One of the most highly-anticipated aspects of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was seeing what hats the female guests would be wearing. It is considered proper decorum in royal circles to have the head covered with either a fashionable hat or a tidy fascinator. The choices range from modest to extravagant, but none have taken more criticism in the past than the chapeaus worn by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.
Most notable of their fascinator faux pas were the over-the-top toppers the sisters sported to their cousin, Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011. Their display brought them an unending stream of relentless criticism for the gaudy and ostentatious styles they selected for that royal affair.
Ever since then, they seem to have scaled back the showiness of the bonnets they have worn to the various occasions that require them.
Although some people mercilessly mocked the sisters at the time of the display, fans are now singing a different tune after seeing what the princesses wore to the May 19th nuptials of their other cousin, Prince Harry. It seems Beatrice and Eugenie just can’t win! Just look to social media to see what the disappointed followers had to say:
According to news.com.au, these royal ladies were “mercilessly mocked on social media for their scene-stealing hats at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding.
“But Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie left royal watchers disappointed with their ‘boring’ headwear choices at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials.
“Eugenie, 28, wore a light blue tweed Roksanda Viola dress with a conservative pill box hat by Stephen Jones.
Following along with the seemingly pre-planned “theme”, Beatrice, 29, was equally subdued. The elder of the two sisters “wore a teal dress by designer Gainsbourg and headband by Fiona Graham.
Their looks on Saturday were a far cry from the eye-catching fascinators worn by the sisters at Kate and William’s nuptials in 2011.
I have to admit. I was a bit disappointed, too, upon seeing the girls’ hats. My first thought was, “Darn! They’re growing up. Now the fun is over.” But after thinking about it for awhile, I came to the conclusion that the princesses may have had an ulterior motive in donning the ‘blah’ chapeaus.
Maybe, just maybe, they decided to give royal-watchers what they THINK they want. And in so doing, may just have freed themselves up once again to be the jaunty royal ladies that we have come to know and love.
We’ll just have to wait and see what they have in store for us at the next hat-wearing occasion. I, for one, cannot wait to see!
To learn a little bit about why hats are so important to British women, watch the video, below.