Royal Wedding 2018: Where Even The Guests' Hats Are Weirdly Extravagant
Let's talk hats. Most of the time they're a tool to keep your head warm or the sun out of your eyes. Today, however, it seems they're actually rather important.
Yes, it's the day of the royal wedding, and apparently that means all bets are off when it comes to the hat-wearers in attendance. Anyone who's been to a wedding will know the headgear on display can be pretty weird - but here it's pretty batshit weird.
You have to wonder what some of the designers were thinking as they added their finishing touches to the many questionable, often feathery pieces on display (Giggling? Proud? Or simply 'That'll do'...?). But it wouldn't be a proper royal wedding without a little extravagance.
Most people would buy a new dress. They might even push it to new shoes and a bag. But that's just for your typical nuptial bash - and let's face it, nothing about this is typical.
Because now the serious hat game comes into action. And today's event is definitely worth watching just for some of the daft headpieces - from the subtle to the frankly quite ridiculous.
And some people look like they find it as funny as we do. Oh, in fact it's Harry's ex, Chelsy Davy.
Is this awkward? We're not sure if it's awkward. Hopefully it's not awkward. Either way, is that an exploding raven on your head, Chelsy?
The invitations, unlike those of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, particularly asked that women guests rock a 'Day Dress with Hat'. And a fair few have taken that memo and sprinted with it.
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But surely some rolled their eyes when they realised they were going to have to fork out for something else.
Wouldn't it be easier to just match their fave heels with a new dress?
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO
- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
Past royal weddings have been remembered for all manner of posh hats. Imagine your wedding being slightly overshadowed by the headpiece of a guest you didn't even want to invite in the first place.
In 2011 Victoria Beckham donned a navy oval-shaped box that perched on her noggin.
And of course, the most memorable headgear at William and Kate's wedding was Princess Beatrice's controversial 'toilet seat' fascinator.
It looks like she's toned it down today though. She must have had a talking to.
Hat wearing has now become the 'thing', apparently, as people turn up to weddings - or even a day at the races - increasingly wearing some strange bonnets.
Still, maybe there's a flipside to all this. Hats often have the power to signify class, occupation, and social status - so maybe they're a shortcut to the high life? Well, that's me getting something lavish sorted for the next shindig then.
Featured Image Credit: PA