Daily Archives: April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Coverage: How well do you know William?

Think you know Prince William? Well, CNN has a little challenge for you:
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/04/26/quiz.prince.william/index.html

William as a ringbearer. source: Getty Images by Tim Graham

And now my dear readers, I am off for a little cat nap and will be back in a few hours.

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Royal Wedding Coverage: A bit of fun: What’s your royal name?

Over the past week or two, there have been some fun little memes to come up with either your royal guest and royal name:

In honor of the Royal Wedding, let’s hear your royal wedding guest name. Start with either Lord or Lady, then follow with one of your grandparents’ names, then the name of your first pet and finish with “of” the name of the street you grew up on. Mine: Lady Emma Charlie of Taussig

Eonline’s Royal Name Generator: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/royals/index.2.html?categories=royals
Mine: Baroness Kristen Lulu Sherman Berton of Denverpool

Dilloscape: http://www.dilloscape.com/generatorz/rtg.htm
Mine: The Lady Protector, Her Peerless Highness, Countess Kristen Sherman. The Adroit Subjugator of Murphy

What is your royal name?

Royal Wedding Coverage: What We Know Now 2.0

Info source: eonline.com unless otherwise noted

As the much of the world awaits the wedding of William & Kate with bated breath, the news and entertainment sites and channels are doing as much as they can to catch many of us up to date on wedding details we know up to the moment. My prior post did not include the release of the 29 page wedding program (which was released today) along with other details that I think you will enjoy.

Here is the link to download and view your own copy of the Royal Wedding program: http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/28/Royal-Wedding-update–Official-programme–including-Order-of-Service–available-online-1

A pic of the wedding invitation. The invitation is 8 inches-by-6-inches, with gilded and beveled edges.
1,900 invites were sent out and recipients include celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, Prince William’s colleagues in his military crew, and even Kate’s hometown mail carrier.

The invitation. source: Getty Images, Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office

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Rumors about Kate’s dress designer have ramped up after a woman dressed very similar to Sarah Burton of McQueen was spotted entering the Goring Hotel where Kate and her family are staying. What do you think?

Someone dressed very similarly to designer Sarah Burton entering the hotel where Kate Middleton and family are staying.

“Burton, the Manchester-born designer, who has imbued the radical British brand with a robust femininity and breathtaking feeling of historical romance, is not often photographed. But when she is, the metal belt, buckled, and then individually slotted backwards, and the flat pumps, are present.” -http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG8481788/Royal-wedding-tantalising-clue-points-to-Sarah-Burton-as-Kate-Middletons-dress-designer.html

Kate has chosen to buck tradition and will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a car instead of by carriage. Here is an animated rendition of the procession route by Google:

“Kate has eschewed the strains of the wedding classic in favor of the far more magisterial “I Was Glad,” Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s choral number from Psalm 122. (It’s a traditional wedding tune in England, but was originally composed for the crowning of Will’s great-great-great grandfather Edward VII’s coronation in 1902.” Here it in the video below.

Florals for the wedding have all been cut from royal estates throughout England. Here is a video of volunteers from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies talking about their role in the floral design and set up of the decor at Westminster Abbey and give us all a little glimpse in to what it will look like.

Love, honor and obey? No way! William and Kate will vow to “love, comfort, honor and keep” according to the official wedding program.

Curious about the reception? “A whopping 600 of the 1900 guests have been invited by the queen to a reception she is hosting immediately after the ceremony at the Abbey. In lieu of a traditional sitdown wedding breakfast, Will and Kate requested buffet-style service. For the bash, 21 chefs will craft 10,000 hot and cold canapés (works out to 16 per person) including smoked salmon on beetroot blinis and quail eggs sprinkled with celery salt.

Later, the list will be whittled down again, as 300 of those 600 will be heading back to Buckingham Palace for an evening reception to be hosted by Prince Charles. A further reception (and here’s where they’ll start to let their hair down), also for around 300 people, is expected later in the night at Buckingham Palace, where state rooms will reportedly be transformed in order to accommodate a more typical, dancefloor-heavy reception. The queen is not expected to attend those festivities, which will likely go on late into the night. No details have been publicly released on those activities, however, as they are considered private events.”

