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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Westminster Abbey Being Transformed into Beautiful English Garden

Florists deliver flowers to Westminster Abbey in London, during preparations for the upcoming royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Britain's Prince William, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Prince William will marry Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey on April 29. AP Photo

The Royal Groom Shakes Hands with Onlookers outside Buckingham Palace.

Onlookers and revelers camping in front of Westminster Abbey overcrowd a walkway in London, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Revelers are camping out outside the Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton are due to get married on Friday, April 29. AP Photo

Official Photo of Wedding Program

With their wedding day just one day away, Prince William and Kate Middleton released a new photo that appears in the official Royal Wedding program. 

The black-and-white image was taken by celebrity photographer Mario Testino and features a close-up shot of the couple smiling in matching white shirts.  

Photo: Mario Testino & Art Partner
Courtesy: ET and The Insider.com. Click link for full post.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kate Arrives at Clarence House Looking So Cool!

Contrary to some reports, William and Kate were expected to spend last night together there before Kate moves into the nearby Goring Hotel in Belgravia today.

The couple have lived together at a rented farmhouse on in the island of Anglesey for the last year and friends said they saw no reason to be apart for any longer than necessary.

In line with tradition, however, Kate will spend her last night as an unmarried woman apart from the groom. Although she was offered the pick of palace apartments in which to stay, family-orientated Kate has opted to stay in the five-star Goring Hotel with her parents, Michael and Carole, sister Pippa and brother James.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1381168/Royal-Wedding-Kate-Middleton-Prince-Williams-final-rehearsal-Westminster-Abbey.html#ixzz1KmFnMlmz

Life at Buckingham Palace - Barbara Walters

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St John's College Cambridge in eastern England, on April 27 2011, to attend a lunch and reception to mark the 500th Anniversary of the College. The Queen's grandson Prince William will marry his fiancee Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29. Getty Images

Full Military Dress Rehearsal Included the Horses

Photo: Dawn patrol: Two mounted officers ride past sailors lining the route to Parliament Square

Full Military Dress Rehearsal

Photo: To the Palace: A sergeant major looks on as three mounted officers make their way towards Buckingham Palace. Getty Images

Hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen today had their last chance to practise for Friday's Royal Wedding in a dress rehearsal that started before dawn and continued into daybreak.

The full-scale walk-through was timed down to the last second - with military leaders well aware that the world will be expecting them to make sure everything goes smoothly on the big day.

So nothing was left to chance with the dry run which began at around 4.50am - after soldiers had gathered as early as 2am - and continued for hours.

The Happy Princess-to-Be

Kate Middleton drove from her family home in West Berkshire this morning dressed in a demure cream suit. It is likely she will only return to her parent's house as a married woman.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prince William's Life in Pictures

Britain's Prince William serves on board HMS Iron Duke in a 2008 file photo. The picture is one of several released April 26, 2011 by Britain's Ministry of Defence, dating from the time Prince William served with the Royal Navy in 2008 - onboard HMS Iron Duke during Caribbean counter narcotics patrols, at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, and during his visit to the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre where he underwent survival training. Reuters Pictures

Diana and Kate's Style

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Martin Nolan (Standing) and Darren Julien pose with two of Princess Diana's dresses which will be auctioned through WE tv & Wedding Central at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills on May 7th in celebration of the Royal Wedding, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity are shown at Times Square on April 20, 2011 in New York City. Getty Images

Prince Harry's Mates - Walking with the Wounded - Welcomed in London

Britain's Prince Harry poses at a news conference in Bafta House with members of the Walking with the Wounded North Pole expedition team after they were welcomed back in London April 26, 2011. Prince Harry is to be the best man when his brother Prince William weds fiancee Kate Middleton on April 29. Reuters Pictures

The Bet is On: Will Kate Middleton Wear The Queen's Diamond Tiara?

A gambler stands to win £72,000 after betting that Kate Middleton will become the first 'commoner' to wear the Queen's diamond tiara on her wedding day.

The bet that she will wear the George III Tiara was placed by a well-spoken middle-aged woman in Egham, Berkshire, yesterday.

