Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

European royals gathered in Waterloo, Belgium yesterday to participate in a ceremony hosted by the Belgian government to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The 1815 battle, which saw the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte and the restoration of Louis XVIII to the French throne, is being celebrated during three days of grand scale re-enactments which include more than 5000 historical re-enactors from around the world. The Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg monarchs were on hand yesterday for the first event.

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As hostess for this ceremony, Queen Mathilde stood out in a natural straw hat with large, flat crown and wide mushroom brim. The considerable scale of the piece was lovely on Mathilde and gave some neutral grounding to her vibrant goldenrod dress and jacket. We haven’t seen this piece worn since 2004 and it was lovely to see it again.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 26, 2004

Queen Máxima repeated her silver grey silk ringed headpiece with new grey and blue lace dress. In the past I have been rather critical of these open-topped headpieces and while I’m still not in love with this one (and retain quibbles about the puckered seams), I appreciate it much more. The open top gives this piece a lightness needed for a summer hat and places the focus on  Máxima’s face.  This is the third outfit we have seen Máxima pair with this headpiece (we’ll look at those in greater detail in a few weeks) and is, so far, my favourite.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: April 4, 2014November 24, 2013; Oct. 20, 2007

The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg topped her oyster-grey suit with a domed pillbox hat made of the same fabric. We have seen Maria Teresa in numerous pillbox hats over the past year and the shape suits her well. The ensemble is a little bland for my taste, however, and I would have loved even a subtle bit of colour to liven it.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Marchioness of Douro (née Jemma Kidd), who is the Duke of Wellington’s daughter-in-law, wore a Philip Treacy percher hat in cream, trimmed with a signature Treacy twist.

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It always seems that the European royals are delighted to get together and this event was no different. What did you think of the royal hats seen yesterday in Belgium?

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13 thoughts on “Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

  1. All the Benelux women look very nice, although I don’t care for the ‘untidy’ lace finish around Maxima’s neckline and sleeves, seems a little odd with the crisp centre panel of the dress. But that’s just a small detail and only noticeable close up, which I wouldn’t have been, had I been there! I don’t like the head wraps as a rule, but have to admit this one works with this dress. Mathilde looks lovely and Maria-Terese very nice too, if a little bland.

  2. Queen Maxima’s look is, once again, spoiled for me by wrinkles. Either because of her choices of fabric or – more likely – too tight a fit, her dresses pull through the upper leg giving an unkempt appearance. Looking back through postings over the last few months, one can see how much better she looks in a shape that does not hug her hips so tightly.

  3. Loved Queen Mathilde’s outfit and hat, and the earrings were a wow! Loved loved loved those. It is always a delight to see the Benelux families getting together. They have a wonderful rapport, and really seem to enjoy other’s company tremendously. Maria Teresa looked nice, and she does look well in a pillbox hat. These pictures were especially good because I could see Queen Maxima’s dress more clearly, and it was better than I had originally thought. Funny that she wore a smaller earring than usual, and Mathilde brought out the big guns!

  4. A bit off subject but I can’t get enough of Queen Maxima’s brooch (and the earrings are nothing to scoff at either). Three large black pearls plus diamonds and platinum. Exquisite!

  5. I’m not wowed by any of these. Queen Mathilde’s is nice but not WOW. I guess the exploding canons and hundreds of riders in costumes were the “WOW” and maybe that’s why these Queens played it low key

  6. Oooh, I’m loving this take on Chanel’s “New Look” by Mathilde! This hat looks wonderful on her, especially when paired with her lemon-yellow outfit. Maxima’s dove grey and slate-colored lace dress is beyond beautiful, and definitely helps improve this hat for me (although I’m still not thrilled with it). Maria Teresa looked fine for the occasion, but the color’s a bit boring and I would like to see her in some brimmed hats again. The Marchioness of Douro needs to, again, do something with her hair to improve her look.

  7. I am slightly surprised that the Marchioness of Douro wore her hair like this, with her background in fashion. It really doesn’t look tidy and appropriate. As for the two Queens, I thought they looked smashing. The Grand Duchess looked very nice. I agree that the muted colours are perhaps better on her than the shocking pink she loves so much.

  8. Not a fan of the Philip Treacy hat – and Max gets an OK pass from me despite it’s a donut hat – it’s at least not one of her ‘paper-bag’ ones

  9. They all look fine. Glad the GD is wearing a muted colour instead of her pink. Queen Max hat s nice from the front and although strange how it wraps around her ear it is OK.

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