwalk (Prince’s Hat Walk)

PrinsjesHatwalk (Prince’s Hat Walk)

Sep 15, 2018
3pm until 4pm
Het Plein
The Hague
Free

The PrinsjesHatwalk (Prince’s Hat Walk) is an afternoon of stylish hats in the royal city of The Hague in the lead up to Prince’s Day, bringing together designers, politicians and the general public.

Vision, fashion and tradition

The Dutch royals are celebrated in the Prince's Festival in The Hague, a splendiferous event to mark the new parliamentary season.

Artistic vision, haute couture and royal tradition melt together beautifully in this fashion show centred around hats. Numerous high-end hat designers compete for the Prince’s Hat Prize (Prinsenhoedenprijs), including design students and up-and-coming professional designers. The designs of established hat makers are also on show.

Dutch politicians in style

And who are the people wearing the hats? Dutch politicians and their partners and spouses and other prominent stylish members of Dutch society. With opulent hats on show in The Hague, culminating in the presentation of the award for the winning hat, this is an sublime sight to behold.

The hats are judged by a highly esteemed five-person jury to determine which winner is presented with the Prinsenhoedenprijs. Six design students show their hats, as well as a handful of designers who have already begun their own collection along with established hat makers who give a fashion show of hats on the PrinsjesMarkt.

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Prince's Hat Walk at a new location

The hat walk has a brand-new location – the Plein right in the city centre, and it’s free for spectators. The dashing hats are displayed during the contest to see who the winner will be and this spectacle shows the high standards of hat design and exclusive style in the range of hats among Dutch politicians and their partners. 

A Hat Walk for all walks of life

Earlier on in the day, another type of hat walk takes place, for all the family. From 1.15pm until right before the main hat event, you can participate in the first ever edition of The Hague Hat Walk. The Hague Hat Walk starts on the Plein and finishes there, just in time so that you can be a spectator at the Prince's Hat Walk. 

Photos ©Remco den Arend