Designer of Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding Hat Gets Defensive

OMG Famous
May 4, 2011

Aside from frowning royal goddaughter Grace Van Cutsem, no aspect of the Royal Wedding gained as much immediate meme-spawning attention as Princess Beatrice's confounding hat. Over 130,000 people have joined a Facebook group celebrating the headwear, and no photoshop concept involving the hat has gone unexplored.

But now the hat's designer, Philip Treacy, has spoken out, and... he seems a tad defensive.

"My inspiration was beauty and elegance. It's a 21st century royal wedding," Treacy told

He explained that Beatrice and her sister Eugenie did not provide any input on the designs.

"No, they 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," he said. "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."

It does seem vaguely possible that "Don't cry over a ridiculous hat" would be the Royal version of the traditional "Don't cry over spilled milk" maxim repeated to young children.

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