One royal who has embraced vibrant hued hats is Queen Mathilde. While she has numerous pink, magenta, and burgundy pieces, we’re going to focus our look today on all things truly red within her millinery closet. Over the past sixteen years of her royal life, Queen Mathilde has worn nine red designs:
Introduced: May 8, 2001; October 15, 2002; June 20, 2006
Designer: All are Fabienne Delvigne
UPDATE: Two more red hats were added in 2016:
Within this group, there is considerable diversity of shape- a saucer, a percher, a calot, a pleated beret, picture hats in straw and wool (including one crown-less design), and two more avant garde numbers that involve pleats and rings. The other thing that stands out is how many designs have been introduced since Mathilde became queen in 2013. Some other European monarchs seem to have given up the tradition of hat wearing and I’m thrilled that Mathilde has not chosen to do the same. Looking through these designs, which ones do you think she wears best?
Note: While hat #4 was also included in the orange inventory, I couldn’t leave it out here. It’s as red as it is orange so we’ll include it in both inventories.
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