King Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their Canadian state visit yesterday with tours of the National Gallery and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. For the second day in a row, Queen Mathilde applied a diplomatic hand to her fashion choices, repeating a casque style headpiece in overlapping dark orange-red maple leaves.
The mixed brown and orange-red leaves that were part of this hat at the time of its first outing, on a state visit to Japan in October 2016
, have clearly gone renovation. This updated version all in red is not only a better fit for this Canadian visit but works better with this design- the single colour highlights the layered, textural beauty of the hat itself. It’s really beautiful on Mathilde, and that wasn’t an adjective I would have used for the first version. The single colour also works better with this ensemble- the topper compliments and no longer competes with Queen Mathilde’s floral patterned skirt.
I imagine it difficult to hit the right balance on diplomatic dressing and I think Queen Mathilde’s choices on this tour so far- bold red and this maple leave headpiece- have offered a thoughtful nod to her Canadian hosts without veering into twee territory. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this hat, it’s renovation, and it’s choice for this tour.
Photos from Benoit Doppange via Belga