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Buckingham Palace: Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown On Display

6 Jun

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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The Obama’s Meet With Prince William And Kate Middleton

25 May


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The newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle while in the U.K. at Buckingham Palace today.

The Obamas were invited by Queen Elizabeth herself to a luncheon welcoming the American visitors to her country.

The two couples spoke for about twenty minutes about the recent royal wedding as well as Kate and William’s upcoming visit to California this coming July.

They all stepped out onto the terrace where renditions of both nations national anthems could be heard, and Prince Philip inspected the guard of honor alongside his guest.

After their luncheon the Obamas visited Westminster Abbey, and placed a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, which is where Kate’s bridal bouquet had also be sent.

The President and wife will stay for two nights at Buckingham Palace before continuing on their European tour.

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David And Victoria Beckham Arrive In style At Westminster Abbey

29 Apr

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

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

29 Apr


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.

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