Imperial New Year’s Lectures 2017

Members of the Imperial Family gathered yesterday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to take part in the Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Lectures).

Imperial Royal Family, Jan 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Held annually since 1869, the Court Dress code for this event sees all the ladies in gowns and hats except for Empress Michiko, who forgoes a hat as she is officially hosting the event in her home. Princess Kiko repeated the blue grey calot she wore to the lectures last year.

Princess Kiko, Jan 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Mako repeated a turquoise pillbox with bumper-style raised sides she first wore for her grandfather’s 80th birthday three years ago.

Princess Mako, Jan 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Hanako of Hitachi repeated the vibrant blue leopard printed silk gown and matching bumper hat with feather trim that she wore for the New Year’s Poetry reading last year.  While the detail on this hat is not visible on this photo, jump over to this post for a better view taken during its first outing.

Princess Hanako, Jan 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Photos from The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, and The Asahi Shimbun

7 thoughts on “Imperial New Year’s Lectures 2017

  1. Disappointed at the much smaller crowd and repeats. Hanako wins with best hat and overall ensemble, although Mako’s light cerulean color is gorgeous.

  2. The Empress didn’t wear a hat is not because it was hosted at her own home but because she has long-time problems with her cervical vertebra. So in her case, wearing a hat can be a burden!

      • Indeed, the Empress’ hats have long been very lightweight to accommodate her health.

        Interesting note- Queen Elizabeth also doesn’t wear hats for investitures or receptions held inside Buckingham Palace- her role as host removes the need!

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