Birthday of Princess Claire of Belgium

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Princess Claire of Belgium celebrates her 40th birthday today. As Claire does not have a formal royal role, we  see her just a few times a year at major royal events. Her hat style is a little fragmented- Claire seems to choose either classic picture hats with very understated embellishments:

 Princess Claire, July 21, 2007 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Claire, July 21, 2006 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Claire, July 21, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Claire, February 16, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog

National Day in 2007, 2006 and 2012; Memorial Mass in February 2012

Princess Claire, July 21, 2003 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Claire, October 20, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Claire, July 21, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

National Day 2003; Luxembourg Royal Wedding, October 20, 2012; National Day 2013

or statement hats and headpieces in unique and interesting shapes:

 Princess Claire, July 21, 2008 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Claire, July 21, 2004 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Claire, March 8, 2009 | Royal Hats 2010-07-21 National day 4

National Day in 2008 and 2004; March 2009 Tribute to King Albert; National Day 2010

 Princess Claire, February 20, 2008 | The Royal Hats Blog  July 21, 2013 | Royal Hats 2009-07-22 National DayR

Memorial Mass in 2008; National Day in 2013 and 2009

I admire her sense of millinery adventure and willingness to try different styles. Choosing a hat for Claire was difficult; in the end, I have gone with a classic wool fedora in a beautiful dark bottle green fur felt, trimmed with a vintage silk ribbon flower. This hat was made by Kristin Silverman of Silverhill Creative Millinery and I think it would be stunning on Claire.

Silverhill Creative Millinery

What kind of hat would you like to see Princess Claire wear? Please post a link to your hat choice for this Belgian princess (original photo source please) and a brief explanation of why you choose that hat for her.

Photos from Francois Lenoir via Corbis; Theirry Roge via Corbis; AFP/Stringer via Getty; Mark Renders/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Renders/Stringer via Getty; Pascal Le Segretain via Zimbio; Olivier Polet via CorbisDutch Photo Press; EPA via The Daily Mail; Theirry Roge via Corbis; Eric Lolmand via Getty; Olivier Polet via Corbis; Le Soir; and Silverhill Creative Millinery

24 thoughts on “Birthday of Princess Claire of Belgium

  1. I find many of these choices too twee and cutesy for Claire. Her aesthetic is modern so let’s give her what works so well for her. Rachel Trevor Morgan might not be the best designer for her but you get the idea.

  2. I love this fedora! Another idea would be a vintage-inspired 1960s pillbox. Wouldn’t she look great!

  3. Men traditionally wear a fedora hat but this one looks feminine and sensible. I like this hat very much.

  4. I like very much the hat you choose for Princess Claire. I think Fabienne Delvigne hats are good for her and I hope she continues to wear them. I like this black and white hat for Claire.

  5. Haven’t had a chance to pick out a hat for PC, but in general i like her hat sense…except that tulle thing!

  6. I’ve also never heard of this designer but LOVE the teal green and the vintage/modern vibe of this hat. Fabulous.

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