King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium celebrated their country’s national holiday today by attending aTe Deum at the Cathédrale des Saints Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels with their young family. Queen Mathilde wore a dramatic dark orange straw picture hat with an asymmetrical brim. The focus of this new hat, designed by Fabienne Delvigne, was the rough, shredded edge of the brim. I’m not sure if this unfinished straw leans toward the festive… or the messy. I do however, believe that Mathilde is one of the few royal women who looks beautiful in orange. It’s a great colour on her.
Little Princess Eléonore wore a pale pink bow in her hair while Princess Elisabeth added pale pink roses to her curled chignon.
This afternoon, the royal family was joined by the King’s siblings for the annual military parade along the Place des Palais in Brussels. Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este wore what I believe is her Lieutenant-colonel uniform and hat from her time in the Belgian Medical Component.
Prince Laurent wore his naval uniform and cap while and Princess Claire topped her white lace dress with a flat black bow fascinator. Black and white is always a classic look although I would have preferred Claire in a full-on hat. It was lovely to see her and Prince Laurent looking so animated after his health struggles earlier this year.
King Albert and Queen Paola did not attend this event- a decision, presumably, to keep the current King and Queen at the center of national day festivities.
What did you think of Queen Mathilde’s showstopping hat today?
Photos from Getty as indicated