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The Best Dressed from the Imperial Palace

The Best Dressed from the Imperial Palace

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Queen Maxime of the Netherlands, and Queen Letizia of Spain were only a few of the European royals who gathered to watch the mostly silent ceremony.

The Best Dressed from the Imperial Palace

Royals were joined by country leaders to witness Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne. 

The emperor, 59, officially began his reign in May after the abdication of his father, the then-Emperor Akihito. (Akihito was the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in more than 200 years, and a special law had to be passed to allow it.) His wife Empress Masako and the couple’s daughter, 17-year-old Princess Aiko, were not allowed to attend the May ceremony—according to the country’s imperial succession laws, all women are prohibited from being in the room when the emperor is officially throned.

Traditional dress of Japan

Empress Masako dressed in 12 layers of robes for the traditional rituals and ceremonies inside the imperial palace in Tokyo.

Japanese Empress Masako leaves the ceremony hall after Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo – RC1CAD7D2DA0

 

Japan’s Princess Mako also wore incredible robes and a traditional crown for the ceremony in Tokyo – RC19718EA530

European Designers 

The Royal tiaras were out in full force from Queens around the world. Queen Leitzia of Spain dazzled guests as she arrived with her husband King Felipe at the evening’s white-tie banquet. 

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako welcome Spain’s King Felipe and his wife Queen Letizia prior to a court banquet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. October 22, 2019- RC180DAFFE00

Queen Letizia paired her stunning crown with a bright dress covered in embroidery, and joined many of the Royals in wearing her honours and accolades as did her husband, King Felipe. 

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of the enthronement of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan – RC123343BBC0

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium were among the 2,000 plus dignitaries from more than 180 countries that are in Japan for the enthronement. 

King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrive to attend the at the Imperial Palace – RC1ACF1CC2A0

Princess Mary does it again 

Crown Princess Victoria accompanied her father, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden to the enthronement, wearing a striking purple gown and matching hat. 

Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary arrive for the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan – RC1469FBF4C0

The wonderful Crown Princess Mary and husband Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark also attended the event with Princess Mary seated next to Prince Charles for the formalities. Princess Mary looked beautiful in a lilac ball gown and complementary floral headpiece.

Britain’s Prince Charles chatting with Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik while attending the enthronement ceremony  – RC1862ADBE50

Princess Mary later stepped out to a cocktail party wearing an ivory gown later revealed to be by none other than renowned wedding dress designer Maria Fekih. The beautiful midi design featured capped sheer sleeves embellished with gold polka dots. The former Tasmanian-turned royal decided to clinch her waist with a belt made of the same sheer fabric.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrive at the cocktail party before the banquet for newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe – RC17A7E932D0

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