King’s Day 2012

Belgium celebrated King’s Day today and members of the royal family attended the traditional Te Deum sung at Cathedrale des Saints-Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels. Queen Paola was not in attendance and Princess Claire did not wear a hat. Princess Astrid and Princess Mathilde, however, were in hats for the celebration service.

On paper, I should dislike Mathilde’s velvet headband- it’s barely a half hat in a burgundy velvet fabric that mildly clashes with her red tweed wool dress and coat. In reality, however, I really like the way this Fabienne Delvigne design frames her face and adds softness, something a velvet hat usually does not do. The burgundy accessories work beautifully against Mathilde’s coat (thanks to the collar and dress in the same colour).

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I love a classic wide brimmed Garbo hat and on its own, this one is fine. It’s just the pairing with those green pants that I can’t bring myself to like.
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2 thoughts on “King’s Day 2012

  1. I like Princess Mathilde’s hat from the front, but not from the back. I just keep thinking someone took a big bite out of it!

    • It is unique, isn’t it! I like it- even though the colour is different than her dress and it’s open in the back, the whole outfit kinds of works together.

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