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Preview Photos: Kate Middleton’s Dress Designed By Alexander Mcqueen

29 Apr Royal-Wedding-Party-700450


Catherine Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.


Kate Middleton paid a poignant tribute to tragic fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen at her wedding to Prince William by walking down the aisle wearing a dress created by his successor.

Speculation about who would be designing Middleton’s wedding dress has been rife every since the royal couple announced their engagement last year (10).

Middleton put the rumours to rest on Friday (29Apr11) by appearing in a stunning white gown designed by Sarah Burton, who took over as creative director of the Alexander MCQueen label after the famed couturier’s suicide last February (10).

The choice came as a surprise because a representative for the design house previously denied any involvement in Britain’s royal wedding.

The brunette beauty’s gown featured long, lace sleeves and a bodice, with a full skirt of white satin and an extensive train. Aside from the French Chantilly lace, all of the fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from Britain.

Middleton wore a full veil, made of ivory silk tulle, held in place by the ‘halo’ tiara, which was made by famed jewellers Cartier in 1936. The glittering diamond piece was purchased by King George VI three weeks before he succeeded his brother Edward Viii.

The king bought the tiara for his wife Queen Elizabeth, the late The Queen Mother, who passed it on to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday.

Middleton also wore diamond earrings in the shape of oak leaves, inspired by the Middleton family’s new coat of arms – a wedding gift from her parents. She carried a bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth, with the flowers symbolising the return of happiness, gallantry and constancy of love.

Celebrity/Newsroom

Royal Couple: New Portrait Of Kate Middleton And Prince William

28 Apr Royal-Couple-Revealed-204586


Kate Middleton and her bridesmaids, together with best man Prince Harry, rehearsed once more Thursday at Westminster Abbey, practicing the timing of the upcoming royal wedding to the last detail. But the groom-to-be, William, was not in attendance, although he was photographed by British newspapers playing football in a London park with his friends on Wednesday night.

The rehearsal — the second in as many days — came as Middleton and Prince William released a message in their wedding program, saying they were deeply touched by the affection they have felt from many people since they became engaged.

“We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives,” they wrote. “The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply.”

The couple also released a new photograph taken by celebrity photographer Mario Testino — a warm black and white image of a comforting snuggle ahead of the big day.

Friday’s wedding will offer pomp and circumstance on grand scale, with 1,900 invited guests, carriages and mounted troops of the Household Calvary. Rows of bold red, white and blue Union Jacks have been unfurled along the route. Street cleaners have scrubbed and swept the pavement along the route where hundreds of thousands are expected to gather on Friday.

Dozens of die-hard fans were camped out in tents and sleeping bags near the abbey on Thursday.

The wedding presents a security challenge for the 5,000 police officers on duty, who will be on the lookout for Irish dissident terrorists, Muslim extremists, anti-monarchists, protesters and hooligans who might blight the royal spectacle.

Scotland Yard Police Commander Christine Jones said Wednesday there has been no new terror threat but considerable Internet chatter.

“Our operation has been meticulously planned, and we have thought through and planned for a huge range of contingencies,” she said.

A wide range of police will be on patrol Friday: officers on motorcycles, escort specialists, dog handlers, search officers, mounted police, protection officers and firearms units.

Thousands of people are expected along the parade route Friday, a snaking path of less than a mile (two kilometers) from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, where the new royal couple will appear on the balcony for one of the most anticipated kisses in decades.

In October, the U.S. State Department advised Americans to be wary amid reports that terrorists were planning a Mumbai-style attack on a European city. More than 160 people were killed in that 2008 attack, when gunmen fired on crowds in a shooting spree.

A warning for American visitors to Britain is due to expire the day after the wedding and U.S. officials said there was no plan to renew it.

“That threat is still being investigated but there is no intelligence to suggest a highly organized threat to the royal wedding,” a western intelligence official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work.

But with the ceremony just a day away, attention turned to the service itself. The program showed that Middleton will not promise to “obey” her new husband in her vows but instead to “love, comfort, honor and keep” him.

Middleton will walk up the aisle at the Abbey to the sounds of “I was glad,” the anthem setting of Psalm 122 composed by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. The anthem was also sung at the wedding of William’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

The hymns — “Guide me, O thou great redeemer,” “Love divine, all loves excelling” and “Jerusalem” — are standards at Church of England marriage ceremonies.

“Guide me, O thou great redeemer” was also the final hymn at Diana’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

The newlyweds will leave to the march “Crown Imperial” by William Walton, which also figured in Charles and Diana’s wedding.

