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 #duchessofbtabant #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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This Week’s Extras

On Monday, the Akishinos visited the Imperial Musashino Cemetery in Hachioji. Princess Kiko wore a black silk bumper hat.
Prince Charles in a white kippah on Tuesday for a visit to the Nidhe Israel synagogue in Bridgetown, Barbados
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On Wednesday, a concert by music university graduates held at the Imperial Palace was enjoyed by several members of the Japanese royal family. Crown Princess Masako and Princess Kiko repeated bumper hats in oyster beige and pale blue; Princess Mako wore a navy cuffed calot with pointed sides and Princess Kako, a pale blue silk bowler hat. Princess Akiko repeated a pistachio green brimmed hat and Princess Yoko, a black design with square crown and short kettle brim edged in trim.


Yesterday, Queen Mathilde attended the funeral of Cardinal Godfried Danneels in her black calot wrapped in overlaid wide stripes of textured black woven fabric and trimmed with a large looped rosette on the side.
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During this week’s Danish state visit to Argentina, Crown Prince Frederik gained a bird’s eye view of a wind farm development (wind turbines from designed and built by a Danish company) near the city of Bahia Blanca. The Danish monarchy also shared photographs taken in northern Argentina after the official visit that show Queen Margrethe in what looks like a new, flat crowned, red brimmed hat 


Congratulations to Princess Kako who is graduating from the International Christian University in Tokyo. She took part in the graduation ceremony yesterday  in a gown and mortarboard hat.
Casual hats for Peter Phillips and Princess Anne today, cheering on Zara Tindall who is competing at the Gatcombe Horse Trials held on the grounds of Princess Anne’s estate.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Statement gold freeform percher with butterflies by New York brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Purple feather covered pillbox percher from Melbourne brand Jill & Jack Millinery
Sharp stylized cream felt trilby with black floral trim from Russian milliner Denis Gulyaev
Adore the colour contrast on this large copper straw disk with blue feathers from Irish milliner Aiofe Harrison
Vibrant purple straw button percher with pink flower and feather spray from US brand Fascinate Designs
Wonderful vintage print on this navy and cream pillbox by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Blush straw saucer with light-as-air tulle pompom trim from British milliner Sarah Cant
Sculptural and beautifully draped red felt headpiece from American brand ChuChu NY
For our dear gents, this very elegant black beaver felt fedora from Danish brand Hornskov København
In a time when the need for recycling only increases in importance, Kenya-based milliner Chloe Mitchell
trimmed this charming ecru and grey floral embellished percher entirely out of felt scraps

And from British milliner Marisa Groom, this cream and pink straw beret percher with ombre cream, grey and pink organza ruffles.

Those sweet royal twins in Monaco don’t miss a holiday, do they?! So sweet
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Happy St Patrick’s Day 🍀🌈 🇮🇪 2019

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Belgian Royals Attend Memorial Mass

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.

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19th February 2019 Leurs Majestés le Roi et la Reine, Leurs Majestés le Roi Albert II et la Reine Paola et Son Altesse Royale le Prince Laurent assistent à la messe qui est célébrée comme chaque année à la mémoire des membres défunts de la Famille Royale. La cérémonie se déroule en l'église Notre-Dame de Laeken. Their Majesties the King and the Queen, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent attend the Mass which is celebrated as every year in memory of the deceased members of the Royal Family. The ceremony takes place in the church of Our Lady of Laeken. Hunne Majesteiten de Koning en de Koningin, Hunne Majesteiten Koning Albert II en Koningin Paola en Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid Prins Laurent wonen de jaarlijkse eucharistieviering bij ter nagedachtenis van de overleden leden van de Koninklijke Familie. De mis vindt plaats in de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk te Laken. 📷: Didier Lebrun #ReineMathilde #QueenMathilde #KoninginMathilde #Mathilde #Queen #MathildedUdekemdAcoz #MathildevanBelgie #MathildedeBelgique #picoftheday #bestoftheday #BelgianRoyals #BelgianRoyalFamily #style #stylish #elegant #couture #royalty #MathildeofBelgium #Belgium #Belgie #Belgique

