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Princess Beatrice and the hat that launched a Facebook page [Poll] [Updated to include, um, commentary]

Princess Beatrice and her hat arrive at Westminster Abbey with Princess Eugenie

This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

Oh, Princess Beatrice -- the hat she presumably thought was a lovely choice for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding turned out to be a royal disaster, prompting the scorn of thousands of Facebook users. Their hate wasn't necessarily for all hats, but rather specifically for the one perched Friday on Beatrice's high-profile head.

Princess Beatrice and her hat for the royal wedding The 22-year-old took a risk donning headgear that many thought would be more appropriate for Lady Gaga, and the risky hat choice quickly backfired for her on Facebook. Witness the emergence of "Princess Beatrice's ridiculous Royal Wedding hat," a group dedicated to her headgear that had received more than 18,000 "likes" just hours after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Has any topper since Aretha Franklin's unforgettable inauguration hat seen such biting abuse?

Picture gallery: Royal wedding hats

Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, stepped out at the fairy tale wedding in a sculptured ribbon topper made by London milliner Philip Treacy, a native of Ireland who trimmed the tops of dozens of guests at the wedding including Victoria Beckham, Zara Phillips and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. 

But when the hat-crowned Beatrice and her sister Princess Eugenie, 21, emerged from their ride, one comparison rang clear: The evil "Cinderella" stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella had arrived.

"She paired that disgusting hat with HORRIBLE make-up! The racoon eyes have to go! Not a fan of Eugenia's dress either! I'm sure these girls can consult a stylist, but maybe they should start with a mirror!" wrote Tara Noe Armstrong.

"Later she sets the hoop on her hat on fire and has little tigers jump through it for the amusement of the guests at the reception," added Colleen Fagan.

Princess Beatrice's hat for the royal wedding "I am a fan of Philip Treacy and I loves me some crazy hats ... but Princess Beatrice's hat wasn't the best choice for a wedding -- anyone's wedding. Anything THAT high shouldn't be that solid. It is reminiscent of overdone fondant icing -- only beige. Ew...Anyway, I do respect Bea for recycling and wearing her grandma's 1961 theatre coat. {*stifled giggles*}," mused Richard Ian Tracy.

Rough -- but not as rough on the hat as the hat was on the eyes. What'd you think of Bea's headgear? Hot or hot mess? Tell us in comments.

[Updated, 3:30 p.m. April 29, 2011: At 3 p.m. PDT Friday, just 12 hours after the royal wedding ceremony began, the Beatrice-hat Facebook page had reached more than 35,000 likes and counting. Our MOG readers had quite a few pithy words to add to the conversation as well. Here's a sampling; check out comments to see them all, or add your own.

J Crowley: Pretty sure that thing's a Stargate

shirley zager: She looks like a raccoon that mated with an octopus.

EC Hudson: It wasn't any more ridiculous that anyone else's hat - and it could double as a fun wedding reception game (toss a canape thru the loop).

John: I am currently at the eye doctor hoping he can restore my sight since I was blinded by Beatrice's bloody hat !!!!

lynn Roberts: Do they live in a house without mirrors?

Rick Baker: Those Brits like them some crazy hats, which actually is kind of unique and cool but that thing looks like the hood ornament on Santa's sleigh.

Sylvia Ubych: I thought she was a dear but when I saw the hat I thought she was more like a deer!]

[For the record, 5:32 p.m. April 29: This post originally referred to Philip Treacy as a British milliner. Though Treacy operates out of London, he was born in Ireland. Thanks to commenter @carl for flagging the gaffe.]

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Photos: Princess Eugenie, top left, and Princess Beatrice made a fashion statement upon arrival at Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding ceremony. Beatrice's hat almost needed an invitation of its own, right, and within hours had a Facebook page of its own. Hmm -- it didn't look so risky when the ladies, bottom left, were still in the car. Credits: Ian Langsdon / EPA, top; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, right; Dan Kitwood / Getty Images, left. 

 
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Pretty sure that thing's a Stargate.

Unfortunately these two girls are their mother's daughters; a hot mess.

Princess beatirce's hat seemed like a cry for attention or help- can't quite decide which, but equally as appaling was Princess Eugenie's dress. Like an ugly cast off for a plump prom chick in the 80's. Did not flatter her in anyway!!Surely these girls can find someone to help them dress better. Even Camilla dresses more fashionably than these two young ladies.
Yuck!

The Lady Gaga headwear gave me a good laugh. She looks like
a raccoon that mated with an octopus.

It wasn't any more ridiculous that anyone else's hat - and it could double as a fun wedding reception game (toss a canape thru the loop).

Actually, when she got out of the car I thougt she had a picture frame on her head. I expected to see William & Kate's photo in the center ring!

This proves, for once and for all, that bad taste is genetic.

OMG! Beatrice's hat (if you could call it that) and Eugenie's dress............have those two girls been schooled by their mother in how to create the most huge fashion mistakes? They looked like the ugly sisters in a Cinderella panto

Those Brits like them some crazy hats, which actually is kind of unique and cool but that thing looks like the hood ornament on Santa's sleigh.


Personally,
I think it was a statement to the Royals because her Mother Sarah (Fergie) was not invited to the wedding ! I think it was quite deliberate.

I thought she was a dear but when I saw the hat I thought she was more like a deer!

Maybe she thought she was at Balmoral?

Those two would have looked better in meat dresses.

Scary, scary, scary - everyone has the right to look ugly but Eugenie and Beatrice abuse this right. Do they live in a house without mirrors? Just goes to prove that you can have loads of money but no taste.

I am currently at the eye doctor hoping he can restore my sight since I was blinded by Beatrice's bloody hat !!!!

I loved the hat...and it is just a hat, people.

Actually I'm torn between the scupltured, suitable-for-a-wall-hanging worn by Princess Beatrice and the egret-nest-arising-from-a-pile-of-eggplants that Princess Eugenia is wearing. I think Eugenia may have read her invitation as one inviting her to a Renaissance Faire and, in that case, it goes with her costume. However, secretly I think they planned their attire as a revolt to having Mum excluded from the wedding guest list because she would, or could, create a scene. If that's the case, "Good job, girls. You got 'em!"

I thought she looked like a reindeer

I've saw worse than this...there was one lady wearing a directv satellite dish.

I would love to see it if she wore it on the back of her head - I think it might actually look quite nice that way.

If you are going to wear a picture frame on your head, shouldn't you put a picture in it? Just wondering...

A disgusting mess just like their frumpy mother! Trying to steal the show and be recognized just like mummy!

The Hat? well not the usual stuff of wedding guests, but truthfully it was probably the kind of dare that could turn out either way, if in another colour perhaps not so subtle in a different venue might just work!

i don't think even the whos down in whoville would were that. and don't blame the mother, the whole family's screwed up.

While everybody is picking on Beatrice, why are they ignoring her sister. Eugenie's hat was lovely, but the dress was a disaster! Still, she looks like she would rather be anywhere besides her sister. I do think without the ribbon thing, some net and a little bling and Beatrice would have pulled off a rather bland, but acceptable outfit.

You haters. She is the fiercest of them all

 
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