Queen Mathilde of Belgium was at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo this morning to present awards to winners of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. For this function, Queen repeated a headpiece we have not seen in nearly three years. Some of you might remember this shell-inspired piece in rosy-beige pleated straw from its first appearance at the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess’ wedding in October 2012. While I was not initially complimentary of this piece, I’m doing an about face thanks to today’s pairing with Queen Mathilde’s white eyelet dress and a less bouffanted hairstyle. While this headpiece is still is a little reminiscent of an underwater creature or folded napkin, it dresses down with a summer dress and neutral accessories so much better than it ‘dressed up’. Seeing it like this enables me to appreciate it for the pretty piece that it really is.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 20, 2012
We have seen the young queens of Belgium and the Netherlands experiment widely with brimless daytime hats and I think this piece’s organic and creative shape makes it a success. I adore that Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima have both embraced daytime hat wearing and admire the personal spin and modern style they both place on this tradition.