Belgian Monarchs Wrap Up State Visit To Japan

On Thursday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their state visit to Japan with a day of engagements that took the pair to Tokugawa Museum, a Nagoya exhibition of Belgian products, Matsuzakaya Department Store and an elementary school. Queen Mathilde used these events to debut a new cocktail hat, described by the designer as “made out of abaca and red silk, adorned with an accompanying feather.”

Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

The silk covered straw takes on a wonderful iridescent sheen in natural light. While the wrapped design of the hat makes it slightly unkempt for my taste, the combination of hat with red gloves, clutch and shoes, embroidered rose detail on Mathilde’s grey dress, a fantastic hairstyle and classic jewels makes for a truly lovely ensemble.

Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The couple’s final day yesterday took them to Osaka where they visited Kobe University, lunched with leaders from the local chemical industry and viewed traditional Japanese theatre. Queen Mathilde repeated a beige velvet felthat with indented crown and folded hatband bow at the front.This fedora variation is a more informal piece but one I think was a chic and effortless match with her orange dress.

Queen Mathilde, Oct 15, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, Oct 15, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 11, 2013
While these state visits are about far more than fashion, I think Queen Mathilde’s wardrobe this week was a great success. What do you think about these final two hats in Japan?

Princess Eugenie Supports End of Slavery

On Wednesday, Princess Eugenie joined Prime Minister Theresa May at a Westminster Abbey service to commemorate the work of William Wilberforce and mark the United Kingdom’s commitment to combat modern slavery. For this event, she wore a new pillbox with braided sides in vibrant blue velour felt. It is a great colour on the young princess- one that gave a great pop of colour to her black and white ensemble- and I adore the use of the braided detail on the sides of the hat to give it some visual interest. Hats for such solemn events can be tricky but this one hits just the right balance of current style and respectful decorum.

    

Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the “Pleated Pillbox” design from AW 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this punchy new pillbox?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Belgian Royals on State Visit To Japan

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde embarked on a state visit to Japan earlier this week. They were officially welcomed at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday where, as expected, the occasion saw a number of new hats.

Queen Mathilde stood out in a new brown wool casque style headpiece covered in red-orange and brown maple leaves. There’s no doubt this is a unique and daring design that requires considerable millinery bravery to carry off but I wonder if it’s a little TOO far out there to be considered attractive. I’m just not sure a leaf covered helmet, no matter how creative or beautifully executed, can be flattering.
Queen Mathilde, Oct 11, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, Oct 11, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Empress Michiko topped a charcoal suit with a small matching saucer hat. While this follows the same shape and scale of many of Michiko’s other hats, it is set apart with a double underbrim in silver lattice straw and a simple ribbon twist trim in a lighter shade of grey.

Empress Michiko, Oct 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, October 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Crown Princess Masako topped her pale pink suit with a matching hat. While the shape of this design- with a domed, straight sided crown and primly upturned brim- is neither memorable nor flattering on Masako (from the front view, the hat looks too big for her), I think it may be partially redeemed with that lovely, pleated hat band.

Crown Princess Misako, October 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
These three hats cover completely different ends of the royal millinery style spectrum and while it doesn’t seem fair to compare them, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on each design. Let’s chat!
Photos from Getty as indicated; PhotonewsAFP, PhotonewsPhotonews and Photonews via Getty

Norwegian Royals Host State Visit

Members of the Norwegian royal family gathered at the royal palace in Oslo on Monday to greet President Tony Tan of Singapore and Mrs. Mary Tan.

Queen Sonja repeated a navy pillbox hat we saw her first debut two years ago for another Asian state visit. This week’s outing gives us a much better view of the hat and matching coat which book look to be out of navy dyed Karakul fur. I recognise that fur is a controversial material for royal fashion (particularly for something relatively new) and while this hat and coat look like faux fur to me, it is impossible to tell from photos. Controversy aside, the simple hat is a lovely colour on Sonja. I’m just not wowed by it.

  Queen Sonja, Oct 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  Queen Sonja, Oct 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Sonja, Oct 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Sonja, Oct 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: October 13, 2014

Princess Mette-Marit repeated her purple wool calot hat. We have seen this piece numerous times before and I’m afraid, this outing ranks among my least favourite. Not only is the hat’s placement an oddity (calot hats are traditionally placed on the crown of the head instead of the gravity-defying position on the very back of the head that Mette-Marit favours ) but the overall styling is off. Reaching into one’s royal closet, selecting all the purple items then wearing them together is not likely to create harmonious ensemble….. and as we see here, it did not.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Oct 10, 2016 in Mona Strand | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Oct 10, 2016 in Mona Strand | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Oct 10, 2016 in Mona Strand | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Oct 10, 2016 in Mona Strand | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Oct 10, 2016 in Mona Strand | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid topped her vibrant blue and green suit with a coordinating hat. In what looks like jade straw, the brimless design follows a modified Fez shape trimmed with blue straw flowers and leaves on the side. The colour is magnificent on Astrid and while I’m not partial to the suit, the hat certainly coordinates well. Hopefully, we’ll see her wear it again soon so we can have a closer peek.

Norwegian Royal Family, Oct 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
What do you think of this trio of autumnal Norwegian royal hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Jamie Koh/The Straights Times and NTB Scanpix

Queen Maxima Opens Rotterdam Health Conference

Queen Máxima was in Rotterdam yesterday to attended the first day of the 5th European Nursing Congress themed around the topic of elder care. For this event, she repeated her large black velvet felt Garbo hat with curved brim. For a dramatic hat, the embellishment on this design is surprisingly subdued- just a curved quill and knotted grosgrain ribbon hat band. While the trim is low key, the scale and presence of this hat is most grand and on Máxima, it makes a dramatic and fantastic millinery statement.

 

Queen Maxima, Oct 4, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn:  January 6, 2016; November 8, 2015
This hat has already made it to our short list for favourite repeated design in 2016- what are your thoughts about it after seeing this outing in Rotterdam?
Photos from social media as indicated; Lex Van Lieshout via ANP

Dutch Monarchs Open Exhibition

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima opened the exhibition “Mapping Australia” at the Aboriginal Art Museum in Utrecht today. For this event, Queen Máxima topped her bronze and black striped dress with a chic black felt fedora hat.

Queen Máxima, Oct 3, 2016 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, Oct 3, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, Oct 3, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: At first glance, I thought this hat was this fedora variation last worn in November 2014 but the crown shape on the two hats are different (today’s hat does not have the distinct pinches and indented crown of the previously worn hat or the feather trim and the brim shapes are different). I think this hat is new.
I really like the scale of this fedora on Máxima admire the styling on this ensemble- it’s so well balanced and sophisticated. What do you think of this new hat on her today?

Belgian Royals Attend Religious Procession

King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth were in Tongeren yesterday to take part in  Kroningsfeesten, a religious procession takes place every seven years to commemorate the crowning of the miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For this event, the Belgian queen repeated her beautifully draped calot hat in royal blue ruched straw. The calot style works so well for Mathilde’s fine features and this shade of blue is so striking on her, particularly in combination with her orange and blue frock.

 

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 20, 2015
Click on the middle photo above to open a small gallery of photos taken at this event. What are your thoughts on this design?
Photos from Getty, Twitter and The Belgian Monarchy as indicated