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Prince Albert II Married Olympic Swimmer Charlene Wittsotck Of South Africa

2 Jul

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

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.


Princess Beatrice Quirky Philip Treacy Hat Sells On Ebay

24 May


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.


Pippa Middleton’s Reveals Toned Body Is From Doing Pilates

19 May

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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?


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

3 May

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.


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

30 Apr

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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.


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.

What do you think of the choices?

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

30 Apr
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