Besides Pippa Middleton’s butt and the Royal Wedding itself, no image is arguably more indelible from that day than that of Princess Beatrice’s elaborate hat. The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson set tongues wagging when she stepped out of the car with that unique fastener created by the world’s top milliner- Philip Treacy. A Facebook fan page was even set up attracting more than 143,000 devoted fans. Hilarious.
The interest was so high, HRH decided to auction it off and donate all proceeds to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and the British charity Children in Crisis via Princess Beatrice’s Little Bee Initiative campaign. Her mom, the original Fergie, revealed her daughter’s altruistic intentions when she appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show“. Both Beatrice and Tracy released statements on the auction website describing their excitement.
“I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have.” Princess Beatrice
“I’ve been surprised by the overwhelming response to ‘the hat!’ I’m delighted, flattered and touched by HRH Princess Beatrice’s decision to donate the hat to charity,” he wrote. “I hope that people all over the world will be generous and that this hat will benefit many. ‘A hat is a symbol of positivity.’ ” – Philip Treacy
The auction to purchase the infamous pretzel hat ended on Sunday May 22. According to eBay, the winning bid was… drumroll please… 81,100.01 British Pounds. Converted, that figure roughly equals $131,000 USD. So who bought it? As of yet, the identity of the winner has yet to be revealed. I’m sure that’ll all change later today.
At $131,000 USD, did the auction winner score a deal or get duped? I wish I had a crystal ball to see the value of this hat in fifty years. I’m thinking some hardcore monarchy aficionado in the future would salivate adding this to their collection. If that “interesting” hat sold for this, I’m curious to see what Kate Middleton’s dress would fetch if she ever auctioned it off. Any guesses?