King Philippe and Queen Mathilde greeted Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan, who arrived in Belgium this morning to begin a state visit. At first glance, I thought Queen Mathilde, who looked striking in royal blue, was wearing the same calot hat she wore for her recent visit to Luxembourg. Alas, the hat she wore today is different. Looking closely at this ensemble, I fell in love with Mathilde’s dress but thought her hat fell flat. The calot shape was a perfect pair for the structured dress but the seam down the middle of the hat and the single feather made the hat lack both polish and punch in my estimation. And when a royal hat lacks both of these things, what’s the point of it being there? Royal blue is a marvelous colour for Mathilde while she looked great overall (those shoes are killer!), I think she would have looked just as great without this hat. Maybe even better. But enough about my ranting- what do you think about Mathilde’s outfit and hat today?
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new