Posted by: Idioma Extra | May 24, 2011

The Weird and the Wonderful

Princess’s ‘toilet seat’ hat sells for $131,000

Money raised from auction of Beatrice’s heralded headgear to go to charity


LONDON — The much-mocked hat worn by Princess Beatrice to Britain’s royal wedding last month — widely described as looking like a toilet seat — sold for $131,000 on eBay, charities which will benefit from the sale said.

The money will be equally split between UNICEF and Children in Crisis, which posted the auction results on their websites.

The fuss over the hat worn to the royal wedding of her cousin Prince William to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton seemed to have taken Beatrice — who is the daughter of William’s uncle Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson — by surprise.

“I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted,” Beatrice said on the auction site. “I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have.”

The hat, by milliner Philip Treacy, was given a starting price of 5,000 pounds.

Treacy said he was “delighted, flattered and touched by HRH Princess’ Beatrice’s decision to donate the hat to charity.”

Word of the Day

mock: \ˈmäk, ˈmȯk\
Origin: Middle English, from moker
First Known Use: 15th century
1: to treat with contempt or ridicule: deride
2: to disappoint the hopes of
3: defy, challenge
4 a: to imitate (as a mannerism) closely: mimic; b: to mimic in sport or derision
5: jeer, scoff

More Vocabulary

Auction: n. a sale of property to the highest bidder
Charity: n.
an institution engaged in relief of the poor
Flatter: v.
to encourage or gratify especially with the assurance that something is right
Fuss: n.
needless bustle or excitement
HRH: abbr
.  Her Royal Highness; His Royal Highness
Milliner: n. a person who designs, makes, trims, or sells women’s hats


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