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:
National Day in 2007, 2006 and 2012; Memorial Mass in February 2012
National Day 2003; Luxembourg Royal Wedding, October 20, 2012; National Day 2013
or statement hats and headpieces in unique and interesting shapes:
National Day in 2008 and 2004; March 2009 Tribute to King Albert; National Day 2010
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.
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 Corbis; Dutch 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