Monday, May 2, 2011

Forget Kate's dress, Princess Beatrice's hat becomes an internet sensation

By Rebecca English

Fascinators on stun: Pranksters have come up with a variety of alternative uses for Princess Beatrice's hat, including this Star Trek spoof

Star Trek weapon, cat flap and, least kindly of all, toilet bowl – Princess Beatrice’s fascinator has certainly been fascinating the internet pranksters since Friday’s ceremony.

A Facebook site entitled Princess Beatrice’s Ridiculous Royal Wedding Hat had last night attracted 123,675 visitors so far, with one asking whether she was a new Doctor Who villain.

And other bloggers wasted no time in poking fun at the fifth in line to the throne’s Philip Treacy-designed headgear, creating a host of ‘viral’ mock-up pictures.

Newspapers may have been inundated with articles about Kate Middleton’s gorgeous wedding dress, but the biggest ‘hit’ on the internet has been the Princess's unusual headgear.

Spaghetti spoof or on the prowl? The internet is awash with images poking fun at the Princess' headgear

Bum note: The Princess' choice of headwear has been heavily critcised

Others have created viral spoofs suggesting various uses for the designer titfer, including a cat flap.

The other internet star of the show was three-year-old bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem who frowned and pointedly put her hands over her ears just as William and Kate kissed on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Hair-raising attire: The headgear of Princess Beatrice, right has attracted copious online attention with sister Princess Eugenie, left

The so-called ‘frowning flower girl’ has also been the subject of spoof pictures with the youngster being electronically placed in all manner of situations, including a representation of Munch’s The Scream.

On Twitter, the top ten ‘trending’ topics on Friday were related to the wedding, while Facebook said that worldwide more than 6.8million commented on the event through ‘status’ updates.

Keep it down: Grace van Custem covered her ears as Kate and William kissed which has lead to her being dubbed 'frowning flower girl' and an internet sensation


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