The Countess Of Wessex’s Easter Hats

Royal HatsAfter 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.

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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

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A sedate navy oversize cloche in 2001; a black hat with tall crown and pleated ruffle trim by Philip Treacy in 2003

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 A raspberry pink fascinator in 2004; a Philip Treacy design with tall crown and silk rose trim in 2006

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Two Philip Treacy designs with sharply angled and oval brims in 2007 and 2008

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An animal print hat with feathers in 2009 and a straw hat with dramatic raised ‘slice’ brim in 2010, both by Philip Treacy

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A pale lavender feathered fascinator by Jane Taylor in 2011 and in 2012, a repeat of the Philip Treacy hat worn in 2010

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Jane Taylor’s peacock feather embellished beret in 2013 (voted one of your favourite royal hats that year) and
an unidentified beret covered in feathers in 2014


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An unexpected repeat in 2015 of the same feathered beret; new black felt cocktail hat by Jane Taylor in 2016

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A new black straw pillbox with lace trim by Jane Taylor in 2017


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


10 thoughts on “The Countess Of Wessex’s Easter Hats

    • It’s not a copy. Anna has her own take on the Countess of Wessex’s fashion and jewellery- she and I corresponded last week about some designer confirmations and regularly work together on information related to Sophie’s hats. Thankfully, there is enough going on in the royal world for multiple bloggers to weigh in!

      • I was going to comment about how much I enjoyed this post. I just read the above exchange and want to commend you and the other blogger for working together and defending each other. The internet seems to breed nastiness and your cooperation is to be commended.

  1. It seems like hat styles change more than clothing, because I’ve found with Sophie and Mary, it’s the hats that age/date outfits the most. Hmm… Maybe it’s because hats aren’t a common every day item so they go more “avant garde”

  2. Hmm. Hit and miss is the description I’ll go for! Soph started off in hats that were just way too old for her. Then she forayed into Philip Treacy – who’s huge hats are fabulous on Camilla but just seem to overwhelm Soph. However she has hit her stride in real style lately – in particular the peacock feathers, which could be my favourite Sophie hat ever. She is so much better in these balanced but fun hats; those exaggerated crowns and brims just aren’t doing her any favours…

  3. I like the way the Countess Of Wessex’s Easter Hats are a diverse collection. I hope she will wow us with something totally unexpected this year. My choice for best hat and overall best look was the 2012 brimmed hat with the bright pink coat, and I liked the original hat also, a repeat of the Philip Treacy hat worn in 2010. Happy Easter everyone!

  4. I want to like 2000’s hat, but the crown is way too tall, and her outfit is really boring and dated. I love 2004’s fascinator and wish that could somehow be repeated again. 2009’s wild assortment of animal prints was a bit over-the-top, but I think Sophie pulled it off well, especially with such a sedate outfit. A bit hard for me to believe 2010 and 2012 were the same hat, because I love it in 2012 with that chignon and gorgeous magenta coat. Finally 2013 was another favorite for me, and it looks way better with this cobalt blue outfit than the black she wore it with at Ascot in 2011.

  5. The burgundy hourglass from 2000 is my favorite. 2006, with her raspberry coat is lovely also. The fascinator and beret selections were trendy but have not stood the test of time. They are odd looking now to me. OK, not as odd as the feather explosion of 2009. 2001, 2003 and 2008 looked too big for her head. But I’d rather it look too big than these fascinators. Come on Sophie, give us a wonderful Easter bonnet tomorrow!

  6. The 2011 feather fascinator perhaps takes the eyes off her very low cut dress. Hard to believe she wore that to the Easter service!

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