Belgian National Day 2015

The Belgian Royal Family began celebrations of their national holiday today by attending a Te Deum mass at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels. Queen Mathilde wore a classic picture hat for the occasion.

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Described by the designer as “a big hat made out of refined pale green parasisal straw… the size and style of the hat highlight the natural grace and glamour of our young Queen.”  While the shape of this piece is simple, the subtle ruffle on the brim, balanced by a soaring upward curve on the other side, gives such beautiful movement to the piece (see it from the back here). The scale is wonderful on Mathilde and the colour, which looks blue instead of green, is so pretty. I particularly adore the way the ruffle on the side of the brim echoes the flowing cape sleeves on her dress. This monochrome dress and hat perfectly compliment the other.

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

 Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Banana fibre clutch also by Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

This is a more classically styled hat than queen Mathilde has traditionally worn for National Day but I adore it on her. What do you think of this piece?

See the hats worn by Princess Claire and Princess Astrid over at this post.

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Queen Mathilde’s National Day Hats

Tomorrow is Belgium’s national day holiday, an event the Belgium royal family celebrates each year with attendance at a Te Deum mass and an outdoor military parade. It’s a day we royal hat watchers look forward to each year; over the past decade and a half, Queen Mathilde has entertained us with some wonderful (and wonderfully unexpected) designs:

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2000 | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2002 | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2003 | Royal Hats

Neutral straw hats in 2000 and 2002; a more vibrant pink and brown Christophe Coppens design in 2003

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2004 | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2005 | Royal Hats

Smaller, creative headpieces in orange straw and pink silk organza in 2004 and 2005

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Turning point- a dramatic pink pleated straw flying turban by Fabienne Delvgine in 2006  

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2007 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2007 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Different crystal and feathered headpieces for the 2007 Te Deum and parade, both by Fabienne Delvigne

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2008 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2008 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Delvigne designed leaf green swirled percher and red and orange pleated headpiece in 2008

 Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2009 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2009 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Two more Delvigne designs in 2009- a lace headband with large black bow and memorable pink ringed headpiece

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

A small black straw rosette headpiece and large, orange rimmed natural straw picture hat in 2010

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

A pale pink Fabienne Delvigne ruched toque hat and a black embellished beret percher by Philip Treacy in 2011

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Return to a single hat for 2012’s festivities- a black trimmed headpiece in white straw by Fabienne Delvigne

  Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Pale pink stylised toque hat for the inauguration in 2013 and an orange picture hat
with unfinished edges last year, both designed by Fabienne Delvigne

Update: It was palest blue and a very classic shape!

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Sweeping picture hat by Fabienne Delvigne in 2015

Stay tuned for all of the Belgian royal hats at national day celebrations tomorrow. Queen Mathilde will be wearing a new hat tomorrow, predictably designed by Fabienne Delvigne. My guess is that it will be an unusual shape in a vibrant colour – what’s your prediction based on what she has worn in the past?

Photos from Raymond Reuter/Sygma via Corbis, Paul O’Driscoll via Getty; Reuters; Albert Nieboer via Seeger Press; Francois Lenoir/Reuters via Corbis; Reuters; Lieven Van Assche/epa/, Olivier Polet and RoyalPress Nieboer/dpa via Corbis; Mark Renders via Getty; Bauer Griffin and Bauer Griffin via Zimbio; Yves Herman/ReutersYves Herman/Reuters,  Albert van der Werf/dpaPatrick van Katwijk/dpaAlbert Nieboer/dpaPatrick van Katwijk/dpaRpe-Albert Nieboer/dpa via Corbis; Photonews via Getty; Julien Warnand/epa and Patrick vanKatwijk/dpa via Corbis

Queen Mathilde Pays Tribute to WWI at Ypres

Queen Mathilde of Belgium was at Ypres yesterday to attend the 30,000th playing of The Last Post from the Menin Gate. The Queen, lay a floral tribute, wore a black ringed headpiece we have seen on her before. With her graphic cream and black dress, I thought her ensemble hit just the right note for this occasion.

Queen Mathilde, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: December 12, 2014
Photos from Getty as indicated and HLN

Day 6 of Belgian Royal Visit To China

Queen Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their marathon trip to China today in the city of Suzhou where the Queen spent time at a centre for children with disabilities. She looked a vision in her pale pink mottled dress topped with a new headpiece made to match.

Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

The headpiece consists of pale pink straw petals rimmed finished with rims of brighter pink stitching- the petals are gathered together to create a large, stylised flower. Described by the designer as a “Hibiscus and Chinese rose coloured hat in banana fibres,” it is a modern and innovative headpiece that works beautifully with this particular dress.

Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

My favourite images today involve a curious little girl who just could not resist reaching out to feel Mathilde’s hat. I’m sure many of us can relate!

Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the ‘Aramana’ design
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

What do you think of this new floral headpiece? Can you imagine it with something other than this dress?

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Belgian Royal Visit to China

On Tuesday, King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde were received by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Queen Mathilde unveiled her second new grey hat on this tour, a round felt saucer percher style trimmed with two black feather quills. This is a new hat shape for Mathilde and the proportion was just right for her. The simplicity of the hat was  a perfect contrast to Mathilde’s printed dress and made for an ensemble which was stylishly modern but very pretty.

Queen Mathilde, June 23, 2015  in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 23, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Yù&me” design. Dress by NATAN
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Yesterday, the fifth day of the royal tour, Queen Mathilde joined Peng Liyuan for visits to an academy of art and experimental school for deaf students followed by a dinner with leading Chinese women hosted by fellow countryman Juan Van Wassenhove, founder of the Temple Hotel Founder. For these events, Queen Mathilde repeated her pale grey silk covered calot hat trimmed with a wide grey straw twisted ribbon tail. The pairing of this printed hat with Mathilde’s silk suit made for a demure but very elegant outfit.

Queen Mathilde, June 24, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 24, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 24, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy. Suit from Ann Demeulemeester
Previously Worn: February 19, 2014

After three grey hats in a row on this tour, Queen Mathilde surprised today with the most beautiful red ensemble.

 Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

A nod to the host nation’s flag, this large red saucer hat, made of in Abaka and linen, was simply trimmed with large stylised straw leaves that curved around one side of the brim. While lovely on its own, this magic of this hat was in its pairing with Mathilde’s red dress. Together, the pieces are exquisite.

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Chinatown” design. Dress by Bernard Depoorter.
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

With the exception of her first ensemble, I think Queen Mathilde has looked fabulous on this tour. What do you think of the three hats she has worn this week?

Belgian Monarchs Visit China

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are in the midst of an eight-day visit to China. Yesterday, the second day of the tour, the royal couple were in Wuhan Hubei Province yesterday where Queen Mathilde visited a kindergarten and the Hubei Art Museum. She used these engagements to début a new headpiece made of pleated grey straw. The sculptural piece, made up of a base of layers of fluted straw, was trimmed with with a ruched straw ribbon that followed the free-flowing movement of the hat.

Queen Mathilde, June 22, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, June 22, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

From the front, the abstract piece frames Queen Mathilde’s face quite nicely;  from the side, looks haphazard and messy. I suspect the intent of this piece was “modern wearable sculpture” but I am afraid it ends up reading more “folded napkin”.

Queen Mathilde, June 22, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, June 22, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Belgian monarchs remain in China this week and I suspect we may see another hat or two before the tour concludes. What did you think of this new hat yesterday?

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