Last Sunday was the national service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, attended by senior members of the Royal Family. The Countess of Wessex shared a balcony with Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, as usual, but other Royals were spread out a many fewer people in attendance due to the pandemic.
Read about The Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion outing here.
Sophie opted for a cape from Zara, costing £129.99 here. Made from a wool blend, this is a midi length cape, making it quite dramatic. It has a twill look to the fabric; large gold buttons decorate the funnel collar, while slit pockets can be seen on the front. It is a limited edition piece.
I love this piece! Quite unusual to see the Countess go for high-street, especially for a ‘big’ event like this.
She chose a new pillbox hat from Jane Taylor, costing £662 here. It was the ‘Felt Pillbox with Embroidered Feather Trim’. This is the ‘all black’ version, but the milliners does offer it in other colour ways. The Countess wears a hat well!
You can also see that Sophie was wearing a black roll neck jumper – or perhaps a dress – beneath the cape and black leather gloves.
While I love these pieces, I don’t think they go together; the cape feels more everyday, while the hat feels rich and luxurious.
The Countess chose her (unidentified) multi-colour cluster earrings with pearls, and a new Royal British Legion poppy brooch. This was the ‘Returning Home Brooch’ in a gold tone, with a textures jigsaw design on the poppy petals, and a leaf that crosses the stem. The jigsaw pieces represent ‘the journey to re-establish normality upon coming home, piece by piece’.
It costs £29.99 here; all of these brooches come in a keepsake box, each with a story of a serviceman or woman and their return home.
The other badge is a Rifles bugle, the symbol for the battalion (5th) of which Sophie is Colonel in Chief.
We also got a glimpse of her bag: it was Sophie’s Lulu Guinness poppy clutch, dating back to 2013. The satin bag is a simple pouch with two large embroidered poppies on the front – an ideal piece for Remembrance.
The Countess carried it again on Wednesday for a service at the National Memorial Arboretum.
We have a few options to mimic this look here:
Thanks to @emgcollins for the cape ID