Imperial Princess Visits Turkey

Princess Akiko is visiting Turkey this week, primarily to attend an event organized by her late father’s foundation at Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul. On Monday, she began her trip in the capital, Ankara, where she visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as well as the Turkish-Japanese Foundation. She topped her navy and white suit with a prim white silk hat with short, kettle brim and straight-sided, domed crown, trimmed with a wide navy hatband

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Embed from Getty Images

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: October 4, 2015 

On Tuesday, the young princess visited at the Naval Museum in Istanbul where she oversaw the the receipt of replicate of the Japanese Seiki warship that first visited the Ottoman Empire in 1878. For this event, she repeated a white (or palest grey?) cloche variation with wider, upturned kettle brim. The hat is trimmed in a wide dove grey hatband (the top of which shows a navy stripe close to the top of the crown) and a small bow in the same blue tweed as Akiko’s jacket.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: April 20, 2017
Perhaps not the most exciting of hats but it’s wonderful to see one of the young Imperial princesses out on a higher profile diplomatic tour. 
Photos from Getty as indicated

11 thoughts on “Imperial Princess Visits Turkey

  1. I prefer second hat over the first. Princess Akiko repeated a pale green hat and outfit on September 13 for the Prince Mikasa Foundation Honorary Presidential ceremony. She’s been honorary president since March 2017. Both her grandfather Prince Mikasa and father Prince Tomohito supported Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archeology. I’m happy Akiko’s visit to Turkey is well covered. There’s been nothing so far of Princess Tsuguko’s visit to East Timor this week.

    • I think the July 22, 2015 hat is different. The brim and crown are sharper.
      Fortunately Turkish media covered Akiko’s visit extensively. Japan… basically nothing, just a mention about Akiko and Tsuguko’s trips, no photos. 😦

    • I like this hat much better on her than the majority that she usually wears. I think the softer, lighter scale, more feminine look really suits her much better than her usual chunkier scale hats. This green one is a beauty though.

  2. I side with those who prefer the second hat to the first. It looks lovely on her, just because it is oversized. Look at the picture were she is holding the painting of the warship: a very elegant young woman.

  3. The first hat combined with the navy & white suit looks just perfect to me. I agree with others that the second hat appears to be too big on her, plus the bow without a hatband makes me think of a butterfly that has accidentally alighted and will soon take off!

  4. I also prefer the second hat as I think the overall shape is more flattering on her. The first hat looks better with her hair down, or if it had a wider brim, but here it looks a little too twee. I also wish the second hat hat a contrasting hatband to make the bow seem less random. Despite those minor complaints, this is a good outing for Akiko, and like you said, it’s nice to see her given this opportunity to represent the Japanese Imperial Family.

    • Glitter Girl, funny, but I like the 1st one better BECAUSE it is more rigid – sharper lines for a rather crisp navy/white ensemble. Maybe it’s the camera angle, but the 2nd hat looks too big for me, and the trim could better.

      • I’m with you, Jimbo! (Sorry Glitter Girl) I like the first hat with the wide navy hatband better than the second hat. The first ensemble is terrific and I even see that she’s wearing some type of Japan-Turkey pin or badge on her lapel in both pictures. The second hat just seems too big for her. C’est la vie, we all have our own preferences and that’s what makes this blog work so well because we keep it respectful of each other’s opinions. Very nice hats all around.

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