King Philippe, Queen Mathilde accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan and their guests made a visit to car manufacturer Volvo Cars in Gent today. For this second day of the Chinese state visit, Queen Mathilde repeated her open-topped red picture hat with large bow on the side. While it is one of my least favourite style of hats, I must concede that Mathilde looked striking and elegant in it on this occasion. Frankly, I’m not sure I will ever come around to liking these convertible hats but I think Mathilde’s today’s outfit made me see their purpose- if this hat had a closed crown, this ensemble would become a visually jarring,oversize sea of red. I suspect the lack of crown on this hat helps this whole outfit retain its elegance…. a statement I never thought I would write (on today, of all days!). On that bombshell, I turn it over to you, dear readers, to inquire what you think of this breezy red hat?