Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family gathered today in the Cathedral Saints Michel et Gudule to bid farewell to Queen Fabiola. For this funeral, Queen Mathilde wore a new black fabric-covered headpiece that circled her head.

Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Paola wore a delicate veil in black Brussels lace.

Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid wore a headband trimmed with a stacked, double silk bow topped with a swath of dotted net tulle.

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Princess Maria Laura wre a wide black felt headband while archduchess Elisabetta, wife of Prince Amadeo, wore a small black pillbox hat with rounded crown and grosgrain ribbon trim around the hat. Princess Luisa Maria was the only grandchild of King Albert and Queen Paola who did not attend the funeral (presumably, she was not able to leave her studies in England).

Princess Maria Laura, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Elisabetta, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire wore a charcoal grey hat which was simply trimmed with a wide ribbon around the crown. The flat brim of this hat was slightly upturned around the edge and the straight sided crown was gently domed at the top.

Princess Claire, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Louise wore her first hat for this important family event. Her mottled grey felt cloche was trimmed with a petite bow at the back.

Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Léa, widow of King Albert’s late half-brother Prince Alexander, wore a beautiful black lace veil. Princes Marie-Esméralda (younger half-sister of King Albert) wore a Victorian inspired black hat with net tulle trim. The back of the hat, which folded upward, was trimmed with several black satin bows.

Princess Léa and Princes Marie-Esméralda, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see hats worn by royal cousins from Luxembourg and Liechtenstein at this post and hats worn by representatives of other royal houses at this post.

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkOlivier PoletPool/Luc ClaessenPatrick van Katwijk, Christophe Licoppe, Pool/Luc Claessen, Didier Lebrun, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van KatwijkDidier Lebrun, Christophe LicoppePieter Jan Vanstockstraeten, Didier Lebrun, Didier Lebrun, and Didier Lebrun, all via Corbis 

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13 thoughts on “Funeral of Queen Fabiola

  1. The hat I like best in this bunch is Princess Louise’s mottled grey felt cloche. It was also cute that it was trimmed with a petite bow at the back.I am glad that the family are close and able to console each other during their grief. The service was very moving, especially the castanet playing as a tribute to her being originally from Spain. Queen Fabiola was a much loved woman right around the world and she will be missed. Rest in Peace Great Lady.

  2. I stayed up late to watch the funeral live. It was deeply moving. The influence of this wonderful blog brought me joy though – I was distracted by the many and varied hats as I watched. Nice to wake this morning to see this blog post! The mass was deeply moving and the music was so special and of so many varieties. The coffin being right on the ground – a last statement of humility from a humble Queen. The children participating in the prayers of the faithful was wonderful and varying the language was a beautiful touch. My heart goes out to the extended family.

  3. At first I was excited because I thought Mathilde’s headpiece was a simple circlet with a slight wave to it so it was more interesting; now I see it’s standard Fabienne Delevigne, but I still think she looked lovely. Agree with everyone that Louise’s grey cloche was a great choice for her. I also enjoyed Marie-Esmeralda’s hatinator. But I think Claire’s hat won the day for me.

  4. Everyone looked lovely. I like the grey cloche hat for a youngster – black is just too dour. I think the lace veils are especially lovely. What a beloved figure Queen Fabiola was…

  5. The same thing struck me, as it did several other commenters: Queen Fabiola was a much loved figure, and her death hit the entire family hard. Queen Mathilde and King Phillipe looked devastated. There was certainly a big turnout, and the clothes and hats were very tasteful. The grief on people’s faces was astounding. Usually at a funeral, only a few people are actually grieving, but in this one, nearly everyone was upset. Queen Fabiola will be missed by many people, and especially the family she left behind.

  6. I especially find Louise’s grey a good compromise for a young girl. Solid black is such a harsh color for a girl, while the grey conveys just the right amount of mourning. It’s obvious that everyone will miss Fabiola greatly. I’m sure she was able to know in her lifetime just how much her family (and nation) cared for her, which is the best we can all hope for, isn’t it?

  7. I was touched to see just how much they cared for her. Mathilde looked distraught, and she was only her husband’s Aunt by marriage. Others looked similarly sad at her loss. Fabiola was clearly a very much loved woman. So it is fitting that so many were there to pay their respects to this lovely lady.

  8. The grief was almost palpable. This was truly a much loved person. I thought the children looked wonderful. I particularly loved Louise’s cloche hat. A wonderful tribute to an amazing woman.

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