As promised, we’re going to continue our inventory of orange hued royal hats with a peek into Queen Mathilde’s closet:
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Designer: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne
Last Appeared:July 21, 2004; May 2, 2009; July 21, 2014
UPDATE: Since this post’s publication, Queen Mathilde has added several additional orange hats to her wardrobe:
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne custom
First Appeared: October 16, 2019
Finally, there is one more hat that deserves inclusion here- a natural straw picture hat with wide orange stripe around the brim. Queen Mathilde first wore this piece for National Day in July 2010 (below left) and repeated it most recently while on a July 2012 visit to Burundi (below right).
A hand full of orange hats in a royal millinery closet might not sound like much but in relation to the size of Mathilde’s overall wardrobe, I think it is significant. I’m also struck by the bold shapes and brave shades she has chosen- this is not orange for the faint of heart! Queen Mathilde wears orange well and my guess is that we will see more hats in this colour appear in coming years. For now, what do you think of this collection?
Photos from Newscom; The Belgian Monarchy; Benoit Doppange, Photonews and Christophe Licoppe © Photo Newsvia Getty; Benoit Doppange via Belga; Julien Warnand/epa/Corbis; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis; Albert van der Werf/dpa/Corbis;