Imperial Family Bid Farewell to Prince Katsura

A Memoriam

Members of the Imperial Royal family attended the funeral of Prince Yoshihito of Katsura on June 17. Prince Katsura, who was a first cousin of Emperor Akihito, passed away on June 8, 2014 at the age of 66 years old. In attendance were Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako (below, right) and Princess Kiko, Prince Fumihito, and their daughter Princess Mako (below, left).

Imperial Royal Family, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Akiko of Mikasa, niece of Prince Katsura, carried out the role of chief mourner and accompanied her grieving grandparents. Tragically, Prince Takihito and Princess Yuriko (below, right) have now lost all three of their sons.

Princess Akiko of Takamado, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Yuriko of Mikasa and Princess Akiko of Takamado, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

The Akishino Princesses (below, left) and Crown Princess Masako joined the other Imperial ladies in demure bowler, pillbox or or bumper hats with a full veil.

 Princess Mako and Princess Kiko of Akishino, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Masako, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from The Imperial Family of Japan and Kazuhiro Nogi via Getty

4 thoughts on “Imperial Family Bid Farewell to Prince Katsura

  1. I appreciate this restrained and dignified look for a funeral and am fascinated by the black jewellery and black fans. Very respectful and elegant.

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