Tag Archives: British Royal Wedding

A Royal Wedding Wrap-up of Sorts: Part One

Well, ladies and gentlemen I must say that the royal wedding between William and Catherine — now Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — was sweet, serene, and overall quite lovely.  Very British.

Now, for the all important information.  Who designed the dress:  Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  The bridesmaid’s dress is also a McQueen from the 2010 collection. The tiara is the Scroll (or Halo) tiara loaned to the Duchess by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Her earrings were a gift from her parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

For those of you who missed the ceremony you can watch the service all over again on the official You Tube channel for the British monarchy here (a total of 3 hours and 37 minutes including the arrival of guests and the royal family as well as the balcony wave-a-thon)

Second, the official website for the British monarchy has been updated to include the Duchess of Cambridge’s bio which you can read in full here and here.  

Third, there are so many photos from the wedding so please click here, here, here, here,  here, here,  here,  and here.

Finally, at the moment the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are at their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.  The couple made a quite wardrobe change whilst at Clarence House before jetting off to their party.  Click here to view and here. Click to watch videos here and here.

 

Anyway, I am exhausted folks so I will add more information about tonight’s festivities later this evening.     :)

OH!  One more thing… you might get a kick out of this clip inside Westminster Abbey after the ceremony was over and the guests finally left.  Click click here to watch.

 

 

Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images EuropeZimbio.com by PacificCoastNews.comZimbio.com by WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe Zimbio.com by Bauer Griffin and Prince of Wales.gov.uk

Official British Royal Wedding Program. Plus UPDATES!

On the eve of the royal wedding between H.R.H. Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, the official program for the wedding has been released along with a lovely informal photo of the couple by famed photographer, Mario Testino.

To view the official wedding program, in PDF form, please click the link here.  

Plus an amazing set of photos inside Westminster Abbey as well as images in London, England.  Click here to view.

Here is the confirmed song that Miss Catherine Middleton will walk down the aisle to: I Was Glad by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

A nice gesture by H.R.H. Prince William of Wales.  Here is a video of him greeting and thanking the crowds near Buckingham Palace.  Click here to watch.

Video of the British royal family along with many foreign royals arriving at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a reception hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: Video 

Video of Miss Catherine Middleton arriving at the Goring Hotel in London.


So, Are You Ready for the Mega Wedding of the Century? No?! Here is All the Info You Need to Know Before April 29, 2011

Well, ladies and gentleman the day is almost here — praise the higher power — when H.R.H. Prince William of Wales will finally marry his longtime girlfriend, Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.

Since I am in a jolly ass mood today I thought I would post all the 411/info for all of you so that you may enjoy the day.

KEY INFORMATION:

The wedding service begins at 11am London time.

  • 3am PST (United States)
  • 6am EST (United States)
  • 8pm Australia and New Zealand

WHERE TO WATCH THE WEDDING:

Online: BBC.com/RoyalWedding or on the official You Tube channel for the British monarchy at The Royal Channel: Royal Wedding Live.  

Also, Live Stream, ITN via Facebook and UStream.  

Those in Germany can watch the ceremony on ZDFIn Sweden you can watch it on SVT. In Australia, try Channel Seven, Nine Network, or ABC online.  In Denmark, DR1 will air the ceremony starting at 8:30am.

Television: In the United States check out, BBC America, PBS, CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, or that crappy station FauxNews (FoxNews).  However, I recommend that you tune into BBC America or watch BBC online.

Official Royal Wedding 2011This is the official website for the British royal wedding whereupon you can learn all about the service, the procession, and much more.  Highly recommended!

Royal Wedding Timetable Per the Telegraph Newspaper (UK)

More information will be posted so stay tuned.  :)

Photo courtesy of: Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office

Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine Middleton: Together at Last

No, they are not having an affair, but they did have lunch together on February 9, 2011.

According to the Richard Kay, a reporter from the Daily Mail, Britain’s future Queens dined at a new restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.  Catherine wore her hideous trademark black suede books, beige blazer (another trademark… freaking blazers), black tights, a patterned dress, and a globs of black eyeliner (another trademark.)  While Camilla wore a purple plaid number that made everyone dizzy when they looked at her outfit.  Apparently, Catherine’s sister, Pippa, joined the cuddly lunch along with Camilla’s daughter, Laura.

It is unknown what the group talked about during their time together; however, according to the Daily Mail:

A fellow sitting just two tables away, tells me: ‘All four women were talking away like mad and none of the waiters could get a word in edgeways to serve their lunch.

