Belgian National Day 2019

The Belgian Royal Family celebrated their country’s national holiday today, attending a Te Deum mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels followed by an annual military parade.

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Queen Mathilde wore a new hat described by the designer as “made of natural fibers… inspired by the leaf pattern on the lace of the Queen’s dress”.

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At first look, I found the shape a bit flat and awkward. After seeing side views, which show how dimensional the shape is around the back, that hat started to make sense. The delicate shape of the back balances the large, flat planes of ‘leaf’ on the front and gives some much needed balance and contrast to the design. And the colour, which is not an easy one to pull off, looks great on Queen Mathilde. I just wish she’d passed on the red leather gloves.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Mystery” design from the Couture Collection 2020
Previously Worn: this hat is new

As in past years, Princess Astrid attended the parade in military uniform with stitched brim hat.

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Princess Claire topped her deep ruby pink trouser outfit with a matching straw hat. The design features a wide, mushroom brim and rounded crown and is simply trimmed only with a folded straw hatband in the same colour.

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Head to toe ensembles in strong colours such as this can be tricky but this one, with different textures between clothing, hat, purse and shoes, works really well on Claire. She wears wide brimmed hats so well and this one, with its bold colour perfectly balaced with a noticeable lack of trim, is great on her.

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Designer: Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Previously Worn: this hat is new

What do you think about this pair of new hats today in Brussels?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats fifteen years to July 21, 2004 when Princess Claire attended National Day celebrations in a noteworthy toile suit with matching exaggerated fedora hat. Not surprisingly, this ensemble has only been worn once.

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Belgium National Day 2018

The Belgian royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday today with attendance at a Te Deum mass and military parade .

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Queen Mathilde was a vision in red for today’s festivities, repeating her straw pyramid saucer hat trimmed with a stylized leaf in abacca that swirls around the top of the hat.

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On its own, this is such a great hat on Queen Mathilde- the colour is lovely on her and the scale is large enough to make a significant statement without being overwhelming. I thought the hat was elevated by its pairing with Mathilde’s applique lace dress, giving the overall look much texture and pattern while still being beautifully coordinated. The open boat neckline of the dress works beautifully with the shape of the hat, as does Mathilde’s soft updo and minimal jewellery. It’s a great hat made even better by impeccable styling. SO GOOD.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. At its intial outing, the milliner called it the “Chinatown” design but a press release issued yesterday names the hat the “Mystery” design. 
Previously Worn: June 25, 2015

Princess Astrid wore military uniform and cap, as she usually does each year for the military parade.

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Princess Claire wore the most interesting hat of the day, a white straw disc with shallow rounded crown, trimmed with large, red straw open circles and red lace applique. It’s an unusual design that coordinated well with Claire’s red floral jacket without overly matching- both pieces holding their own but still working together. It’s not my favourite hat shape but it certainly gets bonus points for creativity, something I’m always happy to see in a royal hat.

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Designer: Unconfirmed. My guess is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Thought about these hats in Brussels today?
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King’s Day 2017

Members of the Belgian royal family gathered today to commemorate Fête du Roi (Feast of the King, commonly referred to as “King’s Day”) celebrated each year on this day, the day of St. Leopold. The royal hat to appear today was on Princess Claire, who repeated a stylised grey trilby variation she first wore to this event in 2008.

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The velvet felt design features an off-centre pinched crown and a short brim that faces downward around the entire hat (instead of turned up in the back, as a traditional trilby would be). It’s a simple piece that relies on shape to be memorable but one that Claire wears well. I particularly liked its styling with the rest of her ensemble today.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:  November 15, 2008
Thoughts about this hat?
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Belgian National Day

The Belgian Royal Family celebrated their country’s national holiday today, attending a Te Deum mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels followed by a military parade.

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As usual, Queen Mathilde wore a new hat for these events. A press release from the milliner reads “The hat called du Barry is from the Couture collection and is made of laminated banana fibers in a powder pink color tone.This style is emblematic of la Maison Fabienne Delvigne: original and elegant due to its shape and material.”

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In pale pink straw, the free form hat follows a basic saucer shape over Mathilde’s head. The back of the brim is split and turned upward, giving a wonderful sense of movement to the piece and more organic feel to the shape. We’ve seen this shape on several other royal clients of Fabienne Delvigne and while it’s very pretty on Mathilde from the front, I think it’s a bit clunky from the back.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Claire and Princess Astrid were also in attendance for the military parade. Princess Claire wore a warm brown straw hat with short, square crown and wide mushroom brim. Claire always carries a large brim so well and while brown is not the most exciting of shades, the hat was a great counterpoint to her vibrant ensemble.

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Designer: Brigitte Ganne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

It looks like Princess Astrid wore a small ecru carved leaf fascinator on the left side of her head. From closeup view, the piece looks like it may be made of wood.

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Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Belgium

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As we are half way through December, it’s time to look back over all the royal hats we have seen this year and name our favourites. This year, we’re going to focus on all the new hats we saw- we’ll look back by country then bring forward our favourites to face off for the title of Best New Royal Hat of 2015.

We’re going to start today with all the hats débuted this year on Belgian royal heads. I’m exercising my editorial powers by not including Queen Mathilde’s open crowned hats (this one and this one), this nondescript calot and a certain pair of antlers. Click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.

A note about voting- the hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to the final face off. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, then save your votes for upcoming polls! The next one will be up on Friday.

Queen Mathilde:

   1.Queen Mathilde, February 12, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats     2.Queen Mathilde, May 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      3.Queen Mathilde, June 12, 2015 | Royal Hats    4.Queen Mathilde, June 22, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

5.Queen Mathilde, June 23, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats     6.Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    7.Queen Mathilde, June 26, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

8.Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      9.Queen Mathilde, October 14, 2015 | Royal Hats   10.Queen Mathilde, October 15, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid:

11.Princess Astrid, February 12, 2015 | Royal Hats   12.Princess Astrid, June 17, 2015 Royal Hats

Princess Claire:

13.Princess Claire, February 12, 2015 | Royal Hats   14.Princess Claire, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats, in your estimation, deserve to be named best royal hat of the year? Cast your vote below. Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016 at midnight GMT and you can vote for multiple hats four times per day.

Belgian National Day

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined in National Day celebrations today by the King’s siblings. Princess Astrid attended the military parade in uniform (I believe, in her rank as Colonel of the Belgian Medical Component).

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Princess Claire topped her bright spring green dress and jacket with an embellished beret-based percher hat in the same hue. The piece was described by the designer in a press release as a “punchy green hat made out of banana fibers.This young and bright bibi will perfectly express Her personality.” 

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Help me out, readers – what does a bright green hat say about one’s personality?!

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I like the colour of this hat but paired with a dress and jacket in the same hue, it’s too much. The banana fibre trim brings lovely texture to the piece but I’m not sure about the placement. While the shape looks attractive head-on, from the side, as shown below, it is reminiscent of an unfinished papier-mâché balloon. I think I might have preferred this dress and jacket with a large natural straw picture hat.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

I’m curious to hear what you think of this vibrant piece!

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