A spokesman at St. James’ Palace said Middleton was familiar with classical music, but had “a lot of input” from Prince Charles.

“They spent a a lot of time listening to the music together on iPods,” said the royal functionary, speaking on condition of anonymity.

But as wedding excitement heated up, the weather in London started cooling down. The royals may want to pack extra umbrellas, as forecasters are predicting it might rain.

The Meteorological Office has reported that the day will start off relatively gray and dry with low clouds across London. During the course of the morning, sunny spells are expected to seep through and the chance of showers will rise to 30 percent around noon, the time when William and Kate are expected to emerge from the Abbey a married couple.

Celebrity/ Newsroom

How Will Kate Middleton Wear Her Hair For Royal Wedding?

27 Apr Kate-Middleton-Royal-Wedding-304890

Will she or won’t she … wear her hair up? That’s the question royal watchers are asking about Kate Middleton’s ’do for the big day she marries Prince William — April 29 — in Westminster Abbey. One thing’s for sure: The 29-year-old future queen of England has her own sense of style, and she won’t take orders from the royal advisers just because it’s “tradition.”

With her long, shiny chestnut locks that are often topped with a hat (so very British), Middleton might want to wear her hair loose when she walks down the aisle — that’s her signature look, after all. But given the fact that this is a royal wedding, with 1,900 gold-leafed invitations sent out and a fairy-tale glass coach to ride in after the vows are exchanged, some speculate that Kate’s hair should be as formal as it gets: worn up in a classic style, such as a French twist.

This sleek, sophisticated ’do would showcase the tiara the bride will undoubtedly wear, chosen from many in the queen’s “jewel pool” and usually presented by the queen as a wedding gift. However, “a French twist is so structured, it can look too severe and mature on a young woman,” says hairstylist (and fellow Brit) Christopher Dove of The Doves Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. “That said, I’m sure Kate would look amazing with her hair up in a French twist, but I’m voting for a much more youthful half-up, half-down style.”

Makeup Fit for a Princess

“All of the young brides I make up are asking for smoky eyes on their wedding day,” says Eugenia Weston, an Emmy-nominated makeup artist and owner of Senna makeup studios in Los Angeles. She imagines that Middleton, however, will skip the sultry makeup.

“I think she’ll go for a fresh, clean look — starting with her skin — to take advantage of the fact that it’s naturally luminous,” says Weston. “I’d define her eyes with delicate eyeliner, and add a few individual false lashes to fill in where needed for a feathery fringe. I’d also groom her brows so they are dramatic frames for those lovely eyes. And for her mouth, I’d suggest a rosy lipstick, or maybe even a matte shade that reads like a rosy stain.”

The bottom line
: Middleton is so pretty, there isn’t much to be done, and in the conservative splendor of Westminster Abbey, dramatic makeup would look inappropriate.

Your Own Wedding Countdown
Here’s how to achieve the healthiest and most beautiful hair possible on the big day.

4 weeks before the wedding: Schedule a practice session with the hairdresser. Bring in a photo of your dress and the actual headpiece (veil, jeweled clip, headband, tiara, silk flowers). Bring a camera to capture the range of hairstyles (updo, French twist, half-up half-down, long and flowing). At home, print out the winner so the hairdresser has a handy reference point for the big day.

3 weeks: Start weekly at-home deep conditioning treatments.

2 weeks: Have hair cut or trimmed. Book an intensive in-salon conditioning treatment.

1 week: So your hair color looks as fresh as possible, wait until now to have your color or highlights done. Have bangs or fringe trimmed. Continue with at-home conditioning.

Day of: At least three hours before the wedding, meet with the hairdresser. If you’ve chosen an upswept style that can be pinned up securely, you can have your hair done earlier. But if your hair will be worn down with soft curls that can go flat, the appointment needs to be closer to the wedding’s start time.

If you’re headed for a tropical honeymoon, don’t forget to pack that at-home conditioner to maintain your hair’s shine and to protect it from the sun and the sea.

Summary: A royal wedding is on the horizon and we all know what that means — lots of talk about fairy-tale dresses, designer shoes, and of course, how Kate Middleton should style her hair on the day she marries Prince William.

Celebrity hairstylist Gilda Pastena of the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City suggests royal-wedding worthy dos for this soon-to-be princess, including a polished chignon; tousled updo; a half up, half down hairstyle; and braided bun.

