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Princess Beatrice to auction royal wedding hat; mom Fergie talks about snub

Princess Beatrice to auction royal wedding hat Princess Beatrice's hat will probably go down in history as one of the hallmarks of the royal wedding of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton -- and now it may go down as the most serious bit of royal wedding memorabilia available for purchase.

"She's putting it up on EBay to auction it for UNICEF and for children in crisis," her mother Sarah Ferguson told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that aired Wednesday.

The fascinator, custom-made by London-based milliner Philip Treacy, apparently pushed the 22-year-old's en vogue button, but Ministry commenters and the 136,000 members of "Princess Beatrice's Ridiculous Royal Wedding Hat" Facebook page did not agree.

The stiff-ribboned topper with a confounding hole at the center will go to the highest bidder -- likely someone who is either an avid royal memorabilia collector or as absurdly clueless as Bea's stylist.

No word yet on when it'll go up for auction or what the asking price will be, but the Treacy monstrosity's contemporaries can sell new for $3,300 a pop, so those who are interested might start saving up immediately.

Photos: Festive royal wedding hats

Aside from discussing Beatrice's hideous headgear, the Duchess of York opened up to the queen of daytime about her royal wedding snub. The original Fergie -- no Black Eyed Peas attached -- was married to Prince Andrew for 10 years before a scandalous divorce resulted in her becoming a persona non grata. She was also plugging "Finding Sarah," her new reality series that will air in June on OWN, Winfrey's new network.

Sarah Ferguson with daughters Princessess Beatrice and Eugenie "I was not invited," she told Winfrey about the snub, which made her miss the festivities with daughters Eugenie and Beatrice. 

"It was so difficult because I wanted to be there with my girls ... to be getting them dressed and to go as a family," she said. (And maybe to tell Beatrice not to wear antlers?) 

"I went through the phase of feeling so totally worthless and that [it] was quite right they didn't invite me," she said. "Why would they, why would they invite me?"

"In fact, when Andrew went with the girls, we were talking all morning and he was saying, it's OK. Just remember we had such a good day. Our wedding was so perfect."

Before April's big event, Ferguson's 1986 ceremony was the most recent royal wedding to take place at Westminster Abbey.


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-- Nardine Saad

Top photo: Princess Beatrice in her infamous Philip Treacy hat. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Bottom photo: Sarah Ferguson with her daughters, Princess Beatrice, left, and Princess Eugenie in 2009. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


Royal wedding reception: Kate Middleton changes into a second dress for evening

Royal wedding reception: Kate changes into a second Alexander McQueen dress This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

A change of a dress might sound simple, but for Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, it signified the transition from commoner to royal wife.

After winning the world's favor in an Alexander McQueen masterpiece during her wedding ceremony Friday to Prince William, Kate made a quick stop at Buckingham Palace for a luncheon with Queen Elizabeth II -- then changed out of the gown into her reception look.

Another McQueen stunner, the second gown was described as "a white satin strapless evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante detailing around the waist" by People magazine.

A chic, fringed white shrug complemented the look, adding fashion-forward dash. The bride's formal hairstyle shifted to throw some dramatic waves in front, framing her face. William responded in kind by suiting up in a formal black tuxedo.

Royal wedding reception with William, Charles, Camilla and Kate's second dress The evening program, hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, included dinner and dancing with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton; best man Prince Harry; and maid of honor Pippa Middleton.

[For the record, 9:10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., April 30: This post originally referred to Camilla, Duchess of York. She is Duchess of Cornwall. The caption referred to Catherine as Duchess of Wales. She is Duchess of Cambridge. Thanks to commenters @Janelle and @Tandy for flagging the gaffes.]


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Photos: Top, after a luncheon reception and a change of clothes, a smiling Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, left, leaves Clarence House in London with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Bottom, Prince William, left, and Prince Charles round out the foursome as they head to Buckingham Palace for an evening reception hosted by the father of the groom on Friday. Credits: John Stillwell / Associated Press

Royal wedding: Celebrities react to the ceremony on Twitter

Prince William and Kate leave Westminster Abbey after the royal wedding ceremony

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton wasn't merely a sensation for the eyes (The dress! Those hats! Pippa!), it was also a Twitter affair.

Royal wedding Twitter reactions When crude hash tags referring to doing the nasty with a prince or queen are trending worldwide, it's safe to say the monarchy has reached new heights. (Though if either of those "I'd like to" acronyms had been applied to Prince Charles or Queen Elizabeth II  -- well, that's just disturbing.)

Tweets poured in with people chiming in on just about every detail. And we lowly citizens weren't the only ones hammering out our thoughts on the lavish affair in 140 characters or less. Even the stars got up in the wee hours (for some) to indulge in the modern-day fairy tale. 

From Stephen Colbert and Miley Cyrus to Kelly Rippa and wedding guest Victoria Beckham, all had something to say about the nuptials .

