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:
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
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.
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?
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.
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./Corbis, Christophe Licoppe/Photo News S.A./Corbis, Wolfgang Kumm/dpa/Corbis, Frederic Sierakowski / Pool/Photo News S.A./Corbis, Frederic Sierakowski / Pool/Photo News S.A./Corbis, and Wolfgang Kumm/dpa/Corbis
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.
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.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 12, 2016
What do you think of this repeated piece on Queen Mathilde today?
Photos from Didier Lebrun/Photo News S.A./Corbis, Didier Lebrun/Photo News S.A./Corbis, Wolfgang Kumm/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, and Didier Lebrun/Photo News S.A./Corbis
Looking 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:
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
One royal who has embraced vibrant hued hats is Queen Mathilde. While she has numerous pink, magenta, and burgundy pieces, we’re going to focus our look today on all things truly red within her millinery closet. Over the past sixteen years of her royal life, Queen Mathilde has worn nine red designs:
1. 2. 3.
Introduced: May 8, 2001; October 15, 2002; June 20, 2006
Designer: All are Fabienne Delvigne
4. 5. 6.
Introduced: July 21, 2008; October 19, 2013; November 6, 2013
Designer: All are Fabienne Delvigne
7. 8. 9.
Introduced: February 17, 2014; April 21, 2015; June 25, 2015
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Within this group of nine there is considerable diversity of shape- a saucer, a calot, a pleated beret, picture hats in straw and wool (including one crown-less design), and two more avant garde numbers that involve pleats and rings. The other thing that stands out to me most here is that five of these nine pieces have been introduced into service over the past two and a half years (since Mathilde became queen). Some other European monarchs seem to have given up the tradition of hat wearing and I’m thrilled that Mathilde has not chosen to do the same. Of these nine pieces, which ones do you think she wears best?
Note: While hat #4 was also included in the orange inventory, I couldn’t leave it out here. It’s as red as it is orange so we’ll include it in both inventories.
Photos from Van Parys Media/Sygma/Corbis; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; RoyalPress Nieboer/dpa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Olivier Polet/Corbis; Albert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis; Sean Gallup via Corbis; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis; and Getty as indicated
Members of the Belgian royal family gathered at Notre Dame Church in Laeken today to take part in an annual Te Deum mass in memory of deceased family members. For the service, Queen Mathilde repeated a grey felt Garbo style hat with rounded crown and slightly floppy brim. Trimmed simply with a slim leather band around the base of the crown, this hat’s impact comes from the relaxed shape of its brim. It’s a stylish piece that Mathilde wears well (jump over to this post to see this hat paired with other outfits)
Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (who is a first cousin to King Philippe) also attended the service this year. Princess Margaretha repeated a simple black brimless bumper hat. During past outings, this hat has appeared to be a pillbox but if you look closely at this photo, you’ll see a rounded crown surrounded by a bumper brim.
Princes Marie Esmeralda and Princess Léa (standing beside King Philippe, below) also attended although neither wore hats. While Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire often attend this event, they did not this year. This made for a less dynamic group of Belgian royal hats than we usually see at the Te Deum, leaving just two for us to admire this year.