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 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

Inventory: Queen Mathilde’s Green Hats

As we have seen during previous inventory tours, Queen Mathilde has numerous brightly hued hats in red, orange and blue. However, like her Dutch counterpart, there is just one green hat to be found in the Belgian queen’s  millinery wardrobe:

1.Queen Mathilde, July 21 2008 | Royal Hats

Designer: Christophe Coppens
Introduced: July 21, 2008

This has always felt like a very fresh,youthful hat to me and I think the simple spiral shape is cheeky and fun. We don’t often see Mathilde in pecher cocktail hats and I’ve always thought the lightness of this piece was a great match for her. It also shows how great she looks in green, a colour I’d love to see her wear more.

Photo from RoyalPress Nieboer/dpa/Corbis

Final Day of German State Visit To Belgium

After two extremely elegant but muted ensembles worn for this week’s German state visit, Queen Mathilde brightened things up yesterday with some gorgeous colour. She drew the visit to a close with a repeat of her cherry red pleated dress and matching calot hat. In an interesting move, she placed the piece on the front side of her head, almost as a percher hat. The other time we’ve seen this piece, Mathilde wore it on the back of her head as a traditional calot; I preferred yesterday’s placement which gave us a much better view of the piece and balanced the pleats on the hat and dress in beautiful counterpoint.

Queen Mathilde, March 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: April 21, 2015
I adore this ensemble on Mathilde (including the more jaunty hat placement) and thought this shade of red was perfect for her – there could not have been a better contrast to Daniela Schadt’s black and white ensemble (she has also looked fantastic this visit!). What do you think?
Photos from Getty as indicated and Wolfgang Kumm/dpa/Corbis

Day 2 of German State Visit To Belgium

The German state visit to Belgium continued today with visits to the Audi factory, a fashion museum, a youth center and the Rubens House. For these engagements, Queen Mathilde repeated a rosy-beige ruched calot hat. While the hat has been seen once before (at National Day Celebrations in 2011), the matching tone-on-tone print dress and wool silk coat are new additions and work well with the hat.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: July 21, 2011

Mathilde is often the model of elegance and has looked particularly well put together during this state visit, don’t you agree?

Photos from Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A./CorbisChristophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A./CorbisWolfgang Kumm/dpa/CorbisFrederic Sierakowski / Pool/Photo News S.A./Corbis, Frederic Sierakowski / Pool/Photo News S.A./Corbis, and Wolfgang Kumm/dpa/Corbis

Belgian Monarchs Welcome German State Visit

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium welcomed German President Joachim Gauck  and his partner Daniela Schadt to Brussels yesterday for the first of a three-day state visit to Belgium.

Queen Mathilde, March 8, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats

For the official welcome, Queen Mathilde repeated the dove grey straw rounded pillbox with knotted bow trim on the back. The first time we saw this piece, it topped and elegant but slightly bland monochrome ensemble. Today, Mathilde paired it with an exquisite sea foam green and grey patterned coat and green dress. The pairing might be a subtle change from the original but one that balances the simple hat beautifully.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 12, 2016

What do you think of this repeated piece on Queen Mathilde today?

Queen Mathilde, March 8, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats

Photos from Didier Lebrun/Photo News S.A./CorbisDidier Lebrun/Photo News S.A./CorbisWolfgang Kumm/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, and Didier Lebrun/Photo News S.A./Corbis

Seeing Double: Queen Mathilde

Royal HatsLooking into my archives on Queen Mathilde’s hats recently, I found an interesting pair of picture hats, both designed by Fabienne Delvigne and worn, each for the first time, just eight days apart:

Princess Mathilde, May 11, 2001 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Navy and white version worn during a Swedish state visit to Belgium,  May 11, 2001

Black and white version at the May 19, 2001 wedding of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands

Both hats are fantastic- the shape of the large mushroom brim is wonderful and the contrasting trim, in classic navy and black, makes for such timeless and elegant combinations. I’m just curious why Princess Mathilde, as she was then, ordered such similar versions of the same hat and wore them so close together?

Photos from Photonews via Getty and Getty as indicated