Belgian State Visit To Korea: Day 3

The Belgian state visit to Korea continued today with a busy program that saw Queen Mathilde attend a seminars on sustainable development and climate change and visit the smart city Songdo while King Philippe participated in a business forum, a health care symposium, entrepreneurship networking and a taekwondo demonstration. For these engagements, Queen Mathilde repeated her red fabric-covered button percher hat, trimmed with a double looped bow and black quills.

During its first outing, I didn’t appreciate how the hat’s pleats link not only with the skirt on this ensemble, but with the jacket’s pleated collar and cuffs. Yes, it’s a lot of red but the colour is fantastic on Mathilde and I think the smaller scale of this brimless hat makes it work. It’s polished and punchy- two good things for a royal hat on tour.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Angela” bibi design.
Previously Worn: February 17, 2014

Thoughts about this hat’s second outing?

Photos from social media as indicated

9 thoughts on “Belgian State Visit To Korea: Day 3

  1. Mathilde at her best. It’s great how the hat matches the pleats. And yet, even despite the red, it all feels very balanced. Very well done!

  2. I do like this hat, good colour and nice detail. The one reservation I have is the effect of the feathers coming out of a spout like a fountain. I can see from the side /back views that it isn’t actually a spout, but that’s what it looks like from the front. I can’t help feeling there could have been a more subtle way of anchoring the feathers, or a slightly different placement of them, or of the folded fabric, that wouldn’t create this effect.

  3. Mathilde at the top of her game! this is a lovely example of haute royal style, and the matchy-matchy theme is exquisitely executed.
    I agree with Jake and Sunny that the first placement was better, but this placement by no means bad. I love all the detail in the hat, and the quills are a sweet touch (although i think that bent one needs replacing :).
    Added bonus: in the first twitter video from W. Dehandschutter, hearing Mathilde speaking English (“zet’s emezzing!”) in her soft French/Belgian accent.

  4. I prefer it without the feathers they look a bit thin and doesn’t add anything imo , again the whole ensemble is well thought off,

  5. Red is such a good colour for Queen Mathilde. Not many blondes can wear it so well. It’s a good hat but I preferred the placement of the hat the first time. It’s funny as it’s just a few centimetres but it makes so much difference.

  6. I can’t believe it’s been so long since she last wore this! I do prefer the placement of its first outing, but otherwise a successful reappearance of this fantastic cocktail hat.

  7. I love this hat! The pleating and trim add interest, but it feels balanced and goes so well with the look. Definite success!!

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