It has been seven years since Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie stole the show for all the wrong reasons at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but in the most surprising news of the day, they failed to live up to their reputation for terrible hat choices at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today.
Arriving at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, the cousins of Prince Harry surprised fashion pundits by opting for very understated headgear, with Princess Beatrice wearing a teal feather hairband matching her dress, and Princess Eugenie choosing a simple, Jackie O-inspired white pillbox hat. Both were designed by London milliners Bundle MacLaren, a brand that many of the royals have worn before, including at the previous royal wedding.
Back in 2011, they made headlines around the world for their extravagant designs, with Princess Beatrice’s nude-coloured pretzel-esque fascinator in particular launching a thousand memes. Eugenie meanwhile wore a Tudor-style blue design pinned to the front of her head, with a large plume of feathers on top, which matched her Vivienne Westwood dress perfectly but was perhaps a little distracting. Both were made by famed hat-maker to the royals, Philip Treacy.
It seems that this time round they have learned from their previous fashion faux pas, and have decided to take the safe route, much to the world’s disappointment. Ho hum.
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Earl Spencer and Lady Karen Spencer
Prince Harry's uncle - and Princess Diana's younger brother, with his wife, Lady Karen Spencer.