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THAT Hat Fetches £81,000 at Auction

  May 23, 2011 at 11:26 am by

The much talked about, largely unliked hat that sat atop Princess Beatrice of York’s head at the April 29 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has sold at auction for just over £81,000.

Described as a “gravity-defying hat”, the Philip Treacy creation was listed on eBay last week, with the auction closing yesterday with a winning bid of exactly £81,100.01. It is unknown who the buyer was, but the Princess said she hoped the winner “has as much fun with the hat as I have.”

The money raised will be divided between two charities – UNICEF UK’s The Little Bee Initiative, and Children in Crisis; as chosen by the 22-year-old daughter of the Duke of York.

When Princess Beatrice stepped on to the red carpet in front of Westmister Abbey on April 29 wearing the hat, viewers watching the event live on television were perplexed by her choice of headgear (standing next to sister Eugenie only slightly helped reduce the attention focused squarely on her forehead). Facebook group Princess Beatrice’s ridiculous Royal Wedding hat was quickly set up, and has over 143,000 “Likes”.

What did you think of Princess Beatrice’s hat? Tell us below!

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6 Responses to THAT Hat Fetches £81,000 at Auction

  1. Maureen says:

    That hat was awful. She is such a pretty girl wasn’t there someone who would tell her the truth about how awful it was?

    The good think about all of this is that she gave it to be auctioned to raise money for children. That was wonderful of her.

  2. And, to think, some speak against the veneration of the relics of saints!
    The head of my great grand uncle St. King Edward the Martyr is kept by an Orthodox monastery at Woking. I went there, to venerate my uncle’s relic, but the abbot had gone missing, and the other monks had no key to the church. Oh, well. However, I wouldn’t pay $100,000 King Edward’s whole body. But that’s just me. Let us hope Princess Beatrice’s hat has now been put to rest.

  3. Patricia K. says:

    With a little tweaking, I bet she could have picked up stations in China…

  4. Archie1954 says:

    With that hat on she looked like a cute deer caught in the headlights.

  5. Debbie says:

    I liked it. It reminded me of a Dr. Seuss Hat. It preformed it’s function by drawing attention to the person under the hat. This is the only hat I will remember from the Royal Wedding.

  6. The famous hat was very ugly like the person that took her money, because i am sure saw first the money.
    Thank God she is soooooooooo beautiful and more than that, her beauty comes from the heart.
    When you think of the little once’s you have won my heart too.

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