Imperial Royals At Floral Events

Last Thursday, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa officially opened the 2017 International Roses & Gardening Show in Saitama Prefecture. For this event, she wore a white straw hat with straight sided crown and rolled brim, wrapped in a swath of pale blue tulle. I often straddle the fence when it comes to such frothy hats but this one, paired with he blue and green floral dress, seems wonderfully appropriate for this event.

Princess Nobuko, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Nobuko, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

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

Last Saturday, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Princess Hanako visited the 50th anniversary exhibition of the Japanese Ikebana Art Association in Tokyo. Princess Hanako, who is Honorary President of the Association, wore a cream hat with rounded crown and mushroom brim that looked to be made of crin (or some type of transparent material). The hat is embellished with what appears to be green shoots (or vines?) and tiny leaves placed around the brim. I can only hope Hanako wears this again soon so we can have a better look. I’m intrigued.

Princess Hanako, May 13, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Hanako, May 13, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Photos  from Mainichi and JNN News

8 thoughts on “Imperial Royals At Floral Events

  1. These two hats are great! I agree they are a nice change from the usual. The white hat is very summery and appropriate for the event. The tan one is an interesting shape and love the monochromatic look!

  2. It’s always good to get hats that are at all out of the ordinary among the Imperial family, even better when they are interesting too!

  3. It looks as though the tulle of Princess Nobuko’s hat is patterned with some some leaf shapes. The color could be a few shades darker for better definition, but it’s a good look for the wearer and the event. I, too, hope we get a better look at Princess Hanako’s.

    Thanks to Chicago Chuck for pointing out the luscious pearls. And the ikebana is stunning, too.

  4. I liked both of these hats and found them delightfully springlike, and appropriate. Princess Hanako’s hat was my favorite of the two.

  5. The tulle on Nobuko’s hat is a bit of a throwback to the 90s, but she wears this one well, and the tulle trim isn’t overdone; it’s also nice to see some color, because I could easily have seen this just being a white hat thanks to the general simplicity and conservative dress of the Imperial court.

    I’m not 100% certain how I feel about Hanako’s hat. The overall shape is good (one she wears often, but well), yet whatever it is made out of (seems to be crinoline since the whole hat looks to be slightly sheer) doesn’t seem to hold a firm shape as well (the brim looks to be a bit wavy). At first I wondered if the trim were feathers randomly splayed around the hat, but looking at it again they do seem to be more of a plant-like trim. I agree it would be nice to see again for a more justified verdict on this hat.

  6. I like both of these hats. Both seem very appropriate for the settings. And you can always count on the Japanese royals to bring out some fantastic pearl jewelry, particularly Princess Nobuko’s strand of rather large pearls. Parts of the Japanese culture are so gracious and graceful – lovely to see the Imperial couple bow as they greeted people.

  7. I am also intrigued by Princess Hanako’s hat. The green “shoots” and leaves are a perfect homage to Spring. Princess Nobuko’s frothy confection is also very spring-like. Both hats are ideal for the floral occasions.

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