Belgian Royals Host Australian State Visit

Australian Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lynne, arrived in Belgium yesterday for a three-day state visit. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed the Australian visitors at an official ceremony on the Place des Palais.

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For this event, Queen Mathilde repeated her button base cocktail hat wrapped in red silk abaca, trimmed with silk abaca loops and a large red feather.

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The first time we saw this hat, its wrapping and looped trim looked a little unkempt to me. I didn’t feel that way at all about the hat today- perhaps the success of its pairing with this exquisite pink floral embroidered dress. While the delicate dress is a beauty on its own, the red hat, clutch and shoes add a punchy and unexpected note that reduces the dress’ sweetness. I think it’s a great ensemble for Queen Mathilde and particularly love how the hat’s silk abaca takes on that wonderful iridescent sheen in natural light.
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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the Arpège design.
Previously Worn: Oct 13, 2016
Thoughts about this repeated red hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated

14 thoughts on “Belgian Royals Host Australian State Visit

  1. I like the placement better this time; she turned the base, so the feather isn’t swooping over the front so much, but rather going towards the back, and I think this improves the whole look of the hat (which was good to begin with). I’m preferred the dress and her hairstyle from the first outing, but this dress is also a good choice, especially for the summer.

    • It’s a material woven together from silk and fine abaca fibers (taken from the leaf sheath around the trunk of the abaca plant, a close relation to the banana) that is used in millinery- here’s a great explanation with video to show how beautifully it drapes.

  2. The hat itself isn’t a standout, but I like the way it picks up the red from the dress. It’s surprisingly versatile, worn well with two very different dresses.

  3. The hat looks great and the dress is beautiful! My nit-pick is about the number of red accessories and if that doesn’t make it too matchy matchy. I was thinking nude shoes might have been a bit better. Just a minor thing about a very good look. I also like Lady Cosgrove’s outfit even if it is a bit wintry looking for summertime.

    • It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere so Lady Cosgrove’s outfit is appropriate for her. I do like both ladies’ hats.

  4. I agree with you, HatQueen. This hat looks great with this beautiful dress. The hat on its own is an interesting artistic creation full of texture and sheen.

  5. I like this hat much better this time than the previous wearing — I agree that this lighter colored dress really helps the hat stand out (as well as being beautiful on its own). When I first saw these photos, I assumed the dress pattern was printed, but if embroidered, it really is exquisite! (And I love that red feather!)

    Maja, I tried to find information about state vs official visits for Belgium, but could only find info for the U.S. According to Wikipedia, the Governor General is the representative of the Queen as head of state, while the Prime Minister is the head of government. Does that mean that in terms of status when visiting other countries, the Governor General has a higher rank than the Prime Minister?

    • It depends on the country. But yes, in countries that have a Governor General and a Prime Minister the GG is head of state and makes state visits.
      In monarchies it is the king or queen and in countries that have a President and a Prime Minister it is the President doing the state visits.

  6. I like this hat, works well with the dress. The colour is particularly good for Queen Mathilde.
    I believe this is a state visit, not an official visit.

  7. I like this hat! It’s a great color and I love the motion from the trim. Perhaps it would be better not quite so far forward, but it’s really a wonderful look for the queen. And I like Mrs. (Lady?) Cosgrove’s black hat too! It looks quite fun!

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