Last week a team from PETA unveiled a faux fur alternative to the bearskin caps worn by the Queen’s Guards at Buckingham Palace. After years of development and undergoing rigorous water repellency tests the plastic-fiber prototype, designed by Stella McCartney, was presented to several Ministry of Defence officials.
“Historically, England has a very high regard for animals, so it makes perfect sense that the MoD should continue shedding ceremonial furs from uniforms,” said McCartney.
Unlike the traditional bearskin caps that have been worn by the Queen’s Guard for nearly two centuries, the proposed caps—called Bear28—are lighter, more breathable, and less expensive to produce.
After the meeting PETA reported, “The MoD officials were impressed by PETA UK’s prototype and have greenlighted further testing.”