Zara Phillips and Mike Tindell Engaged: Another Wedding

In case you are wondering, “Who is Zara Phillips and Mike Tindell?”  Well, here is your answer.  Miss Zara Phillips is the daughter of HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal… the daughter of HM Queen Elizabeth II.  In other words, Zara is the first grand-daughter to HM The Queen.

Mike Tindell is a professional rugby player and the couple have dated for quite sometime.  It is no surprise they are engaged.

The wedding date has not been set, but royal watchers can expect a small wedding compared to that of Zara’s cousin, HRH Prince William of Wales.  Mr. Tindell proposed to Miss Phillips at the couple’s home in Gloucestershire, England on Monday.

The official announcement per the official website for the British royal family:

The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Zara Phillips to Mr Mike Tindall.

 

For more information please visit the official website for the British royal family at:http://www.royal.gov.uk

Photo courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk

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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

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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.

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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

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The movie A King’s Speech Nominated for Seven Golden Globe Awards

Well, the award season is officially upon us and to kick start the season off are the Golden Globes.

Early this morning, and I mean freaking early this morning, the announcements were made in Hollywood, CA.  Leading the pack was the movie A King’s Speech about HM King George VI speech impediment and the man who helped him overcome his disability (if that is the right word to use.)

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

The film was nominated for Best Film (Drama).

The cast was also nominated and they are:

Colin Firth nominated for Best Actor in a Drama.

 

 

 

Helena Bonham Carter nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

Geoffrey Rush nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Tom Hooper nominated for Best Director (Drama)

David Seidler nominated for Best Original Screenplay (Drama)

Best Original Score (Drama)

The Golden Globes Awards ceremony will be held on January 1, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  Ricky Gervais will host.

If you haven’t seen this film… SEE IT! The film is absolutely amazing, and if you live in Los Angeles see this film at the Arclight.  Why?  Because it is the best movie house to see a flick.

Here is the UK trailer for the film, A King’s Speech:

 

Photos courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter a thttp://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

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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)

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Student Protesters Attack HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s Car

If you haven’t heard by now university tuition rates in the United Kingdom will triple thanks to British Parliament who approved of this controversial plan.

Unfortunately, HRH Prince Charles and his wife Camilla’s car was attacked this evening by demonstrators angry over this rate hike.  The royal couple were attending the Royal Variety Performance on December 9, “… in aid of the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund.” Thankfully, they and others were not injured.

According to CNN International:

The demonstrators broke a window and tossed paint on the car, however neither royal family member was injured in the attack.

‘We can confirm that their Royal Highnesses’ car was attacked by protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening,” a spokesman for the prince said. “Their Royal Highnesses are unharmed.”

The attack followed a vote in the House of Commons to approve a plan to raise the existing cap on tuition rates charged by universities from £3,000 to £9,000. In U.S. dollars, that’s a nearly $10,000 increase — from roughly $4,700 to $14,000. Lawmakers approved the plan in a 323-302 vote.

The measure awaits approval by the House of Lords and a signature by the queen before it can become law.

To view video as well as to the read more about this unfortunate situation with please visit CNN’s official site athttp://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/09/uk.tuition.protests/index.html?iref=NS1

Photo (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh) and small quote courtesy of Daylife.com.

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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

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Snowy Palaces!

A snow storm blankets one of the most beautiful palaces in the world…Versailles.

Hampton Court in Britain is also in a similar situation.  Stunningly beautiful!

Photos courtesy of Daily Mail.co.uk (Nick Wilkinson@ newsteam.co.uk), EPA, and Bertrand Barbe @Château de Versailles Official FaceBook page.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335460/The-stunning-pictures-prove-unhappy-big-freeze.html

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HRH Prince Charles and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall Release their Annual Christmas Card

 

On December 6, 2010, Clarence House finally released the official Christmas card for HRH Charles the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall.

The image was taken on the Balmoral Estate in January 2010.  The happy couple were “…cross country skiing on private land at the Balmoral Estate while they were staying at Birkhall”, according to Clarence House.

 

Photo credit: Clarence House/PA Wire

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