King Philippe, Queen Mathilde were joined by cousin Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg this morning for a remembrance ceremony this morning in Bastogne, Belgium commemorating the 75th Battle of the Bulge (the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945).
Queen Mathilde chose this event to debut an new felt hat with high, angular crown and moderate length cartwheel brim, simply trimmed with a slim hatband knotted on the right side.
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La reine Mathilde de Belgique et le roi Philippe - Filip de Belgique en photo avant la commémoration du 75e anniversaire de la bataille des Ardennes, le lundi 16 décembre 2019, au Mémorial Mardasson de Bastogne. La bataille a eu lieu pendant la seconde guerre mondiale du 16 décembre 1944 au 25 janvier 1945. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY #kingphilippe #KingPhilippe #QueenMathilde #queenmathilde #BelgianRoyals #BelgianRoyalty #KoningFilip #RoiPhilippe #BelgianRoyalFamily #KoninginMathilde #ReineMathilde #belgianroyalfamily #mardasson #bastogne #bastognewarmuseum #ardennes
The colour variation of photos shows the hat in shades from a brick brown to vibrant cranberry- I think the shade depicted in the first photo of the first gallery above is most accurate, and makes for a lovely colour on Mathilde. I’m less enamored with shape of the hat’s crown, which feels a little clunky, or the puckers on the top of the brim around the front of the hat. Intentional or not, I think this type brim shape works much better when perfectly smooth and the resulting waves on let down the hat’s impact.
Designer: entire ensemble by Dior
Previously Worn: this hat is new