Princess Beatrice has sold her 'pretzel' Philip Treacy hat for £81,000 on ebay. Photo: PA
put her much-mocked pretzel-style wedding hat on ebay - and it's achieved eye-watering results!
The winning bid? A mere £81,000. Yep, you read that right. So, while the world had a snigger or two (or three, or four) at the hat's expense, it seems Princess Bea
has had the last laugh, and raised a huge amount for charity.
Around 40 bidders competed in the auction to get hold of the Philip Treacy headpiece, which even got it's own Facebook page
after the royal wedding day.
The leading bid on the auction website yesterday stood at £75,110 but the unusual hat went for £81,100 earlier this evening.
decided to sell the what must be nearly the most famous hat in the world to raise money for Unicef and Children in Crisis.
She even commented on the auction page: '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.'
The description on the auction site calls the pale pink silk hat a 'unique sculptural celebratory headpiece'.
Within minutes of the hat going on the auction site, famous names started bidding, with Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne kicking off the proceedings.
It's not clear yet who the lucky (who should we say unlucky?) bidder is.
Check out all the weird and wonderful royal wedding guest outfits below:
- The Queen
She went for yellow! The Queen arrives wearing an Angela Kelly design. Beautiful.</p>
- Philippa Middleton
Kate's sister leads the bridesmaids and page boys in a stunning McQueen dress.</p>
- Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla looks stunning in a champagne ensemble by Anna Valentine.</p>
- Princess Anne
Princess Anne arrives in a colourful lilac and lime outfit.</p>
- Zara Phillips
Zara arrives in Paul Costelloe and a rather dramatic hat.</p>
- Princess Beatrice and Eugenie
The princesses don't disappoint in their colourful creations. Eugenie wears Vivienne Westwood, Beatrice is in Valentino. Brilliant hats by Philip Treacy.</p>
- James Middleton
Kate's brother is ready and waiting for the big moment.</p>
- Carole Middleton
Mother of the bride in a wool crepe coatdress by Catherine Walker teamed with a hat by Berkshire based designer, Jane Corbett.</p>
- Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Felipe of Asturias and Princess Letizia of Asturias
- Ben Fogle
The TV star arrives with his very pregnant wife. It's no surprise that he looks even better looking in a suit.</p>
- Chelsy Davy
Chelsy steps out in a Ferretti off-the-shoulder suit. Hot or not? We think she could do better.</p>
- David Cameron
The Prime Minister waves to the crowds. We're pleased to see he chose to wear a morning suit after all the speculation.</p>
- Samantha Cameron
We were expecting Erdem, but Sam Cam is in Burberry. Super chic, but a little too casual for our liking. Where's the hat?</p>
- John and Norma Major
John Major and his wife make their way to the Abbey. Is an all white ensemble a brave colour choice?</p>
- Nick Clegg and Miriam Gonzalez
Nick Clegg's wife looks fabulous. Is that an orange flower on her head or a turban?</p>
- Elton John and David Furnish
Elton and David look super dapper as they make their way to their seats.</p>
- Guy Ritchie
Ritchie dresses the part for the royal occasion. We're still not sure how he made the guestlist?!</p>
- Earl Spencer
Prince William's uncle arrives at Westminster.</p>
- Boris Johnson
The Mayor of London makes his way to the Abbey.</p>
- Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
What an outfit! It is the royal wedding after all, why not dress the part.</p>
- Joss Stone
The singer ditched her favoured maxi dresses for something a something a little more sophisticated. Perhaps a bit too middle aged?</p>
- David and Victoria Beckham
Victoria looks lovely in one of her own designs from her autumn/winter collection, while David has never looked so handsome.</p>