Princess Beatrice's Infamous Hat Sells For Record Amount


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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.


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  • Alanaover 6 years
    Its so ugly, ugly,ugly!!!!😬
    • felicisowl
      felicisowlover 6 years
      It's not that ugly... and it's kind of rude to Princess Beatrice..
    • peanut630
      peanut630over 6 years
      It is ugly!
      • strawberry573
        strawberry573almost 7 years
        wow just wow
      • nikukyu
        nikukyualmost 7 years
        The flower girl is so funny! She has a disgusted look on her face... Price less!XD
        • izzy10can
          izzy10canalmost 7 years
          OMG THATS CREEPY...
          • basket
            basketalmost 7 years
            Why is it so hard to find a hat like that
            • basket
              basketalmost 7 years
              I know so darling
            • peacheslarue
              peacheslaruealmost 7 years
              I want it
              • bibliophile
                bibliophilealmost 7 years
                • aphphilippines
                  aphphilippinesalmost 7 years
                  Who else thinks it lookes like a toilet seat?
                  • felicisowl
                    felicisowlover 6 years
                    It's supposed to be a "pillow box" XDD But it looks more like a toilet seat.. As nikukyu said.. it's nice of her to turn this whole situation around and donate money to UNICEF and other charities :)
                    • nikukyu
                      nikukyualmost 7 years
                      Omg you are SO right! LOL! But I think she is smart and nice to use this situation for the good:)
                      • basket
                        basketalmost 7 years
                        I do she really looks like a tolit seat
                        • bibliophile
                          bibliophilealmost 7 years
                          ikr... lol... but yeah it looks like a toilet seat... :-D
                        • Emilyabout 7 years
                          The hat was ok I guess.