Imperial New Year Gala: HIM The Empress of Japan, HIH The Princess Akishino, and HIH The Princess Hitachi
More Tiara Alerts for the New Year! The Imperial family of Japan held a gala to celebrate the New Year, and the whole family busted out the formal headwear. In the center is our good friend Empress Michiko, wearing the Imperial Chrysanthemum Tiara. How about the diamonds on this one, hm? The "Chrysanthemum Throne" is one of the names for the monarchy in Japan, and the chrysanthemum flower is one of its most important emblems.
And we've got two more new princess standing behind Michiko! Over her right shoulder, in the gold gown, is Princess Kiko, also known as The Princess Akishino (it's sort of like a "Princess of Wales" or "Princess of Asturias" title in a Western royal house, though her husband is not the direct heir). Kiko is married to the younger son of the Emperor and Empress, and her son, Prince Hisahito, will one day likely inherit the imperial throne. Kiko is wearing the same diamond tiara that she wore on her wedding day in 1990. I'm not sure if it has a "title" or not, but if any experts on the imperial family know for sure, please pipe up and let us all know!
And last but not least, I believe that the woman standing directly behind Michiko is Princess Hitachi, who is married to the younger brother of Emperor Akihito. Born Hanako Tsugaru, she's wearing the Pearl and Diamond Fringe Tiara.
Whew! What a lot of royal bling!
Thanks to reader Kirsten for sending in info about this event!