Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to the early 1980s when headbands were all the rage. Queen Fabiola embraced the trend in blue velvet for her niece Princess Astrid’s wedding on Sep 22, 1984.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1963 when King Baudoin and Queen Fabiola departed London following a state visit. You’d not think that a floppy bow on top of a floppy brim would work but this hat proves otherwise.

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Remembering Queen Fabiola

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It is impossible to remember Queen Fabiola of Belgium without mentioning her life with King Baudouin. From all accounts, theirs was truly a wonderful partnership.

Fabiola De Mora Y Aragon, September 25, 1960 | Royal Hats

The engaged couple, waving from the balcony of Brussels City Hall, September 25, 1960 

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Their wedding, December 15, 1960

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During a 1963 state visit to England

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King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, May 1978

At a May 1978 reception in Brussels

King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, May 5, 1975  | Royal Hats  King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, October 6, 1981

At the Chegal Museum in Nice, 1975: at home in 1981

King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, November 1985  | Royal Hats

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King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, 1990

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Remembering Queen Fabiola

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Queen Fabiola of Belgium passed away today at the age of 86. Throughout this weekend, we will celebrate her life with a look back at some of her many hats. Today, we’ll start with the hats worn during her first few years as queen. The 1960s was a fun era for hats and Queen Fabiola wore them well.

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Queen Fabiola and Queen Elizabeth, May 17, 1963 | Royal Hats

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Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Belgian Royals

The Royal Hats Blog Another royal family with close ties to the Spanish royals are those from the Kingdom of Belgium (due in part to Spanish born Queen Fabiola). These close ties were evident on May 22, 2004 when the entire Belgian royal family attended the wedding of The Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.

Queen Paola looked very elegant in a burgundy printed floral dress, cream coat and burgundy accessories. The star of her burgundy straw hat was a wide, upturned brim with shredded edge (a signature Fabienne Delvigne design element at the time). On its own, this hat does not seem remarkable but in combination with the other elements of Queen Paola’s ensemble, looked stylish, polished and wonderfully vibrant on her.

Queen Poala, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvgine | Royal Hats Queen Poala, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvgine | Royal Hats

Queen Fabiola topped her dove grey dress and purple and grey floral coat with a lilac purple hat. With a squared crown and brim that gently turned upward around the sides and back of the hat, the shape of this hat worked very well with Fabiola’s hairstyle. Trimmed with silk blooms and ribbon around the crown, I thought this hat was a very pretty choice for her.

Queen Fabiola, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats  Queen Fabiola, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Brabant wowed in a pale grey straw picture hat trimmed in a wrap of sea foam green and grey burnt feathers around the crown. I particularly love the fluid shape of this hat’s brim which was highlighted so beautifully against the open neck of Mathilde’s coat. Royal outfits in pale hues can easily look bland or washed out but I think the combination of Mathilde’s light green dress, pale grey coat and hat was absolute perfection.

 Duchess of Brabant, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne| Royal Hats  Duchess of Brabant, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne| Royal Hats

Princess Astrid was downright plucky in her choice of ensemble for this wedding, topping her bright pink jacket and polka dot skirt with a black cocktail hat trimmed with large white and bright pink pompom discs. It was certainly a bold and adventurous look that displayed Astrid’s daring fashion sense (something I always admire). I just can’t shake the thought, however, that this hat looks like a black plate topped with scoops of vanilla and strawberry ice cream.

Princess Astrid, May 22, 2004| Royal Hats Princess Astrid, May 22, 2004| Royal Hats

Another hat I adored at this wedding was worn by Princess Claire. Her raspberry straw picture hat with square crown and cartwheel brim was embellished with just a simple band around the crown. The lack of embellishment was perfect for this hat’s pairing with Claire’s boldly patterned coat. The overall look was bright, fun, feminine and very chic.

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I thought the Belgian royals were a particularly well dressed bunch at this wedding- several of these hats are among my favourites from this event and seem to be as stylish today as they were a decade ago. Do any stand out to you?

 First thing tomorrow morning, we will look at the hats worn by the Swedish and Norwegian royal families.

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Three Queens in Belgium

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Belgium celebrated National Day today along with the installation of a new King and Queen (if you haven’t already heard, King Albert of Belgium abdicated in favour of his son, Prince Philipe). Compared to the coronations we’ve seen in some other countries, this was a comparatively low-key affair without any foreign royals present but there still were some wonderful hats!

King Philipe and King Albert of Belgium

The new Queen, Belgium-born Queen Mathilde, looked her usually elegant self in a white Natan dress and rose beige hat by Fabienne Delvigne. According to the designer, the hat is named “Envolé” (which means flying) and “is made ​​from a blend of fibers of abaca and silk. The draped shape is reinforced with two asymmetrical sides and is made ​​from a carved openwork fabric. The hat is in beige color powder.”  I thought the shape had a lovely sense of movement and that the colour and the style of this hat was beautiful on Mathilde. It is simply stunning!

Queen Paola (the outgoing queen, who retains her title but takes on a sort of Queen Mum role) was also in a Natan designed suit and Fabienne Delvigne designed hat. Her hat, a mocha brown straw classic pillbox, featured a criss-cross design. I was a little underwhelmed by the hat and did not think it complimented her green flowered dress and jacket very well (what exactly do “x”es have to do with pretty green flowers? I don’t get it). My quibbles aside, Paola looked very nice. She really should wear green more often because it is beautiful on her.

Queen Fabiola (Queen Paola’s sister-in-law, dowager of King Baudouin) did not wear a hat. Dressed in bright pink, however, she joined Queen Mathilde and Queen Fabiola to create a poignant, unique and vibrant royal picture. While there have been other nations with three queens at once, Belgium is the only nation today able to make such a claim.

The entire Belgian Royal attended today’s important celebration- you can see hats worn by other family members in this post. 

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