A hat tried on by the Duchess of Cambridge sold at auction yesterday for £800 to benefit her patronage the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
The Duchess opened the EACH Holt shop last March and during her visit tried on the navy-blue Boden hat. To mark the Holt shop’s first anniversary, EACH decided to auction off the hat to raise money for their hospices.
“It was so exciting when the Duchess of Cambridge opened the shop and we are really pleased to be able to sell the Boden hat on eBay to support our care services,” said Ian Nicolson, Head of Retail at EACH, in an interview with People magazine.
“I can’t wait to see how much it sells for or whether the winning bidder lives in the UK or further afield.”
The chic hat sold for £885.98 with 14 unique bidders hoping to own a unique piece of royal memorabilia.
This isn’t the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has found her hats sold at auction. In 2012 two of her hats from her pre-wedding days – one she wore to the 2008 Order of the Garter ceremony and one she wore to a wedding in 2010 – were auctioned off for £3,224 and £3,720.
Last year when the Duchess opened the EACH Holt shop, she made headlines when she revealed that her son, Prince George, had sent her on a mission to buy him something with helicopters on it. She ended up purchasing a copy of Fireman Sam’s Favourite Tales and a Tom Kitten Beatrix Potter figurine.
She also tried on the Boden hat, laughing as she did so, and was escorted around the shop by Rebekah Hughes, an 11-year-old girl who was meant to greet the Duchess with flowers. She ended up showing the royal her favourite item in the store and asked the Duchess to point out her favourites as well – silver brooches.
The Duchess will attend the opening of 42nd Street tonight at the Theatre Royal in London in support of EACH.