Queen Mathilde Presents Piano Competition Awards

Queen Mathilde was at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo today to present awards to laureates of this year’s prestigious Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. She used this event to début a new calot headpiece made of what looks to be black textured silk. The design features numerous cut-outs across the back that give it a light and summery feel that works beautifully with Mathilde’s leaf printed silk dress.

Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Some other reports suggest today’s hat is the same as the one Mathilde wore during her and the King’s inaugural visit to England on March 13, 2014 (below left) or on her visit to Ypres last summer (below right). You’ll note that both of these designs are in fact, different.
Queen Mathilde, March 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      Queen Mathilde, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
The design worn by the Belgian Queen today has a much lighter feel than her other black headpieces, making it a great one for summer. While we didn’t have the best view of it today, what are your initial impressions?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Lesoir; and HLN

Day 2 of Jordanian State Visit to Belgium

The Jordanian state visit to Belgium continued today with a tour of Brugge which included stops at a chocolate shop, a secondary school and the Town Hall. Queen Mathilde chose another new hat for these events, a pale pink calot trimmed in rows of coordinating lace trim and a mass of bows on the side. The lace stripes are my favourite part of the hat as they add lovely dimension and movement to the piece while visually separating it Mathilde’s dress- it’s a great visual trick that makes these two pieces, which are clearly made of the same fabric, not look overly matched.

Queen Mathilde, May 19, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Head-to-toe ensembles in the same colour can be tricky but this combination of dress and hat make it look effortless and Mathilde looks really pretty and elegant in it. What do you think of this new calot hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated and The Belgian Monarchy

Jordanian State Visit To Belgium

King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan arrived yesterday in Belgium for a three day state visit. While the first day saw no hats on either the host or visiting queens, today’s more formal programme (which included the official welcome) was a different story.

Queen Mathilde used this occasion to début a large hat in cream straw with a rounded crown and mushroom shaped brim

The stand out feature of this design is the very wide weave on the straw- a much wider weave than we’re used to seeing on straw hats. This rough weave is balanced by the hat’s crisp cream silk bands around the crown and brim that magically transforms it from something one might see at the beach to something that fits for a state visit. Paired with Mathilde’s streamlined yellow and cream hounds-tooth dress and cream accessories, the hat tops an ensemble that feels summery and effortless yet so very refined.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new
This hat is unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory- what do you think of it?
Photos from Getty as indicated

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 Kurt Desplenter via Belga; 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