It was intended to be the beginning of a new fashion trend. One that would both redeem the monarchy while extolling their frugality. But as such things are wont to do the entire Royal Recycling program has exploded in a fur-iously frantic free-for-all with animal rights campaigners dumping on the Royal Glums.
From the ill-timed Russian Tsarina styled hat worn by Herself to similar such dreadful hairy creations donned by lesser known members of the tribe this has turned out to be another Anus (sic) Furribilus for Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall.
Fighting off criticism of "ostentatious displays of cruelty" The Firm's spokesman Freddie "The Ferret" Wolverine-Fox told reporters gathered outside the Royal Abode:
"HM would like to make it perfectly clear that no animals were injured in the making of these creations".
His explanation that these were made from 'vintage fur' only succeeded in drawing howls of outrage from the mob. He added that QE2 could not confirm if her cream-colored hat and matching coat trim were made of real fur.
Now to add further fuel to the fur-fire, up-and-coming Chinese fashion designer Wai Yu Shao Ting says it was he who won the contract to design the royal head-coverings and "onree use dog and cat hair aftah Uncle Chow stir-fly restaurant cook up meat", forcing the Palace to spin that the dog hair was from previously deceased Royal corgis and not living ones, once again fluffing the recycling motif.
Huddled in their cold sitting room bemoaning another year-end PR disaster, Phil the Greek, livid with this churlish proletarian behavior fulminated:
"Dash it all - we're bloody Royals not some savages in Boong-Boonga Land. If it was good for Uncle Nicky and Auntie Alex it's good for us"