Who Wore It Best: February Poll Results

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In this month’s poll we squared off two saddle hats topped with ribbon trim by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne. The winner, by a landslide, is:

Queen Mathilde, October 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde visiting Namur during her and King Philipe’s inaugural tour of Belgium, October 2, 2013

Stay tuned later today for the next poll!

Photos from Mark Cuthbert via Getty and Abaca via PurePeople

Belgian Sovereigns Visit Italy

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium paid a one day official visit to Rome yesterday. For this visit, the final stage of a tour to the founding countries of the European Union, Queen Mathilde wore another new hat. This calot, worn off to the side of her head, was covered in the same fabric as her Armani coat and featured a wide twisted ribbon tail. This hat did not work for me- I think the same fabric on the hat and coat was just too much and the twisted ribbon ended up looking like an oddly placed lightening bolt. What did you think of this hat?

Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

 

Designer: unconfirmed. My guess is Philip Treacy (see this pair of very similar designs)

Photos from Belga via Nieuwsblad; Belga via La Gazette; and Giorgio Cosulich  and Giorgio Cosulich via Zimbio

 

Belgian Royals Attend Memorial Mass

Members of the Belgian Royal Family attended an annual Mass at Église Notre-Dame in Laeken, Belgium yesterday to commemorate the lives of deceased Royal Family members. Queen Mathilde wore a new chocolate brown felt calot style hat with a large spray of leaves on the side. This is not a colour we have seen her wear very often and I thought it was a great millinery look for her

Queen Mathilde, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unconfirmed. Likely Fabienne Delvigne

Queen Paola wore a tall classic black rounded pillbox hat. The way she wore this new hat, back on the crown of her head, allowed her white hair to create the most marvelous contrast with the hat and I thought she looked very, very chic.

Queen Paola, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princes Marie Esmerelda (younger half-sister of King Albert) wore a wide navy blue fabric headband was trimmed with a large medallion on the side. I suppose I like it, although I would have love it if it had been a full-blown pillbox hat. Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (niece of King Albert, the daughter of his sister Grand Duchess Josephine of Luxembourg) wore what looked to be a sedate, flat black pillbox.

Princess Marie Esmerelda, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Margaretha, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Léa (wife of King Albert’s late half-brother Prince Alexander) wore a wide headband in light brown fur. I am not usually a fan of headbands of any type but I must admit that this one, paired with a matching wrap and Léa’s flowing blonde hair, was ski-bunny glamour at its best.

Princess Léa, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Léa, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Which one of these royal hats was your favourite? You might want to compare the hats worn at this same event last year.

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press

Belgian Royal Couple Visit Germany

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived  in Berlin this morning for an official one-day visit to Germany. Queen Mathilde debuted a new hat – a beret/cap wrapped in pleated red fabric and trimmed with a stylized loop bow. Sometimes, Mathilde’s monochrome ensembles seem overly matched but the mix of textures in this one really made it work. On it’s own, this hat is not one of my favourites but it complimented her dress and suit quite nicely. What do you think?

Queen Mathilde, February 17, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, February 17, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, February 17, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, February 17, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, February 17, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Photos from Belga via LaVenir and Sean Gallup via Zimbio

Belgian Royal Couple Visits France

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium paid a one day official visit to France today. Queen Mathilde topped her new 1950s sillouetted pink coat with a simple calot hat (also new). The star of this outfit is the bow on the coat and the unembellished hat balanced the whole ensemble. The look is classic and elegant, although a little sweet for my taste. If given the choice, I would have preferred the wow factor on the hat but the whole outfit works well, don’t you think?

Queen Mathilde, February 6, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, February 6, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, February 6, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Dior

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press and Belga via LaVenir

Who Wore It Best: February 2014 Poll

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Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne designed a saddle hat topped with ribbon trim that we have seen on two royal heads- Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore a straw version in bubblegum pink while Queen Mathilde wore a wool version in terra cotta. As the ribbon trim on Princess Victoria’s hat formed a stylized heart, I thought this would be an interesting poll for Valentine’s Day. The question remains, Who Wore It Best?

Crown Princess Victoria, April 15, 2008 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hat BlogCrown Princes Victoria welcoming the Luxembourg Royal Family on state visit to Sweden, April 15, 2008

Queen Mathilde, October 2, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hat BlogQueen Mathilde visiting Namur during her and King Philipe’s inaugural tour of Belgium, October 2, 2013

This poll will remain open until February 15 and as always, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish.

Photos from Mark Cuthbert via Getty and Abaca via PurePeople

Who Wore It Best: January Poll Results

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In the midst of royal birthday posts and a busy week of royal hats, I realized today that I had completely forgotten to close our second January poll. The winner in this pair of Fabienne Delvigne velvet headpieces, by the largest margin in the history of this blog is:

Queen Máxima, April 17, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima! Stay tuned later today for a special, Valentines themed poll.

Photos from Mark Renders via Zimbio; Dutch Photo Press and Dutch Photo Press

Birthday of Queen Mathilde

A Birthday4Queen Mathilde of Belgium celebrated her 41st birthday yesterday. In the past year, she has emerged as one of the most interesting royal hat wearers and claimed top spot in our favourite hats of 2013. Choosing a hat for Mathilde was difficult but I have selected the “Carmen” bubblegum pink straw hat with open, curved lattice brim from British Milliner Rachel Black’s SS 2014 collection. Pink is a great colour for this Queen and she has rocked many an interesting hat shape in the past (see 40 of her past hats from her 40th birthday a year ago). I think this hat would be perfect for her.

Rachel Black Millinery

Please share your millinery suggestions for Queen Mathilde in the comments. Let’s please respect the work of these marvelous milliners by crediting designers whenever possible.

Photo from Rachel Black Millinery

 

Who Wore It Best: January 2014 Poll

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When two young, fashionable queens share the same hat designer, there are bound to be a few millinery repeats. One of the more interesting repeated designs we have seen from Fabienne Delvigne is this velvet headpiece- Queen Máxima wore it in grey while Queen Mathilde wore it in red. Who do you think wore it best?

Queen Máxima, April 17, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, April 17, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog

Crown Princess Máxima during a state visit from the Turkish President, April 17, 2012 

Queen Mathilde,November 15, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde,November 15, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog

Crown Princess Mathilde at the King’s Day Te Deum, November 15, 2012 

The poll will remain open until midnight GMT on January 30, 2014 and we will celebrate the winner the next morning. You are again welcome to vote as many times as you wish.

Photos from Mark Renders via Zimbio; Dutch Photo Press and Dutch Photo Press

Who Wore it Best: December Poll Results

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The very last bit of business from 2013 we need to attend to is unveiling the result from our last poll. The clear winner of the black fur Russian-style hat was

Archduchess Kathleen, Dec. 29, 2012  | The Royal Hats Blog

Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, Dec. 29, 2012  

The Austrian royal ladies captured the top two spots in this poll with Princess Beatrix not far behind in third place. Stay tuned later today for the first poll of 2014!

 Photos from PurePeople; Princess Diana Fan Blog; UK Press via Getty; Hoy.es; Samir Hussein via Getty; Christophe Karaba via Corbis; Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio; and PurePeople