The Russian fringe tiara is part of the Crown Jewels and was made in 1919 for Queen Mary.  It has since been worn by the Queen Mother, the Queen and Princess Anne at their weddings.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1380592/Kate-Middleton-tipped-borrow-Queens-tiara-royal-wedding-72k-bet.html#ixzz1KfwHpnXr

Monday, April 25, 2011

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton - The Similarities

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The see through knitted dress designed by Charlotte Todd which was worn by Kate Middleton at the annual St Andrews University charity fashion show in 2002 stands next to the Catherine Walker formal white lace evening gown worn by HRH the Princess of Wales for a state visit to France in November 1998 are under auction at the Passion For Fashion Auction at La Galleria on March 16, 2011 in London, England. Getty Images

Prince Harry is Planning a Reception Not to Be Forgotten!!!

Prince Harry has planned a secret ‘survivors’ post-wedding breakfast’ at Buckingham Palace for VIP guests who have partied through the night.

The 26-year-old, who is calling his part of the Royal Wedding planning ‘wedmin’, is said to be heavily involved with arrangements for the evening celebrations and wants to give William and his bride a party to remember.

Three of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will be converted into a nightclub on the night of the wedding and Harry, who is best man, has organised for the DJ to play into the early hours, while caterers have been briefed to prepare bacon sandwiches and fry-ups for those guests still standing at the end of the night.  Courtesy: The DailyMail. Click link for full post.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1380034/Royal-Wedding-2011-Best-man-Prince-Harry-plots-6am-survivors-breakfast.html#ixzz1KaVGALAg

Inside Kensington Palace Where William Lived as a Child

Diana, Princess of Wales is seen arriving at a memorial service with her sons William (L) and Harry during the 50th anniversary of the Blitz of London in this October 1990 file photograph. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, Buckingham Palace said on November 16, 2010. Reuters Pictures

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Queen Attends Easter Services - Last Appearance Before The Royal Wedding

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leave the Easter Matins Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Sunday April 24, 2011. The annual service attended by the Queen and members of the Royal Family is one of the last formal royal engagements before the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey, London on April 29, 2011. AP Photo

Royal Wedding Dresses

The Queen's ivory silk wedding dress was decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls. The dress is made from ivory silk and decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls, the garment designed by court dressmaker Norman Hartnell. Click link for full post from The Telegraph.       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1551713/Memories-of-the-royal-wedding-day.html                                  

Historic Royal Palaces senior curator Dr Joanna Marschner explains the history and detail of six very rare royal wedding dresses, including that of Queen Victoria.

The royal bridal gowns, recently the subject of a major project by textile conservation experts from the Historic Royal Palaces charity, are very rarely on display,if ever. However six are unveiled today, to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton; the collection reveals reveal a fascinating history of styles over a period of nearly 150 years. Click link for full post from The Telegraph/watch video


The Queen's Dress from her wedding in 1947.

The Royal Collection © 2008,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 100019

Click link for more on the Queen's beautiful wedding dress.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A British Tradition: Street Parties Celebrate The Royal Wedding

Union flags hung along Regent Street in celebration of the forthcoming royal wedding. More than 5,500 street parties are expected to mark the occasion

On Friday, April 29, 2011, the day William and Kate are to be married, is also a "Bank Holiday". As is the custom in Britian, millions of Britians will take to the streets and celebrate the marriage of the future King of England.

Courtesy: The Daily Mail:

More than 5,500 street parties are expected to mark the royal wedding. London leads the way with more than 800, including one for Downing Street. And with 85 events approved for the day, Richmond-upon-Thames is the hottest spot for street parties in the capital, according to road closure requests collected by the Local Government Association.

The LGA said that councils are aware of thousands of other parties on cul-de-sacs, pavements or driveways which have not needed official permission, making the total number much higher. The 5,500 total also excludes celebrations in gardens, pubs and parks, and parties held by councils themselves.

