Princess Beatrice's Infamous Hat Sells For Record Amount

By Meera Dolasia on May 24, 2011

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While Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding was spectacular as a whole, there are a few images that will remain etched in people's memories forever - Kate Middleton's beautiful dress, the young frowning flower girl and most of all, Princess Beatrice's rather unusual head gear.

When Prince William's first cousin stepped out of her car she probably heard the gasps from the crown around her. Unfortunately for the young princess, they were not out of admiration, but shock and disbelief at the hat she was sporting. It garnered so much attention that someone set up a Facebook page, where many people went all out to make fun of it. Not surprisingly, the poor princess landed at the top of the worst dressed list in most magazines. Now it turns out, that she may have had the last laugh.

The 24-year-old was so stunned with the global reaction to her hat that she decided to take advantage of it and see if she could raise some money for her favorite charities - UNICEF and Children in Crises, by listing it on auction site Ebay.

Turns out she was right - There was such a frenzy for this so-called ugly hat that the final bidder had to pay $131,000 USD - The highest price a designer hat has ever sold for on Ebay. While the bidder wishes to remain anonymous, it will be tough to do so for too long - unless he/she keeps it hidden inside a safe!

Also, while most people think it is a ridiculous over the top hat, the designer, Phillip Treacy who custom-built this sculptured ribbon pillow box, thought that the Princess looked beautiful and elegant - We guess that is why they say - beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Of course, Princess Beatrice is quite thrilled with the price she got for this headgear that brought her so much notoriety and hopes that the person who bought this piece of 'history' will have as much fun with it, as she did.

Resources: telegraph.co.uk, latimesblog.com

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  • bleiberTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    Why would someone want that hat?
    • mississippiTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm
      who would want that hat. you know there is a differnce between different and ugly
      • wedadTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm
        i like to be a princess and i like her hat and the dresses
        • RIRITuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm
          Her hat looks a little wierd to me ,but people are buying it so let them take it.The Royal wedding showed her hat and her sister's hat too!!!
          • Lady GaGaTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm
            I have a weirder hat then her, still i get no credit for coming out of an egg!!!
            • joTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm
              that was so coooooooooooollllllll
              • green girlTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm
                That is so weird!
                • tanya Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm
                  why did people make fun of her anyway ,it not funny about that hat :D
                  • yo mammaTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm
                    style has changed so much
                    • none of ur buisnessTuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm
                      wowwwwwww terible hat...at least all the money for it is going to charities :) she has a good heart

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