I’m so pleased to welcome longtime reader (and historical royal hat afficiando) Jimbo to the blog today and tomorrow, with a look at Princess Anne’s style and a retrospective on her past Easter hats. Welcome, Jimbo!
Princess Anne is considered by many people to be one of the hardest working members of the British Royal family, (second only to her soon-to-be 92 year old mother,) due to her countless engagements and public appearances. When it comes to her “work uniform,” she is also known as one of the thriftiest! She has never been one to shy away from repeating ensembles. For example, her 1987 Easter attire has been worn three times for Easter, as well as the Royal Ascot in 1998, and her trip to Russia in 2000. Maybe more undocumented sightings have occurred through the years as well.
Easter 1997; Royal Ascot 1998; Tour of Russia 2000
Beautiful as she always appears, one can’t help thinking that the Princess Royal (thusly named by Queen Elizabeth in June of 1987) would be just as happy dressed in her more casual, everyday clothes like these:
The following three occasions typically find Princess Anne in specific uniforms, each appropriate in symbolism and grandeur.
The Royal Order of the Garter services in 2011, 2015 and 2013
Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour in 2017
Remembrance Sunday commemoration at the London Cenotaph in 2017 and 2006
For Christmas, when she chooses to take the 400 yard walk from Sandringham House to St. Mary Magdalene Church, many times accompanied by her now 96 year old father, Princess Anne dresses warmly and elegantly. Since 1985, she has been spotted in a fur hat of some form or other, eighteen times:
Black fur hats worn on Christmas Day in 2005, 2014 and 2001
More Christmas Day fur hats in 1998 and 1999
Another popular repeated ensemble, the combination of fur hat and baby blue coat, selected by our favorite Royal recycler for this Yuletide date, has been worn no fewer than five times:
The blue coat and fur hat combo on Christmas Day in 2012, 2006, 2008 and 2003
The Princess Royal pulls out all the stops when she attends the Royal Ascot Races, and many other equestrian events. Here’s a taste:
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Thanks so much Jimbo, for this introduction to Princess Anne’s style. She certainly takes a practical approach to fashion, although that array of Ascot hats certainly includes a few statement pieces! Stay tuned Thursday, everyone, for Jimbo’s second guest post, a retrospective on all of Princess Anne’s Easter hats. I have a sneaking suspicion that we’ll see a few more surprises.