Belgian Monarchs Visit Germany

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde touched down in Erfurt, Germany this morning to start a two-day visit to the regions of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.

For the first day of this visit, Queen Mathilde repeated a hugger percher covered in silver printed silk, trimmed with a slightly darker grey straw twist.

The silver hat is an interesting topper for Mathilde’s darker slate grey-blue dress, gleaming almost as a piece of jewelry (see here). The scale works well on the Belgian queen and is a good choice for a day of events where, let’s face it, she is very likely to be the only person in a hat. It’s not my favourite colour on Mathilde but her hairstyle shows it off perfectly and the overall ensemble is polished and elegant.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: April 28, 2016; June 24, 2015February 19, 2014

What do you think of this hat on this, it’s fourth outing?

Photos from Getty as indicated 

10 thoughts on “Belgian Monarchs Visit Germany

  1. I like the idea of the hat but not the execution, for me the embellishment resembles (a half) propeller blade

  2. A picture of elegance from top to toe. Mathilde exudes such an air of serenity that I find myself admiring this subtle, quiet colour and the clean lines on her very much. The brooch completes the whole beautifully.

  3. Oooh I like this a lot. The sleek style of the hat and dress go really well together. I actually prefer it over the original matching outfit. The brooch ties it all together. Well done!

  4. I really like this on Q Mathilde. The hat itself is lovely and interesting and she looks so good in it. I also really like the dress and brooch, and am not bothered by the color difference. I’d love to see this one on our month end faves list.

  5. Normally I find a hat worn with anything other than it’s matching outfit can look a bit cobbled together. Not this though – this hat sings with this plain frock. It’s beautiful, and she looks stunning. Like you say, it looks like a piece of jewellery here. Fabulous.

  6. I agree with Shanon that the hat really stands out this time in comparison to its previous outings. A great choice of outfit, and this is still a great hat for Mathilde, but I would like to see her wear it more forward, perched more over her forehead.

  7. This slate colored dress really makes this hat pop! The outfit draws my eye to the hat, and I see more details and sparkle than before. I think in the other appearances, the hat just blended in, but here it shines, and I’m in love with it. Overall, a really beautiful look!

  8. The hat was obviously made to co-ordinate with the first hat we saw it with, but I think, with the addition of the silvery accessories (and brooch!) it works well with this gunmetal dress.

    • We don’t talk about budget here much but it must be a factor (however slight!) when it comes to royal accessories- a hat made to go with a particular coat (like the one you mentioned, Elizabeth) is great but unless you’re Queen Margrethe and plan to wear the whole ensemble 10+ times, it’s simply not cost effective! I understand Queen Margrethe’s approach to dressing (where a hat goes with one outfit and that’s that) but I find it so much more interesting when royals mix and match items, as Queen Mathilde has done here.

      Elizabeth makes another good point- I think part of the reason why this hat works is thanks to all the other silver (likely platinum or white gold!) jewelry and clutch purse. It certainly ties the hat in.

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