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by on May 4, 2011

Is it a uterus? An alien? A reindeer? An overgrown hearing aid? A satellite receptor? A toilet seat? The list goes on, it’s really quite hard to stop. These are all pressing questions posed by more than 132,000 members of the Princess Beatrice‘s Ridiculous Royal Wedding Hat Facebook group. I feel it is my duty, as the foremost authority* on Ridiculous Hats to clarify: It is actually a fascinator. One, in fact, made by Philip Treacy. Let us remind ourselves that the legendary hat maker crafted 36 hats/fascinators/headpieces for the Royal Wedding. It’s pure odds that 1 out of 36 would turn out… well… odd.

Princess Beatrice and the Hat Worth a Thousand Facebook Comments

Says Philip Treacy to in defense of his fascinating fascinator:

“My inspiration was beauty and elegance. It’s a 21st century royal wedding… No, they [Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie] didn’t tell me [what they wanted] because I’ve known them for a long time and I wanted them to look gorgeous and beautiful. They trusted me to make them. Gorgeous and beautiful can be open to interpretation … I thought they looked gorgeous and beautiful. But no one is crying if anyone didn’t.”

Princess Beatrice and the Hat Worth a Thousand Facebook Comments

Certainly inventive and definitely wild, this hat has done at least one positive thing for Princess Beatrice: reminded the world that there are other Princesses out there other than Her Royal Highness Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. On second thought though, there really aren’t. I’ve waity-Katied long enough for this Princess, I don’t need any others.


*Just ask anyone at The Griffin last sunday about my authority on hats.


Contributed by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.