On Wednesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Sharoushi Act in Tokyo. The Empress repeated a small grey rimmed saucer hat with layered silk bow.
On December 5th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Act Concerning Labor and Social Security Attorneys, Sharoushi Act held at Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda, Tokyo. 📸: Sankei, Kyodo pic.twitter.com/1iT53QKNrO
Princess Masako celebrated her 55th birthday today with a visit to the Imperial Royal Palace. She wore a repeated robin’s egg blue rounded pillbox for the visit- it looks like she was accompanied by Princess Kiko, in a brimless grey hat.
On December 9th, Crown Princess Masako visited the Imperial Palace in the morning to greet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on her 55th birthday. 📸: Jiji pic.twitter.com/JLLkCuSBHF
On Wednesday, Empress Michiko wore a lovely new pale pink saucer hat with lattice crin underbrim and floral trim to an event at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo
On 14th November, Empress Michiko attended the ceremony to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Semmelweis Ignac Fulop (1818-1865) took place at Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo. Empress Michiko is the Honorary President of Japanese Red Cross Society. pic.twitter.com/H57LjBslTH
King Mohammed opened a new high-speed rail line in Rabat this morning. He was joined by French President Macron on Thursday to inaugurate the railway that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa and the Arab world.
I was delighted to have been asked to take these official portraits of The Prince of Wales surrounded by his family to celebrate the important milestone of his 70th Birthday. It was particularly special to capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon! pic.twitter.com/AL8e94rXqw
On Tuesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko began a 3-day visit to Kochi. The first two days saw her in small saucer hats in shades of slate grey-blue and mushroom grey.
On October 28th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 38th National Convention for the Development of an Abundantly Productive Sea in Kochi city and then released fish into the sea in Tosa city. 📷: Asahi & Sankei pic.twitter.com/H9jsTroYjB
On Thursday, Empress Michiko repeated a black and white houndstooth saucer with black bow
On October 29th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Kochi University Center for Advanced Marine Core Research in Nankoku before returning to Tokyo. 📷: Mainichi, Kochi News, Jiji pic.twitter.com/eTx3gbNTVe
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako celebrated 150th anniversary of Japan’s first Lighthouse. For this event, held at the Palace Hotel Tokyo in Chiyoda, Princess Masako repeated a white bowler hat with brilliant blue hatband.
Two interesting hats for Princess HIsako in Fukuoka- a pink brimmed design with ruffled hatband in the same patterned fabric as her skirt and a repeated olive green kettle brimmed bowler with raspberry and green stacked hatbands.
Last Friday and Saturday (September 28-29), Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were in Fukui open the 73rd National Sports Festival. The Empress wore this black saucer with salmon bow along with a repeated grey saucer during the visit.
On Tuesday, Princess Hisako and Princess Ayako visited the Daikaku-ji Temple in Osaka. Princess Hisako wore a grey silk hat with saddle brim and wide silk jacquard patterned hatband while Princess Ayako wore a navy pillbox with large ombre fluted bow at the back.
Yesterday, King Carl Gustaf visited Götland. The day had the theme of cultural heritage and the king visited, among other things, Swedish maritime, Visby Cathedral and roma kungsgård. pic.twitter.com/BfRyHMR7zw
Princes Nikolai and Felix with their maternal grandmother and mother, the Countess of Frederiksborg, at the launch of the Countess’ new book
Countess Alexandra together with Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix and her mother Christa Manley attended yesterday reception which was held due to Alexandra's new book "My Happy Country". The book launch is is today. 📷Martin Høien/BILLED-BLADET pic.twitter.com/9qvQUFAezG
Buckingham Palace making lemonade out of lemons as they clear out the palace for renovation and use some of the displaced objects and works of art for a new exhibition at the Brighton Royal Pavilion
Around 3,000 fine artworks from @RCT are being removed from Buckingham Palace’s East Wing to allow essential reservicing works to take place in Spring 2019. Some items will now go on display at @BrightonMuseums Royal Pavilion for members of the public to see. #ReservicingBPpic.twitter.com/t4Pl6EnT4I
Over the weekend, the Emperor and Empress visited the Fukushima region to attend the 69th National Tree-Planting Festival and review the area still greatly impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. The visit was of particular note as it is the last one the Imperial couple will pay to this area before the Emperor’s abdication next year. On Saturday, for the couple’s arrival in Koriyama, Empress Michiko repeated a pale mushroom grey large saucer hat trimmed with a two-tone silk twist. While there’s never much to say about the Empress’ many grey hats, the neckline on her jacket plays beautifully against this one.
For Sunday’s National Tree-Planting Festival, the Empress repeated her lovely pale slate blue-grey rimmed petite saucer hat trimmed with overlapping silk bow loops around one side of the piece. I love the different shades and sheens on the bow trim and the shape of the raised rim around the back. It’s a delicate design that Michiko wears very well.
On Monday, the royal couple attended a number of events related to memorials for and rebuilding from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. The Empress repeated her recently deubted slate grey hat with silver lattice printed white crin underbrim, trimmed with a darker grey bow.
On Tuesday, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako were spotted arriving at the Imperial Royal Palace for a celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary. Princess Masako repeated a pleated buttercup yellow silk covered bumper hat with pleated brim for the occasion.
It’s amazing to think that in less than a year, Masako will step into the role of Empress. I know many of us have cheered her return to public life, and continue to wish her well moving forward. It will be interesting to see how her upcoming new role impacts her hats!
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a service at Southwark Cathedral this morning to commemorate a year since the attack on London Bridge. For the event, the Duchess repeated her navy straw beret hat.
Yesterday The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a Service of Commemoration Southwark Cathedral to mark the First Anniversary of the attack at London Bridge. Photo: @Southwarkcathedpic.twitter.com/IsdgLioETJ
Princess Olympia of Greece made her tiara debut last weekend at Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday gala. The fringe tiara was a gift from her maternal grandmother when she was a baby- her mother has worn it numerous times over the years. What a beautiful gown and hairstyle combination to wear this piece for the first time.
The Japanese Red Cross Society’s annual convention took place yesterday in Tokyo, attended by Honorary President Empress Michiko who has been active in the society’s work for more than sixty years. For this event, she repeated a cream silk covered saucer hat with transparent lattice printed underbrim, trimmed with a flat grey and cream bow. She also tucked some greenery into the hat, a touch I’ve not seen her do before.
For this, Empress Michiko’s last year as Honorary President, she was accompanied by Crown Princess Masako, Princess Kiko, Princess Nobuko and Princess Hisako. Crown Princess Masako wore a navy silk covered square crowned hat with upturned bumper brim. Princess Kiko topped her grey suit with a matching square crowned bowler with upturned kettle brim and wide silk monochrome hatband. Princess Nobuko paired her black and navy silk jacquard print dress with a repeated cream hat with short, upswept brim and navy silk hatband and side bow. Princess Hisako topped her grey silk jacquard suit in a grey cloche/bucket hat wrapped in a wide wrap of dotted grey tulle. The resulting effect of the tulle wrap is unexpected and rather lovely!
I wonder what inspired the Empress to add that sprig of greenery to her hat?