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Prince Albert II Married Olympic Swimmer Charlene Wittsotck Of South Africa

2 Jul Prince-Albert-Marries-Charlene-Wittstock-103949

A day after their civil wedding, Prince Albert has married the former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in a Catholic ceremony in Monaco.

As Charlene Wittstock swept along the red carpet on her father’s arm. In her sumptuous boat neck gown by Giorgio Armani Prive, her hair pulled back in a swirling French twist and with only the lightest touch of makeup, she seemed to channel the effortless elegance of Grace Kelly.

But while Princess Grace turned to Hollywood’s MGM studio for her wedding gown, Princess Charlene opted for one of her longtime favorite designers, Armani, for Saturday’s wedding gown.

The “petites mains” or seamstresses of his haute couture atelier put more than 2,500 hours of work into the dress, a strong-lined, made-to-measure concoction of more than 140 yards of different silks, 40,000 Swarovski crystals and 20,000 mother of pearl beads.

The six-yard-long train. which dwarfed the demure little train at the summer’s other royal wedding (that of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton), proved difficult to negotiate. At one point, Charlene got stuck and Albert had to tug at the long silk flourish to free her.

At the dinner that followed the religious service, the princess wore another Armani creation – a white silk chiffon gown with a broad neckline and embroidered four-tier train.

For Friday’s civil ceremony, the princess wore a silken blue jacket with ankle-length palazzo pants, an outfit press handlers said she designed herself and that was made by famed fashion house Chanel. For the evening’s light-and-sound show, she wore a strapless blue gown with a flowing skirt and a statement necklace.

It is reported that she will be turning to a third fashion house- Christian Dior – for the outfit she will wear to Sunday’s brunch, the last of the wedding events.

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Buckingham Palace: Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown On Display

6 Jun Kate-Middletons-Wedding-Dress-102938

Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting a London apartment – in a palace – and the new royal bride is putting her famous wedding gown on public display.

Palace officials said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – as the newlyweds are formally known now – would use a small refurbished apartment at Kensington Palace as their official London home for the next year or so.

The move is considered a temporary measure as their primary house will remain in Anglesey, Wales, where William serves as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. That is expected to be their main residence until 2013.

They are expected to move into larger London quarters later.

Kensington Palace, which is being extensively renovated, was once home to William’s mother, the late Princess Diana. William also lived there as a child before his parents divorced.

Royal Collection officials also announced Monday that Middleton’s memorable wedding gown will be on display at Buckingham Palace from July 23 until Oct. 3. The dress was designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house.

Royal collection officials said the special exhibit will also display the veil, tiara, shoes and diamond earrings Middleton wore for her April 29 wedding.

The wedding display will be part of a popular tour of some of the palace’s state rooms offered to visitors during the summer. The tour includes a chance to see some of the queen’s formidable art collection, including works by Rembrandt and Rubens.

The state room tour typically costs 17.50 pounds ($29).

A date for the couple’s move into Kensington Palace has not been set, but is expected before they travel to Canada and the United States later in June.

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Princess Beatrice Quirky Philip Treacy Hat Sells On Ebay

24 May Princess-Beatrices-Hat-Ebay

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The quirky Philip Treacy ‘pretzel’ hat that Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding last month has reached over $130,000 in bids on auction site eBay.com.

Princess Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, caused a stir with the outrageous headpiece at her cousin Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton on April 29th.

“I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted. It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities. I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have,” she says in the item’s description.

The sale ends today and proceeds will benefit Unicef UK and Children in Crisis via the Little Bee Initiative.

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Pippa Middleton’s Reveals Toned Body Is From Doing Pilates

19 May Pippa-Middleton-Royal-Wedding-Dress-404203

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You’ve been aching to know Pippa Middleton’s workout routine since she debuted a toned body at her sister’s royal wedding last month. We’ve finally gotten the scoop on Pippa’s exercise habit — here’s the gym routine she credits for that craveworthy cut look.

While Kate Middleton is said to be an avid runner (word had it she was given permission to frequent the Buckingham Palace gym in the days before her wedding), little sis Pippa Middleton focuses a little more on core. Pippa’s workout routine includes an absolute devotion to Pilates, she reveals, in addition to the running, swimming, skiing and tennis in which she regularly partakes.