I heard Camilla saying…  ‘if I can give you one bit of advice…’ Kate was really enjoying the moment.

‘I did hear talk of trumpets and someone said ‘we can’t have trumpets, the ceiling is too high’’, which may have been a reference to Westminster Abbey.’

To read the rest of the article and to view several photos please click the link: Daily Mail

Catherine Middleton, Artwork, and The Sex Pistols: Love it!!

This is a great article from the British newspaper, The Mirror.

Apparently, the artist known as “Zoobs” decided to rework and otherwise update the infamous and epic 1977 Sex Pistols album cover, Never Mind Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Instead of having HM Queen Elizabeth II face on it, “Zoobs” decided to use the future Queen of England, Catherine Middleton.

According to The Mirror newspaper:

The piece, by Zoobs, also has the words ‘God save the future Queen’ printed across the top and bottom of the image, while the words ‘the next pistol’ are printed across the royal fiancee’s mouth.

LOVE IT!!!!!

In case you have never seen the original artwork, by Jamie Reid, featured on the 1977 album cover, well… this is it.  The piece is so famous, I’m sure you’ve seen it before:

To read the article in its entirety please click the link: The Mirror

Source and photo courtesy of: The Mirror

HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton to live in the Late Diana, Princess of Wales’s Home?

According to the Telegraph newspaper, it is true.  But, as you know by now, dear friends, you should take what the press has to say with a grain of salt.

Anyway, this is what the reporter from the Telegraph has to say about the supposed move:

‘William has let it be known that he wants them to live at Kensington Palace,’ says a courtier. ‘It is where he grew up and he has very happy memories.’

It has been suggested that Kate and William might live at St James’s Palace, but this is dismissed by the courtier. ‘St James’s Palace is dark, dingy and depressing,’ he says. ‘William does not want to live there.’

To read the rest of the article please click the link below.

Source: Telegraph Newspaper

Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe

Miss Catherine Middleton’s Wedding Gown Details

On December 17, 2010, a writer from the Huffington Post announced that she knows who will design Miss Catherine Middleton’s wedding gown.

Of course, the writer refused to give intimate details; however, she did give us a hint as to whom the designer may be.  She notes:

Catherine has gone for a young, ‘little-known’, British designer. When the name is officially announced, it will come as a surprise to many, and catapult the designer to worldwide fame. For clues on the identity, I suggest looking at those who have made dresses for Catherine, her sister Pippa, and her mother Carole.

To ensure the tightest security, and to prevent leaks over the actual design, Catherine’s dress is already being made inside the palace.

How the writer uncovered such valuable information is incomprehensible to many royal watchers, and I should say that many in the community are doubting her claims. However, I actually believe that she does know who the designer is and what the sketches of the dress looks like.

Why?  Why do I believe her?

Well, during her time on a known message board the writer was sent to Sweden, by the Huffington Post, to cover HRH Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding.  Members of the known message board were privy to detailed behind the scenes information about the wedding that were reported by other journalists days later (did that make any sense?)

So yeah… I believe her.   Sure, many thought she was a pain-in-the-ass on the known message board (not me, though.  We got along quite well), but the writer gave us amazing inside information about the Swedish royal wedding and the guests who attended.

Well done Huffington Post writer   :)

To read the story in all it’s glory please visit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yvonne-yorke/royal-wedding-details_b_788630.html

Photo courtesy of www.mailonsunday.co.uk by UK Press.

 

HAPPY NOW?   :)

 

British Royal Wedding Official Items Now Available

Officially approved by HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton you can now purchase items from The Royal Collection to commemorate the upcoming British Royal wedding.

So far, the items available for purchase are: Wedding Plates, Tankards, and Pillboxes.  Tacky tea towels with their faces on it are not available.

I don’t know… the China set looks, well, cheap.  But hey, if you are into purchasing these types of stuff with Prince William and Catherine’s logo on it… knock yourself out.

To view the items please visit the official Royal Collection site at www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk

HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton Attend a Christmas Gala Together.

On December 18, 2010, HRH Prince William and his fiancee, Catherine Middleton stepped out together for the second time since the announcement of their engagement.

The couple were in Thursford, England to attend the Thursford Christmas Spectacular Gala.  The event was a fundraiser for young people with Cancer.  During the gala singers and dancers performed to the delight of the future King and Queen of England.

