Members of the Belgian royal family gathered today to commemorate Fête du Roi (Feast of the King, commonly referred to as “King’s Day”) celebrated each year on this day, the day of St. Leopold. The royal hat to appear today was on Princess Claire, who repeated a stylised grey trilby variation she first wore to this event in 2008.
The velvet felt design features an off-centre pinched crown and a short brim that faces downward around the entire hat (instead of turned up in the back, as a traditional trilby would be). It’s a simple piece that relies on shape to be memorable but one that Claire wears well. I particularly liked its styling with the rest of her ensemble today.
As usual, Queen Mathilde wore a new hat for these events. A press release from the milliner reads “The hat called du Barry is from the Couture collection and is made of laminated banana fibers in a powder pink color tone.This style is emblematic of la Maison Fabienne Delvigne: original and elegant due to its shape and material.”
In pale pink straw, the free form hat follows a basic saucer shape over Mathilde’s head. The back of the brim is split and turned upward, giving a wonderful sense of movement to the piece and more organic feel to the shape. We’ve seen this shape on several other royal clients of Fabienne Delvigne and while it’s very pretty on Mathilde from the front, I think it’s a bit clunky from the back.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Claire and Princess Astrid were also in attendance for the military parade. Princess Claire wore a warm brown straw hat with short, square crown and wide mushroom brim. Claire always carries a large brim so well and while brown is not the most exciting of shades, the hat was a great counterpoint to her vibrant ensemble.
As we are half way through December, it’s time to look back over all the royal hats we have seen this year and name our favourites. This year, we’re going to focus on all the new hats we saw- we’ll look back by country then bring forward our favourites to face off for the title of Best New Royal Hat of 2015.
We’re going to start today with all the hats débuted this year on Belgian royal heads. I’m exercising my editorial powers by not including Queen Mathilde’s open crowned hats (this one and this one), this nondescript calot and a certain pair of antlers. Click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.
A note about voting- the hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to the final face off. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, then save your votes for upcoming polls! The next one will be up on Friday.
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Do any of these hats, in your estimation, deserve to be named best royal hat of the year? Cast your vote below. Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016 at midnight GMT and you can vote for multiple hats four times per day.
Princess Claire topped her bright spring green dress and jacket with an embellished beret-based percher hat in the same hue. The piece was described by the designer in a press release as a “punchy green hat made out of banana fibers.This young and bright bibi will perfectly express Her personality.”
Help me out, readers – what does a bright green hat say about one’s personality?!
I like the colour of this hat but paired with a dress and jacket in the same hue, it’s too much. The banana fibre trim brings lovely texture to the piece but I’m not sure about the placement. While the shape looks attractive head-on, from the side, as shown below, it is reminiscent of an unfinished papier-mâché balloon. I think I might have preferred this dress and jacket with a large natural straw picture hat.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne Previously Worn: This hat is new
I’m curious to hear what you think of this vibrant piece!
It seems that those of us watching royal hats love a good fedora. Over the past year, we have seen three navy fedora hats on three different royal heads. The shape, scale and embellishments have been different but the chic and effortlessly stylish nature of a fedora has certainly been present in each hat. The question remains, dearest readers, who do you think wore it best?
Members of the Belgian Royal Ramily attend the annual celebration of the Eucharist in memory of the family`s deceased members at Our Lady Church in Laken today. Queen Mathilde used this occasion to début a new cloche hat. With a grey felt crown and beige felt brim, this hat was trimmed with a simple double band in beige fabric, wrapped around the bottom of the crown. We have not seen Mathilde in many cloche hats and while it is not my favourite millinery style on her, this particular hat brings and air of innocence and beauty that works well for her. Don`t you think Queen Mathilde looks incredibly young in this hat!?
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
While Queen Paola did not wear a hat, Princess Astrid and Princess Claire also wore new pieces of millinery. Princess Astrid’s black felt hat featured a flat crown and wide, cartwheel brim. The brim was trimmed in the same black silk ribbon that was wrapped around the crown and while this embellishment was simple, I thought it was wonderfully effective and emphasized the graphic lines of the hat. Princess Claire wore a navy fedora with oversize brim. Trimmed with a triple band around the crown that twirled into bow loops on the side, this hat was an excellent colour and scale for Claire. We have seen Princess Claire successfully wear several fedoras in the past and this hat further solidifies this style as one very well suited to her.
Designers of these hats: unknown
In a photo released later yesterday, we could see that Princess Marie-Esméralda wore a black feathered fascinator (below, right). Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein were also in attendance; Princess Margaretha wore a simple black pillbox hat.
It is not often that we see the simultaneous début of three new Belgian royal hats so today is special indeed! What did you think of this trio of new millinery?