Catching Up… The Belgian Royals

On September 3, 2022, the Belgian Royal family attended the wedding of Queen Mathilde’s brother Charles-Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz and Caroline Philippe in Pont-L’Evêque, France. Queen Mathilde wore a sinamay figure-eight  headpiece trimmed with silk flowers in the same vibrant jade as her silk crepe dress. I’m not usually a fan of monochrome looks but the openness of this headpiece works well, particularly with such an airy dress. It’s really pretty.


Designer: “Vertigo” design by Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Elisabeth repeated a bandeau headpiece in draped blush pink abaca.

Designer: “Lisly” design by Fabienne Delvigne.
Previously Worn: July 21, 2020

On October 2, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth attended the Blue Berets parade of first-year students of the Royal Military Academy, one of whom was Prince Gabriel.

Queen Mathilde repeated a casque headpiece of overlapping rusty-red felt leaves.

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The hat is daring on its own but suffers here against the bow on the blouse, the cartoonish trouser buckle and a colour scheme that shouts ketchup and mustard. This look isn’t a successful one for me.

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Designer: “”feuilles de chêne” design by Fabienne Delvigne. Coat and trousers by Natan.
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2018; Oct 11, 2016

On October 5, the king and queen embarked on a working visit to Germany. For the first day of this visit, Queen Mathilde wore a padded halo bandeau headpiece covered in the same red blocked print as her dress.

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The placement of the print on both the headpiece and dress is very well done and, along with the smaller scale of the headpiece, avoids an overkill of print in the overall ensemble. It’s such a great look for Mathilde.

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Designer: “Tizia” design by Fabienne Delvigne. Dress and jacket by Natan. 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

For the second day of the visit, Queen Mathilde repeated her biscuit velvet felt fedora with extended brim and multi-looped bow.

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Designer: “Borsamalia” design by Fabienne Delvigne. Dress and cape by Natan. 
Previously Worn: Oct 14, 2016;  October 11, 2013

On Thursday, October 13, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert and Prince Emmanuel attended the Opening ceremony of the 2022-2023 academic year of the Royal Military School in Brussels (Prince Gabriel is one student entering the school). Queen Mathilde repeated a ruched bandeau in boiled emerald wool.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 15, 2019

Which millinery looks stand out for you here?

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5 thoughts on “Catching Up… The Belgian Royals

  1. The hats/headpieces are all quite nice, in some cases much better than the entire look! The shape of the jade is really a standout! The red autumn leaves piece is the only part of the ensemble I like. I can see what Matilda Joyce is saying about the bandeau looking like a bandana, but the print is quite subtle. From the front, the piece almost looks looks like a pillbox worn at the back of the head. I agree with Jimbo about the color of the fedora not being the best match to the suit — but at least there’s no ketchup and mustard!

  2. I was so excited to see this jade/emerald fascinator on Mathilde for her brother’s wedding! It’s one of my favorite shades of my favorite color, so I am biased there, but it is a color that flatters Mathilde well and overall her ensemble just suited her. Brava!

    The rest I’m largely ambivalent about, particularly with some of the details, but ketchup and mustard indeed! That was immediate (and remaining) thought upon seeing this, and like IntriguedByRoyals, the headpiece is the only thing I liked in that ensemble.

  3. A lot of bandeaus and headpieces today. I don’t dislike any of the four, but they’re not very Royal, IMO. I actually liked the ketchup blob of leaves the best. The biscuit fedora is a beauty, but not with the black/white houndstooth/check dress. I would have preferred red or burgundy, but then hey, I tend to lean on the safer side. (I still don’t like brown shoes with a navy suit.)

  4. Might just be a visual reference for those of us who are from the United States, but the red dress just references a bandanna for me. The headband feels like a bandanna in her hair. The shape and color of the dress are nice, but it’s the white dots of the pattern that take it out of nice.
    And cartoonish is the only description for the ketchup and mustard outfit!

  5. I agree with you HatQueen on the jade colored figure 8 headpiece. It did complement the airy dress and it was a successful outfit even though the outfit didn’t complement Mathilde’s figure as well as other outfits. My feeling was that the hat was the only thing going well in the mustard/red camo outfit. It matched Gabriel’s camo field outfit well which I don’t think any outfit should aim to match! The patterned red bandeau looks nice. The red bandeau connected well with the dress without being overwhelmingly matchy. The emerald green was the best of the 4 headpieces on Mathilde showcased today. Much better outfit for this military event than the former one!

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