Belgian National Day

King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their children celebrated their country’s national holiday today with a Te Deum mass this morning at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels followed by a military parade.

Queen Mathilde wore a new hat, as she usually does for this event each year. This year’s ensemble was less dramatic than in years past and she topped an exquisite NATAN lace dress with a hat described by the designer as “a beige pink head dress accompanied by a matching clutch, both made out of banana fibres.” The headpiece looks to be made of individual crescents (stylised petals perhaps?) stacked to follow the general shape of a calot hat.

 

 

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The stacked, overlapping petals pieces give some visual interest and movement to the design, counteracting it’s nondescript colour without overwhelming the delicate lace of Mathilde’s dress. It’s an ensemble that’s all about subtlety and while we might prefer outfits with more punch, there’s something undeniably beautiful and elegant about this one.
What do you think of Queen Mathilde’s new hat today?
Photos from Getty as indicated and EPA

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

Queen Mathilde Presents Piano Competition Awards

Queen Mathilde was at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo today to present awards to laureates of this year’s prestigious Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. She used this event to début a new calot headpiece made of what looks to be black textured silk. The design features numerous cut-outs across the back that give it a light and summery feel that works beautifully with Mathilde’s leaf printed silk dress.

Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Some other reports suggest today’s hat is the same as the one Mathilde wore during her and the King’s inaugural visit to England on March 13, 2014 (below left) or on her visit to Ypres last summer (below right). You’ll note that both of these designs are in fact, different.
Queen Mathilde, March 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      Queen Mathilde, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
The design worn by the Belgian Queen today has a much lighter feel than her other black headpieces, making it a great one for summer. While we didn’t have the best view of it today, what are your initial impressions?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Lesoir; and HLN

Day 2 of Jordanian State Visit to Belgium

The Jordanian state visit to Belgium continued today with a tour of Brugge which included stops at a chocolate shop, a secondary school and the Town Hall. Queen Mathilde chose another new hat for these events, a pale pink calot trimmed in rows of coordinating lace trim and a mass of bows on the side. The lace stripes are my favourite part of the hat as they add lovely dimension and movement to the piece while visually separating it Mathilde’s dress- it’s a great visual trick that makes these two pieces, which are clearly made of the same fabric, not look overly matched.

Queen Mathilde, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Head-to-toe ensembles in the same colour can be tricky but this combination of dress and hat make it look effortless and Mathilde looks really pretty and elegant in it. What do you think of this new calot hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated and The Belgian Monarchy

Jordanian State Visit To Belgium

King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan arrived yesterday in Belgium for a three day state visit. While the first day saw no hats on either the host or visiting queens, today’s more formal programme (which included the official welcome) was a different story.

Queen Mathilde used this occasion to début a large hat in cream straw with a rounded crown and mushroom shaped brim

The stand out feature of this design is the very wide weave on the straw- a much wider weave than we’re used to seeing on straw hats. This rough weave is balanced by the hat’s crisp cream silk bands around the crown and brim that magically transforms it from something one might see at the beach to something that fits for a state visit. Paired with Mathilde’s streamlined yellow and cream hounds-tooth dress and cream accessories, the hat tops an ensemble that feels summery and effortless yet so very refined.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new
This hat is unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory- what do you think of it?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Mathilde Launches Ship

Queen Mathilde was in Oostende yesterday to launch a new dredging installation ship. For this event, she repeated her grey printed calot hat with straw twist trim.

Queen Mathilde, April 28, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Paired with her coordinating coat, the hat makes for a very streamlined and coordinated ensemble. However, something about the all-over print falls flat for me. On its last outing, this hat was paired with a grey suit and I think the subtle contrast of fabric set this hat off to greater success.

Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Armani
Previously Worn: June 24, 2015; February 19, 2014
Any new thoughts to share about this piece since the last time we saw it? Do you like it enough to include it in this month’s poll of favourite repeated royal hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated; and Kurt Desplenter via Belga; and The Belgian Monarchy

Belgian Monarchs Open Ghent Flower Show

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were in Ghent yesterday to officially open the city’s 35th annual flower show. For this event, Queen Mathilde repeated her coral ruched straw headpiece but paired it with a new striped dress. This combination was a bolder duo than the first ensemble we saw worn with this piece but I think the headpiece held its own.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 21, 2015
On its first outing, I declared my admiration for this piece (a departure for me who usually can’t stand hats with open crowns) because of the beautiful movement and scale- I love how it encircles Mathilde’s head like a wreath instead of sitting on top of it like a doughnut. My love for this piece aside, I think I would have preferred this outfit with gloves, shoes and a clutch in a shade other than orange (navy, I think) to let the headpiece stand more on its own. The matched orange accessories are just trying too hard for me.
What do you think of this ensemble and unusual headpiece?
Photos from Getty as indicated