Earl of Wessex in a fedora yesterday in Bundeena, Australia on a walk with local high school children on a new Royal National Park national trail, opened to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
And two stunners to show here- from Irish milliner Aoife Kirwan a percher in Irish linen beautifully embroidered with the country’s floral and fauna and from Australian milliner Alana English, a sky blue design with curving crown pleat, windowpane sinamay brim, pink hatband and spiky pink feather poufs.
Princess Hisako has been in Canada this week on an informal tour to celebrate 90 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. The visit kicked off last Saturday in Mississauga with a summery hat in finely woven straw with a moderate brim, trimmed with orange and peach feathers and net veil circling the base of the crown.
On Sunday in Toronto, she princess met Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell in a sunny yellow straw hat with upturned brim bound in a wide white stripe, trimmed with a yellow silk bow.
A great privilege to welcome Princess Takamado to Queen’s Park to meet with representatives of municipal twinning relationships. Through sharing stories, the visit of Her Imperial Highness furthers the fostering of cross-cultural dialogue & collaboration between Japan and Ontario pic.twitter.com/g0bbphiZSo
Tuesday’s programme included a meeting with Governor General Julie Payette and a return to the Canadian Museum of History, where in 1985, she and the late Prince openned a Japanese Zen Garden. For these engagements, Princess Hisako wore an elegant cream lace suit with matching short-brimmed hat. The hat’s crown and front bow are covered in the same lace which lends some textural dimension to the design.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan visited @RideauHall, marking the 90 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between 🇨🇦 and 🇯🇵. Mount Fuji, seen in this image from space, will be one of the amazing Olympic venues where thousands of athletes will compete in 2020. pic.twitter.com/PkwrHmf8kt
Today we were honoured to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan back to the Museum for a special visit of the Japanese Zen Garden which she officially opened in 1995. @JapaninCanadapic.twitter.com/honQenqdrw
On Wednesday, Princess Hisako traveled to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, on the Atlantic east coast. There, in the town of Cavendish, she opened Montgomery Park, a commemorative park to Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, who wrote well known book, Anne of Green Gables. For this opening, the princess donned a boater hat covered in cream silk with a swirling pleated brim, trimmed with white maple leaves, cornflower blue organza tufts and net veil. The hat has a decidedly Edwardian feel which gives a lovely nod to this famous book (published in 1908 and set around the same time) and makes it one of the most romantic Imperial royal hats in recent memory! Listen to a snipet of Princess Hisako’s dedication speech below- it’s charming and she has a lovely voice!
On Thursday, she visited Green Gables and in a touching gesture, she topped her black floral suit in a vibrant green hat in nearly the same shade as the famous location. The design features a wide rolled brim and black hatband, piped in the same floral pattern as her suit- a new addition since we last saw it.
Happy folks at Green Gables Heritage Place today to celebrate the completion of the major redevelopment including a new Visitor Centre. The work was made possible with a $11 million federal infrastructure investment. Here Parks Canada Karen Jan’s presents Princess Takamado a gift pic.twitter.com/9MhK3UWHhd
After a stop in Alberta, she landed in Vancouver where yesterday, she attended Nikkei Matsuri, a large Japanese cultural festival. In another thoughtful diplomatic touch, she wore a white straw saucer hat with folded crin brim trimmed with sprays of red and white silk maple leaves on both sides (above the brim on the left, below the brim on the right). I know some consider such statements cheesy but my Canadian heart is warmed by the gesture.
And finally, today in Victoria, Princess Hisako visited government house in what believe is the same white kettle brimmed hat she wore on Monday, swapping out the lime hatband and flowers for a leaf green bow on the side. I suspect this isn’t the first quick change of trim this hat has experienced to make it coordinate with other ensembles- it looks awfully close to this hat she wore last July.
Delighted to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan to @GovHouseBC, in celebration of the 90 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan. pic.twitter.com/Tk8qaa31NS
Last Sunday, Princess Hisako attended a baseball tournament for school children in Tokyo in a large hat with wide black brim and white pork pie-style indented crown
Princess Hisako attended the opening ceremony and first match of the Takamadonomiya Cup 39th All Japan School Children's Rubber Baseball Tournament on August 18-19 at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo. 📸 https://t.co/QxLvqcSfaVpic.twitter.com/4cCICL3GYo
Also last Sunday, Queen Elizabeth repeated her pale blue straw cloche with sloped crown, silk hatband and handmade feather flower by Rachel Trevor Morgan to attend Sunday Service at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle. The Countess of Wessex repeated a navy felt Jane Taylor trilby and the Duchess of Cornwall repeated her natural ecru straw capulet hat.
