On Tuesday, Princess Hisako attended a photography exhibition at Sankeien Garden in Yokohama. She repeated her grey felt hat with Pork Pie crown and short, kettle brim with wide burgundy hatband and side spray of feathers for this event.
On Friday, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the 64th National Youth Book Report Contest award ceremony in Tokyo. Princess Masako wore a burgundy felt hat with domed crown and short, upturned Kettle brim, simply trimmed with a wide velvet hatband.
Crown Prince Haakon Crown Princess Mette-Marit popped over to Sweden this week to enjoy a day out skiing with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel and take in the 2019 Alpine Ski World Championships along with Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Princess Ingrid and Princes Sverre.
The Crown Princess Family, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette- Marit in Åre, Sweden, enjoying the World Championship in Alpine Skiing ⛷ 📷: Credits to the rightful owners. pic.twitter.com/z2jZdfhIdy
I need to step away from Royal Hats from Monday until the end of the month for some ‘real’ work focus and travel. I’ve planned a series on past Ascot hats and ask again that in my absence, you all share whatever new hats are worn each day in the comments of these flashback posts. I promise to be back soon!
On Monday, the Imperial family marked the 30th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s death at Musashino Imperial Mausoleum in Hachiōji, Tokyo. Empress Michiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Akiko, Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko all wore black hats. The Imperial Crown prince and princess marked this anniversary at the Imperial Palace, Princess Masako in an ecru silk covered hat with high, upturned Breton brim.
Members of the Imperial family attended the annual Imperial New Year’s Lectures today at the Imperial Royal Palace in Tokyo.
On January 11th, the Imperial family attended Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year's Lectures) Crown Princess Masako did not attend due to a cold and low fever; she regrets missing the event. 📸: Sankei, Mainichi pic.twitter.com/UcOZvBOzMt
While the Empress did not wear a hat (as hostess of the event in her home), the Imperial princesses all followed the traditional daytime court dress code (gowns and hats) which continues to be used for this event.
This event brings us a rainbow of Imperial royal millinery and this year was no different:
While the Empress did not wear a hat (as other monarchs usually do not when hosting an event in their home), Crown Princess Masako wore a matching midnight blue velvet ruched dress and bumper hat. The same bugle bead embroidery on the cuffs and collar of the dress trims one side of the hat, adding a lovely bit of sparkle against the dark colour which is glorious on Masako.
The ladies of the Akishino family wore a trio of calot hats, all which I think are new. Princess Kiko’s royal blue design features a cuff and bow (or butterfly) trim at the side while Princess Mako’s narrower design (a bandeau-calot hybrid) in pale seafoam green silk is trimmed with pale pink roses on the side. Princess Kako completed the trio in a pale aqua silk covered calot with cuff brim and silk floral trim at the side.
Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko of Takamado and Princess Nobuko, Princess Akiko and Princess Yoko of Mikasa joined the family for a celebration lunch, all of them in brimless pillbox or bumper designs. Princess Hisako stood out in a vibrant blue feather trimmed bumper hat previously worn to the 2014 annual New Year’s Poetry Reading. Princess Tsuguko repeated her peach silk covered bumper hat trimmed with large abstract leaves in the same hue (worn for the New Year Poetry Reading last January). Princess Nobuko’s hat, in pale celery green, features a bumper brim that overlaps on one side and a crown covered in the same lace as the bodice of her gown. Princess Akiko’s pale yellow bumper hat is lavishly trimmed with what looks like a large silk flower and net ruffles in the back while Princess Yoko repeated the textured salmon pink pillbox trimmed with chevron stripes of ostrich feathers that she wore for the New Year’s Poetry Reading in 2016.
It’s wonderful to see most of the Imperial royal family in attendance for this celebration- the Emperor’s last before the throne is passed to Prince Naruhito in April. What do you think of these festive brimless hats yesterday in Japan?
This post is later than usual thanks to a long weekend here in Canada. Stay tuned later today for a review of all the hats seen yesterday at Remembrance Day commemorations in London.
Princess Hisako in a black hat with red puff feather trim the first weekend of November in Nagoya
Princess Hisako visited Aichi Prefecture November 3-4 for the Regional Traditional Performing Arts Convention. She is honorary president and attended the commemorative ceremony in Nagoya and visited Kawara Museum in Takahama. pic.twitter.com/41hb3f5K6S
Last Monday, members of the Imperial royal family attended a tea party for the recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit at the Imperial Palace. While the Empress and Princess Kiko wore kimonos, Crown Princess Masako topped her pastel silk suit with a matching silk covered hat with high, kettle brim. It looks like the outside of the brim is covered in embroidery.
On 5th November, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the tea party for the recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit took place at Imperial Palace. pic.twitter.com/jHmybisvMY
The Imperial royals hosted the final garden party of the Heisei era (Emperor Akihito’s reign) last Friday and braved rain in beautiful kimonos (including Crown Princess Masako, who hasn’t been seen in one in a while).
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.
Also on Wednesday, Princess Mako celebrated her 27th birthday and was spotted arriving at the Imperial Royal Palace in Tokyo to visit her grandparents in a bumper hat covered in beige-pink patterned silk
Princess Mako turned 27 on October 23rd. She visited the Imperial Palace in the morning for birthday greetings with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. pic.twitter.com/JHQexd3meI
Princess Hisako, Princess Tsuguko, Noriko Senge, Sayako Kuroda, and other relatives watched Princess Ayako worship at the Three Palace Sanctuaries on October 26, 2018. 📷: NHK, FNN videos pic.twitter.com/oCI7X1raRb
This week had an abundance of state banquets (in Portugal, Fiji and the UK) with some stunning royal looks – including Queen Mathilde here and here, the Norwegian royals, the Danish Royals and Princess Ayako at the formal Choken-no-Gi ceremony- likely the last time we’ll see her in a tiara.