I’m pleased to welcome longtime reader, Jimbo, back to Royal Hats, for a retrospective from the depths of Princess Anne’s millinery closet!
The following is a look back at many of Princess Anne’s Easter hats. Grab a chocolate Easter Bunny, and enjoy some beautiful headwear. Who knows, we may see some of them again!
Easter 1970 in Sydney; Easter Sunday 1987 and 1990 at Windsor Castle
March 31, 1991; April 16, 1995; March 30 1997
Repeat of the yellow 1987 & 1995 hat in 1998; the same black straw hat on April 4, 1999 and April 23, 2000
April 15, 2001 and April 20, 2003
Cream, yellow, and navy Easter hats in 2004, 2005 and 2007
Brown faux fur on March 23, 2008; the ‘Cherry Hat’ in natural straw on April 12, 2009
A repeat of the brown faux fur in 2009; Repeat of the 1999/2000 black straw hat in 2011 and 2012
Wonderful turquoise felt fedora with feathers and double hatband on April 1, 2018
Immense thanks to Jimbo for all the research needed to put this together! Looking at this lineup, I’m surprised that we see just three hats repeated (this is Princess Anne we’re talking about) although all of these hats have been well worn at non-Easter occasions (some, for multiple decades). I’m also surprised that the hat Princess Anne has worn most for Easter is one in black straw- hardly a colour I associate with Easter Sunday. And as for the 1997 dishrag head wrap… that dreadful design is best left in the archives.
What do you think of Princess Anne’s Easter bonnet choices, dearest readers? And what do you think she will choose to wear this year?
Photos from Ray Bellisario, Tim Graham, Tim Graham, Tim Graham, Tim Graham, Tim Graham, Tim Graham, John Stillwell/PA Images, Tim Graham, UK Press, Mark Cuthbert, Tim Graham, Pool/Tim Graham Library, Julian Parker, Steve Parsons/PA Images, WPA Pool, WPA Pool, and WPA Pool, via Getty; FDJD/Newspix/Corbis; Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo and WPA Pool via Getty; and Getty as indicated