Day 2 Of Belgian Visit To Germany

The second day of engagements in Germany saw the Belgian king and queen visit Lutherstadt town hall, castle church in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, master houses of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropiusm, and a Belgian chemical company.

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For these events, Queen Mathilde repeated pale pink calot trimmed with a multi-looped bow on the side. I believe the calot base is covered in fabric, with an overlay of textured, widely woven sinamay-like material.

The rustic woven overlay on the hat gives it a less formal, almost bohemian feel that pairs so well with this floral dress. The hat isn’t perfect (I’m not sure the bow looks great from all angles) but the overall look here is a lovely one on Queen Mathilde.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Giambattista Valli
Previously Worn: May 19, 2016

What do you think of this hat today on its second outing?

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Belgian Monarchs Visit Germany

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde touched down in Erfurt, Germany this morning to start a two-day visit to the regions of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.

For the first day of this visit, Queen Mathilde repeated a hugger percher covered in silver printed silk, trimmed with a slightly darker grey straw twist.

The silver hat is an interesting topper for Mathilde’s darker slate grey-blue dress, gleaming almost as a piece of jewelry (see here). The scale works well on the Belgian queen and is a good choice for a day of events where, let’s face it, she is very likely to be the only person in a hat. It’s not my favourite colour on Mathilde but her hairstyle shows it off perfectly and the overall ensemble is polished and elegant.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: April 28, 2016; June 24, 2015February 19, 2014

What do you think of this hat on this, it’s fourth outing?

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Belgian Queen Presents Music Competition Prizes

Queen Mathilde was in Waterloo yesterday to present awards to this year’s winners of the Queen Elisabeth (international music) Competition. For this event, she 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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The cloche remains a charming one for Mathilde with a scale and colour that suit her well. On past outings, I liked the pairing of red hat with this dress… I’m not sure if it’s lighting but on this outing, I think the hat slightly overwhelms the delicately patterned lace frock (scroll through the gallery below). The Belgian queen has some streamlined, lovely pale grey hats in her wardrobe (here, here and here) that might make a gentler pairing.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne.  It is the ‘Audrey’ design.
Previously Worn: Oct 23, 2018;  April 25, 2018

This is the third time we’ve seen this hat and lace dress- have your impressions of this ensemble also changed?

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Funeral of Grand Duke Jean: Family

The funeral for Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was held Saturday at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, attended by all members of the extended Grand Ducal Family and their Belgian royal cousins. Out of respect for this event and the Grand Duke’s memory, this post does not contain any commentary on the hats and it is not open for comments.

Grand Ducal Family:

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Extended Grand Ducal Family:

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Belgian Royal Family:

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To identify individuals, click on the photo and link to its original source, with explanation. You can see the many royal guests who attended at this post.

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Belgian Royals Wrap Up State Visit To South Korea

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde wrapped up their state visit to South Korea yesterday with stops at a medical center, the opening of the Belgian Life Festival, and meetings on investment, mental health and well-being. For this final day of events, Queen Mathilde repeated her chocolate brown felt formed calot hat trimmed with a large spray of curling leaves on the side.


While I’m not so keen on the hat’s shape or tentacle-like leaves, its styling today with pear green dress and caped coat in a brown Prince of Wales check is unexpected but so smart. Queen Mathilde paired this hat with an all brown ensemble on its first outing that falls rather flat in comparison to this.


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: February 18, 2014

It was a trio of brimless hats for the Belgian queen in South Korea this week- brimless but certainly not boring! Which hat stood out to you, most?

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Belgian State Visit To Korea: Day 3

The Belgian state visit to Korea continued today with a busy program that saw Queen Mathilde attend a seminars on sustainable development and climate change and visit the smart city Songdo while King Philippe participated in a business forum, a health care symposium, entrepreneurship networking and a taekwondo demonstration. For these engagements, Queen Mathilde repeated her red fabric-covered button percher hat, trimmed with a double looped bow and black quills.


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🇧🇪🇰🇷 Their Majesties the King and the Queen are making a state visit to the Republic of Korea from 25 until 28 March 2019. Day 3: ✔The Queen of Belgium visited @unicefkorea for a meeting with Korean youth about sustainable development goals with a special focus on climate change. Conversation about how they see their future and how they want to contribute in achieving the SDGs. @UN_SDG @UN._______________________________ ✔The King of Belgium discovered the Root Impact, a non profit organisation supporting and accompanying social entrepreneurs and Changemakers. Meeting with social entrepreneurs followed by a discussion about the social impact of their activities. __________ ✔The king had an impressive Taekwondo demonstration at the headquarters of the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Federation. This self-defense sport is an integral part of Korean culture and identity. Kukkiwon is home to the World Taekwondo Academy. _______________________________________________ #unicef #belgiumroyalpalace #instaroyal #saveplanet #climatechangeisreal #royalnews #royalfamily #belgium #belgiumfamily #belgiumroyalfamily #queenmathilde #childrensfuture #princeemmanuel #princegabriel #royalbelgium #kingfelippe #meghanmarkle #kingphilippe #roiphilippe #reinemathilde #philippedebelgique #philippeofbelgium #felipvanbelgie #instanews #mathildevanbelgie #koninginmathilde #southcorea #BELKOR2019 🇧🇪 🇰🇷 #_royals_news

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During its first outing, I didn’t appreciate how the hat’s pleats link not only with the skirt on this ensemble, but with the jacket’s pleated collar and cuffs. Yes, it’s a lot of red but the colour is fantastic on Mathilde and I think the smaller scale of this brimless hat makes it work. It’s polished and punchy- two good things for a royal hat on tour.


Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Angela” bibi design.
Previously Worn: February 17, 2014

Thoughts about this hat’s second outing?


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Belgian State Visit To South Korea: Day 2

While the first day of the Belgian state visit to South Korea yesterday did not see any hats, the second day today, which included visits to the Korean War Memorial in Seoul and an official welcome by the Prime Minister at his official office and residence Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House), saw Queen Mathilde in a new headpiece.

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💖💖 Spectacular outfit for visiting coutry 💖💖 • King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde are visiting South Korea. • Today they attended commemoration ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea and also made a visit to Belgian Monument.🌹 • Later HM The Queen visited Korean University of Arts (K'ARTS) - School of Music. Students welomed her with a concert ans demonstations in masterclasses. 🌸 • • • • •#kingphilippeofbelgium #kingphilippe #queenmathilde #queenmathildeofbelgium #koninginmathilde #reinemathilde #princesselisabethofbelgium #princesselisabeth #prinseselisabeth #princesseelisabeth #prinzessinelisabeth #duchessofbrabant #princegabrielofbelgium #princegabriel #prinsgabriël #prinzgabriel #princeemmanuelofbelgium #princeemmanuel #prinsemmanuel #prinzgabriel #princesseleonoreofbelgium #princesseleonore #princesseeleénore #prinseseléonore #prinzessineléonore #royalfamily #belgiumroyals #royalvisit #seoul

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The hat and jacket are both made of burgundy silk printed with a grey ikat floral pattern, the reverse of which is used on the ensemble’s coordinating dress. While the hat looks like a ruched toque or calot design from front view, it is more fluid design that wraps around the head as a sort of extended, pleated bandeau


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🇧🇪🇰🇷 สมเด็จพระราชาธิบดีฟิลิปป์ และสมเด็จพระราชินีมาธีลด์แห่งเบลเยี่ยม เสด็จพระราชดำเนินไปทรงพบ นายมุน แจ-อิน ประธานาธิบดีแห่งสาธารณรัฐเกาหลี และนางคิม จอง-ซุก ภริยา ณ ทำเนียบประธานาธิบดี บลูเฮ้าส์ กรุงโซล ในโอกาสที่เสด็จพระราชดำเนินเยือนสาธารณรัฐเกาหลีอย่างเป็นทางการ ---------- Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians met with His Excellency Mr. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea and his wife Mrs. Kim Jung-Sook, the First Lady at the Blue House in Seoul; on their State Visit to Republic of Korea. ---------- Photos: Cheong Wa Dae/Blue House #belgium #kingdomofbelgium #belgianroyalfamily #belgianroyals #kingphilippe #kingofbelgians #queenmathilde #queenofbelgians #belgianroyalpalace

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Queen Máxima recently wore an ensemble and hat made of this same fabric, in yellow and navy. The use of reversed pattern is an interesting one for a head to toe look that keeps things very coordinated but not overly one note. The jacket proportions had me initially raising a questioning eyebrow until the Korean jeogori jacket came to mind- I wonder if Queen Mathilde’s jacket is a play on this traditional garment? I mention this only because I think finding a hat to fit with the shape and the proportions of the jacket would be tricky and perhaps explain the more streamlined headpiece. I prefer the overall balance of the headpiece alone with just the dress but understand there might have been some more diplomatic sensibilities at play with this ensemble.


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State Visit to the republic of Korea of their Majesties The King and the Queen of the Belgians. visit of the Korea National University of Arts a¬i School of Music in the context of the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competitione Pix : Queen Mathilde Photo by : @sierakowski_frederic . . . . @isopixbelgium #instagood #picoftheday #photooftheday #wearebelgium #royalpalace #QueenMathilde #KoninginMathilde #ReineMathilde #King #Queen #MathildeofBelgium #Mathilde #MathildedUdekemdAcoz #BelgianRoyalFamily #BelgianRoyalty #BelgianRoyals #Royals #instagood #picoftheday #photooftheday #portrait #elegant #stylish #stylish #fashion @queen.mathilde @belgianroyalpalace #korea

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne “Arielle” headpiece and “Virginia” clutch. Dress and jacket by NATAN.
Previously Worn:

What do you think of Queen Mathilde’s new headpiece?

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