59 years to November 1961 and a duck netting trip outside Tokyo that saw Princess Alexandra in a fur pillbox, Empress Nagako in a blue cuffed hat and then Crown Prince Akihito in a brown fedora, all out for Empress Michiko, who was crown princess at the time, seems to have sported a brown capulet style hat with side bow.
On Wednesday, Empress Emeritus Michiko and Crown Princess Kiko, along with their husbands, visited Meiji Shrine ahead of its 100th anniversary today. The former empress wore a small cream rimmed saucer with white lattice crin underbrim and folded bow. Princess Kiko wore a white bumper hat.
October 28: Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko worshipped at Meiji Shrine ahead of its 100th anniversary on November 1. In the afternoon, the retired couple visited the commemorative exhibition at Meiji Jingu Museum. 📸 https://t.co/Va4Ww9oKqspic.twitter.com/Aor4YzJRgz
The Queen’s cousin, Lady Elizabeth Shakerley (nee Anson) died this morning. She was 79.
Lady Elizabeth Shakerley (nee Anson) died today aged 79. First Cousin to The Queen and sister to Lord Patrick Lichfield. Her Mother (Anne Bowes-Lyon, a niece of the Queen Mother) was through her 2nd Marriage known as Princess Anne of Denmark. Sad news. https://t.co/QbaGBoTZpd
Queen Silvia celebrated Swedish National Day, along with the king, in Ludvika last Thursday in a repeated ivory felt calot hat with silk flower and brown feather trim. Festivities later in the day saw the Queen and adult princesses in folk costume with traditional white cotton folded hats.
Also on Thursday, Prince Harry was in uniform to preside over the annual Founder’s Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea (a retirement and nursing home for former members of the British Army). Royal Hospital residents, known as Chelsea Pensioners, wore their distinctive tri-corn hats.
On Thursday, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko conducted rites related to the abdication at the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo. The empress emerita repeated a slate grey veiled saucer with knotted bow.
On Saturday, members of the Imperial royal family attended the 5th anniversary memorial ceremony for Prince Katsura. The Imperial royal women, who included the Empress, the late Prince’s mother, Princess Yoriko and sister, Yasuko Konoe (formerly Princess Yasuko of Mikasa) all wore black hats.
Infanta Elena and her father, King Juan Carlos, attended the men’s singles final match yesterday at the French Open Tennis tournament in Paris in summery straw fedora hats