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
Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for this “Monday Multiples” series.
Jimbo’s Introduction: SIMPLY MAUVE-lous! Even though Queen Elizabeth looks great in practically every color imaginable, there is no disputing how wonderful and regal she appears in ANY shade of purple! Here is a fantastic pair of hats, both of which could have been pinched from Queen Maxima’s closet! Two hats, two suits/coats – three combinations for all to enjoy.
Look #1: Mauve widely woven straw ruched toque hat with silk flowers on the side, worn with a grey, gold and mauve floral printed skirt and blouse and a mauve crepe coat worn March 17, 2000 in Australia, May 09, 2000 on the Millenium Bridge Walkway and June 9, 2001 at the Epsom races
Look #2: Mauve straw hat with tall crown, sidesweeping brim and large twist trim worn with a solid dress and patterned jacket worn June 23, 2000 to Royal Ascot and November 14, 2001 to Goodenough College in London
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
This week’s discussion question has us diving back into Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet. It’s going to be a colourful discussion as we explore, dearest readers, which one of her hats contains the most unusual (or unique) combination of colours?