Belgian State Visit to Luxembourg

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived in Luxembourg yesterday for a three-day state visit with their cousins.

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Queen Mathilde braved rainy weather in a green boiled wool coat and matching bandeau headpiece.

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Mathilde wears green so well and this shade is great on her. While I like the bandeau’s ruching much better from front view than from the side, the shape suits her well and the ensemble’s styling with a mix of green and cognac accessories is so well balanced. It’s a great autumn look.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne custom design named “Maelle”. Coat and dress by Natan
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is recovering from recent knee surgery and as such, her participation was limited to a welcome and photo inside the Grand Ducal Palace and attendance at last night’s state banquet.

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie stepped in for her mother-in-law today, joining Queen Mathilde for a number of engagements in a new hat. The vibrant hat’s base is a button percher in orchid purple felt and it is trimmed with an abstract flower made from petals of multicoloured, pleated shibori silk leaves and pinwheels which are embellished with Swarovski crystals. It’s a fun, bright, whimsical piece that Princess Stéphanie wears extremely well.

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Designer: Sylvia Martinez
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Queen Mathilde also wore a new hat today, an ochre orange silk toque hat with flat top and ruched sides. The design is trimmed at the back with applique cutout flowers and leaves from the same fabric as this ensemble’s grey printed dress. Orange hats are not easy to pull off but this one works so well, thanks to its small scale and clear connection to the dress. It pairs so well against the dark grey, giving the overall look some lift and energy.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne custom design. Dress by Dries Van Noten.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

This trio of small millinery designs each packs a fair bit of visual punch- which hat stands out most to you?

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15 thoughts on “Belgian State Visit to Luxembourg

  1. HQ is spot on with her observation that Mathilde’s green outfit is a lovely one for autumn. The colour suits her so well and the coat and bandeau look cozy without being too heavy. However, I do not like the dress underneath. I think it’s a combination of the sheer sleeves and Mathilde’s posture in the photo. It doesn’t look flattering.

    I’m not a fan of the orange and grey outfit but it’s getting plenty of love from others here. Stephanie’s day wear is fun and I like her hair like this, there’s a touch of Anglo-Irish actress Sinead Cusack in one of the profile shots. (Whew, took me a while to dredge up the name of the actress but I got there!!)

    And that photo of them all in their evening dress is gorgeous!

    • I think you’re right, Maja! When HatQueen featured this in an Extras post, I commented that I hoped it would go to Stéphanie. It’s a fun look for her.

    • It certainly looks like that hat, but on the model head the base looks much bigger than on Stephanie! I don’t know if that’s because of the angle of the photo or an illusion created by the model’s very thin face, but I do prefer it looking a bit bigger than it looks as Stephanie wears it.

  2. I really love the orange and grey gives me an idea. Never thought of putting those two colours together. The green outfit is nice but it does not seem to fit well. Perhaps it is a photo problem.
    Stephanie’s hat is one of the best I have ever seen on a royal. Her wrap clashes a bit with it. Overall not only great but enjoyable.

  3. IMO this was a super great state visit sartorially speaking. I like the green bandeau, and I love the orange. Orange a grey are a really fun combo and Q Mathilde looks great. I also really like hgd Stephanie’s bold pink and blue! So fun. And of course both of Mathildes evening looks were best ofs for her.

  4. I love this shade of green on Mathilde and I’m glad she’s embraced wearing the color over the last few years, but using the boiled wool for both the coat and the bandeau hat made me immediately think, “AstroTurf?” when I saw it on Fabienne Delvigne’s Instagram, which then immediately made me think “But no one can beat Gertrude Shilling in AstroTurf!”:
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    Despite that unfortunate visual, I think this is a beyond stellar ensemble minus the hat; a hat in felt rather than of matching material would’ve been a better choice.

    What a beautiful color for Stéphanie, and she got the placement correct! I agree with Bristol that I wish it was a bit bigger, but still it’s very much a success for someone who has struggled to get all the elements right with hats. Brava!

    Orange definitely is a hard color to incorporate into hats (although I actually wore a burnt orange plaid driving cap today), but Mathilde makes it look so easy here! A well-coordinated ensemble, this is one of my favorite looks for her ever! And I really like the appliqué (and feathers?) trim to keep this toque from being too boring. Another brava!

    • I had to look up Gertrude Schilling, Jake — what a hoot! Mathilde’s ensemble doesn’t make me think of AstroTurf, but it is very nubby. I agree that a felt hat would have been better.

      And I agree about both of the other hats, even though I’m not at all a fan of orange!

  5. I really like the orange hat Queen Mathilde wore. It is a perfect shape for her and she wears the vibrant color so well. I love how you stated it brings “energy.” It really does. Quite lovely.

  6. I love Mathilde’s outfit as a whole, the balance of colours is perfectly judged. This hat works excellently as part of it, and is a size and shape that Mathilde wears well.

    Stephanie’s hat is great fun, and while I think it would have worked better if the base were just a bit bigger, it’s still a success.

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