Wedding fever: Richmond-upon-Thames, the hottest spot for street parties in the capital, with 85 events approved for the big day

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Remembering Charles and Diana's Wedding. Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley Reflect Back to 1981

Picture shows one of the most important pieces of clothing worn by Princess Diana and up to auction during an exhibition at Sotheby's auction house in Paris on May 17, 2010. The sale totals 30 lots and the auction will take place at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London on June 8, 2010. This Emanuel black taffeta gown worn by Lady Diana Spencer for her first official appearance with her fiance, HRH Prince Charles in 1981, estimate £30-50,000 (35-58,000). Getty Images

Prince William: Growing Up in The Spotlight

Prince William is seen making a royal salute as he watches the scene of Trooping the Colour from the balcony of Buckingham Palace with his brother Harry and mother Princess Diana in London in this June 15, 1985 file photograph. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, Buckingham Palace said on November 16, 2010. Reuters Pictures

Friday, April 22, 2011

Last Minute Preparations For The Royal Wedding

Choristers of the Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, wearing their State Coats, rehearse in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, in London, Monday April 18, 2011. The Choir are to perform in Westminster Abbey at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. AP Photo

A British Tradition - Collecting Royal Memorabilia

A Kate Middleton 'Princess Catherine' doll is pictured at Hamley's toy store in central London, on April 8, 2011. A 'Princess Catherine Doll' has been created to commemorate the Royal Wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London. The toy is a themed fashion doll that has been dressed and accessorised by seven award-winning British designers and is wearing a blue dress and included in her purple box is a replica of an Eaton clutch bag originally carried by Kate Middleton and decorated with a mock snakeskin effect. It retails for GBP 35 (dollars 57 or euros40) Getty Images

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Royal Merchandise is sold in Liberty's department store on April 15, 2011 in London, England. HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on Friday. Getty Images

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: A gift shop displays Royal memorabilia for the forthcoming Royal wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Windsor, England. Getty Images

The Irish Guards Will Be On Duty As Part of Ceremony

Master Tailor Lance Sergeant Matthew Else, left, measures Guardsman Bortnill St'Ange from Saint Lucia, as they pose for photographers as part of a media event ahead of the royal wedding for members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their barracks in Windsor, England, Thursday, April 21, 2011. Britain's Prince William is due to marry Kate Middleton on April 29. AP Photo

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Members of the Irish Guards stand with Conmael an Irish Wolfhound and Regimental Mascot during an inspection at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. Getty Images

A member of the Irish Guards looks out during an official inspection at Victoria barracks in Windsor on April 21, 2011. Irish Guards soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan are preparing for ceremonial duties as the Queens Guards ahead of the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. Prince William is the Colonel of the Irish Guards. Getty Images

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks to a child outside Westminster Abbey in central London following the Royal Maundy Service on April 21, 2011. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 85th birthday Thursday by visiting London's Westminster Abbey, days before her grandson Prince William is married there. The monarch was to attend the Royal Maundy service, an Easter tradition whereby the sovereign gives out specially-minted silver coins to the elderly. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal.

Today is the Queen's 85th Birthday

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Maundy Day Service at Westminster Abbey on April 21, 2011 in London, England. Today is Queen Elizabeth II's 85th Birthday. Getty Images

The Queen Gives Her Formal Consent to the Wedding of William and Kate

A detail from the Instrument of Consent, which is the Queen's formal consent to Prince William's forthcoming marriage to Kate Middleton, is seen at the Crown Office at the House of Lords in London April 20, 2011. Britain's Queen Elizabeth has given her formal consent to the marriage of grandson Prince William and Kate Middleton in the form of a historic hand written legal document made of vellum and elaborately illuminated. Photograph taken April 20, 2011. Reuters Pictures

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kate Goes Shopping in London

Photo Caption: Future Queen of the King's Road: Kate with shopping bags, right, walks with Cath Kidston behind her. As if she needed reminding, it is marking her big day with a Royal Wedding window display

Courtesy: The Daily Mail

Miss Middleton will walk up the aisle at Westminster Abbey next Friday to marry heir to the throne Prince William. 

But yesterday she wore a £480 Issa short-sleeved black wrap dress and tan court kitten heels - which she was spotted wearing four years ago - accessorised with her 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring on her shopping spree in London.

The glossy brunette popped into Whistles where she no doubt added more pieces to her wedding and honeymoon wardrobe.
The fashion chain refused to comment on Kate's purchases but the upmarket High Street store typically prices a dress between £100 and £300.

Yesterday, the princess-in-waiting, who is renowned for her love of High Street fashion, was spotted shopping in Warehouse, a mid-market chain.

Click link for full post from The Daily Mail.