With its focus on repetitive movements to tone muscles that often don’t get enough attention at the gym, Pilates is Pippa’s preference. The younger Middleton is said to hit a Pilates studio in her Parson’s Green neighborhood at least once a week, and she’s said, “As someone who is always ‘on the go’, Pilates has been a wonderful escape from my busy lifestyle in London … Whether it’s seven in the morning or seven at night I always leave feeling calm, refreshed and invigorated.”

You also leave looking like a million, Pippa. Here’s how Pippa Middleton says her workout routine has helped shape her now-famous body: “Over the past few months I have noticed a huge difference in my core strength and posture … From breathing techniques, muscle toning to overall flexibility and relaxation, my Pilates sessions have become something of a weekly necessity that keeps me fit, happy and energized.”

Finding a workout that works is the best…but we can’t help but wonder if Pippa is suddenly opening up to shift attention away from last week’s revealing photos, right?

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Bridal Fashion: Kate Middleton’s Knockoff Wedding Dress For Less

3 May Kate-Middletons-Royal-Wedding-Dress-Knockoff-102034

Just days after the royal wedding, Kate Middleton’s breathtaking gown has been replicated. The unveiling of the princess’s wedding dress was one of the most highly anticipated parts of the ceremony last Friday.

Within moments of viewing the dress which was created by Sarah Burton from fashion house Alexander McQueen, dressmakers around the world began working to replicate the gown, which will surely influence wedding gowns over the next several years. Now, one Belfast dressmaker has successfully created a copy of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, and she has put it on display.

Mary Rose McGrath successfully recreated the beautiful gown Kate Middleton wore as she walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey toward Prince William. The gown is now displayed outside the House of Fraser in Victoria Square in Belfast.

McGrath was able to put together the stunning replica in just 24 hours. She must have worked around the clock. If you are getting married in the near future, would you consider wearing a replica of the royal wedding gown Kate Middleton wore? If not a replica, would you choose something that was inspired by her gown? Can you believe that somebody got one together in just 24 hours? That is super quick.

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Royal Wedding: Kate And Pippa Middletons Second Dress Of The Evening

30 Apr Kate-Middleton-Royal-Wedding-Gown#2A-203405

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Kate Middleton (now officially Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) changed into another dress by McQueen’s Sarah Burton for the post-wedding evening party at Buckingham Palace. Dress No. 2 is strapless, made of plain satin gazar, and nipped at the waist with a diamante embroidered band. Perhaps chilly, Kate’s also wearing a white angora bolero cardigan, which looks poised to shed white fluff all over William’s crisp black tux.

Hosted by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the party includes 300 guests and reportedly has an informal “disco” theme. A highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be Prince Harry’s toast to the couple, which is expected to be scandalous (and hopefully booze-fueled). The couple will spend their first night together as newlyweds in the palace. The Queen, meanwhile, has departed for a private weekend at an undisclosed location so that the youngsters can be as rowdy as they please.

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Summary: For her wedding reception, Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, debuted her second dress and it was, obviously, stunning. She certainly kept Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen busy – Burton designed the second dress as well as the dress for the ceremony.

As she left Prince Charles’ home, Clarence House, on her way to Buckingham Palace for the big party, she showed off the dress, which complemented the ceremony dress but was more subdued. A sleek, strapless dress with a diamante detail at the waist, the dress was paired with an angora bolero jacket.

Kate’s sister Pippa also stepped out in her second dress, an emerald gown with jeweled detail that she accessorized with a beaded clutch.


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TV Guide Specials: Royal Wedding: Diana vs. Kate’s Style

30 Apr Kate-Middleton-Vs-Princess-Diana-100349

Sarah Burton Designs Royal Wedding Dress For Kate Middleton

29 Apr Sarah-Burton-Kate-Middletons-Dress-Designer-293828


The woman behind the royal wedding dress that the whole world is talking about has finally been revealed.

Sarah Burton, the creative director for the legendary, recently deceased Alexander McQueen, has the fashion world buzzing with the dazzling, fitted, long-sleeved lace gown she designed for Kate Middleton.

Burton, 36, has an impressive – and diverse – roster of former clients, including Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Bjork.

