We want to see Duchess Sophie wear her wide leg jeans and cool rectangular sunglasses again and again

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore ever-stylish wide leg jeans and a pair of seriously cool rectangular sunnies for a day out back in 2005

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2005
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Duchess Sophie looked relaxed yet sophisticated in wide leg jeans, a basic white shirt and a pair of super cool sunglasses at the Royal Windsor Horse Show way back in 2005.

It doesn’t come much more classic in a summer capsule wardrobe than well-fitted, gorgeous denim pieces and the Duchess of Edinburgh has been spotted in a few of our favourite styles over the years. Although she tends to favour tailored outfits and floaty dresses for official appearances, Duchess Sophie’s wide leg jeans from 2005 showed that she’s just as skilled at casual styling. She joined Prince Edward for a day at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and went for an outfit comprised of wardrobe staples for an utterly timeless yet laid-back look. 

Duchess Sophie’s jeans appeared to be either black or very dark indigo and their looser wide-leg shape is one of the biggest denim trends for 2024, almost two decades later.

Duchess Sophie attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2005

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This shows just how versatile and beautiful this cut of jeans can be and they’re perfect for those who love the look of denim but don’t want to compromise on comfort. The Duchess of Edinburgh’s jeans were mid-rise and fell to just below her ankle, giving them a very leg-lengthening effect. She drew them in around her waist with a contrasting tan belt with a silver buckle that echoed the mix of warm and cool tones in the rest of her summer outfit.  

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Although she went for a dark wash of jeans, wide leg jeans are available in a huge range of colours right now and if you’re a little more unsure of this shape then a white or black pair will give you a similar look to wide-leg trousers. Alternatively, for a much more laid-back look you could try out a lighter blue wash that is always especially popular in the warmer months. 

Duchess Sophie’s jeans choice was a departure from the slim-fitting jeans we often see the royals wear - when they wear jeans at all! She wore hers with a simple white shirt tucked in.

Duchess Sophie at the 2005 Royal Windsor Horse Show

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This had long sleeves that are brilliant if you don’t want your arms fully exposed to the sun’s rays or if there’s a chilly breeze. The collar added a sense of sophistication and formality, though the Duchess of Edinburgh offset this by leaving it unbuttoned at the top. This gave her look a more informal feel and she added to this with her practical brown Chelsea boots.

Duchess Sophie also wore a navy blue knitted cardigan with contrasting white piping along the cuffs and down the front and bottom. The cool tones of this worked with the silver belt buckle and when the weather got a little too warm, Her Royal Highness made a classic move and tied it around her waist.

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With her golden blonde hair loose in one of the short bob hairstyles she’s loved over the years, Duchess Sophie finished off her outfit with a pair of rectangular tortoiseshell sunglasses. This look showcased wardrobe staples at their best and it was a more casual look than we’ve seen from her at the show in recent years.

Duchess Sophie at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2005

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At the 2024 Royal Windsor Horse Show the Duchess wore more tailored blazers and midi-length skirts and dresses rather than embracing denim pieces, although she did choose a similar white shirt for Day 2. Speaking previously with Express.co.uk about her style, Duchess Sophie expressed her belief that she does "what [she] can with what [she has]".

"I know what I like and what I don’t like, but I have never had a stylist," she explained, adding that she has "a couple of favourite places for clothes".

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!