William And Kate Middleton Visit Diana’s Grave Before Royal Wedding

23 Apr Prince-William-And-Kate-Visit-Princess-Dianas-Grave-293849

It emerged today that William and Kate made the journey to Althorp, Diana’s ancestral home and final resting place, on April 20. Once on the 14,000-acre estate, they took a boat to The Oval, an island which functions as a permanent memorial to the late princess. The pair also visited an ancient arboretum where William and Prince Harry planted trees as children.

Princess Diana is buried on an island in her family’s Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire, and William is said to have walked hand in hand with his bride-to-be to pay tribute at her graveside ahead of their wedding on April 29.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple rowed out to the island on a small boat and laid flowers for Diana at her tomb.

A source told the newspaper, ‘Diana is still a huge part of her boys’ everyday life and always will be. It is very important for Kate to share and understand William’s love and grief for his mum.

‘It is tragic that she won’t be there to see the wedding, and that she never got to meet his bride.

‘But even though Kate never met Diana she knows what an incredible woman she was.’

Diana died following a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997.

Celebrity/Newsroom

Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton’s Family Up Close & Personal In Photos

13 Apr Kate-Middletons-Family-938284

 

Michael Middleton: Kate’s father, Michael, is a handsome 61-year-old with salt-and-pepper hair, and is most comfortable in his country casuals—he is the rock-steady grounding force in the family, the linchpin that keeps them together. By Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty Images.

 

 

Michael came from a privileged background; his ancestors were wealthy wool merchants from Yorkshire who left a considerable trust fund which enabled Michael and his three brothers to be educated privately. From Fox Photos/Getty Images.

 

 

Today, in her trademark tight jeans and knee-high boots, Carole is often mistaken for Kate’s sister, and she advises her daughter on new trends and styles. Ahead of the wedding, Carole is determined to be in the best possible shape: she is following the protein-based Dukan Diet, lunching on cottage cheese and prawns in a bid to shed pounds. Who can blame her? She knows the world’s press will be analyzing her outfit and her every move. From PA Photos/Landov.

 

 

 

Carole Middleton: Carole’s ancestors were coal miners; her great-grandfather Thomas Harrison worked in the pit. From SSPL/Getty Images.

 

 

 

Pippa Middleton: Just 20 months younger than Kate, Pippa mingled in the “right” circles at the University of Edinburgh and dated JJ Jardine Paterson, heir to the Hong Kong banking dynasty. During prep school, Pippa was considered the more outgoing, sassier, and prettier sister of the two. From Ikon Pictures Ltd./Rex/Rex USA.

 

 

 

James Middleton: Kate’s brother, James, is a known flirt on the social scene, but has never had a long-term relationship with any of the society beauties he is often seen out with. He was the subject of tabloid lampooning in 2008 when photographs of him wearing one of Kate’s dresses and makeup as a joke leaked; and in April 2009, when he drunkenly urinated on the street while celebrating his 22nd birthday with his family. From John Frost Newspapers.

 

Under the intense British media spotlight, Kate Middleton’s family have been tagged as gauche climbers, their every misstep magnified. So why does Prince William like his soon-to-be in-laws so much? In the April 2011 issue of Vanity Fair, Katie Nicholl talked to intimates of Kate’s entrepreneurial parents—the ambitious, fun-loving Carole and down-to-earth Michael—as well as some friends of younger sister (and sometime rival) Pippa and flirtatious brother James. Herewith, an annotated scrapbook of the Middleton family’s key players.

Vanity Fair Online Website

 

Kate Middleton Becoming Favorite Of Fashion Designers

22 Feb Kate-Middleton-123945a

Photo: Rex

The future wife of Prince William is rapidly becoming a favorite of fashion designers, including Giorgio Armani.

Kate Middleton’s fashion style was described by Armani as “highly aware of fashion trends.” While Armani won’t be designing Kate’s wedding dress, he will be designing one for another future princess when Charlene Wittstock marries Monaco’s Prince Albert in July of this year.

Other admirers of Kate Middleton’s style include Karl Lagerfeld, who has described her as chic, beautiful, and elegant. He also lauded the trend toward royalty marrying partners who are not of royal blood, declaring it “better for the generation to come.”

Lagerfeld described Middleton as “a very well-balanced and a happy person. She is chic in a way the position needs.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton barely finished announcing their engagement before royal watchers started speculating who would design Middleton’s wedding dress.

