This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice wore a burgundy velvet knotted bandeau for dinner out with her husband Edoardo in London on December 3
Princess Hisako in a purple hat December 5 for the 100th anniversary ceremony of Japan Society of School Health and a chocolate felt fedora on December 11 for the East Asia Youth Airgun Competition 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her slouchy black wool hat with faux fur brim from Lock & Co. on December 7 for a service in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the foundation of Salisbury Cathedral
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Sleek black felt wide-brimmed hat with white stitched binding & hatband by Polish brand Oktopus
Luminescent gold straw fedora with splendid striped hatband by Australian milliner Catherine Kelly
Magenta silk veiled cocktail hat with bow by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Classic navy square-crown cloche with ribbon hatband by French milliner Clothilde Toussaint
Blush felt cloche with pleated brim and silk hatband by Swiss milliner Michaela Temperli
Leopard melusine felt trilby with leather binding and hatband by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Cerise felt button percher with sparkling beads and double back bows from the studio of Rachel Trevor Morgan
Textured straw boater rimmed in black lace by Australian brand Jettah & Till Design Millinery
Burgundy felt capulet with draped and layered hatbands and side bow by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Statement soaring headpiece of silk butterflies by Australian Milliner Cynthia Jones-Bryson
Cream straw sideweep saucer with silk roses and blue lace applique by Irish milliner Jennifer Wrynne
Chocolate and russet woven felt percher with feathers by French brand Mei Mei France Chapeaux
Purple straw calot with vintage veiling and the prettiest straw roses by British milliner Lucy Bowler
Stunning black and white statement hat with fuchsia feather trim by Australian brand Amelda Millinery

New portraits released for Empress Masako’s 57th birthday

Lovely photos of the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg with wee Prince Charles

We end the week with the Duchess of Cornwall, who was aided at a Battersea kennel charity by her Jack Russel terrier Beth, who is an alumna of the organization. I believe a sausage was also involved.

Photos from social media as indicated

This Week’s Extras

Princess Hisako in a lovely green felt trilby with shaped crown and feather trim on Tuesday for a press conference for an upcoming exhibition at the Hungarian Cultural Institute
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing grey button percher with aqua straw and crin vertical trim by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Striking ivory felt button percher with black trim by American milliner Sally Casewell
Cognac felt cap with leather brim and slim hatband by Dutch brand Bronte
Tangerine straw hugger with ruffled brim, leaves and lace flowers by Australian brand Rachi Rach Hattery
Navy blue silk shantung pillbox with rose trim by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Gold straw bandeau headpiece with dimensional flowers by American brand Lifted Millinery
Charming black straw cloche with stripe side bow by Mei Mei France Chapeaux
Raspberry felt teardrop percher with flower, feathers and folded bow by American milliner Jill Courtemanche
Midnight blue felt trilby with stiched side knot and textured hatband by Czech milliner Jolanta Kotabova
“Yin Yang Boater” in black felt and white straw by German milliner Felix Weber

Leopard print felt percher with large bow by British milliner Stephanie Gallen
Royal blue vertical looped bow headpiece in organza and crin by British milliner Stephen Jones
Grey felt crushable travel hat with orange stitching and brim binding by Italian brand Borsalino
Forest green velvet halo bandeau with handmade rose by London-based milliner Guilia Mio
Black button percher with magenta trim by British brand Queen Bee Millinery
For our dear gents, a smart camel felt fedora with chocolate and navy hatbands by Danish brand Hornskov København
Red felt hugger with ruffle and sparkling brooch by British milliner Karen Geraghty
Coral and boysenberry plaid straw bumper hat with flyaway brim & statement feathers by Australian brand Millinery By Mel
Dark blue felt beret with lovely side sequin trim by Italian brand Modista Stybel
Statement picture hat in natural straw with rosette covered brim by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones Bryson

And finally, Advent greetings from Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar

Photos from social media as indicated

This Week’s Extras

Queen Margrethe in her royal blue felt beanie hat with black patent leather cuffed brim on Wednesday to award the “Queen’s Clock” military honour
Princess Hisako and her eldest daughter, Princess Tsuguko, wore cream hats to visit the Meiji Shrine this week. Earlier in November, Princess Hisako wore a streamlined black hat to present the Emperor’s Cup at the 75th All Japan Rubber Baseball Tournament in Okayama.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Black felt trilby with the most perfect bow by British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Green straw beret percher with cut feathers and surprise applique lace flowers by British milliner Rachel Dunn
Grey felt trilby with coral embroidered flowers and silk hatband by Kenyan milliner Lali Heath
Sky blue scalloped straw disk with raised back, silk bow and veil by British milliner Stephen Jones
Navy felt button percher with lovely velvet butterflies by American brand Art of Hats
Burgundy felt hat with extended, pointed brim (love the zigzaggy slim hatband!) by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva

Angular felt hat with fantastic felt and patent leather twists by British brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Tweed and velvet halo bandeaux headpieces with stunning floral spray trims by London-based milliner Guilia MIo
Tall cloche in cognac felt with double black hatbands with folded bow by Russian milliner Svetlana Kvarta
Black beret percher cocktail hat with waterfall diamond trim by British milliner Victoria Grant
Dramatic black straw saucer overlaid in floral embroidered tulle by British milliner Lucy Bowler

Wonderful new photo of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh taken by British photographer Chris Jackson and released for their 73rd wedding anniversary this week. The card they are reading was from their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
To further celebrate this anniversary, The Royal Collection Trust shared this wonderful overhead shot of the Queen on her wedding day.

