King Philippe and Queen Mathilde spent the first of two days yesterday in Montreal, the francophone leg of their state visit to Canada. For their daytime program, which included visits to an aviation manufacturing facility with Belgian investment and a culinary school specializing in fine Belgian chocolate, Queen Mathilde wore a boldy patterned coat and dress with a vibrant orange new hat.
I think an orange hat was the right colour to pair with the strong print on the coat and dress and I adore that Queen Mathilde is brave enough to carry it off. The leaf trim, however, looks unnecessarily clunky and sets the piece off balance for me. If you look at the middle picture above, you’ll also see that the quality of sewing under leaves is really poor. On this occasion- a foreign tour at the end of winter- I think a full pillbox with closed crown and some type of embellishment might have been a better option.
Previously Worn: This hat is new