This Week’s Extras

Last Sunday, Princess Hisako attended a baseball tournament for school children in Tokyo in a large hat with wide black brim and white pork pie-style indented crown
Also last Sunday, Queen Elizabeth repeated her pale blue straw cloche with sloped crown, silk hatband and handmade feather flower by Rachel Trevor Morgan to attend Sunday Service at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle. The Countess of Wessex repeated a navy felt Jane Taylor trilby and the Duchess of Cornwall repeated her natural ecru straw capulet hat.

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Princess Hisako departed Tokyo for an 11-day visit to Canada in a prim white bowler with side bow.
Princess Nobuko in a cream pyramid saucer hat trimmed with a prim white-piped navy bow to open an exhibition today in Tokyo
Brace yourselves, dear readers- there were a lot of new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Navy straw hat trimmed with multi-coloured thread by British brand NDLQ Millinery
Wonderful cream and deep coral teardrop hat with bow topped ruffle by British milliner Rae Oakley
Unexpected spiky hatband on this black straw and felt design by Dutch milliner Nienke Visser
Pink button percher with wonderful deep pink leather dahlias by Australian brand Maker Millinery
Striking headpiece of overlapping sinamay diamonds by British brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Red straw bonnet with silk flower made by Australian milliner Lauren Ritchie for a theatre production
Lush and luxe headpiece of handmade royal purple silk flowers and gold feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan
Creative cerulean blue straw calot with peacock feather trim by Belgian milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Winter white felt button percher with soaring and sparkling black twist trim by British milliner Vivian Sheriff
Bonkers but beautiful hat with many-layered orange crin brim by British milliner Stephen Jones
Cobalt felt cloche with teal felt appliqued peacock by German milliner Angelika Löbering
Two stunning designs by Australian milliner Souri Sengdara under label Velvet and Tonic: a perfectly
proportioned scarlet braided velvet bandeau
and a sculptural teal straw pillbox with ivory pleated fan wrap
And from Australian milliner Jill Humphries who works until the Jill and Jack Millinery label, this breathtaking halo headpiece in gold jinsin with cut gold feathers. Simplicity without any compromise of beauty.

India Hicks has launched a new podcast that captures fantastic stories told by her mother, Pamela Hicks. They are filled with interesting royal tidbits and worth a listen.
Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko are on a trip to Bhutan and, for the first time, have brought Prince Hisahito along with them. Visits with the Bhutan king, queen and crown prince yielded some lovely photos, especially ones of the young boys together and Prince Hisahito trying out archery, Bhutan’s national sport


Photos from social media as indicated

13 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. Princess Akiko at the World Junior Rowing Championships on August 11:

    Another photo surfaced of Princess Hisako at the children’s baseball tournament on August 18:

    More photos of Princess Hisako on August 24 at the Japan Festival Canada in Mississauga:

  2. I agree with mittenmary in that there was a lot of (beautiful) drama in the hat designs this week.

    – I love the leather dahlias on the percher by Maker Millinery. It looks so delicate and light and would look lovely on CP Mette-Marit.
    – I love the jaunty brim on the red straw bonnet by Lauren Ritchie. The color and style would look so pretty on CP Mary of Denmark.
    – Whimsical blue straw calot with peacock feather trim by Amélie D’Hooghvorst would look divine on Zara Tindall or Princess Madeleine.
    – what a fun cloche with appliqued peacock by German milliner Angelika Löbering. Maybe Princess Ingrid of Norway?
    – just a lovely work of art by Jill Humphries. It looks like a magnificent crown. Countess Serena Snowden would look lovely in this.

    India Hicks’ podcast is a hoot. Her mother’s stories are crazy funny.

    Princess Christina’s memorial was lovely. The flowers were so vibrant and made what would normally be a sombre event seem so joyful and uplifting. What a remarkable tribute.

    I’ve really enjoyed the photos from Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko’s visit to Bhutan. The colors and scenery are beautiful, and it’s been wonderful seeing the young heirs interacting together.

  3. So much drama in the new designs this week! The gold headpiece is especially stunning, but there are standout elements in all.

    Love the color and the flowers at the memorial for Princess Christina.

    How fun for the two young princes to meet.

  4. We have just been discussing large bows, and two Japanese princesses appear in them. Ok, so they are not REALLY large, but they are by Japanese royal hat standards. Interesting design for Princess Nobuko, with the unexpected double brim in back.

  5. I’m not sure about Princess Nobuko’s flat bow.

    Princess Hisako often wears a hat at the airport whereas Crown Princess Kiko doesn’t. Empress Masako wore a hat before flying a long time ago. What’s the protocol? Maybe no protocol and it’s simply personal choice?

    Lovely hat picks. My favorites are the teardrop hat by Rae Oakley and blue calot with peacock trim by Amélie D’Hooghvorst.

    Princess Hisako at the 2019 Japan Festival Canada in Mississauga on August 24:

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