Love or hate 'that' fascinator, it could now by yours!
Princess Bea (we shook hands in New York last year, she's fine with my familiarity ;0) has decided to auction the Philip Treacy creation on eBay to raise money for UNICEF and Children in Crisis charities.
The hat instantly grabbed headlines, became an Internet sensation and the focus on several Facebook fan pages when showcased at the Wedding of Prince William to Duchess Catherine last week.
Beatrice is quite a fan of unusual headpeices but whether you love her style choices or not, you can't knock the girl for doing a bit of charity work.
Bad fashion choice aside, she's a lovely girl and was very polite when we bowled over to her in Saks after stalking her through the racks of the very pricey ladies wear department. She shook our hands and congratulated us on our engagement, and for that I forgive her little fashion faux pas.
And so there we have it,
Princess Beatrice sells Philip Treacy hat for whopping £81,100.01
The attention-grabbing royal wedding hat was bought by a mystery bidder at the eBay auction.
Bea cashed in on the flurry of attention created by her royal wedding gravity-defying hat and raised an impressive £81,100.01 for charity.
Designed by Philp Treacy, the wedding accessory has been described by some as looking like an oversized bow while others have likened it more to a toilet seat.
It was put up for auction on online site eBay by the 22-year-old just weeks after Will and Kate’s royal wedding spectacle to raise money for Unicef UK and Children in Crisis via the Little Bee Initiative.
Scot entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne was the first person to place a bid for the marmite hat billed as a “unique sculptural celebratory headpiece” and he openly commended the young royal for her charitable act, saying her efforts were “fantastic.”
However, his £5,000 bid was beaten by the eventual anonymous winner who fought off a host of interested purchasers for the iconic fashion item.
Creator of the hat Philp Treacy seemed undeterred by the mixed response his design received from the watching public at the April 29 wedding and was delighted that the “symbol of positivity” can now used to benefit many.
"I’ve been surprised by the overwhelming response to the hat,” he said.
"Isabella Blow introduced me to the magic of hats, and I’m delighted, flattered and touched by Princess Beatrice's decision to donate the hat to charity.”
Julie Weston, Unicef UK's director of fund raising was grateful for the publicity the iconic hat has had for the charity, saying: “We take our hat off to her for helping to change children's lives."
Koy Thomson, chief executive of Children in Crisis, added: "Princess Beatrice is a tremendous ambassador for the charity and we are extremely grateful for her support with this great initiative."
Hats off to Beatrice