Belgian National Day

The Belgian Royal Family celebrated their country’s national holiday today, attending a Te Deum mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels followed by a military parade.

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.

   

 

Designer: unconfirmed. My guess is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

It looks like Princess Astrid wore a small ecru carved leaf fascinator on the left side of her head. From closeup view, the piece looks like it may be made of wood.

Photographer Bernard Rübsamen has posted a fantastic gallery of images from this event (with some amazing hat views)  you can see hereBelgian National Day always brings us some new and unexpected hats- what do you think of the ones we saw here today?

Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Belgium

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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.

Queen Mathilde:

   1.Queen Mathilde, February 12, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats     2.Queen Mathilde, May 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      3.Queen Mathilde, June 12, 2015 | Royal Hats    4.Queen Mathilde, June 22, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

5.Queen Mathilde, June 23, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats     6.Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    7.Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

8.Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      9.Queen Mathilde, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats   10.Queen Mathilde, October 15, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid:

11.Princess Astrid, February 12, 2015 | Royal Hats   12.Princess Astrid, June 17, 2015 Royal Hats

Princess Claire:

13.Princess Claire, February 12, 2015 | Royal Hats   14.Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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.

Belgian National Day

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined in National Day celebrations today by the King’s siblings. Princess Astrid attended the military parade in uniform (I believe, in her rank as Colonel of the Belgian Medical Component).

Princess Astrid and Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid and Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 | Royal Hats

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?!

Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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.

Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

I’m curious to hear what you think of this vibrant piece!

Photos from Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A.Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A., Patrick van KatwijkDidier Lebrun/Photo News S.A.Didier Lebrun/Photo News S.A., Albert Nieboer, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Who Wore It Best: February 2015 Poll Results

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It seems that our race to find the best navy blue royal fedora was not a race after all. The winner, by a large margin, is:

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Autumn Phillips at the Cheltenham Festival, March 12, 2014

Stay tuned this weekend for the first of two March polls.

Photos from Rex via Hello; Jessal/Tanna/Splash News via The Daily Mail and  Robin Utrecht/Hollandse Hoogte via Corbis

Who Wore It Best: February 2015 Poll

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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?

Autumn Phillips, March 12, 2014 in Gina Foster | Royal Hats   Princess Beatrice, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, February 12, 2015  | Royal Hats

Autumn Phillips at the Cheltenham Festival, March 12, 2014; Princess Beatrice on
December 19, 2014
 and Princess Claire at a memorial mass, February 12, 2014

This poll will remain open until March 4 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the results shortly thereafter. Happy voting!

Photos from Rex via Hello; Jessal/Tanna/Splash News via The Daily Mail and  Robin Utrecht/Hollandse Hoogte via Corbis

Belgian Royals Attend Annual Memorial Mass

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!?

Queen Mathilde, February 12, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, February 12, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, February 12, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, February 12, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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.

Princess Astrid, February 12, 2015  | Royal Hats Princess Claire, February 12, 2015  | Royal Hats

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.

Belgian Royal Family, February 12, 2015 | Royal Hats

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?

Photos from Robin Utrecht/Hollandse HoogteRobin Utrecht/Hollandse HoogteRobin Utrecht/Hollandse HoogteRobin Utrecht/Hollandse HoogteRobin Utrecht/Hollandse Hoogte, and Robin Utrecht/Hollandse Hoogte via Corbis; and Getty as indicated

Who Wore It Best: January 2015 Poll Result

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Comparing Fabienne Delvigne’s folded black net headpiece with ribbon bow trim in our January poll brought forth a clear winner:

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Crown Princess Victoria, May 20, 2008

Photos from Billed Bladet; Le Soir; and Photonews via Getty