Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1960 and the christening of King Philippe. Princess Paola (as she was at the time) wore an oddly proportioned hat with tall, pleated crown and wide brim.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to 50 years ago today, a visit to Toronto, and a young Princess Paola of Belgium in a tall crowned hat with cuffed brim.

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Hats From The Past

Royal Hats to a grand event that took place 55 years ago today. With Princess Margaret of Great Britain in a feathered helmet and Princess Paola (as was her title then) of Belgium in a luxe fur pillbox, the glamour at the wedding of King Baudouin and Fabiola de Mora y Aragón was palpable.

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Poll: Least Favourite Royal Hat of 2014

Royal HatsYou have made your nominations, dear readers, and now it is time to choose your least favourite royal hat of 2014. Please click on each of the following photos to link back to the original post with larger photos and information about each hat. Your finalists, in random order, are:

Queen Margrethe, March 9, 2014 | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Victoria, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, May 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

1.Queen Margrethe’s blue bowl hat   2.Crown Princess Victoria’s white fascinator   3.Queen Máxima’s beige headwrap

Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Paola, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 23, 2014 | Royal Hats

4.Queen Máxima’s black fascinator  5.Queen Paola’s navy sparkle cap
6. Pink headpiece of Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg  

Queen Mathilde, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Countess of Wessex, December 5, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Lady Helen Taylor, June 20, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

7.Queen Mathilde’s brown headwrap  8.Countess of Wessex’s burgundy stovepipe hat  9.Lady Helen Taylor’s black bow

Queen Máxima, May 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Anne, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, December 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 

10. Queen Máxima’s rose straw leaf   11.Princess Anne’s navy feathered picture hat  12.Queen Máxima’s oyster turban

The poll will remain open until next Friday, January 16 at midnight GMT and you are able to vote once every 24 hours. Stay tuned tomorrow for polls for favourite hat and best overall millinery style in 2014.

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Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family gathered today in the Cathedral Saints Michel et Gudule to bid farewell to Queen Fabiola. For this funeral, Queen Mathilde wore a new black fabric-covered headpiece that circled her head.

Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, December 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Paola wore a delicate veil in black Brussels lace.

Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid wore a headband trimmed with a stacked, double silk bow topped with a swath of dotted net tulle.

Princess Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria Laura wre a wide black felt headband while archduchess Elisabetta, wife of Prince Amadeo, wore a small black pillbox hat with rounded crown and grosgrain ribbon trim around the hat. Princess Luisa Maria was the only grandchild of King Albert and Queen Paola who did not attend the funeral (presumably, she was not able to leave her studies in England).

Princess Maria Laura, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Elisabetta, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire wore a charcoal grey hat which was simply trimmed with a wide ribbon around the crown. The flat brim of this hat was slightly upturned around the edge and the straight sided crown was gently domed at the top.

Princess Claire, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Louise wore her first hat for this important family event. Her mottled grey felt cloche was trimmed with a petite bow at the back.

Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Léa, widow of King Albert’s late half-brother Prince Alexander, wore a beautiful black lace veil. Princes Marie-Esméralda (younger half-sister of King Albert) wore a Victorian inspired black hat with net tulle trim. The back of the hat, which folded upward, was trimmed with several black satin bows.

Princess Léa and Princes Marie-Esméralda, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see hats worn by royal cousins from Luxembourg and Liechtenstein at this post and hats worn by representatives of other royal houses at this post.

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkOlivier PoletPool/Luc ClaessenPatrick van Katwijk, Christophe Licoppe, Pool/Luc Claessen, Didier Lebrun, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van KatwijkDidier Lebrun, Christophe LicoppePieter Jan Vanstockstraeten, Didier Lebrun, Didier Lebrun, and Didier Lebrun, all via Corbis 

Royal Hats this Year: Belgium

Year in Review 2014Here are all of the Belgian royal hats we saw this year (click on each photo to link its original post with larger views of each hat):

Princess Léa and Princess Marie-Esmeralda (#2 and 3)

1. Princess Léa, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  2. Princess Marie-Esmeralda, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  3. Princess Marie-Esmeralda, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria-Laura (#4 and 5), Archduchess Elisabetta (#6) and Princess Astrid

