Princess Beatrice’s flamboyant hat, at last month’s royal wedding has been sold for princely sum of £81,100 on internet auction site eBay.
The proceeds from the sale of the hat, which was designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacy, will be given to the two charities: the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and British charity Children in Crisis.
Beatrice, is the the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, provided one of the most memorable moments of a dramatic day when she stepped out in the eccentric headwear, like a giant pretzel, during the royal wedding.
Other royal-watchers compared the creation to a toilet seat and it has inspired its own Facebook page, ‘Beatrice’s ridiculous royal wedding hat’, has a following of 143,000 people.
Beatrice has been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted on the auction site.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities, she said.
Treacy designed many of the hats on show at the April 29 marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton, which was watched by an estimated audience of two billion, all over the world.
The celebrated designer was delighted, flattered and touched by the princess’s decision to donate the hat to charity.
He hopes that people all over the world will be generous and that the hat will benefit many because a hat is a symbol of positivity.
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