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:
Neutral straw hats in 2000 and 2002; a more vibrant pink and brown Christophe Coppens design in 2003
Smaller, creative headpieces in orange straw and pink silk organza in 2004 and 2005
Turning point- a dramatic pink pleated straw flying turban by Fabienne Delvgine in 2006
Different crystal and feathered headpieces for the 2007 Te Deum and parade, both by Fabienne Delvigne
Delvigne designed leaf green swirled percher and red and orange pleated headpiece in 2008
Two more Delvigne designs in 2009- a lace headband with large black bow and memorable pink ringed headpiece
A small black straw rosette headpiece and large, orange rimmed natural straw picture hat in 2010
A pale pink Fabienne Delvigne ruched toque hat and a black embellished beret percher by Philip Treacy in 2011
Return to a single hat for 2012’s festivities- a black trimmed headpiece in white straw by Fabienne Delvigne
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!
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?
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