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;
A dramatic burgundy hourglass hat with pheasant feathers by Jess Collett in 2000
A sedate navy oversize cloche in 2001; a black hat with tall crown and pleated ruffle trim by Philip Treacy in 2003
A raspberry pink fascinator in 2004; a Philip Treacy design with tall crown and silk rose trim in 2006
Two Philip Treacy designs with sharply angled and oval brims in 2007 and 2008
An animal print hat with feathers in 2009 and a straw hat with dramatic raised ‘slice’ brim in 2010, both by Philip Treacy
A pale lavender feathered fascinator by Jane Taylor in 2011 and in 2012, a repeat of the Philip Treacy hat worn in 2010
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 and Picture Press/Camera Press/Mark Stewart