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
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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
Oatmeal, navy and cream brimmed straw hats in 2001, 2003 and 2004
Mix of shapes, colours and materials in 2005, 2007 and 2008
UPDATE: Since this post was published, Princess Anne Anne has appeared on Easter Sunday in the following hats:
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, John Stillwell/PA Images, Tim Graham, UK Press, Mark Cuthbert, Tim Graham, Pool/Tim Graham Library, Julian Parker, Steve Parsons/PA Images, WPA Pool, Mark Cuthbert, WPA Pool and Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Getty as indicated