Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Royal Wedding Intervention

After being completely immersed in the Royal Wedding since waking up on Friday, I think that I have finally composed myself enough to discuss it in great detail.  However, there is one word that sums it up:  PERFECTION.

Princess Catherine's Wedding Day Look:

Kate's gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown had elegant lace sleeves that were hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework and served as Kate's "something old."

I have to admit that I was shocked at the small bouquet Kate carried down the aisle.  Her bouquet contained the flower Sweet William, lily-of-the-valley for happiness, hyacinth for love, and ivy for fidelity, marriage, and affection.  Also symbolic - the bouquet contained stems from plants grown from sprigs of the bridal bouquets of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.  

Kate's finger-tip length veil was made from ivory silk tulle and had embroidered trim. 

Kate's "something new" was this pair of diamond earrings designed for her to compliment the tiara and to showcase the Middleton family's new coat of arms.  Each earring was composed of an oak-leaf stud and diamond drops, which encompassed a diamond acorn.

Kate's new wedding band (which Wills had a little trouble getting on her delicate finger) was made from a piece of Welsh gold that was given to Wills by the Queen.
PS - When did the future King get this bald?!

What kind of princess doesn't wear a tiara?!  Kate's "something borrowed" was the Cartier Halo tiara loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth, who originally received the tiara as a gift from her mother on her 18th birthday. 

Kate's ivory silk skirt, which flowed out from the fitted corset and padded hips of her gown, was adorned with hand-cut English and French chantilly lace.  The dress was fastened by a blue ribbon (her "something blue") and 58 buttons down the back. 

Kate's train was considered "modest," measuring just over 8-feet long.

The Princess' Second Look:

After the formal post-wedding luncheon hosted by the Queen, the Princess changed into another Alexander McQueen design, this time more fit for a party.  At the disco hosted by Prince Charles, Kate wore a white satin strapless evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante detailing around the waist, topped with a simple white shrug.  I haven't been able to locate a picture of the Princess without the shrug, but I only can assume that she looked stunning.  I have to say that I would have kept the tiara on, though, throughout the night  :-)  

Pippa - Kate's Lady in Waiting

The Princess must be a nicer person than I am in order to let her sister look this HOT on her wedding day...

Also dressed in an ivory Alexander McQueen gown for her maid of honor duties.  I love the cowl neck, button-down back to match Kate's gown, and trumpet skirt.  So elegant and timeless.

Pippa stopped the show in this emerald green gown with some sparkling accents at the bust by Temperly London.  No wonder she was seen leaving the after-party with Harry!  I predict (or hope for) Harry & Pippa, Royal Wedding Part II, Summer 2013.

Mad Hatters

It isn't a special occasion in British society without a hat, and the Royal Wedding was no exception.  In fact, the Queen required all female attendants to wear a hat - it was listed on the invitation!  There were so many fabulous sights, but one thing I wonder - how terrible it must be to be seated directly behind some of these hats!  I would not be happy if someone's hat was blocking my view of Kate's dress (as I obviously am assuming that if I were to attend the ceremony in the first place, I clearly would be seated up front with the Royal Family).  Here are my favorite toppers of the day:

Posh - I mean, Victoria Beckham - basically royally!

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

Miriam Gonzalez - wife of Britain's Deputy Prime Minister

Princess Michael of Kent - married to Prince Michael of Kent, cousin of the Queen and grandson of King George V

Zara Phillips - the next member of the Royal Family to get married - only daughter of Princess Anne, Prince Charles' younger sister.

Sisters Santa Montefiore and Tara Parker-Tomkinson - British socialites and long-time friends of the Royal Family

The Spencer sisters - Amelia, Eliza, and Kitty - Prince William's cousins on Princess Diana's side - now we know where the good looks come from!

Lady Frederick Windsor - the wife of Lord "Freddie" Windsor, a cousin of the Queen

Sophie, Countess of Wessex - the wife of Prince Edward, the Queen's youngest son


Off with her head!  Samantha Cameron, the wife of British Prime Minister, did not wear a hat to the wedding!  I don't know about you, but when the Queen tells me to do something, I would do it!

Worst Dressed

Even on such a glorious day, there are those who show up in horrid attire.  What were they thinking?!

Chelsy Davy, how are you supposed to steal back Prince Harry's heart (and compete with hottie Pippa) in that suit?!  First question - is the skirt supposed to be a different shade of teal than the jacket?  Second question - why does it appear as if her bosoms are about to bust open the jacket?  Side note - FIX THE SPACE IN YOUR TEETH.  Thanks.
Princess Anne, Prince Charles' younger sister - floral print overload.  I would much prefer a floral patten dress with a purple jacket instead of the other way around. 

And the winner goes to... Princess Eugenie!  This ensemble is TERRIBLE.  Her sister, Princess Beatrice, would look awesome with a less terrible hat.  I guess you either love it or hate it, and I happened to gag when I saw them arrive at Westminster Abbey. 

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