The Walk to Church at Sandringham on Christmas Day ~ The Countess of Wessex Part One

HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex (formerly Sophie Rhys-Jones) hasn’t gotten a whole lot of discussion on our blog yet. So far, we’ve really only discussed her engagement ring,  so we figured it was high time we gave her some more attention. She has turned out to be the Queen’s most loyal daughter in law and a fully integrated member of the family. She always turns out for family events and seems ready to enjoy herself.


Sophie’s first royal christmas was in 1999, and she showed up in a white coat and pretty out there hat. It’s an ok look. The jacket is a bit boxy and the hat doesn’t do a whole lot for her, but she clearly out some thought into it and was making an effort. She definitely showed up ready to have a good time.


Sophie decided to have a more matchy-matchy ensemble for 2000 and in our opinion this outfit definitely does more for her than the previous year.

We can’t help but think her legs must have gotten cold!

En Famille


So far things have been getting steadily better year after year. This checkered coat number and hat look good. Sophie really looks best when her hat has  a brim.


Back to a brimless hat for 2002, but it looks classy and elegant and we like how we see just the right amount of hair fringe.

And psst…check out Beatrice’s snowflake jacket below.


And then we get to 2003. In the top picture you can see Sophie in a very Sophie-esque hat with a brim and feathers, and brown coat. And then you see in the bottom picture…burnt orange/red trousers! Wide-leg burnt orange/red trousers! We think that this was the first time a lady of the royal family wore pants/trousers to church, so you’ve got to give props to Sophie for that for at least mixing things up. However, she has not repeated the trouser look since on Christmas Day. We think we can say with certainty that Kate won’t be wearing pants this year!

Click here for Part Two!


Categories: British Royal Family, The Countess of Wessex

7 replies

  1. Thanks for this post, I would love to see more on Sophie.

  2. Thanks for the post. Sophie is my favourite Royal, she does not get enough coverage.

  3. Love it! I really like Sophie, she seems very smart and intelligent and not at all snooty and pretentious like her husband appears to be (sorry, I don’t mean to offend anyone!). Also she seems mature and serious, compared Edward’s goofy, interesting sense of humor (from what I have seen in documentaries and interviews). I think she interests me so because I find their marriage so curious, boy, I’d love to be a fly on their walls! I hope they are happy, they seem to be. Would love to see more!


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