Prince Harry is Promoted to Captain

Britain's Prince Charles stands with his son Prince Harry in front of an Apache helicopter at Army Air Corps Middle Wallop in southern England, in this photograph dated March 21, 2011 and released in London on April 17, 2011. Prince Charles visited the the army aviation centre in his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps (AAC) to fly an Apache and to meet students on the apache conversion course. Reuters Pictures

Everyone Is Getting Royal Wedding Fever

Ad Watch: everyone is getting into the spirit of the Royal Wedding. From donuts to pizza's it's everything Royal. But it seems T-Mobile has taken it a step further with a charming spoof on the Royals dancing down the aisle. It already has over 7 million hits on YouTube.

Courtesy: Hello Magazine:

Filmed in St Bartholomew's Priory Church in London, the clip takes a fun look ahead to the ceremony, with 'the royal family' showcasing their best moves on their way to the altar.

A spokesperson for the makers of the advert, T-Mobile, said that the advert is a "congratulatory message to William and Kate, as well as a way of capturing the nation's celebratory mood." .

The two-minute clip will be seen on TV on the day of the wedding.

Click link for full post including the Video spoof.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Goring Hotel

Sumptuous lounge: It is unlikely Kate will spend much time here as she will have a whole floor to herself' Sumptuous: The bedrooms at the Goring are luxurious. Although this isn't the one that Kate will be staying in, it gives you an impression of the splendour in which she will be sleeping.

Confirmation of her stay at the hotel was confirmed by Clarence House on Twitter with the message: 'Miss Catherine Middleton, accompanied by her immediate family, will spend the night before the wedding at the Goring Hotel.'

Rooms at the Goring currently go for up to £1,525 a night but it is believed that guests wanting to follow in the footsteps of Miss Middleton will have to shell out as much as £5,000 a night for the suite.

Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton's coat of arms unveiled - hellomagazine.com

Ahead of her marriage to Prince William, Kate Middleton and her family have been granted their own coat of arms.

The heraldic family design was commissioned by her father Michael in time for his daughter's wedding on April 29.

The Middletons worked closely with the College of Arms to create an emblem which was personal to them. From HelloMagazine.com. Click link for full post from HelloMagazine.com

Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton's coat of arms unveiled - hellomagazine.com

 The Middleton Coat of Arms will appear on the Official Wedding Program. William's will be on the front, and Kate's will be on the back.

Photo Caption: This image made available in London Tuesday April 19, 2011, by Clarence House, shows the front, right, and back covers of the official souvenir wedding programme for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which is scheduled to take place at London's Westminster Abbey. AP Photo

Wedding Will Cost The Middleton Family (Plenty)

Hotel suites, bridal gowns, bridesmaids' dresses, the maid of honour's outfit and the honeymoon are all set to be covered by the Middleton's according to The Sunday Times.

Then there is the Prince Charles-hosted disco at Buckingham Palace to cover, which will form part of the evening reception, in addition to honeymoon contributions.

The hotel bill alone for family and friends to stay at the Goring hotel in Belgravia, where one-room suited cost £1,140 each, is expected to exceed £20,000.

Click link for full post from the Daily Mail. CNN gives us a glimpse inside The Goring Hotel.


Monday, April 18, 2011

The Latest on The Wedding Dress of the Decade

A bridal dress designed by Libelula fashion label's founder Sophie Cranston is seen in an undated publicity photo in London. Veteran designer Bruce Oldfield, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, Alice Temperley and even Jasper Conran have all been named as possible designers of the wedding gown of Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton. And now a relatively unknown designer, Sophie Cranston, is in the frame. Huffington Post royal correspondent Yvonne York reported that Sophie Cranston of label Libelula has been chosen to design what is already one of the most-talked about dresses of the decade. Reuters Pictures

The Queen Celebrates Her Birthday This Week

Courtesy: Hello Magazine

In all the feverish excitement about THAT wedding I hope you haven't forgotten that the Queen turns 85 this week.

And if you suppose that she will be taking the day off to enjoy a slice of birthday cake with a glass of her favourite German white wine, you'd be mistaken.

H.M. will be working, of course, because her birthday, April 21, is Maundy Thursday, an important date for her as Head of the Church of England. 

Click link for full post from HelloMagazine.com
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