Last Week’s Extras

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
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.

The Duke of Sussex attended the field of remembrance service at Westminster Abbey last Thursday in the black frockcoat uniform and cap of the Blues and Royals, his former regiment.

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Crown Princess Mary wore a black lace veil last Thursday for a visit to the Vatican
The following new millinery designs caught my eye last week:
Chic mustard felt stylised trilby with amazing crin hatbands from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Such fun ostrich pompom trimmed berets from British milliner William Chambers
Stunning green houndstooth saucer with flying cream under-brim bow from Melbourne milliner Louise MacDonald
Simply beautiful blush straw sidesweep with silk orchids & curling quills from British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Love the lines on this seamed flat cap from London-based milliner Karen Henriksen
Prettiest pink chevron button percher with pearl centered straw bow by Irish milliner Alison Roe
Unique headpiece of interlocking circles (with amazing texture!) from Australian brand Peacock Millinery

And from Melbourne milliner Lauren Ritchie, this  magenta pillbox with brilliantly graphic 3-D trim.

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).


Wrapping things up with this sweet photo of the Prince of Wales and his youngest grandson, shared in the recent BBC documentary on the prince’s 70th birthday

 

Photos from social media and Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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 Thursday, Empress Michiko repeated a black and white houndstooth saucer with black bow
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.
Little Princess Elisabeth of Hanover sported a sweet cream knit bonnet at her christening.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing feather butterfly on this black percher by Scottish label Angels & Insects Edinburgh
Lovely lines on this pale blue straw cloche by New Zealand milliner Anél Heyman Millinery
Red felt button percher with maple leaves by London-based milliner Yuan Li
Stunning simplicity on this blue felt design with square crown & sideswept brim by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Wonderful shape on this black headpiece with straw flower by Australian milliner Faye Thornley
Lovely, delicate beadwork on the top of this lilac felt pillbox by Latvian brand Rubina Milliner
Crisp navy boater with sharply executed ribbon trim and tulle puff flowers from Melbourne milliner Lauren Ritchie
Beautiful deep burgundy looped abaca bandeau with roses from British milliner Juliette Botterill
And from Melbourne milliner Louise MacDonald, a ruched white straw turban with pale aqua straw ruffle (whicht sounds simple enough but looks unlike any hat I’ve ever seen) and a stunning wide-brimmed saucer with feathers

A peek inside Kei and Ayako Moriya’s wedding banquet at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on Tuesday reveals a surprise tiara on Ayako (seen previously as a necklace on her mother) topped her flower-trimmed pink gown (the pink silk was a gift from the Moriya family to Princess Hisako in 2014)


While on the topic of Imperial royal fashion-longtime Japanese designer Jun Ashida passed away last week. This New York Times article about his royal fashion connection is most interesting.
The Princess of Asturias made her first public speech and showed considerable poise and confidence amidst many flashbulbs.
We close this week with a very sweet snap shared by Princess Madeleine. Have a great end of weekend!
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This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of Northumberland hosted the Prince of Wales for a day away of engagements on September 12 in a white pompom trimmed grey wool tam o’shanter

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Back on September 15, Princess Helene of Yugoslavia (granddaughter of Regent Prince Paul of Yugoslavia and King Umberto II of Italy) and  married Stanislas Fougeron in Villeprevost, France. In the final photo below, you’ll see Princess Lea of Belgium in the second row in a cream floral trouser ensemble with wide brimmed hat.

The Prince of Wales in military hats on September 22 to present a new Guidon to The Queen’s own Yeomanry and this morning to present medals to members of The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s Black Watch 3rd Battalion.

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The Duchess of Cambridge atttended her friend Sophie Carter’s wedding last weekend in a cornflower blue silk flower and crin bandeau headpiece from Juliette Botterill. It’s such a pretty colour but the combination of this design with the matching dress and coat reads too twee for my liking.

Crown Prince Frederik visited Frederikshavn in military uniform on Monday to celebrate the city’s 200th anniversary

King Carl Gustaf visited several sites in Östergötland on Thursday in his trusty brown fedora hat. 

Princess Hisako and Crown Princess Masako both wore hats in fresh green hues this week- Princess Hisako officially closed the 7th Special Olympics National Summer Games in Aichi on Wednesday in this cream hat with green hatband and starburst bow while Crown Princess Masako wore this pistachio green bowler with brocade hatband on Thursday at the World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka.

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Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies brought her daughters to a Fashion 4 Development event in New York. Her younger daughter, Princess Chiara, sported a red feathered fascinator.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Camel felt beret with amazing leather applique and pearls from Scottish brand Angels & Insects Edinburgh
Luxuriously beautiful plum velvet percher hat with crin pleated ruffle from British milliner Jane Taylor
Silk abacca twisted bandeau headpieces from Australian brand Millinery By Mel
Striking black lace covered fedora with silk orchid trim from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Raspberry felt hat with jaunty brim and relaxed crown from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Stunning white percher with black floral trim from Guangzhou-based brand Vivian Blooms
Ice blue saucer with eye-catching, sliced leather curvy trim from Munich milliner Nicki Marquardt
Pink pearlescent leather percher with fuchsia flower from Tasmanian milliner Cessiah Alice
Black and white houndstooth straw percher with black ostrich pouf from Brisbane milliner Meg Rafter
Whimsical (and very tall!) design of pleated crin ruffles in rainbow hues from British milliner Bundle McLaren

 

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Much has been written about the Duchess of Sussex’s first charity project in support of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Take time to read the cookbook’s forward (see it here)– clearly written in her own voice, it’s compelling and beautiful.

