Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, even Vivienne Westwood; all these ladies would be high on our list of guesses for Person Most Likely To Wear Something Controversial Over Christmas. But we would have been wrong, so wrong, because this year, the lady winning that distinction is, in fact, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Now, her maj is well-known as an impeccable dresser, still topping Best Dressed lists at the grand old age of 84 with her distinctive head-to-toe matchy-matchy style of suits/hats/handbags and those instantly-recognisable dainty square-heeled shoes that Marc Jacobs did this season. More often that not, Grazia Daily notes what the Queen is wearing with little more than a passing interest e.g.' 'ah, buttercup yellow today, your Majesty? Lovely.'
However, when we saw our monarch leaving church on Christmas morning, we couldn't help but find ourselves thinking 'blimey, that is A LOT of fur'. And it wasn't just the Queen, in her Russian style hat and matching deep cuffs; Camilla Parker Bowles was also sporting a gigantic fur hat.
Obviously we weren't the only ones to notice, and something of a controversy storm blew up on the interwebs.
And now Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid has issued a statement saying 'This strikes me as an ostentatious display of cruelty. To parade fur in 2010 says something unpleasant about the person wearing it.'
It has since been reported that Camilla's hat was made from "vintage fur", once owned by her grandmother and "refashioned" into the hat by Philip Treacy. But Tyler claims vintage fur is still inexcusable, adding 'It doesn't matter when the animal was killed, it's a body part and a product of cruelty.'