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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


Photo: AFP / GETTY

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

30 Apr

Photo: John Stillwell /Getty Images

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

Sarah Burton Designs Royal Wedding Dress For Kate Middleton

29 Apr


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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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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How Will Kate Middleton Wear Her Hair For Royal Wedding?

27 Apr

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

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.

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

13 Apr

 

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.

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Kate Middleton Becoming Favorite Of Fashion Designers

22 Feb

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.

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