As promised, we’re going to continue our inventory of orange hued royal hats with a peek into Queen Mathilde’s closet. So far in 2015, we have seen the young Belgian queen wear twenty-two different hats – in 2014, she wore just twenty. This makes her a moderate royal hat wearer and with this frequency, it is a little surprising to find that she has three orange hats currently in rotation:
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Designer: all three are Fabienne Delvigne
First Appeared: July 21, 2014; May 21, 2015; October 2, 2013
Prior to becoming Queen, Mathilde wore hats much less frequently (sometimes just four or five per year). Despite this low frequency, there are two more orange headpieces which were worn during her time as princess. I suspect both have now been retired:
Designer: #4 is Fabienne Delvigne and #5 is unknown
Last Appeared: May 2, 2009; July 21, 2004
Finally, there is one more hat that deserves inclusion here- a natural straw picture hat with wide orange stripe around the brim. Queen Mathilde first wore this piece for National Day in July 2010 (below right) and repeated it most recently while on a June 2012 visit to Burundi (below left).
Four orange hats in one’s current millinery closet might not sound like much but in relation to the size of Mathilde’s overall wardrobe, I think it is significant. I’m also struck by the bold shapes and brave shades she has chosen- this is not orange for the faint of heart! Queen Mathilde wears orange well and my guess is that we will see more hats in this colour appear in coming years. For now, what do you think of this collection?
Photos from JULIEN WARNAND/epa/Corbis; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis; Le Soir; Pascal Le Segretain via Getty; The Royal Forums; CRIENGLISH.com/Zheng Zhi; and Albert van der Werf/dpa/Corbis
while on state visit to Poland last week, Queen Mathilde repeated an Armani pleated dress and coat. We first saw her wear these two elegant grey pieces at Expo 2015 in Milan back in June, where she topped them with a straw calot hat. The brimmed felt hat Mathilde wore this week shows another instance of using a pair of straw and felt hats to extend the wear-ability of the outfit to several seasons. The two hats, while lovely in their own rights, lend different tones to the ensemble.
Dove grey straw calot hat with back knot detail worn June 12, 2015 in Italy
Grey felt hat with moulded high crown, short brim and folded ribbon trim worn October 14, 2015 in Poland
I’m curious, dear readers- which hat do you like best with this beautiful coat and dress?
Photo from Getty as indicated
The Belgian monarchs wrapped up their state visit to Poland today with a stop at the Warsaw Urprising Museum. Queen Mathilded used the occasion to début another new hat. In oyster coloured felt, this Garbo style piece featured a rounded crown and large, relaxed brim. The only trim on the piece was a rope of silk placed in a free-form winding maze on the crown and brim of the hat’s right side. While I adore the idea of this design, I’m torn between wondering if the neutral colour of the entire ensemble is chic or bland. I also wonder if the execution of the hat might be a little clumsy and need to see more detailed photos before declaring a final verdict.
While Queen Mathilde’s hats have been a little hit and miss on this state visit, Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda has shown off some wonderfully chic millinery. She wore another navy petite hat today, this one with a rolled bumper brim and a flying bow on the side.
Designer of Queen Mathilde’s hat: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Photos from Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A./Corbis, Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A./Corbis, Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A./Corbis and Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A./Corbis
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their visit to Poland today with stops at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a nature education centre, a conference on child development and Wolfgang Goethe college. For this busy day of events, Queen Mathilde topped her dove grey coat and dress with a chic new hat.
The hat is a hybrid of shapes, borrowing the distinctive double humps of a Homberg for the top of the crown, the straight sided crown of a fedora, and the smoothly extended but short brim of a cloche. The result is a uniquely shaped hat that gives the slight air of informality to this ensemble that works well for less formal daytime engagements. I particularly love the way the folded double ribbon trim on the hat echoes the pleated detail at the waist of Mathilde’s dress.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived in Poland today for the start of a state visit. Their first engagement was an official welcome at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw by Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda. As she often does on such high profile events, Queen Mathilde wore a new hat. In claret felt, the open crowned piece featured a wide brim that folded up on one side and was balanced by a pleat on the lower side. Looking closely at this piece, the shape very closely matches Queen Maxima’s purple hat (voted reader’s favourite in 2014), minus the crown. While I have become more accepting of open crowned hats in straw for summertime wear, this style in winter felt makes less sense. With a crown, I think this piece would be much improved.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan on state visit this morning in Brussels. For the occasion, Queen Mathilde wore her royal blue calot hat trimmed with a small spray of dark blue feathers. The hat, made from the same chevron woven silk as her coat and dress, might be an overly prim piece on its own but combines with the ensemble to create a streamlined and elegant overall look. I’m not always a fan of outfits in the same fabric from head to toe but in this case, it works very well.
Designer: Elvis Pompilio. Dress and coat by Ann Demeulemeester
Previously Worn: December 3, 2013
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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.
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.
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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