Bid for Bea's fascinator

Princess Beatrice's hat received almost as much publicity as Kate and Will at the royal wedding, so we applaud Bea's decision to put that fame (or should it be infamy?) to good use by auctioning the hat for children's charities Unicef and Children in Crisis, on Ebay.

The Philip Treacy-designed fascinator is definitely not for wallflowers, and has divided opinion amongst fashionistas. Some believe it was a step too far, whilst others have staunchly defended the eccentric headpiece - even creating its own Facebook fan page.

The first bidder is none other than entrepreneur and Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne, who offered £5,000 within minutes of the fascinator going on sale. He told the Mail: ‘I’d encourage everyone to get bidding to raise as much money as possible – for once I don’t mind if I don’t walk away with the deal.’

Princess Beatrice, who is fifth in line to the throne, said: 'I am an Ambassador for Children in Crisis and have learnt a huge amount about their work for children. When my hat started getting so much publicity I really wanted to put it to the best possible use and try and raise some money for the children they help.

You can put your own big on the notorious creation here: www.ebay.co.uk/royalhat

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