Day 1 of Singapore State Visit To Japan

Singapore President Tony Tan  and his wife Mary were welcomed by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday for the start of a five day state visit. Predictably, Empress Michiko wore a hat for the welcome ceremony, a large domed saucer in palest oyster grey, trimmed with a spray of silk roses and leaves. It’s one of the larger hats we will ever see on Michiko and the scale works well for her.

Empress Michiko, Nov 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, Nov 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Crown Princess Masako wore a midnight blue velvet hat with founded crown and sharply upfolded brim.Trimmed simply with a silk hat band in the same brighter blue as her suit (the hat matches her lapel), this design is all about the luxurious sheen off the velvet that covers it. It’s so great to see saturated colour on Princess Masako that any qualms I have about the hat’s shape (or an annoyingly large pucker in the velvet on the crown) are erased.

Crown Princess Masako, Nov 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, Nov 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
I suspect we’ll see other hats during this visit- what do you think of these to for its start?

4 thoughts on “Day 1 of Singapore State Visit To Japan

  1. I personally love the colors black and royal blue and these colors look fabulous on the princess with her dark hair. The queen looks very nice, this is her style and she has found it so she sticks with it.

  2. A most excellent choice for the Empress; I have missed these larger designs on her. The roses were a great choice for the trim.

    Masako looks great in saturated colors! Although the first photo makes this hat look black, I like it better that it’s actually navy velvet, which makes it more unique.

    Agree with @hats: “understated elegance” for both of these wonderful imperials.

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