Now we’re just a few short months away from the royal wedding and the British Monarchy still hasn’t announced who will create the wedding gown of the century. We’ll have to wait until the announcement to know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about a few designers we think would be perfect for the job.

Daniella Issa Helayel

The Brazil-born, London-based Daniella Issa Helayel is the mastermind behind the now-famous Kate Middleton engagement dress. Women around the globe clamored to get their hands on the $ 615 dress without luck — the dress sold out within hours of the November engagement announcement and inspired knockoff gowns.

It’s not surprising that Issa is one of Middleton’s favorite dress designers — she’s designed several custom frocks for Middleton as of late, including the engagement dress and an outfit she wore to a friend’s recent wedding.

“Kate has been having couture dresses made for her recently and Issa is her favorite label,” a friend told the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Another reason Issa might be the choice for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress? She recently started designing custom wedding gowns. Perfect timing!

Bruce Oldfield

Royal watchers are pretty confident that British couture designer Bruce Oldfield will be Middleton’s wedding dress designer — so much so that betting website Paddy Power stopped taking bets (yes, people bet on royal wedding dresses) on Nov. 26.

“We were receiving one-way traffic for Bruce Oldfield and there is no point in taking bets when all the interest is in one person,” A Paddy Power spokesperson told Vogue UK in November. “He started as 4/1 joint favorite, but since then his odds have been slashed to 1/3. That would mean there is a 75 percent chance of him being the wedding dress designer.”

It makes sense — Oldfield was a favorite designer of the late Princess Diana and has designed custom dresses for everyone from Jerry Hall to Rihanna to Sienna Miller.

Jason Wu

Women’s Wear Daily asked several designers, including Jason Wu, to create a custom design for their dream Middleton wedding dress. The Taiwan-born, New York-based designer obliged with a sketch that mixed “traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic for this modern-day princess.”

Designing Middleton’s wedding dress wouldn’t be the first time Wu took on something so daunting: He’s arguably first lady Michelle Obama’s favorite designer. The first lady has worn several of Wu’s pieces to various events — he even designed the one-shoulder, floor-length white chiffon ball gown that she wore during President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.

Celebrity/Newsroom

Prince William And Kate Middleton Engaged

12 Dec 1212-1-prince-william-kate-middleton-engagement-photos

Photos: Mario Testino

Prince William and Kate Middleton—or “Miss Catherine Middleton,” if you’re feeling formal—just released two photos from their official engagement shoot!

The pictures were shot by fashion photographer Mario Testino, who has shot both Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as their late mother, Princess Diana.

William and Kate had two “looks” during the two-hour session. Let’s assess!

For the formal shot, the prince wore a Turnbull and Asser suit; the princess-to-be opted for a Reiss dress and Links earrings. Per US Weekly, the photo was taken in the historic Council Chamber linked to Clarence House, the official residence of William’s father, Prince Charles.

In the “dressed-down” photo, William chose a Turnbull and Asser shirt and Brunello Cucinelli sweater; Kate wore a Whistles blouse. The second picture was taken in the Cornwall Room of St. James’s Palace.

Here’s the most shocking scoop from the shoot: While Mario’s people were on hand for touch-ups, Kate did her own makeup! Her hair was styled by James Pryce, her usual stylist, from the Richard Ward salon.

Glamour

Summary: One of the worlds famous family’s share in a personal moment with the world. Finally the most important time of his life Prince William asks Kate Middleton for her hand in marriage.

With his mother no longer there to share in this most important day of his life. He gives Kate Princess Diana’s engagement ring.

Kate and Prince William sit down in a personal interview and share a personal side of their relationship. From when they first met all the way up to their engagement.

Please check out Glamour magazine for further updates on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement.

Life is about growing maturing and moving forward. To lose the most important woman of his life. He will not be able to share the day that he and his mother one day dreamed of.

What a great happy ending to a love story right out of college to this very day.

Their love of friendship has built up over a long period of time before they decided to get married. They truly are each other’s best friends and the personal Youtube video of the two shows that.

Living life in a public domain he wanted Kate to have the best chance to settle in and get used to his family incase she wanted to back out she could. That’s why this engagement took as long as it did. Prince William wanted Kate to feel comfortable and be herself and make sure this is something that she can see herself being in.

Congratulations Prince William and Kate Middleton I wish you the best that life has to offer you both.

Please do not forget to pick up your Glamour magazine to see the photos and read more of the article up close and personal. At any local  newsstand, grocery store, book store in your area!

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