4. Princess Maria-Laura, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  5. Princess Maria Laura, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats  6. Princess Elisabetta, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats  7. Princess Astrid, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  8. Princess Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Paola

 9. Queen Paola, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  10. Queen Paola, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire and Princess Louise (#15)

11. Princess Claire, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 12. Princess Claire, July 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Princess Claire, November 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Claire, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 15. Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde

16. Queen Mathilde, February 6, 2014 in Dior | The Royal Hats Blog 17. Queen Mathilde, February 17, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog 18. Queen Mathilde, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 19. Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

20. Queen Mathilde, March 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog 21.  Queen Mathilde, March 30, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 22. Queen Mathilde, April 1, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog 23. Queen Mathilde, June 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

24. Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Queen Matilde, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 26. Queen Mathilde, July 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 27. Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

28. Queen Mathilde, August 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Queen Mathilde, October 28, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 30. Queen Mathilde, Novemer 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Queen Mathilde, Decmeber 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Queen Mathilde, Decmeber 13, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list of favourite royal hats this year? Is there one you want to nominate for your least favourite hat of 2014?

*Update: Belgian royal hats worn on December 12 and December 13 have been added to this list.

Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Belgian Royals

The Royal Hats Blog Another royal family with close ties to the Spanish royals are those from the Kingdom of Belgium (due in part to Spanish born Queen Fabiola). These close ties were evident on May 22, 2004 when the entire Belgian royal family attended the wedding of The Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.

Queen Paola looked very elegant in a burgundy printed floral dress, cream coat and burgundy accessories. The star of her burgundy straw hat was a wide, upturned brim with shredded edge (a signature Fabienne Delvigne design element at the time). On its own, this hat does not seem remarkable but in combination with the other elements of Queen Paola’s ensemble, looked stylish, polished and wonderfully vibrant on her.

Queen Poala, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvgine | Royal Hats Queen Poala, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvgine | Royal Hats

Queen Fabiola topped her dove grey dress and purple and grey floral coat with a lilac purple hat. With a squared crown and brim that gently turned upward around the sides and back of the hat, the shape of this hat worked very well with Fabiola’s hairstyle. Trimmed with silk blooms and ribbon around the crown, I thought this hat was a very pretty choice for her.

Queen Fabiola, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats  Queen Fabiola, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Brabant wowed in a pale grey straw picture hat trimmed in a wrap of sea foam green and grey burnt feathers around the crown. I particularly love the fluid shape of this hat’s brim which was highlighted so beautifully against the open neck of Mathilde’s coat. Royal outfits in pale hues can easily look bland or washed out but I think the combination of Mathilde’s light green dress, pale grey coat and hat was absolute perfection.

 Duchess of Brabant, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne| Royal Hats  Duchess of Brabant, May 22, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne| Royal Hats

Princess Astrid was downright plucky in her choice of ensemble for this wedding, topping her bright pink jacket and polka dot skirt with a black cocktail hat trimmed with large white and bright pink pompom discs. It was certainly a bold and adventurous look that displayed Astrid’s daring fashion sense (something I always admire). I just can’t shake the thought, however, that this hat looks like a black plate topped with scoops of vanilla and strawberry ice cream.

Princess Astrid, May 22, 2004| Royal Hats Princess Astrid, May 22, 2004| Royal Hats

Another hat I adored at this wedding was worn by Princess Claire. Her raspberry straw picture hat with square crown and cartwheel brim was embellished with just a simple band around the crown. The lack of embellishment was perfect for this hat’s pairing with Claire’s boldly patterned coat. The overall look was bright, fun, feminine and very chic.

Princess Claire, May 22, 2004| Royal Hats Princess Claire, May 22, 2004| Royal Hats

I thought the Belgian royals were a particularly well dressed bunch at this wedding- several of these hats are among my favourites from this event and seem to be as stylish today as they were a decade ago. Do any stand out to you?

 First thing tomorrow morning, we will look at the hats worn by the Swedish and Norwegian royal families.

Photos from  A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert via Getty; Corbis via The Royal Forums;  Pedro Armestre, Getty Images/Stringer, Getty Images/Stringer and A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert via Getty; The Royal Forums; El Mundo;  A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, and A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert via Getty