Summer or Winter?

Royal Hats 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

Day 3 of Belgian State Visit to Poland

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.

Queen Mathilde, October 15, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, October 15, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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.

Queen Mathilde, October 15, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsQueen Mathilde, October 15, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Designer of Queen Mathilde’s hat: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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Day 2 of Belgian State Visit to Poland

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.

Queen Mathilde, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats

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.

Queen Mathilde, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda wowed many readers yesterday in her supremely elegant grey dress, coat and bumper hat. I thought the rakish angle she placed her navy pillbox today was spot on as well.
Agata Kornhauser-Duda, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats  Agata Kornhauser-Duda, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats

Belgian Monarchs Begin State Visit To Poland

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.

 Belgian state visit to Poland, October 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. 
Previously Worn: While Queen Mathilde has a similar hat in red, this hat is new
Photos from Getty as indicated and Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto/Corbis

Belgian Monarchs Welcome Turkish State Visit

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.

Queen Mathilde, October 5, 2015 in Elvis Pompilio | Royal Hats

  Queen Mathilde, October 5, 2015 in Elvis Pompilio | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, October 5, 2015 in Elvis Pompilio | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, October 5, 2015 in Elvis Pompilio | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, October 5, 2015 in Elvis Pompilio | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, October 5, 2015 in Elvis Pompilio | Royal Hats

Designer: Elvis Pompilio. Dress and coat by Ann Demeulemeester
Previously Worn: December 3, 2013

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Belgian National Day 2015

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.

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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.

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

 Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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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Queen Mathilde’s National Day Hats

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:

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2000 | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2002 | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2003 | Royal Hats

Neutral straw hats in 2000 and 2002; a more vibrant pink and brown Christophe Coppens design in 2003

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2004 | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2005 | Royal Hats

Smaller, creative headpieces in orange straw and pink silk organza in 2004 and 2005

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Turning point- a dramatic pink pleated straw flying turban by Fabienne Delvgine in 2006  

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2007 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2007 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Different crystal and feathered headpieces for the 2007 Te Deum and parade, both by Fabienne Delvigne

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2008 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2008 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Delvigne designed leaf green swirled percher and red and orange pleated headpiece in 2008

 Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2009 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2009 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Two more Delvigne designs in 2009- a lace headband with large black bow and memorable pink ringed headpiece

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

A small black straw rosette headpiece and large, orange rimmed natural straw picture hat in 2010

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

A pale pink Fabienne Delvigne ruched toque hat and a black embellished beret percher by Philip Treacy in 2011

Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Princess Mathilde, July 21, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Return to a single hat for 2012’s festivities- a black trimmed headpiece in white straw by Fabienne Delvigne

  Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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!

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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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