Princess Beatrice Unveils Another Giant, Confusing Hat At Royal Outing

Princess Beatrice has a reputation for showing up to royal events in giant hats with odd corners and ornamentation, and the 24-year-old who is fifth in line to the throne didn’t disappoint at a recent royal event.

She showed up to an outing at Royal Ascot along with her sister Eugenie and some other royals decked out in a gold fascinator, which for the non-fashion world is a giant flat circle of a hat that extended down around her forehead (the one pictured above is another from her silly hat collection). The outfit won praise from The Daily Mail, but to any non-royal looked like something a giant coaster.

Beatrice is best known for the giant hat she wore to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, one that has been called the worst of all time.

While her famous family members Prince William and Kate Middleton have become ambassadors both in England and across the globe, Beatrice has a lighter workload. She’s been criticized for doing little more than showing up to royal events.

In fact, Princess Beatrice was once named the No. 2 least influential person in the world by GQ magazine.

It seems that Princess Beatrice could follow the example of her sister, Eugenie. The Daily Mail reported this week that she’s stepping out of the privilege royal life for a bit to take a real job in America. The 23-year-old has taken a position at the New York-based auction house Paddle8, part of her entry into the art world.

“Since leaving university Eugenie has been committed to working in the arts world and has done some internships but is now set to take on a permanent role at graduate level,” a friend of the Duchess of York told the Daily Mail. “From October she is going to work and live in New York, before returning to London where the company is setting up a new office.”

Eugenie, who earned a degree in art history and English literature at Newcastle, had already done work at the auction house Christie’s and at the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace, where she’s known to work alongside and grab lunch with her fellow workers.

“She is determined to be a working woman with a full-time job,” the source said.

Princess Beatrice also showed this week that she can do more than wear silly hats. She visited Halifax, West Yorkshire, to officially open the new Trinity Academy school and paid a visit to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice before attending a luncheon and fashion show at The University of Huddersfield.

Pictures of Princess Beatrice in her gold fascinator can be seen here.

(Princess Beatrice photo via Wikimedia Commons)