Photos from social media as indicated

Imperial Crown Prince Proclaimed

Last Sunday, the Imperial royal family celebrated Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-Gi, the final ceremony in the Emperor’s enthronement that officially proclaims the new crown prince which had been postponed seven months due to the global pandemic.

Empress Masako arrived early in the morning to prepare for the day of ceremonies in her oyster silk covered bumper hat.
Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Kiko followed an hour later, Kiko in a pale lime silk jacquard floral gown with matching calot hat. The cuffed brim on this hat is covered in wide bias stripes of smooth silk and silk smocked in the same fine pattern as the waist on Kiko’s dress. This smocking gives some textural dimension to the hat, especially when punctuated with the small shiny silk stripe between each section. While a subtle detail, it is impeccably executed and once again, shows incredible quality and millinery skill.


At eleven o’clock that morning, the Imperial royal family gathered for the Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi ceremony where the new Crown Prince was officially proclaimed. Emperor Naruhito and Crown Prince Akishino wore traditional sokutai robesand the distinctive black kanmuri hat. Empress Masako and Crown Princess Kiko wore junihitoe multi-layered kimonos with the triple pronged golden headpiece and elaborate sculpted sweeping ponytail that is worn with this costume.




Members of the extended Imperial Royal family were in attendance, the ladies in court dress (gowns and hats).
Princess Mako repeated a blush dotted silk jacquard gown and matching bumper brimmed calot hat. Princess Kako repeated a scarlet bandeau headpiece trimmed with silk flowers.
Princess Mako’s hat previously worn: Nov 16, 2019; Jan 13, 2017; December 23, 2015;
Princess Kako’s hat previously worn: Feb 23, 2020; Oct 25, 2019
Princess Hanako topped her apple silk gown with a matching saucer percher hat with pleated rim, embellished with ivory feathers and silk leaves. Princess Nobuko wore a bandeau headpiece covered in periwinkle blue silk, trimmed with feather flowers on the side.
Princess Nobuko’s hat previously worn: Feb 23, 2020
Princess Akiko of Mikasa wore a lemon yellow bumper hat wrapped in a swath of pleated crin and trimmed with a spray of silk flowers across the back. Princess Yoko repeated a pale coral textured pillbox.
Princess Akiko’s hat previously worn: Oct 25, 2019; Apr 10, 2019
Princess Yoko’s hat previously worn: Oct 25, 2019Apr 10, 2019
Princess Hisako wore a standout hat with crown in the same vibrant green silk as the cuffs on her gown. The hat’s cartwheel brim appears to be  covered in overlapping ombre leaves and an overlay of veil. Princess Tsuguko repeated her burgundy bumper hat with veil and side silk floral trim.
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Princess Hisako’s hat previously worn: I believe this hat is new
Princess Tsuguko’s hat previously worn: Apr 30, 2019; Feb 26, 2019; Jan 10, 2018 
Following the ceremony, the Crown Prince and Princess worshipped at Kashiko-dokoro shrine which is located on the grounds of the Imperial Palace. They were joined by several of the Imperial princesses who wore pale gowns and repeated ivory hats.



That evening, the emperor, empress, crown prince and princess took part in the Choken-no-Gi (First Audience ceremony), the women in glittering diamond parures complete with impressive tiaras.

The vibrant hats worn by the Imperial princesses at the Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi stood out to me- weren’t they wonderful?!
Photos from social media as indicated; The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun via Getty; 

Monday Multiples: Princess Hisako

Princess Hisako has a lovely black floral suit that she has paired with numerous hats:

Look #1: With an ecru domed crown hat with short kettle brim with black hatband worn for a September 9, 2015 visit to a Red Cross sponsored nursery in Obihiro

Look #2: With a textured straw black saucer hat with raised pyramid center worn July 27,2017 for an international calligraphy exhibition in Tokyo

Look #3: Black hat with pork pie crown and white crin brim overlay trimmed with white hatband tied in a back bow with black posy worn May 25, 2019 to an African Festival in Yokohama

 

Look #4:  In a green hat with green crin brim overlay and black hatband for an August 28, 2019 visit to “Green Gables” on Prince Edward Island in Canada

Look #5: With a black straw hat with wide striped hatband, back bow, and ecru pinstripe around the brim edge worn September 24, 2019 for the 2019 Japan Sports Masters Tournament

Which hat do you prefer most with this suit?

Photos from  Hokkaido News; Sankei; TICAD; Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture & Heritage; The Hon. Wayne Easter, MP; and Gifu News