Miss Middleton wore a black and white dress with her trademark blazer.  Prince William wore a navy suit and red tie.  The couple seemed to be happy; however it is evident that Miss Middleton was overwhelmed with the attention.  Better get used to it, toots.  It will only get worse.

Video from this evening’s Christmas Gala:

Source and photos courtesy of Daylife.com by AP Photo/Matt Dunham and REUTERS/Stringer. Video courtesy of Associated Press via You Tube.

Who Will Design Catherine Middleton’s Wedding Dress?

That is the big question these days.  Designers from around the world have submitted their sketches to the future Queen of England and they have also submitted their work to WWD.

Here are some ideas from the world’s most famous fashion designers.

Karl Lagerfeld believes she should look like a Victorian princess… high boots and all.  He must be on crack or something because this gown is awful!

Monique Lhuillier believes the gown should be “…a modern mix of the traditional and contemporary.”

For designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for the House of Valentino, they believe Catherine should wear, “…a ‘blossoming’ dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.”

For Tom Mora he believes, “…hat there will be so many comparisons to the late Princess Diana that her dress should almost be the opposite of what Diana’s was — modern, simple and very elegant.”

Alberta Ferretti notes, “In Kate I see the natural, radiant and self-confident attitude of today’s girls. For this, I can’t help but think of an embroidered, fluid-silhouette dress in precious fabrics that will help her make an everlasting impression.”

For Frida Giannini for the House of Gucci she notes that, “…the balance Kate Middleton strikes between elegant and contemporary with her unmistakable style. For her, I had in mind clean lines, soft shapes and classic touches such as the boat neckline and distinctive train.”

 

Yigal Azrouël wants Catherine too look, “…sophisticated, but also a modern-day wedding gown for a young princess. Its elongated silhouette combined with the lace and draping of the skirt is glamorous and elegant, while the neckline and bodice remain modern.
Kimberly Ovitz really didn’t care about her design nor Catherine.  She just scribbled something on a piece of paper and said, “Modern.”  Put a lot of thought into that, eh Kim?


I think Catherine would look amazing in this gown!!  Hello Kitty Wedding dress FTW!!!

In all seriousness, Catherine Middleton will most likely hire a British designer, and many believe the designer will be Bruce Oldfield from London.

Source and photos from www.wwd.com

Royal Wedding Update: Double Duty for Austria’s No Problem Orchestra

An Austrian band will be quite busy in 2011.  Why?  The orchestra known as No Problem Orchestra will be performing at both the Royal wedding in Britain as well as Princely wedding in Monaco next year.

The eight member world renowned group, consisting of mentally disabled musicians, were asked to play for both weddings and of course they said, YES!  I mean… who wouldn’t, right?

According to the Austrian Times:

The extraordinary band, who have played gigs in the United States and across Europe, gave a private concert to Queen Elizabeth II at Highgrove House in the British county of Gloucestershire eight years ago. Also in 2002, the No Problem Orchestra performed in Monte Carlo for the first time.

The British royal wedding will take place on April 29, 2011 at Westminister Abbey while the Princely wedding will take place on July 2 and 3 2011.  The venue for the Monaco wedding will be held outside in the Palais du Monaco courtyard.

Source courtesy of the Austrian Times at http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Panorama/2010-12-13/29068/No_Problem_Orchestra_to_rock_Royal_wedding_bashes

Photos courtesy of Palais.mc (Monaco) and  Clarence House/Mario Testino (United Kingdom)

HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton’s Engagement Photos by Mario Testino

 

Well, here are the two official photos of the happy couple shot by Mario Testino.

Can you feel the love?

The images were taken on November 25, 2010 at St. James’s Palace.

Photo by Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Images

British Royal Wedding Souvenirs… Not Going To Happen

… at least not tea towels with Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s face on them.  Why?  They were banned by the Palace.  Makes sense to me, I mean, royal tea towels are tacky to say the least.

Andy Bloxham, from The Telegraph newspaper in Britain, noted:

The Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, who is the senior official in the Royal household, has issued a formal memorandum stating any official photographs of the couple can only be used on items would be considered appropriate.

So there you have it… sorry tea towel lovers… you’re out of luck this time around.  Of course, you could always make your own tea towels by purchasing plain white tea towels at Wal-Mart.  Then, purchase colored markers and draw the happy couple’s faces on them and … VOILA!  Your own personal crappy tea towels!

 

To read more please visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-wedding/8188003/Royal-wedding-Prince-William-and-Kate-Middleton-tea-towels-banned-by-palace.html