To squeeze in one more retrospective of British royal Easter hats before this weekend, let’s look back at the Easter bonnets worn Princess Eugenie:
Dark navy (or black?) straw stovepipe in 2003 and 2004; Simple cream wool beret in 2010
Pale grey percher with bow in 2011; Black felt Jane Taylor design with feathers in 2012;
Pale pink silk covered button percher with abstract leaves by Sarah Cant in 2013
Dark Green straw Robyn Coles design with calla lily in 2014; Pink felt percher with bow and flower trim from Juliette Botterill in 2016; Cream leather percher with pink straw ombre flower from Goldust Millinery in 2017
Bright fuchsia felt brimless pork pie with side twists from Juliette Botterill for 2018
The York princesses have long been associated with statement millinery… and association that just doesn’t seem to ring completely true with this lineup of hats. There are some interesting trims (the silk leaves in 2013 and that giant calla lily in 2014) but the colour palate is very muted and the shapes rather restrained. I appreciate that Princess Eugenie has not chosen the same types of statement hats for Easter that she does for Ascot (appropriately so!) but I’d love to see her in a bit more colour and pizzaz at this time of year.
What do you think about this history of Easter hats? And if you were Princess Eugenie’s stylist, what kind of hat would you suggest for her this Easter?