The couple arrived in minimalistic black/ grey ensembles. Soccer star David Beckham donned a dark grey Ralph Lauren suit. And the pregnant Victoria wore a black boat neck tunic dress from her label, Victoria Beckham, Autumn/ Winter 2011 collection. Victoria completed her look with custom made Christian Louboutin heels and a quintessentially English accessory- a hat, her’s is by Phillip Treacy.
I think they’re dressed well but Victoria’s outfit is a bit somber. She looks like she could go to a funeral straight after the couple Will and Kate say “I do”
Two billion viewers, 1,900 guests, four bridesmaids and two cakes — but when Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle, there can only be one dress.
All eyes will be on Kate’s wedding gown as it’s a symbol of her personality, her style and crucially, what kind of queen she may one day become.
“It’s the dress that is going to receive the most instant and global attention ever,” said Edwina Ehrman, curator of a forthcoming exhibition on wedding gowns at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Palace officials have refused to divulge details of the dress to ensure the maximum impact when Kate steps out of the car — but also ensuring that expectations are impossibly high.
“This dress is so much more than a dress,” said Alexandra Shulman, the editor of the British edition of Vogue, in a recent article.
“Her dress is not simply her wedding dress but a big flag, symbolising her taste, her commitment (or otherwise) to fashion, her attitude to money at a time when the country is in economic doldrums.”
From the moment she appears, Kate’s gown will become the subject of countless blogs and Tweets, while retailers will move quickly to get reproductions on the high streets and the image printed on souvenirs.
“We have to remember that this dress is going to be seen forever. She is our future queen,” said Caroline Castigliano, a British wedding dress designer.
The media have named several candidates to make the gown. Much attention has surrounded Sarah Burton, a British designer and creative director at Alexander McQueen, who was reportedly recommended to Kate by Shulman.
Other fashion editors have tipped Sophie Cranston, a relative unknown who worked for McQueen before setting up her own label, Libelula.
But in the absence of hard facts, experts are left to speculate on what kind of dress would suit Kate and what would be fitting of the bride of the second-in-line to the throne.
William’s mother Diana wore a voluminous fairytale gown with a huge train when she married Prince Charles in 1981, but modern fashion demands something sleeker. Kate will also want to make the most of her slim figure.
However, she must also meet the demands of her 13th century Gothic surroundings, not to mention the expectations of the assembled guests and the estimated two billion viewers watching on television at home.
“Westminster Abbey is a vast building and she will look like a tiny speck unless she wears something with some length in a train, or volume,” said Ehrman.
The dress will almost certainly be white and most commentators believe Kate will wear a veil, although whether this will be accompanied by a tiara, the ultimate royal accessory, depends on what image Kate wants to project.
“The unknown is how far she’s going to present herself as absolutely the traditional bride, and how far her designer might collaborate with her just to give her that bit of difference,” Ehrman told AFP
William and Kate’s Wedding Schedule:
08:15 BST – Guests begin arriving at the Great North Door of London’s Westminster Abbey.
09:50 BST – Governors-general and prime ministers of realm countries, the diplomatic corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.
10:10 BST – Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey.
10:15 BST – The princes arrive at Westminster Abbey.
10:20 BST – Members of foreign royal families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.
10:27 BST – Middleton’s mother, Carole, and brother, James, arrive at the Abbey.
10:30 BST – Select members of Britain’s royal family arrive at the Abbey.
10:40 BST – Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, leave Buckingham Palace for the abbey as Prince Andrew and daughters Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie; Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie; Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence arrive for the ceremony.
10:42 BST – Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive at the Abbey from Clarence House.
10:45 BST – The queen and Prince Philip arrive at the Abbey.
10:51 BST – The bride, accompanied by her father, Michael, leaves the Goring Hotel for the abbey.
10:55 BST – Bridesmaids and pages arrive at the abbey from the Goring Hotel.
around 11:00 BST – The bride arrives. Marriage ceremony, which will be relayed on audio speakers along the wedding route, begins.
12:15 BST – William and his new wife emerge from the abbey and depart in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage, and travel to Buckingham Palace, followed by the queen.
12:30 BST – The bride’s carriage procession arrives at Buckingham Palace, followed by members of Britain’s royal family and other foreign royals 10 minutes later.
12:40 BST – Guests for the wedding reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.
13:25 BST – William and Middleton, accompanied by the queen and their families, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
13:30 BST – The royals watch a ceremonial flypast from the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight before returning inside for the queen’s reception for some 600 guests.
18:00 BST- Private reception begins at Buckingham Palace for 300 guests.
Britain’s monarchy released a list of confirmed guests for Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton but its the missing names that attracted the most attention!
It’s been confirmed that former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown had not been invited to the Royal Wedding. But their predecessors, Sir John Major and Baroness Thatcher, received invitations.
A spokesman for St. James’s Palace said the Labour prime ministers did not receive invitations because they were not made knights by the queen, while Major and Thatcher were. But the criticsBlair’s relationship with the royal family was strained, as was Brown’s, though to a lesser extent.
Critics speculate that Blair was excluded because his aides attempted to intervene in making arrangements for the funeral service of the late Queen Mum. And the royal family dislikes his wife, Cherrie as she refused to curtsy to the queen and others in the royal family in the past.
As for Gordon Brown, his relationship with the Royal Family may have been damaged last May, when he gave palace officials less than an hour’s notice of his resignation to the queen.
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The lid has finally been lifted on what Prince William and Kate Middleton have planned for their Royal Wedding. The couple announced that they will be having more than one wedding cake, they’ll be eating two.
Celebrity Cake Designer, Fiona Cairns has been commissioned to create the main cake, which is a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake. It will be made from dried fruits, walnuts, sultanas, cherries, grated oranges and lemons and French brandy. According to AFP, the cake will be decorated with cream and icing which will be designed to reflect a “strong British a floral theme”.
The second cake is less formal. It’s a chocolate biscuit cake which is said to be Prince William’s childhood favourite. William asked British biscuit maker McVitie’s (who have made several wedding cakes for the royal family) to produce the cake as an addition to the official cake to be made by Fiona. It has been reported that the Prince has asked for them to create it according to a special recipe from the kitchen at Buckingham Palace.
I wonder how many outfit changes they’ll have if they’re having two wedding cakes.
It’s already been dubbed the wedding of the century, and in just over four weeks, Kate Middleton will officially become part of the British royal family. She will wed the future King of England, Prince William on 29 April.
Planning a wedding is stressful, but it seems the future princess is taking it all in her stride, with the most intimate details still under lock and key.
Seems we’ll all have to wait for the big day, 29 April, to find out who designed the bridal gown, or gowns and what’s on the menu. As to what went down at the hen and stag parties, I suppose that information won’t leak any time soon, if ever. And then of course, we can’t wait to find out what Kate’s official title will be.
In case you missed it, here is William and Kate’s first interview after announcing their engagement.