Would you pay to wear this hat? Princess Beatrice to auction her Royal Wedding Hat

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Pictured: Princess Beatrice in her literally “over the top” Royal Wedding hat. (photo: Mark Cuthbert/Abaca)

Did you check out this, er, headdress/hat that Princess Bea wore to the Royal Wedding? Fashion critics were decidedly divided on the merits of Fergie’s daugther’s chapeau. Some even thought the shape a bit risque resembling a vi-jay-jay (as Oprah and Gail would say.) Now comes word from no less than People Magazine (my personal celeb gossip bible) that Princess Beatrice will be auctioning the hat on eBay to benefit charity.  The source of the rumor is the sometimes reliable influence peddling, Sarah the Duchess of York, aka Fergie.  “She’s putting it up on eBay to auction it for UNICEF and for Children in Crisis,” Beatrice’s mother, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, said yesterday  during appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Even  more fascinating to me than the sale of the hat, and it’s surely for a worthy cause, is what price this thing will eventually sell for.  After all, this isn’t one of Princess Diana’s fairy tale like dresses. I’ll be watching for this one via Google Alerts to see when it goes on eBay, and what the bidding is like. I’m still waiting to see the knockoffs, or better yet, the auction of Pippa Middleton’s amazing Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress.  Now that would be worth bidding on.

Update : As of May 15th, bidding on the hat on eBay is going strong.  The Princess Beatrice Royal Wedding Hat by Philip Treacy listed for charity has bids for GBP 10,200.00  or approximately US $16,532.16. Someone really wants that bloody hat! 🙂 Wonder if QE II (the Queen is bidding.)  After all, not just  anyone can bid on this treasure, you must be a pre-approved bidder to try to win it!


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  1. Samantha

    May 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I would never wear this hat…… unless I was going to a 'hideous hat' party!


  2. SoHo Accessories

    May 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I agree with Samantha. I love hats but that one is just ridiculous!