Queen Mathilde Launches Patrol Ship

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.

Queen Mathilde, July 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, July 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, July 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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!

Photos from Jasper Jacobs/Stringer and Jasper Jacobs/Stringer and Jasper Jacobs/Stringer via Getty; and Patrick van Katwijk via Twitter; and Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press Europe

20 thoughts on “Queen Mathilde Launches Patrol Ship

  1. I can understand that Mat likes to wear hats by a Belgian milliner, but surely there must be more than one in the entire country! These “bandage hats” make me think maybe Ms Delvigne is running out of ideas, what with having to supply hats to Max as well (and why doesn’t Max wear hats by a Dutch milliner, there must be one, or two?)

  2. Much better than the wedding bandage. Not great, but also better then either of the larger versions worn by the Grand Duchess and Maxima, in my opinion. Prettier colour, better scale.

  3. No, no, no. It looks like she’s a lobotomy patient. I mean no disrespect to lobotomy patients, with this comment!

  4. This one works for me. –it almost looks like feathers, and I find the wispiness of it lovely. This works much better for me than the wrap hat she wore to Prince Amedeo’s wedding, which truly brought to mind gauze bandaging.

  5. Love the colour tho not that of bag and shoes.However it looks unkempt and raggy and maybe would be improved if it sat more neatly. Love the dress. Whole outfit would be improved with pastel accessories. Not as bad as the wedding bandage!

  6. I think this hat could work in theory, it’s just that the execution and placement are badly off. It is too far forward. Place it back a bit and let a couple of wisps of hair maybe fall from underneath it and it might soften it a bit and make it look more natural. It all looks a bit “try hard” and is it perhaps a tad too big for Mathilde? I have to say that personally I do love a natural looking, organic, textured, frayed kind of look in fashion – when done classily and tastefully and with a less is more kind of vibe – so this hat is kinda drawing me in…..I’d have to say too that the colour is DIVINE. I wonder if we will see it again.

  7. I love your description of this hat. Indeed it does seem like scraps of material were thrown together to cover her head to pretend it is a hat. I don’t like any of these “hats” which Max and Mathilde have been wearing lately with a donut hole in the middle. Call these things a bandage on the head or a laurel wreath around the head of an afterthought when a real hat was forgotten, they make a poor substitution for a hat.

  8. That term “head bandage” always comes up with head coverings like this. I take it that the designers and the wearers see something different. I wonder what it is.

    • You speak for me too Snug Harbor, as I cannot understand why an intelligent woman like Mathilde wouldn’t make the connection between the similarities of this head-piece and the one she wore recently at the royal wedding of Prince Amedeo, to head bandages!

  9. No No and NO! I lived through many phases of the turban hats – 40s 50s and 60s incarnations and I put up with those – but at my age I refuse to like anything that reminds me again of those horrible things like these rings of yuck Mat and Max are wearing now.

  10. SHe’s a lovely lady, but this “hat” puts me in mind of a patient running away from the ER before the doctor was through applying the full-head bandage. Make it stop, Mathilde, make it stop!

  11. Yes improvement over the burlap wrap from last week. Would have been nicer in aqua like the colour in her dress. I sort of like it. She and Max seem to dress alike. At least she is not wearing a double breasted open neckline coat. The hat is bordering on OK. Her purse and shoes clash with her dress and hat.

  12. Well, the color suits her, and that’s about it whereas the hat goes. Love the dress though, may be non matching accessories (f.e. aqua for the bag, pink for the shoes or vice versa) would have made it even more interesting.

  13. With the ratty edges and haphazard manner of construction, and the open crown (!) , it is not the slightest bit elegant, and I would think this engagement would call for some elegance from this Queen. It gets a “no” from me.

  14. Hmmm. Not really a fan of the head bandages we are seeing lately. At the very least I would have chosen a stronger color. The coral of her other accessories or the aqua in the dress.

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