King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended an annual mass to commemorate deceased members of the Belgian royal family today at the Church of Our Lady in Brussels. Queen Mathilde used the occasion to debut a new hat in pale grey felt. The design features a tall, squared crown that extends to the brim in a bell, cloche shape, a gently upturned brim and a wide silk hatband. The hatband looks to be stitched to the crown, giving a slight bit of definition to the otherwise unadorned hat. In different light, the hat takes on a purple or blue hue but I suspect (or hope?!) in reality, it matches her coat.
The the crown on this hat is offset on the brim,creating a short brim around the back (one that leaves room for coat collars, hair and the like) and a wider brim around the front to frame Queen Mathilde’s face.
The King and Queen were joined by Princess Esmeralda and Princess Lea, neither who wore hats this year.