Crown Princess Kiko repeated an ink blue velvet covered wide bandeau trimmed with embroidered lace applique flowers on one side. Princess Kako repeated a bandeau of the same shape draped in turquoise silk.
Princess Akiko repeated a palest yellow silk covered saucer with raised brim around the back, trimmed with a draped hatband and bow. Princess Yoko wore a sleek new pillbox covered in vibrant cerise silk.
Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko repeated silk covered hats. Princess Hisako’s bumper, in muted pink printed jacquard, features an indented crown and twist on one side. Princess Tsuguko’s pistachio green pillbox with triple layered sash across the top of the hat embroidered with the same vine pattern as on the collar of her gown. The lily-of-the-valley blooms that originally embellished this hat but were removed for its last outing have magically appeared again!
Princess Kako wore a new royal blue silk covered percher trimmed with a swirl of crin studded with silk roses. The updated neckline on her gown and new hat transform this ensemble into one much more sophisticated than its original form, a great evolution for a maturing princess. Kako suits the scale and placement of a percher so well.
Princess Akiko repeated a cream silk covered hat with short brim and triple layered hatband.
Princess Akiko of Mikasa's poem represented the extended Imperial family's poem at 2023 Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime (Imperial New Year's Poetry Reading) on January 18. 器からこぼれてしまつた言の葉を静かにつむぐ友の横顔 📹 https://t.co/JW0JCJrSURpic.twitter.com/WlEcckEEOs
Princess Hisako repeated a striking teal silk pillbox hat trimmed with intricate embroidery around the side of the design along with feathers and a silk ribbon cockade. It’s worth noting that the matching gown bodice and sleeves have been remade. Princess Tsuguko’s blue silk covered hat with trilby-style raised brim around the back has also been changed since it’s last outing. Gone is the previous hatband of silk leaves, replaced with a more streamlined and angular hatband and a swath of net veil.
King Constantine II, former King of the Hellenes, died today at a private hospital in Athens at the age of 82.
He was born on June 2,1940 in Athens to Princess Frederica of Hanover and Crown Prince Paul of Greece. After winning a gold medal in sailing at the 1960 Rome Olympics and serving in all three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces, the hugely popular prince acceded to the throne in 1964 at just 23 years of age. One of the youngest monarchs in recent memory, his nine-year reign coincided with one of the most turbulent periods in Greece’s political history. Forced into exile in 1967 following a military coup, the resulting dictatorship abolished the monarchy in 1973, thereby ending a dynasty begun by Constantine’s Danish-born great-grandfather George I in 1863.
King Constantine lived with his family in a north London suburb for most of his years in exile, returning to Greece for the first time in 1981 for his mother’s funeral. Visits continued and in 2013, he and Queen Anne-Marie returned there permanently. He has close ties to numerous royal houses- his elder sister is Queen Sofia of Spain; his sister-in-law is Queen Margrethe of Denmark; his uncle was Greek-born Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh; and his cousins included the late King Michael I of Romania, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and King Charles III, with whom he shared an especially close relationship. These strong familial ties saw King Constantine and his family often attend British and European royal family events.
King Constantine is survived by his wife, Queen Anne-Marie; five children, Alexia, Pavlos, Nikolaos, Theodora and Philippos; and nine grandchildren.
Princess Kako wore a black silk covered hat yesterday for a memorial on the anniversary of Emperor Showa’s death.
January 7: Princess Kako worshipped at Emperor Showa's Mausoleum at Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo on the 34th anniversary of his death. Other Imperial family members attended a memorial ceremony at the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries. 📸 https://t.co/2AGDdQNVs6pic.twitter.com/NL02hsDzAu
Ohko Hirata updated Masako's hat with the blue wave ribbon. She said "Originally it wasn't our hat, but we've made many adjustments." Hirata made Masako's yellow hat on May 2019 public greeting and Aiko's hat with braid+Goyo azalea (Aiko's personal emblem)https://t.co/kHLAXsWLIl
Ahko Hirata was not on my radar and should have been- her late father was the first Japanese milliner to train in couture techniques in Paris and was Empress Michiko’s go-to milliner for decades. Ahko’s aesthetic, not surprisingly, is different than her father’s designs, but no less impeccable or memorable. This profile gives a glimpse into her millinery story.