The cakes? “…traditional dried and candied fruit-laden cake, which will be covered with a thick layer of marzipan (mock all you want, it’s a British tradition), and a cake reminiscent of one Will used to eat during his childhood, made primarily of chocolate digestives, a British biscuit cookie favorite. The McVitie’s Cake Company will be making the groom’s cake for the reception, as well as a few hundred extra slices for the breakfast buffet. All told, they sweet concoction will use about 1,700 Rich Tea biscuits. As for the fruit cake, Kate had significant input as to its design, and it will feature a heavy British floral theme, with 16 different symbolic (frosting-based) blooms and foliage to mark the occasion. Its layers will include raisins, walnuts, cherries, lemon, grated orange and French brandy and will be made by cakemaker extraordinaire Fiona Cairns.” Here is an interview with Fiona Cairns with a peek in to what is being made for the cake.

An interview with McVitie’s who are making William’s cake’

Wonder what their wedding registry has on it? Nothing. “In lieu of presents (or prezzies, as the Brits delightfully call them), Kate and William have rather poignantly asked for donations to anti-bully charities, an admission, most believe, of Kate’s own history of being badly taunted and ostracized during her early school years. But look at her now, eh?” Care to make a donation? Here is the link: http://www.royalweddingcharityfund.org/

Will they have a castle all to themselves or move in to a wing of Buckingham Palace? Nope. “What happens after the wedding of the century? Anticlimax, thy name is North Wales! The couple will set up house in a remote, five-room, whitewashed farmhouse on the Isle of Anglesey without any servants or domestic staff of any kind.”

I will be updating throughout the night (except for a nap) and during the wedding as well. If anything new is reported, you can find it here.

Royal Wedding Coverage: What we know now

Info and quotes are from People.com

Kate Middleton will be doing her own makeup for the wedding.

Bridesmaids dresses are by Nicki McFarlane according to People.com. No sketches up yet.

Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, will be wearing two dresses by Alberta Ferretti:

Two lovely dresses designed for Chelsy Davy for the Royal Wedding source: http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20485436,00.html

The bridesmaids are Lady Louise Windsor, 7, William’s first cousin on his father’s side; the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, William’s second cousin; Eliza Lopes, 3, granddaughter of Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; and Grace van Cutsem, 3, godchild of Prince William.

The page boys are William Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, the son of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who has been William and Harry’s private secretary since 2005; and Tom Pettifer, 8, another of William’s godchildren and the son of his former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

Prince Harry is the best man, and Kate’s sister, Pippa, is the maid of honor. She was with the bride-to-be when she gave a wave to the crowd Thursday, as she arrived for her final night as simply Kate Middleton at the Goring Hotel.

Wartski made Kate Middleton’s wedding band (people.com). Prince William will not be wearing a wedding band, something that has caused a bit of a stir. Kate’s ring is made from a piece of Welsh gold given to Prince William by the Queen.

Prince William will be wearing the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards. “The mounted officer’s uniform features a scarlet jacket, a gold and crimson sash, gold sword slings (without an actual sword inside) and a forage cap. He will also wear the Garter Sash with the Wings of the Royal Air Force, the Garter Star and the Golden Jubilee Medal. William, 28, is commissioned in all three armed services, but the Army’s honorary Irish Guards position, which he earned in February, is his highest military title.”

The uniform of the Household Cavalry source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Army_uniform

Mascot of the Irish Guards source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Guards

“Prince Harry, meanwhile, will wear the uniform of Captain of the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). He will wear aiguillettes, a cross-belt and gold waist belt with sword slings, but no sword, and a forage cap. He will also wear the Wings of the Army Air Corps and Golden Jubilee and Afghanistan campaign medals.”

“William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, will wear the Royal Navy Number One Dress (Ceremonial). Charles has held the rank of Admiral of the Royal Navy since 2006.”

First look inside Westminster Abbey:

First glance at Westminster Abbey source ctv.ca

A fun little game on People.com: William & Kate A-Z: http://www.people.com/people/static/h/package/royalwedding2011/az/index.html

Theme Thursday: Cinderella Quince/Sweet 16

Today’s Theme Thursday is a theme that is perfect for a coming of age event such as a quinceanera, sweet 16, or bat mitzvah or even as a regular birthday party. There are many of the feminine gender who long to be a princess and what better coming of age princess story is there than Cinderella? When Cinderella takes a stand and asserts her right to try on the slipper, she makes her first adult decision to stand on her own. I hope you enjoy it.