Begian Royal Family attend Remembrance Mass

Members of the Belgian Royal Family attended an annual Mass at Église Notre-Dame in Laeken, Belgium today to commemorate the lives of deceased Royal Family members.  Queen Paola led the group with a textured brown beret. I love Paola but this informal hat worn with her formal fur-trimmed coat just didn’t work for me.

Queen Paola | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Paola | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Mathilde repeated a grey wool vagabond-style hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne she first wore for King’s Day celebrations back on November 15, 2011. I LOVE this super chic hat on her!

Princess Mathilde | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Mathilde | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Mathilde | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Astrid and Princess Léa (wife of King Albert’s late step-brother Prince Alexander) were both in wool fedoras with slightly enlarged brims. I’m not usually a fedora fan but with their fur trimmed coats, these two princesses looked very chic as well. We have not see Princess Léa much since the death of her husband in 2009 and it’s wonderful to see her looking so well. Princes Marie Esmerelda (younger step-sister of King Albert) was also in attendance in a simple black wool hat with upturned brim.

Princess Astrid | The Royal Hats Blog

  Princess Léa | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Marie Esmerelda | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Claire did not attend this event- we’ll likely see her (and the rest of the family) at National Day celebrations on July 21. I also expect we’ll see a hat or two during Prince Phillippe and Princess Mathilde’s visit to Thailand in mid March.

What did you think of the Belgian royal hats today? Which one was your favourite?

Photos from Photonews (via Getty Images), Royal Press Europe, Corbis and PPE

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4 thoughts on “Begian Royal Family attend Remembrance Mass

  1. Upon taking a closer look I believe Queen Paola is wearing a brown velvet beret which would match her fur lined brown velvet coat that appears black in the second photo. I have seen the Duchess of Cambridge wear this style and it looked stunning on her.

    Princess Mathilde’s grey felt hat worn with the geometric patterned grey and black coat is truly wonderful. I also thought Princess Astrid (?) with her camel coat, brown fox stole and darker brown felt fedora has great style too.

  2. I’m sorry, but I find all of these hats totally inappropriate for attending a Remembrance mass. Most of them look like they belong on a western-themed photo shoot.

  3. I think Queen Paola’s hat was quite nice. The other ones were all awful (except the last one). Mathilde looks like a cowgirl.

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