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19th February 2019 Leurs Majestés le Roi et la Reine, Leurs Majestés le Roi Albert II et la Reine Paola et Son Altesse Royale le Prince Laurent assistent à la messe qui est célébrée comme chaque année à la mémoire des membres défunts de la Famille Royale. La cérémonie se déroule en l'église Notre-Dame de Laeken. Their Majesties the King and the Queen, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent attend the Mass which is celebrated as every year in memory of the deceased members of the Royal Family. The ceremony takes place in the church of Our Lady of Laeken. Hunne Majesteiten de Koning en de Koningin, Hunne Majesteiten Koning Albert II en Koningin Paola en Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid Prins Laurent wonen de jaarlijkse eucharistieviering bij ter nagedachtenis van de overleden leden van de Koninklijke Familie. De mis vindt plaats in de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk te Laken. 📷: Didier Lebrun #ReineMathilde #QueenMathilde #KoninginMathilde #Mathilde #Queen #MathildedUdekemdAcoz #MathildevanBelgie #MathildedeBelgique #picoftheday #bestoftheday #BelgianRoyals #BelgianRoyalFamily #style #stylish #elegant #couture #royalty #MathildeofBelgium #Belgium #Belgie #Belgique

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19th February 2019 Leurs Majestés le Roi et la Reine, Leurs Majestés le Roi Albert II et la Reine Paola et Son Altesse Royale le Prince Laurent assistent à la messe qui est célébrée comme chaque année à la mémoire des membres défunts de la Famille Royale. La cérémonie se déroule en l'église Notre-Dame de Laeken. Their Majesties the King and the Queen, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent attend the Mass which is celebrated as every year in memory of the deceased members of the Royal Family. The ceremony takes place in the church of Our Lady of Laeken. Hunne Majesteiten de Koning en de Koningin, Hunne Majesteiten Koning Albert II en Koningin Paola en Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid Prins Laurent wonen de jaarlijkse eucharistieviering bij ter nagedachtenis van de overleden leden van de Koninklijke Familie. De mis vindt plaats in de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk te Laken. #KingPhilippe #RoiPhilippe #KoningFilip #PhilippedeBelgique #PhilippeofBelgium #Philippe #Filip #FilipvanBelgie #ReineMathilde #QueenMathilde #KoninginMathilde #Mathilde #Queen #MathildedUdekemdAcoz #MathildevanBelgie #MathildedeBelgique #picoftheday #bestoftheday #BelgianRoyals #BelgianRoyalFamily #style #stylish #elegant #couture #royalty #MathildeofBelgium #Belgium #Belgie #Belgique

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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).

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.
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Let’s face it- this isn’t the strongest group of hats we’ve reviewed. What elements here do you like?
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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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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 .
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This Week’s Extras

Princess Claire of Luxembourg in a blush felt fedora last weekend at the Grand Duchy’s annual Red Cross Bazaar. So chic!
Queen Margrethe in her blue beanie with black patent leather brim to present “The Queen’s Clock” military award.
Princess Marie Chantal shared these photos of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and their five children enjoying a country weekend, all in tweed caps.
Queen Mathilde in a new, wide brimmed cranberry felt fedora with double folded ribbon hatband yesterday in Berlin. The design is the Felicia from Fabienne Delvigne (ironically, the first hat in the ‘caught my eye’ list below!)
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful purple blocked beret with stacked crown from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Stunning yellow and pink spiky halo headpiece from Australian brand Love Lotus Millinery
For our gents- a very dapper black felt fedora with sharply stunning hatband from Irish milliner Philip Treacy

British milliner Stephen Jones has been sharing some of the 80 hats he’s made for Dior that are currently on exhibition in Paris, including his remake of the 1950s combination of millinery and suit silhouettes that deserve the label of ‘iconic‘. His remake of the Imperial State Crown, however, tops it all.