Belgian Monarchs Visit Toronto

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their state visit to Canada yesterday with a stop in Toronto. For the day’s program, which included a meeting with Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and a stop at the Ontario Legislature, Queen Mathilde repeated her dove grey felt hat with high fedora-Homberg hybrid crown and short, downward facing brim simply trimmed with a double row of pleated ribbon trim. It’s a simple but chic piece that coordinated beautifully with Mathilde’s grey and green printed coat and green dress.

Mar 14, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats

Mar 14, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats Mar 14, 2018 in FD | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Brunella” design
Previously Worn: Oct 14, 2015

We’ve not seen this hat since its first outing during a state visit to Poland and while the accompanying ensemble there was lovely, I prefer its pairing with this dress and coat. What do you think about this hat

9 thoughts on “Belgian Monarchs Visit Toronto

  1. I too feel that this lovely grey hat went better with its matching grey ensemble in 2015. With today’s outfit it’s too different in style to coordinate well – it actually comes across to me as not dressy enough, too informal.
    Here’s a different hat which Mathilde wore with this dress-coat ensemble in 2016. It’s a very small hat and quite basic, but it blends in, so I prefer it with today’s outfit, to the grey hat.

  2. I liked this hat better with the first outfit. Here it stands out too much. I also would prefer a smaller hat for what seems to be a mostly indoor event.

  3. The ribbon pattern of this hat matchs Queen Mathilde’s gray dress from last event. I prefer this hat with the gray dress and coat.

  4. I actually prefer the hat with the first outfit. It being all of the same color seems more elegant. The hat with this patterned and floaty coat seems to clash in styles.

  5. The last photograph illustrates the one problem with this otherwise lovely hat: it obscures part of the queen’s face, and throws the rest into shadow. What lovely ensemble overall, however!

  6. Elegant as ever. (I worked at The Hospital for Sick Children on University Avenue many moons ago, so it’s nice to see HM visit there.)

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