After answering a reader request yesterday to look at some of Queen Elizabeth’s many Easter hats, let’s take a similar look back at the Easter bonnets worn by the Countess of Wessex.
A simple red and black hat for Easter 1999 during her engagement; Dramatic burgundy hourglass hat with pheasant feathers by Jess Collett in 2000; Sedate navy oversize cloche in 2001;
Tall crowned Philip Treacy designs in black straw with pleated ruffle in 2003 and white straw with oversize rose in 2006; Raspberry pink fascinator of unknown design in 2004
Three Philip Treacy designs with sharply angled and oval brims in 2007 & 2008 and animal print hat with feathers in 2009
Dramatic natural straw upsweep from Philip Treacy in 2010 & 2012; lavender Jane Taylor feathered fascinator in 2011
Sophie did not attend church on Easter Sunday in 2005 (and the entire British Royal Family did not make a public appearance in 2002 following the death of the Queen Mother). The progression of hats here reflects Sophie’s overall evolution of millinery style– the simple hats at the beginning of her royal life move on through numerous Philip Treacy designs with strong shapes, tall crowns and dramatic embellishments. The beret-base hats we have seen on the Countess the last few years are smaller than her previous hats but make equally strong style statements. I suspect we will see Sophie in another embellished beret cocktail hat for Easter tomorrow- what do you think she will choose?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Rex Features; Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty