Imperial Couple Embark on Indian Tour

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed Haneda international airport in Tokyo yesterday en route to a week long official visit to India. Empress Michiko wore one of her regular petite saucer hats, this one in cream, trimmed with a black and cream silk bow. I believe this hat is a new one.

Empress Michiko, Nov. 30, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Empress Michiko, Nov. 30, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The Imperial couple were seen off by their sons and daughter-in-laws. Princess Kiko wore a chocolate bowler hat trimmed with a black ribbon around the crown (another new hat, I believe) while Crown Princess Masako wore a dove grey wool hat with square crown, rolled brim and grey ribbon around the crown. Paired with her suit, I thought Masako’s hat (which I suspect is also new) looked great on her.

Princess Kiko and Princess Masako, Nov. 30, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko’s daughter, Princess Mako of Akishino, also was on hand to bid farewell to her grandparents. Mako wore a squared version of her mother’s bowler hat, with a slightly more upturned brim.

Princess Mako and Princess Kiko, Nov. 30, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Corbis, AFP Photo/Toru Yamanaka via Channel News Asia; and Toru Yamanaka via Getty

6 thoughts on “Imperial Couple Embark on Indian Tour

  1. I love Princess Masako’s hat and also Princess Mako’s. To me, Princess Kiko’s hat had too much crown and not enough brim.

  2. I love all of these hats and outfits! I love Crown Princess Masako’s hat best. The bowler hat is super cute on Princess Kiko. I really like Empress Michiko’s outfit, but oh how I wish her hat had been a cream colored pillbox with a cute little black bow. The Imperial ladies look very elegant here.

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