Catching Up Imperial Family Milestones

In last weekend’s “Extra’s” post, we celebrated the December 5 official presentation of Princess Aiko following her 20th birthday, dazzling in a diamond tiara and necklace borrowed from her aunt, Sayako Kuroda.
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It turns out that members of the Imperial royal family also gathered for this celebration, the ladies in hats as well! Princess Kako was seen arriving at the Imperial Palace in her pale sage green silk jacquard covered calot hat with cuffed bumper brim, trimmed with a spray of silk flowers on the side.

Previously Worn: Dec 23, 2019; Apr 10, 2019
Princess Hanako repeated her dark green velvet hat with clamshell-shaped bumper brim trimed with an ostrich plume and bow at the back.  Princess Yuriko wore a turquoise printed silk draped pillbox (or maybe a toque shape?) with rolled rose and leaves made of the same fabric, placed on the side of the design. 

 Princess Hanako’s hat Previously Worn: Feb 24, 2019; Jan 14, 2015Jan 10, 2014Jan 4, 2011
Princess Nobuko looked to be wearing a new dusty pink silk covered pillbox high on the back of her head. Princess Yoko repeated her tall salmon pink silk covered pillbox wrapped in a double fringe of feathers in the same hue. Princess Akiko looked to be wearing a new cream hat with shallow crown and brim covered in a beautifully draped hatband that tied in a side bow.

Princess Yoko’s hat Previously Worn: Mar 23, 2021;  Nov 8, 2020Oct 25, 2019Apr 10, 2019
Princess Hisako repeated a salmon pink velvet pillbox with indented pork pie crown, trimmed in pink, peach and burgundy velvet applique flowers that also embellish the neck and shoulder lines of her matching gown. An interesting note from Imperial family expert Prisma- while this ensemble dates back until at least 1992, it was worn, most recently, in January 2014 by Princess Noriko! Princess Tsuguko looked to be wearing a silvery blue silk covered pillbox that I believe is new.

Previously Worn: Jan 15, 2014 (by Princess Noriko); Jan 14, 1992
Sayako Kuroda was also in attendance in a pale green silk calot covered in a ruched dotted white veil.

On December 9th, Empress Masako celebrated her 58th birthday. She arrived at the home of her parents-in-law in a pale blue silk covered bumper hat.

Sayako Kuroda was also seen arriving at the Imperial Palace to greet the Empress on her birthday in a pleated ecru calot hat.

Which ones of these eleven hats stand out most to you?

Images from social media as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

Back on November 8, Crown Princess Kiko wore an ivory pillbox to relay a recorded message for a national convention.
Infanta Elena in her chocolate fedora with striped hatband on November 27 at Madrid Horse week
On November 30, Princess Nobuko wore a pale blue brimmed hat with double bow on the side for an anniversary celebration of the Nara Prefecture Red Cross.

The Duchess of Gloucester in a new navy hat with cuffed black faux fur brim last Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Princess Hisako wore a charcoal felt hat with pork pie crown and upturned brim with pompom flower and blue silk hatband for a national convention in Okayama today.

The Duke of Cambridge in a smart flat cap for promo shots for his episode of “Time to Walk” which will be released on Monday

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Burnt orange textured racing cap by American milliner Lisa McFadden
Stunning green silk turban with gold leather feather by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Exquisite black crin headpiece with applique flowers by London-based milliner Rafa Pienador
Two-toned felt fedora with stacked Petersham hatband by British milliner Louise Pocock
Fantastic headpiece of ombre blue silk feathers by Australian milliner Lauren J. Ritchie
Spanish milliner Nina Pawlowsky in a spectacular purple design of her own making, on St. Catherine’s Day
Black straw halo bandeau with applique lace and pearl trim by Irish milliner Ailish McElroy
Bright yellow velour felt cloche with ribbon cockade by Swiss milliner Michaela Temperli
Black trilby with pink ombre stitched hatband by British milliner Stephen Jones
Turquoise and dove grey colour blocked felt hat with slim hatband by German milliner Susanne Scheepers
Pink and ivory sinamay saucer with crin and sparkling bead trim by US brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Blue straw stylised top hat with rolled brim and twist trim by East Village Hats in NYC
Burgundy felt trilby and fedora with scarlet hatband and gold star by British milliner Jess Collett
Electric blue felt boater with beaded fringe by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Leaf green boucle covered pillbox with beautiful autumnal hued silk flowers by Norwegian milliner Mon Strand

 

Congratulations to Flora Vesterberg on her new role with the Victoria & Albert Museum (Tatler)
Princess Aiko has come of age! I love that the tiara work for her presentation was borrowed from her aunt, Sayako Kuroda
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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, Princess Beatrix repeated a deep claret straw brimmed hat to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Noordbrabantse Christelijke Boerenbond in Gemert.

