Today, Empress Michiko of Japan celebrates her birthday, and we’re wrapping up a week-long tiara tribute to her elegant style with a dazzling diamond appearance from 2006.
In June 2006, royals from around the world arrived in Bangkok to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Here, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko greet King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit before a royal banquet at the Golden Palace.
Empress Michiko was elegant as always in a black-and-white evening gown for the occasion. She wore the insignia of Thailand’s Order of the Royal House of Chakri with the dress and accessorized with sparkling diamond jewels.
For the dinner, she chose the diamond honeysuckle tiara that once belonged to Emperor Akihito’s aunt, the late Princess Chichibu. The tiara was one of the lighter and more wearable ones that she preferred in her later tiara-wearing years, presumably because it was much more comfortable than heavier jewels like the Meiji Tiara.
She also wore a lovely pair of diamond drop earrings for the occasion. The jewel around her neck isn’t a necklace, but rather the elaborate collar of the Order of the Royal House of Chakri.