This morning, Empress Michiko of Japan began her journey to Belgium to attend the funeral of Queen Fabiola tomorrow. She wore a pale grey rimmed saucer hat trimmed with a charcoal puffed bow. The scale of this hat is an excellent proportion for the Empress and I thought the mix of pale and dark grey hit just the right tone to set off on this somber trip. The choice of this hat today might be predictable, but it is a very good one.
The Emperor and Empress have only attended the funeral of one other foreign monarch (King Baudouin in 1993). The Imperial Family of Japan blog speaks about the close relationship between the Imperial Couple and the late King and Queen of Belgium at this post.