Click on the pic at right to read their musings in a photo gallery.


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Photo: Prince William and Kate Middleton walk hand in hand in Westminster Abbey. Credit: Martin Meissner / Associated Press

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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-- Nardine Saad

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. 

'You look beautiful': Royal wedding watchers swoon as Prince William greets Kate

On a royal wedding day fit for a princess -- or perhaps a duchess -- the most swoon-worthy moment wasn't necessarily found in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Buckingham Palace kisses. Rather, it was when the groom first greeted his bride at the altar with the sweet statement: "You look beautiful."

In true fairy-tale fashion, Kate had walked down the aisle Friday morning and joined William at the Westminster Abbey altar. The prince couldn't have been any sweeter. Watch the video above at the 1:10 mark and you'll "awww" out loud.

The small but seemingly genuine gesture -- he turns to her and tells her, "You look beautiful" -- leads us to believe these two crazy kids just might stand a chance.

Photos: Cool cars of the royal wedding

The romance continued, of course, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waved to the crowd from their carriage, smooched –- twice –- on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and later left, smiling broadly, in a blue Aston Martin worthy of Agent 007.


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Royal wedding: What's on the lunch menu at the queen's reception?

Royal wedding cake designer Fiona Cairns

Prince William and Kate Middleton -- now husband and wife, and the duke and duchess of Cambridge -- had a broad menu of Commonwealth-centric canapés to sample at the queen's lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II hosted around 650 guests who'd previously been among those at Westminster Abbey, offering tidbits certified to include ingredients "carefully sourced from Royal Warrant holding companies using UK-based ingredients." Prince Charles and Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, were with the newlyweds to receive foreign governors-general and prime ministers of countries in the realm.

Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall The reception was to include some speeches as well as the cutting of the eight-tier Fiona Cairns-designed wedding cake, made of 17 individual fruit cakes and decorated with cream and white icing. A garland design around the middle of the cake matches the architectural garlands decorated around the top of the palace's Picture Gallery, the room in which the cake was displayed. All the flowers decorating the cake had individual meanings as well.

Prince William got his wish: a chocolate biscuit cake made from a royal family recipe.

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Royal wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton are married

Royal wedding ceremony Prince William and Kate Middleton have been declared man and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

After the choir sang a specially composed anthem by Welsh composer James Rutter, taken from the Psalms, and the hymn "Guide me, O Thy Great Redeemer," translated from Welsh, Kate was escorted down the aisle by her father, Michael Middleton. Her sister and maid of honor Pippa carried her train.

 Dean of Westminster Dr. John Hall gave the introduction to the ceremony, which was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan William.

"If any man can show any just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together let him now speak or else hereafter forever hold his peace," the archbishop recited.

The bride smiled when, as the archbishop recited the vows for the couple, groom William Arthur Philip Louis was asked to "keep her."

The prince responded to the archbishop with the simple phrase "I will," with a slight frog in his throat. 

When Catherine, as she was referred to in the ceremony, agreed to do the same, the crowd outside let out a roar audible from inside the Abbey. 

Westminster Abbey Will placed the wedding band on Kate's finger, but it snagged on her knuckle as he pushed it on. Afterward, the couple kneeled before the altar and the  archbishop said a prayer, wrapping their hands with a sash.

"What God has joined together let no man set asunder," he said. "I pronounce that they be man and wife together in the name of the father, the son and the holy ghost," and the crowd let out another roar.

Another hymn followed the prayers, then Kate's brother, James Middleton, recited the lesson by St. Paul to the Romans that called on the crowd to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to God. 

"Let love be genuine ... extend hospitality and friendship. ... Live in harmony with one another.... associate with the lonely... ...take thought for what is noble in the sight of all... if it is possible so far as it depends on you live peaceably," he said.

Kate Middleton in her wedding dress outside Westminster Abbey During a sermon by the Bishop of London, the couple whispered to each other.  

"Marriage should transform as husband and wife make one other their work of art. It is possible to transform so long as we don't harm our ambitions to reform our partners. There must be no coercion if the spirit is to flow. Each must give the other space and freedom," the bishop said, quoting Chaucer as saying "when mastery cometh, the god of love anon beateth his wings and farewell he is gone."

"I pray that all of us present and the many millions watching this ceremony and sharing in your joy today will do everything in our power to support and uphold you in your new life. And I pray that God will bless you in the way of life that you have chosen," the bishop added.

Choir and congregation sang a national favorite, the hymn Jerusalem, words by English 19th century poet William Blake and music arranged by English 20th century composer Edward Elgar.

Members of the congregation were also on their feet for the national anthem. The royal couple and witnesses went to the Chapel of St. Edward -- site of the Shrine of St. Edward the Confessor -- to sign three registers. Two registers are part of the abbey collection; the third is part of Chapel Royal register.

