Saturday’s royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to American actress, Meghan Markle had everyone on both sides of the pond tuning in to see the beginnings of a slightly more modern monarchy.
But amid all the excitement over who would be walking Markle down the aisle (Harry’s father, Prince Charles did the honors—as it turns out, Markle’s dad screwed up royally), the celebrity spotting (Hi Oprah!), and the sermon from the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Chicago-born Reverend Michael Curry making history with his fiery words, there was something else so fascinating that it captured our collective attention and keystrokes on Google.
It was—the fascinator.
The #RoyalWedding2018 guests did not disappoint with their outfit choices.
Americans found the choice of head gear especially fascinating… pic.twitter.com/FpWH23w18X
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 19, 2018
A fascinator, for the uninitiated, is like the diminutive but more showy sister to the hat. Very detailed and employing an artistic flair well beyond your average hat, the fascinator is usually no more than four inches in diameter (as decreed by Buckingham Palace) and boldly decorated with feathers, flowers, beads, veils and often, even structural elements not common to regular hats. These are usually attached to a band or clip and even sometimes incorporate a base that makes it look more hat-ish.
Originally knitted and more lightweight than a hat, fascinators have since have moved on to become a more sculptural and whimsical fashion accessory reserved for those most special of occasions—like royal weddings (*though, word is, it was requested that fascinators NOT be worn to Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.)
One of the most infamous fascinators in recent times was the one worn by Princess Beatrice to the wedding of her cousin, Prince William to Kate Middleton and can be seen below:
Of course, Twitter had plenty of humorous, punny, and fascinating things to say…
Fascinating stats ;).
— Saphryn Shikaze (@SaphrynShikaze) May 21, 2018
— Tilly (@RCwillothewisp) May 19, 2018
— Kennedy Penn-O'Toole (@WyoKennedy) May 17, 2018
— Sera Congi (@seracongi) May 19, 2018
If you missed the fascinating highlights of this weekend’s royal wedding 2018, you can watch it all below, courtesy of CBS who kindly posted the full ceremony on their YouTube page:
(*You can learn more about the history of this whimsy-filled fashion topper by checking out the Allure piece, The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings.