Empress Michiko ( née Michiko Shōda) celebrated her 79th birthday yesterday. To celebrate her birthday, here is one of my favourite of her hats. It is one of her characteristic saucer flat shapes but is trimmed with a spray of lovely blue flowers. We don’t see Michiko wear colour (she sticks to cream and grey a lot of the time) and this hat, paired with a striking pale blue ombre suit and worn for a garden party in April 2007, remains one of my favourites. So pretty.
Photo from Toshiyuki Aizawa via Corbis