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Bidding for Princess Beatrice’s hat hits £80,000

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2011


An eBay bidder has offered £80,000 for the spiralling Treacy headpiece worn by Princess Beatrice at last month’s royal wedding.

By Rebecca Lefort

The 22-year-old granddaughter of the Queen startled commentators with the swirling hat she wore to the wedding of her

Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton Photo: REUTERS

cousin Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The silk Philip Treacy creation has been compared to antlers, a toilet seat and a pretzel, and has been used to create photo montages of scores of unlikely scenarios on the internet.

Beatrice has taken the joke in her stride and put the hat on sale for charity. Proceeds will go to Unicef and Children in Crisis.

With the auction close to its Sunday closing, 39 bidders were competing for the hat, described on eBay as a “unique sculptural celebratory headpiece”.

One of the initial bidders was the Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, who offered £5,000 for the creation. At 3.30pm on Saturday the bidding had reached £80,100.01.

On the eBay page the Princess has commented: “I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities.

“I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have.”

The beige creation proved such a talking point it even has its own Facebook page, with more than 140,000 fans.

Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, said: “The royal wedding was a fantastic celebration for the whole country and the British Fashion industry as not only the bride but many of the guests showcased the very best of our design talent.

“As the most talked about hat of the whole occasion I think it is fantastic that HRH Princess Beatrice has decided to auction her Philip Treacy creation to raise money for charity.”

@Telegraph

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