More calot and bumper hats on members of the Imperial Royal Family on Thursday, who gathered at the Imperial Royal Palace for a year-end family luncheon.
On December 27th, members of the Imperial family visited the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for end-of-year greetings and a family luncheon. About 30 people attended the luncheon, including former royals and relatives. Princess Nobuko cancelled because of a cold. 📸: Jiji pic.twitter.com/Qierq2ZQdU
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?
On Wednesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Sharoushi Act in Tokyo. The Empress repeated a small grey rimmed saucer hat with layered silk bow.
On December 5th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Act Concerning Labor and Social Security Attorneys, Sharoushi Act held at Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda, Tokyo. 📸: Sankei, Kyodo pic.twitter.com/1iT53QKNrO
Princess Masako celebrated her 55th birthday today with a visit to the Imperial Royal Palace. She wore a repeated robin’s egg blue rounded pillbox for the visit- it looks like she was accompanied by Princess Kiko, in a brimless grey hat.
On December 9th, Crown Princess Masako visited the Imperial Palace in the morning to greet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on her 55th birthday. 📸: Jiji pic.twitter.com/JLLkCuSBHF
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.
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.
On 15 September, Princess Helene of Yugoslavia married Stanislas Fougeron in Villeprevost, France. This is her second marriage. The Princess is a granddaughter of Princess Olga of Yugoslavia (born Princess of Greece and Denmark), the sister of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. pic.twitter.com/2K2Uj9J93l
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Duchess of Sussex is supporting a new charity cookbook, 'Together: Our Community Cookbook', which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together. #CookTogetherpic.twitter.com/XEclxgQjR4
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).
Zara and Mike Tindall joined over a hundred other ocean conservationists at dawn yesterday to launch the 2018 @london2monaco cycle ride. Money raised from this year’s ride will go towards four of BLUE’s key projects in Lyme Bay, the Mediterranean, St Helena & Ascension. #L2M2018pic.twitter.com/UPle3J3jix
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!