King Philippe and Queen Mathilde wrapped up a week long official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo today, a week which saw the Belgian queen in two millinery designs. For their arrival at the N’djili International Airport in Kinshasa on June 7, Queen Mathilde repeated her pale woven pink calot with multi-loop side bow.
On June 8, she wore a new red straw circular headpiece with draped ruffle bow on the side.
I know bandeau designs are not widely embraced by Royal Hats readers and I’m curious- how does this shape rate in comparison? I’ve warmed to ring-shaped headpieces over the years and see them as a good option for royal visits to tropical climates. The ruffled trim on this design isn’t particularly attractive on its own yet gives great movement and presence to the look of the overall piece.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne “Rueda” design. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
On Saturday, Queen Silvia attended the opening of the National Museum in Oslo in a new hat, a cloche variation in vibrant blue with beautifully bound brim edge.
Queen Silvia has favoured the cloche shape and the jaunty angle of this one, which sits the hat back almost like a halo brimmed design, is a good variation. The star here is the colour and the slight sheen from the brim binding, that adds just the right punctuation to the monochrome look.
What do you think of this trio of hats?
Images from Getty as indicated