Princess Hisako departed Tokyo for an 11-day visit to Canada in a prim white bowler with side bow.
On August 23rd, Princess Takamado (Hisako) departed for her 11-day unofficial visit to Canada from Tokyo Haneda airport. Her visit celebrates the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. 📹 https://t.co/cRzksy6Igxpic.twitter.com/HHhLliFjuO
And from Australian milliner Jill Humphries who works until the Jill and Jack Millinery label, this breathtaking halo headpiece in gold jinsin with cut gold feathers. Simplicity without any compromise of beauty.
Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko are on a trip to Bhutan and, for the first time, have brought Prince Hisahito along with them. Visits with the Bhutan king, queen and crown prince yielded some lovely photos, especially ones of the young boys together and Prince Hisahito trying out archery, Bhutan’s national sport
On Saturday, August 3, Princess Hisako was in Teshikaga for the “Starry Sky Town, Blue Sky Town” National Convention. She wore a very interesting ivory hat with short brim, coral hatband and tall ivory wrap around the crown that fluted into the shape of a flower.
On Sunday, August 4, she attended the closing ceremony of a national Sea Cadet convention in Tokyo. The blue hat she wore is trimmed with a twist in the same printed fabric as her suit, a slim navy twisted hatband and layered, textured leaves in jade, magenta, chocolate, blue and cream. The scale and shape are so great on her and I adore the pop of colour!
On Tuesday, August 6, Queen Elizabeth officially took up summer residence at Balmoral Castle, inspecting the Balaklava Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the castle gates. She repeated a Rachel Trevor Morgan designed hat first worn last summer– this outing gives a much better view of the silk crepe covered cloche with double hatband (love the punchy contrast of the black hatband) and handmade flowers.
On Thursday, August 8, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended the King’s Cup Regatta in Cowes to watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in the race. While his parents donned informal baseball hats, Prince George was slightly more commanding in his naval cap.
On Saturday, August 10th, Princess Tsuguko of Takamado attended the archery finals of the Inter-High School General Sports Championships in Yatsushiro in a striking black and white straw hat.
Princess Tsuguko watching the archery finals of the Inter-High School General Sports Championships in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture on August 10th. This is her first official visit to Kumamoto Prefecture. 📹 https://t.co/KI9WMTkJMQpic.twitter.com/lkelKay5V4
On August 10th, Princess Tsuguko of Takamado attended the archery finals of the Inter-High School General Sports Championships in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture. She is honorary president of the All Japan Archery Federation. 📹 https://t.co/KI9WMTkJMQpic.twitter.com/VNCpoCCHxX
On Sunday, August 11, members of Queen Elizabeth’s family joined her for Sunday morning service at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral in Scotland. The Queen repeated an Angela Kelly designed cream square-crowned cloche with thick hatband in the same pink striped bouclé as her matching suit, trimmed with a pink silk rose. The Duchess of Cornwall repeated a dark mushroom grey formed felt beret trimmed with pheasant feathers. Princess Beatrice of York repeated a cream Gina Foster beret percher trimmed with navy silk flowers and veil.
Empress Masako in an angular grey silk hat with bumper brim and small bow at the back on Thursday at a WWII commemoration ceremony
On August 15th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the National Memorial ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of Japan's World War II Surrender at Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda, Tokyo. 📸 Nikkei, Sankei, Mainichi, Sankei pic.twitter.com/TWz5p8W02Z
Princess Hisako in a pale celery green hat with appliqued lace covered crown and rolled crin brim today to open a new field hockey stadium for next year’s Olympic summer games (notice her field hockey stick necklace!)
