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

4 thoughts on “Imperial Royals Comings and Goings

  1. How kind of Princess Mako to visit her grandparents. Her hat is classic and has a retro look which I am sure her grandparents appreciated. Princess Hanako of Hitachi’s simple white hat was elegant but still informal looking enough for a sports event. Well played ladies!

  2. Princess Hanako’s hat complimented her suit quite well. However, I am not a big fan of bows on hats. They look rather twee on older women. Princess Mako’s hat suits her well. It’s a nice simple style of hat to wear with a fringe and hair down. Her pearls are beautiful.

  3. What a sweet looking young woman Princess Mako is! I find it charming that she visited her grandparents to report on her return home. And I like the rather old fashioned hat on her.

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