Imperial Family Pay Condolence Visits

 A Memoriam

While we have been enjoying the frilly and fun hats of Ascot, the Japanese royal family have quietly gone through the rituals of saying goodbye to a family member. On June 8, 2014, Emperor Akihito’s first cousin, Prince Yoshihito of Katsura passed away at the age of 66 years old. In the following days, members of the Imperial family called to pay condolence visits. Some of these family members wore hats.

Crown Princess Masako, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, June 8, 2014

Princess Hisako, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Hisako of Takamado, sister-in-law to Prince Katsura, June 8, 2014

Empress Michiko, June 9, 2014 | Royal HatsEmpress Michiko, June 9, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Empress Michiko, June 9, 2014

On June 15, the Imperial couple paid another condolence visit to the Akasaka Estate Residence. Again, Empress Michiko wore a small, elegant black hat.

Empress Michiko, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats   Empress Michiko, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

That same day, other members of the Imperial Royal Family attended a wake for Prince Katsura. As is expected, many wore small black hats.

Princess Kiko, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Mako, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Kiko of Akishino and her daughter, Princess Mako of Akishino

Princess Hanako, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Hisako, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Hanako of Hitachi and Princess Hisako of Takamado 

Photos from The Imperial Family of Japan; Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty

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