Imperial Royals Comings and Goings

Prince Masahito and Princess Hanako of Hitachiwere in Wakayama yesterday to watch part of the 70th Japanese National Sports Festival. For the event, Princess Hanako topped her elegant beige and white suit with a white hat. The hat featured a flat brim with rolled edge and low, domed crown and appeared to be trimmed with a monochrome band (or bow?) around the base of the crown. It’s a more simple hat than we usually see on Princess Hanko but it paired very well with her suit.

Princess Hanako, September 29, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Mako, who has returned from graduate studies in the UK, visited the Imperial Palace to report her homecoming to her gandparents. For this visit, the young princess repeated a white bumper hat with domed crown. While the hat looks like a pillbox, close inspection reveals that it has a wide, tightly upfolded brim that creates a sort of cuff around the hat. While this piece is a lovely contrast with her dark hair, I continue to hold out hope that we’ll see some millinery experimentation from the young Akishino princesses before their royal lives come to an end.

Princess Mako, September 29, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: April 18, 2015; December 23, 2014

Photos from Sankei and Tokyo Shimbun

Imperial Royals Visit Wakayama

Last Friday, the Imperial Emperor and Empress embarked on a three day trip to Wakayama to attend the 70th Japanese National Sports Festival. Empress Michiko kicked off the trip in a new cream saucer hat trimmed with a stylized arrow in the same geometric print as her blouse. I thought the arrow trim, which creates a much bolder overall look we usually see on the Empress’ millinery, was a new idea until I saw this similar hat, worn back in 2006.

Empress Michiko, September 25, 2015 | Royal Hats Empress Michiko, September 25, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: Uncertain. It has not been worn before in this form but I wonder if it is a reworked version of this hat

On Saturday, the royal couple opened the Sports Festival. For this event, Empress Michiko repeated her large rimmed white saucer had with folded slate blue bow.

Empress Michiko, September 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, September 26, 2015 | Royal HatsDesigner: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: May 17, 2015; May 26, 2013

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko concluded their visit yesterday with a visit to a Fruit Tree Experiment Station. For this final event, the Empress wore a smaller domed saucer hat trimmed with a two tone grey and green silk twist.

Empress Michiko, September 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

The photos from this weekend’s trip shed some light on the subtle differences between the Empress’ saucer hats. The saucers are flat, rimmed and domed- not great differences, perhaps, but ones that lend different impressions to this style of hat. What do you think of this trio of royal saucers?

Photos from Sankei, Sankei, Sankei, Sankei and Asahi

This Week’s Extras

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The Duchess of Rothesay (as Camilla is known in Scotland) in her smart red beret to commemorate the Battle of Loos (51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland)

The Prince of Wales attended a service at Westminster Abbey last Sunday commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

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Princess Mako successfully completed her Master’s degree at the University of Leicester (The Crown Chronicles)

Ever wonder how to contact members of the British Royal Family? Here’s a how-to guide that includes mailing addresses (The Crown Chronicles)

New formal portraits of Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary were released (Danish Monarchy). The Swedish royals also released this wonderful family picture, taken last December.

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Princess Estelle

 Photo from Anna-Lena Ahlström via The Swedish Royal Court

Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix Open Exhibit

Queen Sonja of Norway and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands joined up to attend the opening of a new exhibit at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam (some of you may remember they also did this in Munich back in May). There appeared to be some behind the scenes fashion coordination as both women turned up in bumper hats in bright berry colours.

Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix, September 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix wore dark raspberry bumper hat with domed crown and tightly upfolded double brim, trimmed with large straw bow loops at the back. It’s a hat shape we’ve seen on her a hundred times yet stands out thanks to the warm and vibrant hue. Queen Sonja’s mangenta domed hat, clearly made to coordinate with her paisley suit, follows a more compact bumper shape. The ensemble sets off her pearls wonderfully but the amount of coordinated pink paisley has tipped over the edge here for me.

Princess Beatrix, September 23, 2015 | Royal Hats  Queen Sonja, September 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer of Princess Beatrix’s Hat: Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: I can’t find previous wearings

Designer of Queen Sonja’s Hat: unknown
Previously Worn: March 20, 2012
It’s always fun to see royals from different houses join forces for shared events and look forward to hearing your thoughts about these two bumper hats!

Not Your Average Royal Hats

Prince William and Prince Harry were in Manchester today to tour several homes being renovated for ex-service personnel as part of the BBC television series DIY SOS. The brothers donned personalized construction hats and mucked in to lend a hand, further proving what great sports they are.

Photos from Getty as indicated; Splash News and Splash News via Corbis

Queen Máxima Opens Visitor Centre and Museum

Queen Máxima had a busy day of official openings today in Amsterdam at the new visitor centre of the Bank of the Netherlands and at the  Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder Museum, a museum detailing the history of a hidden attic church. For these events, she repeated her ‘slice’ brimmed picture hat in earthy taupe felt. We have seen this hat on Máxima several times before and it leans toward the bland and dull. Today’s pairing, however, with an elegant ice blue dress, casual pearls, taupe gloves and a snakeskin clutch, showed just how sophisticated this hat can be.