Thursday 22 March 2018

Beatrice's bonnet fetches £81,100

Princess Beatrice is auctioning the hat she wore to the royal wedding
Princess Beatrice is auctioning the hat she wore to the royal wedding

Princess Beatrice's outlandish royal wedding hat has been sold for an impressive £81,100 in an internet auction.

The headgear, which was sold off for charity, attracted the mighty price tag despite being likened to a toilet seat, a cat flap and a Turkey Twizzler.

Princess Beatrice, 22, chose to sell her controversial attire to raise money for Children in Crisis and Unicef.

Her hat got mixed reactions when she donned the creation for cousin Prince William's wedding.

The Philip Treacy headpiece was described on eBay as being made of "delicate tea rose silk".

It was sold for £81,100.01 in the eBay sale which ended at 8.31pm on Sunday.

The money raised will go to the two children's charities via the Little Bee Initiative, which was set up by Beatrice specifically for the auction.

A spokeswoman for Children in Crisis said: "We are absolutely delighted, it's so exciting. Children in Crisis and Unicef are so happy that Princess Beatrice chose to benefit our two charities doing this fantastic auction."

In total 40 eBay users made 114 bids for the hat over the past ten days.

Beatrice commented on the site: "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."

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