But before she rose to fame, Burton was born and raised in Manchester with four siblings and attended Manchester Polytechnic, where she earned an art foundation diploma, according to the Telegraph.

She then headed to London, studying print fashion at Central St. Martins – where McQueen went as well. She worked as an intern for McQueen during her third year there and graduated in 1997.

Burton stayed with the company and quickly become McQueen’s protégé, working alongside him until his tragic suicide in 2010. She was appointed creative director shortly after.

In September, she presented her first womenswear collection in Paris, which critics said was not as dramatic as McQueen’s work but still bold enough to make a statement.

Middleton reportedly became aware of the designer years ago when she saw a wedding dress Burton designed for Sara Buys, a fashion journalist who married Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The British tabloids have been speculating for months that Burton had been chosen to design the dress for the now-Duchess of Cambridge.

Some of Burton’s previous creations. (Christophe Ena, Joel Ryan/AP; Francois Guillot/Getty)

Burton quickly dismissed the rumors, telling Vogue UK in March that “I am not doing it.”

But the denial seems to have been part of a detailed strategy to maintain secrecy.

Burton’s latest creation elicited oohs and aahs from wowed fans.

“Oh it’s gorgeous!” exclaimed Yvonne Ryland, of Yorkshire, England, who now lives in Spain. “It is absolutely beautiful. It is so slimming and fits her perfectly. “

Pippa Middleton also looks stunning in a Sarah Burton design.
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David And Victoria Beckham Arrive In style At Westminster Abbey

29 Apr David-Victoria-Beckham-Arrive-Royal-Wedding-503506

David and Victoria Beckham arriving for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton held at Westminster Abbey. Kate & Wills announced their engagement in November last year after William proposed during a holiday in Kenya. The Royal couple will be known after the wedding as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


The singer turned fashion guru will be wearing an outfit from her latest AW11 collection, which she unveiled at New York Fashion Week in February.

She has been associated with numerous designers over the years, famously taking to the catwalk for Maria Grachvogel at London Fashion Week, and has been a champion of Roberto Cavalli.

For her own wedding to soccer superstar David Beckham she wore an ivory dress by Vera Wang.

But the pregnant former Spice Girl has settled on one of her own designs, which have brought her great acclaim in recent years.

It will be accessorised with a hat by celebrated milliner Philip Treacy, and she has collaborated with Christian Louboutin to customise a pair of the French designer’s shoes.

David Beckham, who is also much-admired for his style, will be wearing Ralph Lauren.

Like other guests, the Beckhams will be contributing to the couple’s wedding charity rather than offering a gift.

Shortly before the wedding, Buckingham Palace announced that William and Catherine would become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon their marriage.

The Queen has conferred the dukedom on William, the highest rank in British peerage, as well as the titles of the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

Catherine will also technically become Princess William of Wales. According to protocol, she is not officially Princess Catherine as she was not born a princess in her own right.

It’s also been revealed that the Australian State Coach will now be used in the wedding procession taking the royal party back to Buckingham Palace after the wedding.

The newlyweds will brave the elements and travel from the abbey to Buckingham Palace in the open-topped 1902 State Landau used by William’s parents Charles and Diana after their wedding.

But Charles, his wife Camilla, and Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton will now travel in the enclosed coach Australia gave the Queen to celebrate the bicentenary in 1988.

All titles are in the gift of the Queen and it was up to the monarch to choose which one to bestow on her grandson and his new wife.

But William’s thoughts will also have been taken into account by the royal matriarch in a private discussion between the prince and his grandmother.

Tradition dictates that royal men receive a title on their wedding – and often more than one.

A dukedom is the highest rank in British peerage.

As well as a duchess, Catherine will also technically become Princess William of Wales.

According to protocol, she is not officially Princess Catherine as she was not born a princess in her own right.

Instead she adopts her husband’s first name, in the same way as Princess Michael of Kent, who married the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

But it is likely that in the eyes of the media and public, she could always be known as Princess Catherine or Princess Kate.

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Summary:  After Catherine Middleton of course, Team Beckham’s outfits were arguably the second most highly anticipated of the day – and they didn’t fail to impress.

