Day 2. Enthronement ceremony in Japan

23 October


On Tuesday October 22nd, Japan officially was given a new Imperial Couple. Emperor Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako were officially enthroned at a ceremony in the Imperial Palace that same day. Royals from all over the world, both Sweden, Norway, Spain, Belgium, etc. and also Denmark attended the traditional ceremony.

The following day, the Emperor and Empress had invited all their guest to join them at a tea party at the Akasaka Imperial Palace. Not many pictures have been published from the gathering, but what we have show that the Imperial Couple welcomed all their guest with a warm and friendly smile such as a handshake and a couple of words. Especially the Danish Crown Prince Couple made them smile a little extra. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were also one big smile and happy eyes when meeting the Imperial Couple once again.

The guest list included among others, King Carls Gustaf of Sweden, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, etc.


As a last event in Japan the Crown Prince and Crown Princess attended a banquet hosed by Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe. The banquet took place at Hotel Otani in the capital city of Japan, Tokyo. Heads of States and royal members from all around the world (who had also been attending prior ceremonial events on occasion of the enthronement) were invited to the banquet. Of course Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were also invited.

Both of them were in a splendid mood at the arrival. They arrived hand and hand with a large smile on their faces. To me it seems like the couple have really enjoyed the days in Japan. I am sure they also enjoyed their last evening in Tokyo along with all their fellow friends.

The following day the couple were headed home from some sensational days in Japan.

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We only got a short glimpse of Mary, when she arrived along with her husband to the tea party. What this glimpse shows, is that she was dressed in one of her reused floral dressed from Vilshenko. She first wore this beautiful and balanced dress on a business promotion visit in the United States in 2016, here. The following year Mary wore the dress again when officially visiting Japan, here. Last but not least, Mary dazzled wearing the Vilshenko creation on occasion of her husbands 50th birthday in 2018, here. Already a dress with lots of memories. Now it has met the new Imperial Couple that now rules Japan.

As accessory she had chosen her golden Cartier bangle that might be a present from her beloved husband. We love the thought, right? I am certain most of us also adore the well-made Quidam clutch. I suggested that she might had been wearing either white or blue pumps, but I had not photos to prove it. Now I do, here. Mary was in fact wearing white pumps. The quality isn't that good so it is hard to tell what pair she wore. Personally I think they could be either from Gianvito Rossi or Pura Lopez. By looking at this new photo of her from the tea party, I believe Mary also accessorized her outfit with some kind of earrings. Hair and makeup were all casual yet classy.

The previous day, Mary showed us two brand new (outstanding) evening gowns. One from Valentino and another creation by Birgit Hallstein and Jesper Høvring. On Wednesday she had first chosen a reused Vilshenko dress and later in the evening, Mary wore another reused wedding dress actually. The dreamy white design featuring golden dotted details, is created by Maria Fekih - a wedding dress designer. She first wore the dress at the presentation of the Crown Prince Couple's Prizes in 2018, here. And you love the dress as much as I did. I still do.

This time Mary embraced the style by wearing reused golden shell earrings from Rebekka Notkin, which was first worn on a business and cultural promotion visit in Texas earlier this year, here. Beautiful, right? Once again the Cartier bangle dazzled on her wrist along with a couple of other unidentified bracelets. She mathed the golden details with the perfect golden glitter pumps from Gianvito Rossi. Think the clutch is also a reused that I have not been able to find yet.

What wonderful outfits we have seen while the couple were in Tokyo. Both evening gowns, lots of sequins, good old dresses and many smily moments to remember.

Dress ● Vilshenko, here
Bracelet ● Cartierhere
Clutch ● Quidam

Dress ● Maria Fekih, here
Earrings ● Rebekka Notkin, here
Bracelet ● Cartier, here
Shoes ● Gianvito Rossi, here

1 comment:

  1. I've been hoping that the Maria Fekih cocktail dress would be re-worn, it's a beautiful piece and feels quite serene in it's simplicity and white/gold colour-way. The sheer yoke, flutter sleeves and glittered dots add an ethereal quality to the folded pleats which bring structure to the streamlined silhouette. Rebekka Notkin's shell earrings are a lovely addition, everything shimmers from the clean bodice line up. The Crown Princess's team may have requested the matching applique waist belt, (the look book image doesn't have one) It's a considered detail which hides the seam line and adds further opulence to the look. On this occasion I may have preferred plain gold pumps to complement the smooth jewellery sheen and create a sense of unity around the dress. Either of the Gianvito Rossi gold metallic pumps or the Manolo Blahnik gold matte pumps may have worked well, I find them slightly more sophisticated than the glitter pumps which I appreciate echo the dots perfectly.