Queen Mathilde Awards Queen Elizabeth Music Prize

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.

Queen Mathilde, June 2, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, June 2, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 2, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, June 2, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 2, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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.

Photos from Getty as indicated; Christophe LicoppeChristophe LicoppeChristophe LicoppeChristophe Licoppe and Christophe Licoppe via Corbis


8 thoughts on “Queen Mathilde Awards Queen Elizabeth Music Prize

  1. I love, love, love the outfit. I think the hat would look better with smoother hair. The curls distract from the crimpy straw.

  2. I didn’t expect to like this repeat hat. If were just sitting on a table I wouldn’t know it WAS a hat. But the pics of Mathilde are lovely and she brings the hat to life. Tells me just how creative hat makers are. They see they way it will look on someone’s head. Tip just the right way and pin just so. There you go, it’s a winner!

  3. It is a pretty piece. Odd to put it on one’s head, though, although it looks so much better today when when worn with a coat. The hat is so light looking that it works better with a summery dress than with a coat. In the first two pictures the hat really is interesting. When viewed from straight on the more unusual related shapes for this item spring to mind.

  4. Still not a favorite, but definitely a better look than it’s premiere. I think the hair does a lot to improve the headpiece this time around.

  5. She looks lovely and the hat is a nice accompaniment for her outfit. She did a wonderful job accessorizing it. I do love that some of the young queens and princesses are doing daytime hats as well. I am so used to Queen Elizabeth and the Queem Mum wearing hats, that it just seems a bit off if someone doesn’t wear one. Lovely pictures.

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