In keeping with the conservative wedding dress code, wearing a modified slash neck dress (to allow for her bump) from her own collection, Victoria’s navy blue ensemble, offset with a colour coordinating Philip Treacy hat and customised super high Christian Louboutin shoes, is both classy and understated. It proves her style credentials within the fashion world.

Royal Wedding: Video and Photos Of The Royal Married Couple

29 Apr Royal-Wedding-Party-800495

Let’s face it. Pomp has a way of pulling you in.

Which is probably why it was invented, and why it persists.

Were it not for our innate attraction to ritual and spectacle, combined with our fondness for celebrity and ceremony, networks in this era of austerity would never have engorged themselves on the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William — a member of the royal family we removed from power over us back in 1776, and the second in line to become a British tourist attraction.

It’s hard to imagine an event with less relevance to an economically troubled America, but perhaps that’s the point. We’re a nation eager for distraction, and few things are more distracting than the kind of symbol-soaked, hat-happy, linked-to-the-past parties our relatively new nation struggles to provide.

It’s not for everyone. If you’re immune to the draw of glamour and parades, pomp and circumstance, you didn’t tune in. But odds are if you did, you enjoyed it. Weddings tend to self-select their audience.

Not that newscasters weren’t in there pitching to endow the event with greater import — and explain their presence in London rather than in, say, a storm-struck south. “Sometimes in the storms, the true storms around the world,” said ABC’s Diane Sawyer, “a splash of color can give us a sense of hope.” Which is the kind of thing that’s far easier to say when you haven’t actually lost your home to an Alabama tornado or a Japanese tsunami.

Still, to be fair, these kinds of news conflicts are inevitable, and this particular party aired at a time of day that effectively filtered out the disinterested or disaffected. Unless you’re a night owl or a very early riser, you don’t exactly stumble upon a broadcast that got underway around 4 a.m. in the East. The networks were safe in assuming that people who were watching went out of their way to watch.

But surely even the most devoted monarchist cringed at some of the gushing going on before the wedding imposed its own blessed silence on the yapping analysts.

On the sparsely populated plus side of the ledger, place ABC’s Tina Brown, who was frequently amusing. On the more crowded downside, place CNN’s puffed-up Piers Morgan, who insisted the royal couple were “the biggest stars on the planet,” which may have come as a surprise not just to folks in Hollywood, but to William’s grandmother, who remains a pretty big name herself.

There were, as you’d expect, constant references to William’s mother, Diana, with frequent comparisons to her wedding to Prince Charles and sad reminders of how badly that marriage turned out. And yet the most obvious lesson there — that most storybook fantasies are, indeed, just that — didn’t stop ABC from labeling the wedding “a true modern fairy tale,” or NBC’s Matt Lauer (among others) from referring to “the fairy-tale nature of this wedding,” while struggling to explain why William’s fairy tale was going to have a happier ending than his mother’s.

Obviously, all people of goodwill hope that it does. But it does seem that newscasters might have wanted to gently remind viewers that when it comes to marriage, the royal family doesn’t have the best track record.

Yet, as often happens at such events, the ceremony itself eventually asserted itself, overwhelming the blabber about dresses and hats and tiaras and suppressing sensible doubts. At around the time Prince Charles entered Westminster Abbey and Queen Elizabeth left Buckingham Palace, the weight of British royalty — and the enduring strength of the cultural and historic bonds between our countries — took hold.

After all, if anyone could pull this off, it’s the British, who have had centuries to perfect events designed to strengthen the bonds between aristocrats and commoners while not-so-subtly emphasizing the distinctions. Money can buy most anything, but only royalty gets you a wedding in Westminster Abbey.

And what a wedding it was, drenched in tradition and mostly allowed to play out without anchor/analyst intrusion. There may have been times when your desire to have a name associated with some face the camera picked out in the crowd went unfulfilled. But you know TV talkers: Give them leeway to start, and they’ll never stop (as we found out when the bride and groom temporarily left the stage to sign the register).

It’s a truism, of course, that all brides are beautiful — but she really was, wasn’t she, with her beauty enhanced by the happiness that seemed to surround her and her groom. As the couple stood on the palace balcony, sealing their wedding with two chaste kisses (a countdown clock, NBC, really?), you couldn’t help hoping that maybe this time, Cinderella had found Prince Charming.

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