King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are on a working visit to the United States yesterday. Yesterday, Their program took them to the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. For this visit, Queen Mathilde wore a new hat created especially for this event and described by the designer as “a small bell hat made of red Panama and trimmed with ribbon and a matching bow.”
There is much to like about this piece- the scale is great on Mathilde and I like how the slightly squared crown gives some angular contrast to the rounded brim. I wish the hatband was pulled down a little in front to the base of the crown (it looks to be riding up a bit) but that’s an easy fix. Most of all, I admire how the patterned lace dress, blue earrings, and hat combine to form a red-white-and-blue ensemble that nods gently to her American hosts. Red, white and blue is hardly a subtle colour combination and if a sartorial patriotic nod was needed yesterday, this was a good way to do it.