Belgian Royal Visit The Hague

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands welcomed King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium for a visit today (as is customary for a new king and queen to pay a visit to their more senior colleagues). After touring the Hague, the Belgian couple were guests for lunch at in Noordeinde Palace. Queen Máxima wore a large rounded navy pillbox. While this was an unusually simple hat for her, it was offset by the rather dramatic (and unattractive, if you ask me), navy bow on her dress.

Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats BlogQueen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde continued her streak of enviable statement hats with this wave-shaped hat in bright magenta wool felt.

Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

It looks like a very enjoyable visit was hat by all. Now – what did you think of the hats?

Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, Nov. 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Máxima’s hat designer: unknown
Mathilde’s hat designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Michel Porro via Hello Magazine; and Michel Porro via Zimbio 

15 thoughts on “Belgian Royal Visit The Hague

  1. Curiously enough, while I don’t dislike the huge bow and quite like both hats, I can’t get my eyes off of hands… the dark gloves with naked arms (on a presumably rather chilly day) for Maxima, the Belgian king and queen hand in hand – aren’t they cute?

  2. What can one say about Queen Max, she is always trying something new and sometimes it a hit or a miss, the *hat* is fabulous and the color, this navy really suits Max, the dress, why oh why that ugly bow……way to big, it overpowers that whole outfit. Maybe she wants to standout in the crowd and be seen, she sure di that with this dress. Queen Mathilde’s hat and dress are great, I love her hat, very pretty and suits her.

  3. They both look fabulous. I love Max’s dress – and bow. If you downsized the bow by 50% as others have suggested – it would have been a huge YAWN!!!

  4. This seems to be Mathilde’s “go to” dress style, she has worn it often in many different fabrics and levels of formality, and it works well for her….hat is not a personal favorite here, but she always gets points for trying.
    Dear Max, she’s more fun than a barrel full of Princess Margarets! This is absolutely the apex pillbox…just perfect – scale, hairstyle, how she wears it – even in it’s austerity. The dress either helps or harms — it’s a coin toss. One way or the other, it’s absolutely Maxima, bless her royal heart!

  5. Now this hat of Maxima’s could serve as our definition of a pillbox! As pillboxes go, it’s a good one, and very well planned to play second fiddle to the statement dress (if I can put it like that…) I love Mathilde’s hat! Gorgeous shade, flattering shape and a lot of interest, kept within bounds by all being a single colour.

  6. How nicely coordinated the two couples are – notice how the ties the men are wearing echo the colors of the ladies dresses, subtly. I love Mathilde’s hats lately as well – I like the bow and wave shape very much. She looks great. Maxima also looks wonderful though I would downsize her bow about 50%, that way, it still has that dramatic feature but not so cartoonishly large. I really like wool felt for a hat material.

  7. I love both of these hats, and I think both Queen’s look absolutely lovely. Everything is perfect except for that hideous bow. Now where did I put those scissors! 🙂

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