Queen Mathilde of Belgium traveled to Zeebrugge naval base today to christen the new Belgian Navy patrol ship P901 ‘Castor’. For this ceremony, she unveiled a new headpiece made of rough-edged pink strips of straw that wrapped in a loose orb around her head. While from a head-on view, the movement of this headpiece frames Mathilde’s face quite beautifully, this hat leaves a rather haphazard impression (almost as if Mathilde arrived at this engagement, realized she had forgot her hat and hastily threw some scraps of leftover fabric on her head in an effort to make due). I do want to acknowledge royal millinery that creatively pushes boundaries but this hat seems so much less avant garde as we have already seen versions of it on Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Queen Máxima.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat
While this headpiece falls short for me, I am most curious to hear your thoughts!