Catching Up

We have some hats to catch up on:

July 3: Princess Akiko in a natural straw hat with wide pink hatband for a cultural visit.ย 

July 4: Queen Margrethe repeated her apricot straw hat with navy hatband for Rebildselskabet’s 110th anniversary

July 8: Crown Princess Kiko wore an ivory hat with high, rounded crown and short kettle brim with tall hatband at a convention in Tokyo.

July 14: Crown Princess Kiko repeated an ice blue silk covered pillbox for a Red Cross event in Tokyo and Princess Hisako wore an interesting draped purple hat with flying bows for a technology award ceremony.

July 15: Princess Takamado in a cornflower blue hat with curved brim overlaid in pleated white organza at a Tokyo art exhibition.

July 18: Queen Margrethe repeated her navy and white hat arriving on the royal yacht Dannebrog to take up residence at Graasten Castle.

July 21: Emperor Naruhito carried a black silk top hat while Empress Masako wore a white silk bowler hat and Crown Princess Kiko wore a white silk covered pillbox for visits to Meiji Shrine.

July 22: Princess Kako also visited Meiji Shrine in a domed pillbox hat covered in ecru silk with back bow.

July 22: Prince Joachim and Princess Marie in straw fedoras at the Tour de France.

July 23: Duchess of Cornwall wore a new white straw Philip Treacy picture hat at Ascot Racecourse

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July 23: Princess Anne in a casual natural straw trilby with navy hatband while Princess Yoko repeated a blue brimless hat.

July 25: Princess Yoko at Meiji shrine in an ivory bowler hat.ย 

July 29: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence in a brown fedora at the Commonwealth Games

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August 3: The Earl of Wessex in a dapper fedora with red and navy hatband at the Commonwealth Games

Have I missed any?!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Wishing Empress Michiko a happy 87th birthday today with a look back at one of her hats. This layered turban was worn to the Tokyo Olympics on October 21, 1964 speaks very much to the fashion of the times (the layers are a lovely touch). And of course, a nod must be given to the most darling cap on young Prince Naruhito!

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Imperial Enthronement: Ceremony

The main element in Tuesday’s Imperial Enthronement was the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi, an official proclamation ceremony where the new emperor announces to domestic and foreign audiences that he has ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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This ceremony took place inside the Imperial Palace before a large audience. Emperor Naruhito again appeared in sokutai robes, this time in the dark rust-brown colour reserved for his role, and the distinctive black kanmuri hat.

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Empress Masako wore a traditional โ€œjunihitoeโ€ multi-layered kimono which dates back to the Heian Era (794 to 1185). In white, silver, red, coral,ย  purple, pale peach and green, the kimono is regal and dramatic, especially paired with the the elaborate sculpted sweeping ponytail that is worn with this costume along with a triple pronged golden headpiece.

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Crown Prince Fumihito wore saffron orange sokutai robes and a black kanmuri hat.

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The Imperial princesses also wore the traditional junihitoe with Crown Princess Kiko in shades of red, pink, orange, gold, white and purple, with a top robe in slate navy and the others in layers of green, navy, red, burgundy, yellow and white with a top robe in royal purple. Each wore the traditional spiky gold headpieces atop the costume’s dramatic hairstyle.

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Crown Princess Kiko

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Princess Kako and Princess Mako

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Princess Hanako

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Princess Hanako and Princess Nobuko in front; Princesses Akiko, Yoko, Hisako and Tsuguko in back

On their own, these spiky headpieces and tall hats seem so unusual but somehow, they add to the grandeur and strong sense of history at these events.

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Next up, we’ll look at the hats worn by royal guests.

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Emperor and Empress Conduct First Imperial Rituals

Emperor Naruhito conducted his first Imperial ritual today, dispatching messengers to Ise Grand Shrine and the mausoleums of five deceased emperors. For this event, the emperor wore traditional sokutai robes with a tall, black kanmuri hat.

Following this ritual, Emperor Naruhito and and Empress Masako visited Kashikodokoro (one of the Three Palace Sanctuaries) to report the dates of the Enthronement and Daijosai ceremonies. The emperor again appeared in sokutai robes, this time in the dark rust-brown colour reserved for his role, and the distinctive black kanmuri hat.

Empress Masako wore a traditional “junihitoe” of multi-layered robes which dates back to the Heian Era (794 to 1185). The lime silk top robe with under-robes in red, salmon and purple follow a similar colour scheme chosen by Empress Emerita Michiko when she took part in this same ceremony in 1990. The new empress’ hair was styled in a the elaborate sculpted sweeping ponytail extending down her back that is worn with this costume along with a triple pronged golden headpiece, secured just above her forehead.

For her arrival at the Imperial Palace earlier in the day, the empress wore an ice blue silk jacket with beautifully cut collar and a matching silk covered bumper hat. It’s a streamlined look I hope we can see from better view, soon.

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Previously Worn: This hat is new

Photo from Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP and social media as indicated