On Thursday, Princess Nobuko wore a red silk covered pillbox with side feather pompom trim for a Red Cross Convention in Oita City.

Queen Margrethe continued her state visit to Germany today with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. For this, she repeated her blue plaid trilby.
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Yesterday, Zara Tindall wore a navy felt Justine Bradley-Hill designed trilby with leather flower and cut feather trim (she has worn a very similar design before but this one was new). Today, she wore a cranberry wrapped bandeau headpiece by Camilla Rose Millinery. Both looks styled by Annie Miall.

During the month of November,  I’m turning the weekly “Caught My Eye” feature over to you! What millinery designs have caught your eyes over the past week?

 

Lovely new photos released for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s 40th birthday.

Images from Getty Images and social media as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

On November 26, Princess Hisako wore a pink silk covered hat with kettle brim and floral folded hatband with silk flower trim.

On Wednesday, Queen Máxima repeated her grass-green straw hat with upturned brim by Fabienne Delvigne during a visit she and the king made to Abu Dhabi.

Princess Nobuko in a blue fabric covered hat on Thursday with a domed crown, upturned brim and bow trim for a meeting of the Japanese Red Cross in Iizuka.

On Friday, Princess Hisako wore a hat covered in oyster silk with feather spray and short upturned brim for the 130th anniversary of the Shizuoka City Red Cross. The fabric placement on the hat is very unique- do enlarge the photos below for a closer look!

I thought I’d turn the tables this month and ask for what hats are catching YOUR eyes?! Please share Instagram or website links in the comments.

Our collective condolences are extended to Crown Princess Kiko on the death of her father, Professor Tatsuhiko Kawashima.
Sweet photos shared by Nicholas and Alina Medforth-Mills of their daughter’s first birthday
And we end this exchange, that left the Princess Royal in stitches!

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Imperial New Year’s Poetry Reading 2021

Last Friday, The New Year’s Poetry Reading (Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime) took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Closeup views of the hats worn to this event again show their beautiful detail, something which I thought warranted a second look!

Crown Princess Kiko Kiko repeated the pale lime silk jacquard floral gown with matching bumper hat she first wore last November for the Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-Gi. It’s an impeccably made piece with cuffed brim covered in wide bias alternating sections of  smooth and smocked silk, the same lime silk jacquard of her gown. Smocking is not something we see on many royal hats and it lends such textural dimension to the piece. Princess Mako repeated her turquoise silk covered bumper hat with, as this picture shows, a wonderful layered, striped silk bow at the back. Princess Kako repeated her lemon yellow silk jacquard bandeau trimmed with silk flowers on the sides.

Designer: unknown
Crown Princess Kiko’s hat was previously worn: Nov 8, 2020
Princess Mako’s hat was previously worn: Nov 18, 2019; Jan 11, 2019; Jan 12, 2018; Jan 11, 2017; Dec 23, 2013
Princess Kako’s hat was previously worn:  Nov 10, 2020; Nov 18, 2019; Feb 26, 2019;
Feb 24, 2019; Jan 14, 2015

Princess Nobuko topped her denim blue beaded gown with a matching pillbox covered entirely in feathers and worn back on the crown of her head. It’s a lovely scale and colour on Nobuko and the movement and texture provided by the feathers makes it a fantastic piece to accompany her gown. Princess Akiko repeated her pale yellow bumper hat trimmed in a wrap of pleated crin and generous spray of silk flowers at the back.

Designer: unknown
Princess Nobuko’s hat:  I believe it is new
Princess Akiko’s hat was previously worn:  Nov 8, 2020;  Oct 25, 2019; Apr 10, 2019

 

Princess Hisako repeated her vibrant green low-crowned bowler hat with curved brim and slim hatband, trimmed wiht a mass of green feathers at the back. The different shades of green on the feather trim makes this hat come alive, linking with the green embroidery on Hisako’s gown and giving the monochrome ensemble lightness and lift.

Designer: unknown
Previously worn: Oct 29, 2019; Jan 16, 2019

The only new hat at this event was an ice blue, short-brimmed design on Princess Tsuguko. The small scale design gets visual impact from the trilby-esque curved brim and hatband of silk leaves that encircle it, linking with the vine pattern in the silk jacquard of her jacket and skirt. It looks to me like the hat is covered in plain silk and the leaves cut from the printed jacquard silk (same as the gown), a subtle touch that makes the all blue ensemble less one note.

Designer: unknown
Previously worn: I believe this is new

Again, these closer views of these hats show great detail and utterly impeccable finishing. They are so very, very,  beautifully made.

Which hats here stood out most to you?

Images from social media as indicated