The newlyweds emerged from the door of Westminster Abbey, holding hands and smiling, as onlookers waved, cheered and captured the moment in photographs.

William preceded Kate, and Kate preceded her very long train, into the open-air, horse-drawn carriage that awaited them outside the Abbey. As the carriage took off with dozens of men on black horses in its wake, the Duchess of Cambridge smiled ear to ear while the white-gloved Duke of Cambridge joined her in waving to the approving crowd.


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Top photo: Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton stand at the altar during the service along with Prince Harry, left, and Kate's father Michael Middleton, right, inside Westminster Abbey. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / Associated Press

Right photo: Kate Middleton's mother, Carole, and brother, James, walk into Westminster Abbey. Credit: APTN / Associated Press

Left photo: Pippa holds her sister's train outside Westminster Abbey before the ceremony.

Royal wedding: Westminster Abbey arrivals include Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, Earl Spencer


Hundreds of elegantly clad guests arrived at Westminster Abbey through the North Gate for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.

Elton John and partner David Furnish waved to crowds as latecomers to the venue, but gladly took their front-row seats. Onlookers gave them a rousing cheer; John was a close friend of the late Princess Diana.

Princess Diana's brother and Wills' uncle Earl Spencer arrived with his new fiancee, philanthropist Karen Gordon. London Mayor Boris Johnson arrived with his wife.

Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry's on-off girlfriend, smiled in a custom-made teal Alberta Ferretti dress. A dapper and smiling David Beckham was accompanied by the sleekly polished and very pregnant Victoria Beckham, wearing a Philip Treacy hat and a dark navy dress from her own line. Wills is good friends with the soccer star and the couple will sit in the nave of the Abbey, according to the BBC.

Wills' chum Ben Fogle wore an electric blue tie that shone almost as brightly as British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's electric blue dress and Philip Treacy fascinator. With extravagant toppers perched on the heads of female guests, those on the invite list joined many onlookers making the most of the opportunity to wear hats.

John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, and his wife, Sally, made their way down the red-carpeted aisle to their seats among royalty, religious leaders and numerous guests. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard also attended, despite being an avowed republican. Representatives from more than 50 governments including the Commonwealth came out to be part of the big day.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, left their residence at 10 Downing Street just an hour before the ceremony was set to begin. He arrived wearing tails, though his office had earlier caused controversy by suggesting he would just wear a suit.

Sarah Ferguson, the former Duchess of York, will not be attending, though her ex-husband Prince Andrew and daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his stylish Spanish wife traipsed into the venue shaking hands and smiling.

A  band from the Royal Air Force marched through the London streets sounding off jubilant music to cheering crowds, and black cars made their way to the ceremony to the same cheers.


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Photo: David and Victoria Beckham arrive at Westminster Abbey. Credit: Associated Press

Royal wedding: Prince William to wear Irish Guards uniform

Prince William in his Irish Guards uniform with Prince Harry While details of Kate Middleton's wedding dress were still under wraps, it was announced Friday in London that Prince William will be married wearing the uniform of the Irish Guards regiment, of which he is an honorary colonel.

William will wear a gold and crimson sash, and his uniform will have gold "sword slings," but he won't wear an actual sword.

William's cap will bear the Irish Guards' insignia, featuring the regiment's motto, "Quis separabit?"

Fittingly on this royal wedding day, the translation is, "Who shall separate us?"


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Photo: Prince William, accompanied by his brother Prince Harry, arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of his wedding to Kate Middleton on Friday. Credit: Steve Parsons / Pool / Associated Press


Prince William and Kate get new titles: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

William and Kate get new titles: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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

On the morning of the royal wedding, the queen has declared new titles for Prince William and Kate Middleton: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Kate will get the title "Her Royal Highness," but she will not be -- formally -- Princess Catherine.

To be determined: whether, as William's wife, she will be called Princess William of Wales. That is to be decided and announced later.

William becomes Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. The dukedom of Cambridge stretches back several centuries but died out in 1904. It's now being revived by the queen by her royal prerogative.

Lots of bunting, Union Jacks and souvenirs were out on the London streets Friday morning around Westminster Abbey. The police were out in force, and a helicopter buzzed overhead. Free cardboard "telescopes" were being handed out, and lots of hats were in evidence, in keeping with British tradition on grand occasions.

Skies were cloudy, with a faint patch of blue here and there, as people streamed in from the tube and elsewhere in advance of the royal wedding.

With wedding guests already arriving by a back road behind the abbey, photographers snapped away.

[For the record, 1:33 a.m. April 29: This post originally said Kate Middleton would be called Princess William of Wales. That is to be decided and announced at a future time.]


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-- Henry Chu, reporting from London

Photo: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leave a gala pre-wedding dinner held at London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011. Credit: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images


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