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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

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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?

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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. 

Comments () | Archives (209)

I thought she looked very beautiful and very stylish. It was fun to see how women in England dress for weddings. She was very pretty and her hat looked awesome! I'm 45 from Missouri.

People.... the hat worked!!! We are not commenting on her over-sized, over-whitened teeth!!!

you know that was a awful hat! her being a royal and all someone should have told her that it look stupid, and she is a pretty girl,there was nothing wrong with her dress or make up. but that hat did nothing for her

Don’t waste sympathy on these two little tykes. Do you really think they give twopence for the opinions of the hoi-polloi? For the opinions of the general public - subjects of the Royal Family, the family to which they belong? From their perspective, sheltered behind the protective barriers around the Royal Family, they have to prove nothing. They are not trying to compete on some celebrity circuit, they are privileged. Imagine their conversation before the wedding: “William’s getting married yah!” .. “Yah, and to a commoner yah!” “Always said he was a softy!” “And daughter of a trolley dolly Yah!” .. “Let’s have a laugh at the Wedding Yah?” “Yah.. I know.. dress up in most outrageous costumes we can find and upstage the whole event Yah!” “Yah and sit at the front and glare at the bride and her ikkie sister!” “YAH!” They did not get it from their mother, but their father who has put two fingers up to the general public ever since he stopped wearing knickerbockers.

I read that it was Fergie's idea to have her daughter's dress in those ridiculous frocks & hats in retaliation for not being invited to the Royal Wedding. While it might seem hard to believe that these two young women would dress in such an outlandish manner at an important event just to please their mum, who knows?, By the looks of it, they certainly have embraced their mother's sense (or lack of), style. They'll both look back on this one day and cringe with horror and if Fergie was the perpetrator of their fashion style that day, they'll have her begging with a tin cup for tuppence's on the steps of Westminister!

Ok the hat brings one question to my mind...WHY?? I mean, did she not try the thing on in the shop first? Did no one think to say, " Hey maybe thats not the hoola hoop for you missy?" Could we not afford a hairstylist for this day either? It looks like she didn't care to look good and thats so sad. We may not all be beauty queens but come on she could have pulled it together better than that and looked quite striking.

I don't understand why their Father does not step up to the plate and start paying attention to what those ladies are doing. Get them a stylist. That hat resembled a toilet seat. As far as not inviting the Mother - she dug her own grave. Lord knows what she has done that they don't know about.

1) The invitations said to wear spring colors, Beatrice wears BEIGE. 2) She wore a hat with a dead (or dying) squid on it. 3) Eugenie borrowed a dress from Gran's 1984 collection. 4) She also went 1984 on her eyeliner (as did her sister). 5) Niether one of them chose to do their hair that day. Beatrice was putting her goofy mug in the carraige window and cheesing at everyone she saw...Were the evil step-sisters out for revenge?...NNNnnnaaaaah!

Just proves that you can't breed a tame un from a wild un!

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