Mike and Zara Tindall joined the first leg of the Blue Marine Foundation fundraiser cycle ride from London to Monaco last week (they joined in from London to Dover).

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene brought along Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques for a ceremony yesterday to christen two yachts.

Beautiful images shared from the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Africa this week


We end this week with another stunning landscape photo from James Ogilvy. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Photos from social media and Getty Images as indicated; Sankei and The Asahi Shimbun via Getty

 

Imperial Royals Visit Fukushima & Celebrate Milestone Anniversary

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.


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Designer: likely Akio Hiarata
Previously Worn: Feb 28, 2017
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.

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Designer: likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: Mar 29, 2018Mar 7, 2018Oct 29, 2017

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.

  

Designer: likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: Mar 28, 2018

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.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: October 20, 2015

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!

Last Week’s Extras

A number of hats on non-royal heads at Epsom this weekend stood out:

Irish milliner Carol Kennelly in a fabulous cream feathered pillbox of her own design
ITV’s Charlotte Hawkinds in  fuschia and peach perchers from Layla Leigh Millinery
Georgia Toffolo in a classic pink straw Jane Taylor boater hat
Gina Harding in a black button percher with magenta and black feathers by Awon Golding
Laura Tobin in a wide brimmed, rosy-beige Nerida Fraiman saucer with feather flowers
Festival Style Award winner Amy Thomas in a self made purple upswept saucer with lace and silk roses

On May 26th, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the 29th National Greenery Conservation ceremony in Nagahama. Princess Masako repeated a small white hat with navy hatband.

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Queen Silvia repeated her ecru straw cloche last Monday for the annual Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde “Friends of Artists” parade

Empress Michiko repeated a grey saucer hat to welcome Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien to Tokyo on Wednesday, May 30

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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.

The following new millinery designs also caught my eye this week:

Mint straw percher saucer with flower from London hatters Lock & Co.
From Juan Li London, this black straw boater with vibrant hatband and brim binding
British milliner Laura Cathcart’s bright pink straw pillbox (modeled by the milliner herself)
Dramatic gold sequinned button percher with lace trim on looped, crystal studded quills by Vivien Sheriff
Prettiest white picture hat with pink mesh brim, hantband and bow from Australian brand Millinery by Mel
Stunning navy beret hat with sparkling night sky from UK brand Mind Your Bonce
Quirky black straw beret percher with bold floral trim from London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir
Wide brimmed white straw saucer with explosion of black & white feathers from UK brand Gemma J Millinery

And from Munich-based milliner Nicki Marquardt,  a creative option for those of us who need our hats to be as functional as possible and fit multiple occasions. I think this is brilliant!

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.

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And finally, a video clip that made me smile- the Dutch King zooming around on a quad. Even kings are boys at heart.

Imperial Royals Attend Red Cross Meeting

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.

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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!

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I wonder what inspired the Empress to add that sprig of greenery to her hat?
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Imperial Royals Attend Spring Garden Party

On Wednesday, members of the Imperial royal family joined the emperor and empress at the the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo for the spring garden party, an annual event that brings us a parade of Imperial royal hats.

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Empress Michiko topped her ice blue silk suit with a small saucer hat in the same hue, trimmed with blue camellia flowers and a flat bow around the front.

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Crown Princess Masako wore a pale pink straw hat with domed crown and short kettle brim, trimmed with a wide ruched straw hatband that finished in a large bow at the side. The bow makes the hat, I think, softening the angular lines of the crown and giving the piece some much needed energy.

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Princess Kiko and Princess Mako wore hats in the same domed crown and kettle upturned brim shape. Princess Kiko’s hat, in pale blue, is delicately trimmed with a wide silk ruched hatband and silk blossoms on the side. Princess Mako’s white design, which has a wider brim than her mother’s design, is trimmed with a wide turquoise hatband and origami flowers that circle the hat. The combination of wider brim and higher contrast trim (with interesting origami) makes this a winner for me.

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Princess Nobuko stood out in a light purpley-grey hat with gentle side upsweep on the brim. The hat is exuberantly trimmed in a side spray of feathers and a wide swath of lavender and dark purple net tulle wrapped around the base of the crown that gives great movement to the design and links so well with the sheen of purple shades visible across the weave of her silk suit. Prinkess Akiko topped her pink suit with a matching hat with button crown, short cartwheel brim and bow on the side. Princess Yoko matched her pale yellow suit in a coordinating silk wrapped pillbox hat.

Princess Hisako wore a peach hat with square crown and widely rolled brim (the brim looks to be in the same silk jacquard print as her jacket while the crown looks to be a solid colour). Princess Tsuguko paired her burgundy silk dress in a matching bumper hat wonderfully trimmed with a wide silk bow and flowers on the side. Princess Ayako topped her yellow dress with a white button percher hat embellished with yellow and white flowers around the top half of the hat’s circumference. The floral trim on the hat references the ruffle on the hem of her dress, making a wonderfully coordinated and balanced head-to-hem look.

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How great it is to see a variety of colour, trimmings and shapes on the Imperial Royals?! These nine hats, each of which I believe is a new piece, certainly made for a colourful millinery parade. Which designs stand out most to you?