King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are in Canada for a state visit this week. For their official welcome in Ottawa yesterday, Queen Mathilde often employs a diplomatic approach to dressing on overseas visits and did so in red head to toe (with a substantial gold maple leaf brooch to boot!). She repeated the hat she debuted during the Dutch state visit in late 2016, a wide brimmed design in velvet felt with off-center peaked crown and gently upswept brim.
When we first saw this hat wrote, “We seldom see hats of this size and scale that are completely unadorned and I really like how the subtle details in the shape of this piece provide everything it needs to be interesting and beautiful. Some might think it has an off-putting cowboy vibe but I adore how the shape’s unapologetic boldness.” I really can’t think of much else to say. The hat DOES have a western feel but this, with its graphic lines, is what makes it so interesting.
Previously Worn: Nov 29, 2016
We often credit Queen Máxima with top marks for millinery bravery and while this is unquestionably warranted, I can’t help looking at this hat and wondering, somehow, if we’ve overlooked or downplayed equally bold and daring looks on Queen Mathilde? This hat is not for the faint of heart, yet Queen Mathilde carries it off here with ease.
What are your thoughts on this red hat yesterday in Canada?