Day 1. Enthronement ceremony in Japan

22 October


It was a historical day for the Japanese people, when royals from all over the world were gathered in Tokyo on October 22nd. The reason is the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako. Since May 1st this year the couple have official been Japan's new imperial couple. 

The enthronement was marked with a ceremony in which, among others, the Danish Crown Prince Couple attended along with royals from both Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, etc. Also Heads of States and Governments from several countries attended the ceremony, which took at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were joined by Prince Charles of Wales watching the tradition ceremony from first raw. Seems like the three of them had a good time in the palace. And what a couple they are. The Crown Princess was really regal in her appearance and her husband very handsome, yet both of them were awfully comfortable and relaxed.

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After a long day it was time for some dinner. That is why the Crown Prince Couple attended gala dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo along with royals from around the world. The dinner was held on occasion of the newly enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, who hosted the gala dinner.

One by one did royals from both Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, etc. arrive to the Imperial Palace to attend the very fine dinner. It was lovely to see all of them gathered at one place. Also a wonderful sight to see how warm and friendly the Japanese Emperor and Empress were when they greeted the Crown Prince Couple. All four of them lit up by the look of each other. They have met before and it feels like they are getting along really (really) well. That was very clear at the dinner last Tuesday.

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I did not realize that so many royal couple would attend the ceremony, not until they showed up. Especially Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Mathilde of Belgium caught my eye at the enthronement ceremony. Queen Letizia wore a beautiful and colorful printed floral gown that looked great on her. Meanwhile, Queen Mathilde stunned in a simple rose color gown featuring a matching cape and hat.

But of course, Mary get my vote for 'Best Dressed Women'. She looked absolutely magnificent in a brand new gown from Valentino. I learned about the gown from Heaven, who managed to identify her new creation. It features a really stunning color-matching cape and is figure-hugging. What a dress, right?

She embraced the style by wearing purple accessories. Kate shared this hat from Philip Treacy with me, here, and the silhouette is indeed similar. Still I do not quite know where her hat/fascinator is from, but it is for sure brand new as the gown. I am crazy about the color combo. It is simply great. As jewellery she had chosen to wear both earrings, necklace, bracelet and the ring belonging to late Queen Ingrid of Denmark - Queen Margrethe's mother. The other two bracelets are from Cartier and Dulong Fine Jewelry. To match the hat, she wore her a purple suede clutch. Mary topped of her outfit with all new Manolo Blank satin courts, a stunning makeup and smashing hairstyle.

Once again Mary, looked absolutely stunning in her dreamy power pink evening gown created by Birgit Hallstein. Despite her fair skin the dusty pink color looks splendid on her. Once again she wore a cape. This time a cape designed by Jesper Høvring made of silver sequins. Not something she wears  that much. Sequins this scale is rare, but seen. For instance, Mary has her sparkly Jesper Høvring gown, here, and her rather new Lasse Spangenberg Copenhagen gown from Crown Prince Frederik's 50th birthday, here. I really like that the cape is a bit untraditional. Can't help thinking if the cape can be worn with other dresses as well. I hope so. It got so much potential.

She stunned me even more with the accessories she had chosen. The tiara that also works as a necklace has been purchased a couple of years ago on an Bruun Rasmussen Auction along with a pair of earrings, but not the ones she wore. Unfortunately, I still do not know where to find those old-style earrings. The golden bracelet is her beloved pieces from Cartier. 

We also got a glimpse of her power pink suede pumps which I strongly believe is from Gianvito Rossi. She has worn them on a couple of occasions, but I never found the right color. Let's talk a bit more about sequins because her clutch perfectly matched both outfit and cape. To me it looks like cape and clutch are made of the same fabric. Outstanding detail. What is not to love?

Gown ● Valentino, here
Earrings ● Queen Ingrid's Ruby Parure
Necklace ● Queen Ingrid's Ruby Parure
Bracelet ● Queen Ingrid's Ruby Parure
Bracelet ● Cartier, here
Bracelet ● Dulong Fine Jewelry, here
Ring ● Queen Ingrid's Ruby Parure
Shoes ● Manolo Blahnik, here

Gown ● Birgit Hallstein x Jesper Høvring
Tiara ● Bruun Rasmussen Auction
Bracelet ● Cartier, here


  1. Day 1, CP Mary looked stunning. Her gown looked incredible, colour soft and feminine, beautifully cut, the fall and flow on movement was spot on. The cape was the perfect finishing touch. Very elegant and graceful. Choice of jewels, superb. Gala dinner, absolutely gorgeous. Off the shoulder effect and again cape beautiful design. She just oozed class and looked so graceful. For me she was the best dressed royal on the night.

    1. I agree with you in everything you say. The Crown Princess was looking really good both at the ceremony and later in the evening at the gala dinner.

  2. I was blown away by the Crown Princess's outstanding wardrobe choices while on the historic trip to Japan. I didn't think she could top the Valentino gown worn at the enthronement ceremony, but the gala dinner pieces were breathtaking, I can only imagine how they glistened and moved in person. I continue to be in awe at the variety of colours that can be successfully paired with Queen Ingrid's Ruby Parure. The grey is a sophisticated backdrop for the incredible jewels, the surrounding diamonds and dark berry tones bring the whole ensemble together. The silk column is regal and elegantly skims her figure, while the cape provides a sense of drama with perfectly judged restraint. I commend the amount of consideration that was taken into styling this look, from her order which sat comfortably against the palette and form, to the florals in the head piece which echoed the colour of the gown. Queen Mathilde's Armani Privé was similar in tone, while both looks are beautiful and very much their own, for me, there was a slight loss of uniqueness at seeing them side by side, which couldn't be helped. The pure lines of the delicate blush Birgit Hallstein gown were the perfect canvas for the spectacular cape, the impeccably tailored bodice and full skirt mirrored the soft drape of the embellishment which crowned the dress (I wonder if both designers communicated to create such a harmonious design) The matching glittering clutch pushed this ensemble onto another level of excellence, it looks part of the cape, the effect is majestic. Both looks are faultless and a special mention to Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan who I thought looked equally resplendent. 

    1. What stunned me the most about the Valentino gown look, was the fact that purple and grey/blue looks this good together. She keeps surprising me with her choices of colors and how she combine them with other colors and prints. She has always been good at this and with time goes by, she is getting better and better at trying things out with new color combinations.