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.
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.
🇧🇪🇰🇷 Koning Filip en koningin Mathilde, die vier dagen op staatsbezoek in Zuid-Korea waren, vliegen zo meteen terug. Mathildes moederhart roept. In de afsluitende babbel verwees ze naar Gabriël en Emmanuel - de beide jongens beginnen vandaag aan hun paasexamens. #BelKor2019pic.twitter.com/Glenl9mzuU
🇧🇪🇰🇷 Dag 4 van het staatsbezoek aan Zuid-Korea. Koning Filip en koningin Mathilde zijn op weg naar een welzijnscentrum in Seoel. Dat werd in de jaren ‘70 opgericht door de Belgische Marie-Hélène Brasseur. Ze doet o.m. palliatieve zorgen, wat zeldzaam is in Korea. #BelKor2019pic.twitter.com/wBqH48j94k
Notre dernier jour en Corée commence par une visite au centre médical Jeon Jin Sang. Cette clinique a été fondée en 1975 par la docteur belge Marie-Hélène Brasseur. Elle fournit des soins médicaux et palliatifs à la population locale.#jeonjinsangclinicpic.twitter.com/X3EDQFWfaU
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.
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?
🇧🇪🇰🇷 Als u zich afvraagt waarom koningin Mathilde vaak zo opvallend kleurig gekleed is en een hoed draagt: zo is ze altijd herkenbaar in een mensenzee. Hier op de Aziatische campus van @UGent in Seoel, samen met ex-VN-baas Ban Ki-moon. U hoeft maar het rood te volgen. #BelKor2019pic.twitter.com/E5tR2dxRvp
🇧🇪🇰🇷 Voormalig VN-baas Ban Ki-moon, een Zuid-Koreaan, ontmoet koningin Mathilde op de Aziatische campus van @UGent in Seoel. Hij heeft een privé-ontmoeting met haar, waarvan we de eerste minuten mochten filmen. Ban vroeg Mathilde in 2016 om VN-ambassadrice te worden. #BelKor2019pic.twitter.com/WPV6nIcDl6
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.
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
Members of the Belgian Royal family gathered at Notre Dame Church in Laeken yesterday to attended a mass held annually in memory of deceased family members. For this event, Queen Mathilde wore a new rounded headpiece covered in the same charcoal fabric as her high collared blouse. The textured fabric works surprisingly well on the design (and is well made- there’s not a pucker to be spotted here) but oh, how I wish it had a covered crown. I can’t get behind these doughnut designs.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Princess Marie-Esméralda, (younger half-sister of King Albert) wore a navy straw based headpiece trimmed with navy and cream feathers, placed on the back of her head. Her sister-in-law, Princess Léa, wore a simple navy bow, also placed on the back of her head (see the video clip below).
De koninklijke familie herdenkt vanochtend haar overleden familieleden met een eucharistieviering in de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk van Laken. Prinses Esmeralda, halfzus van koning Albert, is aangekomen met haar zoon Leopoldo (17). Prinses Léa, weduwe van prins Alexander, ook. pic.twitter.com/Ldf3qvt5gh
Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (King Philippe’s first cousin) wore a sequinned calot hat wrapped in a a swath of dotted tulle. She also placed the design WAAAY back on her head… perhaps to downplay its disco vibe? I thought it was a strange choice for a memorial event such as this.
Margaretha van Luxemburg komt ook aan de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk van Laken aan voor de eucharistieviering ter nagedachtenis van de overleden leden van de (Belgische) koninklijke familie. Haar moeder, wijlen groothertogin Josephine Charlotte, was de zus van koningen Albert/Boudewijn pic.twitter.com/baqTkH0So1
Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, celebrates her 35th birthday today and in honor of this, we’re going to dive into our first inventory of her millinery closet. We don’t see Stéphanie wear many hats beyond Luxembourg’s National Day, Closing of the Octave after Easter and the occasional state visit but despite this, she’s stepped out in five blue designs so far during her royal life. Here they are in the order that they have been worn:
For someone who does not wear hats often, there are some brave designs here! I’ve always adored whimsical curling trim on #2 (SUCH a fun hat for a new princess!) and admired the bold shapes of flower #3 and ruched headpiece #4, both of which take some confidence to pull off. Stéphanie’s colouring matches well with lighter shades which suit her much better than the dark first hat. I’m impressed with this inventory, not because all the hats are flawless but because it shows the Hereditary Grand Duchess’ willingness to experiment with millinery shape and scale- something that makes me take more deliberate notice of her style. What do you think of Princess Stéphanie’s blue hats?
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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!
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).
Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein is also included on this event’s guest list but I have been unable to find photos of her. This omission aside, 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 .