Queen Elizabeth attended a craft fair at Crathie Kirk in Scotland today, finally giving us a great view of the turquoise straw hat with double hatband and bows she wore, also in Scotland, back in 2017. Clearly a Rachel Trevor Morgan design, I really like the contrasting stripes on the bow ribbon tails which tie in with Her Majesty’s skirt
And from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit, this fabulous grape sinamay percher with pink and scarlet twist. Colourful hats can be difficult to balance but this one is perfect, remaining firmly stylish and modern (no cartoonishness here!). It’s also impeccably finished- note the complete absence of visible seams and crisp edges on the two-toned twist. So fun!
Condolences to the Dutch royal family as they grieve the loss of Princess Christina (Princess Beatrix’s youngest sister) who died yesterday after a battle with bone cancer. Plans are for a private memorial with her cremated remains going to Fagel’s Garden Pavilion on the grounds of Noordeinde Palace. Read a statement and obituary from the Dutch monarchy here.
Vanmorgen is Prinses Christina op 72-jarige leeftijd overleden op het complex van Paleis Noordeinde in Den Haag. Zij leed al enige jaren aan botkanker. Prinses Christina werd op 18 februari 1947 op Paleis Soestdijk in Baarn geboren. https://t.co/kH035ZME15pic.twitter.com/ml57EufMCN
We end this week with adorable photos of Princess Anne’s four granddaughters Savannah, Isla, Mia and Lena, enjoying the Festival of British Eventing the first weekend of August at their grandmum’s estate, Gatcombe Park
Empress Masako in a classic navy and cream hat on Monday to attend the 2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium with the Emperor in Yokohama
On July 29th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the opening ceremony and reception for the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2019) in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. (1/2) 📸 Jiji, Jiji, Yomiuri, Sankei pic.twitter.com/Ac0bMrqIq6
Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s son, Louis Ducruet, was married today to Marie Chevalier in a private ceremony at The Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate. The bride wore a gown created Atelier Boisanger and Pauline Ducruet. While there were few hats at the wedding, it seems that Beatrice Borromeo Cassiraghi wore the roughly woven picture hat her mother-in-law wore for Prince Albert and Princess Charlene’s civil wedding in 2011 (this one)
Preparations for the the Daijosai celebration, part of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement, which will happen later this fall, are underway. Hemp was harvested to create a new kimono and ground was ceremonial broken at the Imperial Royal Palace to signify the start of construction on the buildings where the celebration will take place.
On July 15th, hemp was harvested in Mima, Tokushima Prefecture for a kimono to be used at the Daijosai ceremony in November. Yarn will be spun from fibers in August, then sent to Yamazakiimube Shrine in Yoshinogawa in September to be woven into a kimono. 📸 Jiji, Jiji, Kyodo pic.twitter.com/OoZC5s4uZ8
On July 26th, construction began on the Daijosai structures in the Imperial Palace's East Gardens. Priests performed rituals and made offerings. Some 30 buildings are scheduled to be completed in October. The Daijosai ceremony will be held November 14-15. 📸 Jiji pic.twitter.com/3UDRBtMBgq
On Tuesday, the Prince of Wales visited the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone to celebrate the Battailion’s 25th anniversary and present operational medals for their recent deployment to Afghanistan. His uniform and cap reflect his ranking of Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.
On Thursday, Princess Alexandra wore her new-ish hat to the Thrive Flower Show in Reading. In almond textured straw, the classic design features a cartwheel brim and twisted bow at the side. It’s nice to see Alexandra in a hat without an elevated crown!
Also on Thursday, Crown Princess Kiko attended the 55th Blood Donation Promotion National Convention in Kanazawa in a pale blue silk jacquard covered hat with layered hatband and kettle brim.
On July 11th, Crown Princess Kiko attended the 55th Blood Donation Promotion National Convention in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. She also visited local students' blood donation promotion activities before the ceremony. 📸 Jiji, NHK, Kyodo pic.twitter.com/GH4J1PzYsM
The final hat on Thursday (busy day!) was on Princess Hisako. She attended the annual Innovation Awards for Advanced Technology ceremony in a pale lime textured suit with hat covered in the same fabric and a stitched white kettle brim with trilby-style higher upturn around the back.
Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit keeps knocking it out of the park with new designs, including this beautiful pink straw picture hat with a fantastic brim shape, beautiful trimming and impeccably finished silk binding. Utter perfection.