Prince Masahito and Princess Hanako of Hitachiwere in Wakayama yesterday to watch part of the 70th Japanese National Sports Festival. For the event, Princess Hanako topped her elegant beige and white suit with a white hat. The hat featured a flat brim with rolled edge and low, domed crown and appeared to be trimmed with a monochrome band (or bow?) around the base of the crown. It’s a more simple hat than we usually see on Princess Hanko but it paired very well with her suit.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Princess Mako, who has returned from graduate studies in the UK, visited the Imperial Palace to report her homecoming to her gandparents. For this visit, the young princess repeated a white bumper hat with domed crown. While the hat looks like a pillbox, close inspection reveals that it has a wide, tightly upfolded brim that creates a sort of cuff around the hat. While this piece is a lovely contrast with her dark hair, I continue to hold out hope that we’ll see some millinery experimentation from the young Akishino princesses before their royal lives come to an end.