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Princess Anne takes inspiration from Vietnam’s rice fields for her Easter bonnet
Published on 13 Apr. 2009 11:24 PM IST
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What was she thinking? Amid the Easter bonnets on parade by the Royal Family yesterday Princess Anne’s choice appeared the most unusual, seemingly taking inspiration from the Far East. Dressed in a russet suit, her hat featured a cluster of miniature artificial fruit at the back of a straw hat. The bizarre millinery also featured a bandage-like tie at the back. This led some observers to note that it looked like the type of sunhat worn by Vietnamese rice farmers. Amid the selection of royal bonnets Sophie, Countess of Wessex, appeared with what looked like an entire bird perched on her head. The tall, trilby-style design made its statement thanks to a variety of different feathers. The Queen’s pale blue confection was a sweeter finish, playing the role of dessert. Recently hailed as a fashion icon, Her Royal Highness’s headwear perfectly matched her suit. The minimal button-like decorations looked elegant in contrast with the millinery sported by her fellow royals. After the service, she and her family accepted posies of flowers from well-wishers outside St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Holly Goldsmith, the 11-year-old daughter of the housekeeper at Frogmore House, said afterwards: ‘I was excited to give flowers to the Queen. She was nice, and I spoke to the Duke of Edinburgh.’ The Duchess of Cornwall meanwhile took part in as Easter service with Prince Charles at Glen Muick Church in Ballater, Scotland. But she did not prove any less bold in her choice of headwear, opting for a vibrant red beret. Luckily the decoration was kept to a minimum, a pair of delicate feathers the only adornment. A vintage-look choker of pearls completed her accessories. Appropriately the Duchess opted for a tartan collar in honour of the Scottish location. Usually one to raise the fashion stakes at such occasions, Zara Phillips spent Easter in her jodhpurs and riding hat. The 27-year-old was in France taking part in the CCI evening competition. The young Royal was competing with two horses in dressage and cross-country, but only achieved positions of 76th and 80th.

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