Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 2

We continue our look back at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s wedding 17 years ago this month with a look at the hats worn by royal families from Belgium and Luxembourg.

Queen Paola topped her lilac wool suit with a matching felt hat with upturned brim by Fabienne Delvigne. The brim features a waved, pleat on the upswept side with gentle point which gives lovely movement to the piece. The ensemble was a lot of lilac but Paola’s ruffled blouse broke up the look with some textural contrast.

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Crown Princess Mathilde wore a dark chocolate faux fur papakha style hat. It’s a very wintry look that contrasted well against her red suit and the matching cuffs on her jacket added a harmonious and wonderfully luxe touch.

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Princess Astrid wore one of the most bizarre royal hats I have ever seen. The natural straw hat with flat crown and short cartwheel brim was trimmed with vertically placed pheasant feathers around the back and…. another straw hat, in a slightly darker shade, placed on the side. This was a first- trimming a hat with another hat- that thankfully, has not been repeated. The milliner, Christophe Coppens, is now an avant garde artist/designer and while this hat gets marks for creativity, I can’t describe it as anything but utterly ridiculous.
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Prince Laurent, who was not yet married, attended in uniform complete with cap, and is photographed below with a very young looking Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg.
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Grand Duchess Josephine of Luxembourg (who passed away in 2005) wore wore a fur-brimmed bumper hat with domed crown covered in the same stylised silver animal print as her jacket. The brown fur and silver/slate blue combination always perplexed me a bit – don’t you think this design would have been improved with silvery grey sable brim instead?!
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Hereditary Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her gold brocade suit with a dramatic chocolate fur Cossack style hat and matching scarf. Yes, the hat is a bit too large for petite Maria Teresa but the look read very ‘Russian Imperial court’ (in a good way!) and I always loved how it coordinated so well with Grand Duke Henri’s uniform. Planning one’s look to match with one’s husband’s orange order- now that’s romantically dedicated dressing!

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Princess Sibilla also wore a gold suit and chocolate hat, although the effect was completely different! Sibilla’s hat follows a more demure shape with rounded crown, mushroom brim and chocolate velvet hatband, tied in a droopy side bow. It’s precisely what one might have expected from a royal hat two decades ago… but I’m afraid my current eyes are left wanting a bit more (and are drawn back to Maria Teresa’s more dramatic look).

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There are some great looks here, aren’t there?! I’m also looking forward to your thoughts about Princess Astrid’s hat- do you find it as silly, 17 years on, as I still do?! 
Stay tuned tomorrow for the final look at royal guests from Spain, Greece, Great Britain and Monaco .
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Day 2: French State Visit To Belgium

The Belgian king and queen hosted a busy day of engagements for French President and Mrs. Macron yesterday that included stops at an care center for adults with developmental disabilities and a cultural center in  Molenbeek. Queen Mathilde used the occasion to debut a new hat, described by the designer as, “the Marlon headdress which features a set of curves and counter-curves made of violine velvet felt”.

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The design looks to be a velvet felt covered bandeau with leaf-like curved shapes that run from side to side, across the back of the head. While this shade of magenta is beautiful on Queen Mathilde and pairs well with her grey ensemble, I’m afraid the design of the hat is a bit clunky- something we’ll have to wait for a better view to assess.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the Marlon design.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
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Belgium Royals Welcome French State Visit

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Royal Palace in Brussels this morning.

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For the start of this French-Belgian state visit, Queen Mathilde wore a new, domed calot hat in the colour common between the two nation’s flags (coincidence? I think not!).

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The small, streamlined hat is a go-to look for the Belgian queen and in this instance, balances well against her sheer collared dress and pleated coat, both finely tailored and detailed pieces that could be easily overwhelmed by a large brim. Yes, the colour is one-note and on it’s own, the hat isn’t very exciting but the overall look here is streamlined and very elegant.

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Designer: I believe it’s Dior. Dress and coat by Dior. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Thoughts about this new addition to Queen Mathilde’s collection of red hats?
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Day 3: Belgian State Visit To Portugal

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde spent the third day of their state visit to Portugal yesterday in Porto where they took in the Serralves Museum and Park as well as sights along the Douro River. For these events, Queen Mathilde repeated her black calot hat wrapped in overlaid wide stripes of textured black woven fabric and trimmed with a large looped rosette on the side.

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The hat pairs well with Mathilde’s black and white dress with the textural elements on both pieces relating well. With pearl drops and an elegant up-do, the hat completes a great working royal look. Is it a major statement? No… but it’s lovely and on many days, that’s what a royal ensemble needs to be.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: July 14, 2018; February 20, 2018
The Belgian state visit to Portugal has been slightly overshadowed this week by the Dutch state visit to the UK but I think Queen Mathilde’s hats this week have been great. What do you think of this black calot?
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Day 2: Belgian State Visit To Portugal

Yesterday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their state visit to Portugal with visits to Lisbon’s Oceanarium, a hospital and a youth cultural center, as well as participation in an economic development seminar and meeting with social entrepreneurs. For this programme, Queen Mathilde repeated a hat described by the designer as “a small bell hat made of red Panama and trimmed with ribbon and a matching bow.

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It remains a good hat for Mathilde- the scale suits her well and the colour is great on her. The combination of red hat with patterned lace dress is an interesting and well-balanced one that doesn’t overwhelm. Striking the balance with such strong colour and pattern combinations isn’t easy but this one works.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the ‘Audrey’ design.
Previously Worn: April 25, 2018
What do you think about Queen Mathilde’s red hat yesterday in Lisbon?
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Belgian Monarchs Arrive For Portuguese State Visit

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived in Lisbon yesterday for the start of a three-day state visit to Portugal.

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For the arrival, Queen Mathilde repeated her grey straw oval saucer with shallow, domed crown and straw twist trim. It remains a lovely hat on her, although I wish she placed it further forward on her head (as I suspect it is designed to be worn). Placement issues aside, the sleek lines of the hat are a great counterpoint for Queen Mathilde’s intricate lace coat and the pieces balance well together.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: July 30, 2017

State visits usually bring out higher octane fashion and this hat did the trick well in Lisbon. What do you think of it here on its second outing?
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Belgian Monarchs Visit Austria

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were welcomed in Vienna this morning by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife Doris Schmidauer for a quick, one-day visit centered around opening a Belgian exhibition at the Art History Museum of Vienna. For this trip, Queen Mathilde topped a new forest green portrait collared dress with a matching felt brimless hat.

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The folded design has an organic shape that references both a calot and beret- while the shape doesn’t fit traditional millinery categories, the fluid lines on the hat and dress work beautifully together. I’m not always a fan of head to toe looks in the same colour but slight variations in shade between these pieces (enough just to notice but not to clash!) and excellent proportions I think, makes this pairing work.


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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn:This hat is new
What do you think of Queen Mathilde’s new hat in  Vienna today?
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