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3 Days to Go till the Royal Wedding!

Less than 3 DAYS TO GO!

Much too many articles to include and much too busy, so this will be quick…

The news is going into overdrive.  I personally haven’t gone more than 30 minutes on TV without some Royal Wedding news bit.  America’s morning shows are now broadcasting from London.  The Royal Wedding is hard to miss…

But behind the hoopla…

Just in: William & Kate have chosen London-based floral designer Shane Connolly to create the floral displays for their wedding.  The floral displays in the Abbey will include eight 20 feet-high trees: six English Field Maple and two Hornbeam.

Kate is currently with her parents at Bucklebury, Berkshire.  She’s due back in London very soon to carry on a string of rehearsals before the big day.  Now let’s pray it won’t rain… or at least not too hard to put a damper on things.  The countdown continues…

 

 

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The Queen Turns 85

Born April 21, 1926, Queen Elizabeth II turns 85 years old today.  Although her “official birthday” is celebrated yearly in June with the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

Happy 85th Birthday to the Queen
- the Monarchy’s lighthouse & touchstone

Long may Her Majesty reign!

The Queen & the Duke are currently in Windsor Castle.  She’ll be in Westminster Abbey later today for the Royal Maundy service. No news on how Her Majesty will be celebrating her landmark birthday.

Yesterday, however, the Palace confirmed that the Queen & Prince Philip hosted Kate Middleton’s parents – Michael and Carole – to a private lunch.  It is believed that it is the first time they have met.  Previous reports insisted the Queen had no plans to meet them before the wedding.

Buckingham Palace says: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted Mr and Mrs Michael Middleton at a private lunch at Windsor Castle today.”

According to a royal source: “It was a lovely lunch, very warm with lots of laughter and I think helped put everyone at ease.” The meal started at 1pm and lasted just under an hour and half – Her Majesty has never been one to linger long over lunch.

Also present were a handful of household staff including the Queen’s private secretary and equerry. Neither William nor Kate was invited to the gathering.

Article: Daily Mail

Kate Middleton on a 2-day Shopping Spree

With only 8 days to go before her wedding, Kate Middleton hit the shops at King’s Road 2 days in a row shopping for what appears to be her honeymoon wardrobe. On the first day, she stopped at Warehouse (who unprofessionally tweeted her appearance & later released what she bought to the press), Banana Republic and Zara. She also stopped to have her hair done. On day 2, Kate, snapped looking super slim in a black Issa dress, hit Whistles and Peter Jones.

And once again, the press managed to expose what Kate bought — pants, tops, sunglasses, bikinis, and even bras and panties on bargain.  Seriously, it’s great to know this “commoner” future queen shops like an ordinary girl and buys things that are accessible.  It’s nice to know the shop assistants think she’s lovely and friendly.  But to reveal every bit of clothing she bought?  And her dress size?  It’s all a bit too much, in my opinion.  If the world has learned anything from what happened to Diana, it is to give the royals a little bit of space.  Here’s hoping Kate will continue to shop in high street for years to come!

Articles: Daily Mail | Mirror

Pictures:
Day 2, King’s Road: Socialitelife (most complete) | Laineygossip
Day 2, in car with protection officer (not mum): Zimbio
Day 1, after visiting hairdresser Richard War: Popsugar

As for Prince William, he was spotted playing football Monday night in Battersea, where his team won 5-0.  Luckily, he finished unscathed. The football-mad prince often joins friends for a competitive game when he’s in London on Monday nights.  Article: Telegraph

Other William & Kate Updates:

And another milestone:  Prince Charles is now officially the longest heir-in-waiting in British history.  And with the Queen strong at 85, looks like it’ll still be a long time until he’s king.

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Royal Wedding Countdown: 10 Days to Go

Only 10 days to go till Prince William & Kate Middleton tie the knot in what will surely be a massive historical event.

The Middleton Coat of Arms

St. James’s Palace announced three important bits of updates today:

(1) The Middleton Coat of Arms Unveiled: The three acorns represent Mike & Carole Middleton’s three children (Kate, Pippa & James). Acorns represent West Berkshire, where they grew up. Additionally, oak is a long-established symbol of both ‘England’ and ‘Strength.’

The gold chevron, which sits at the centre of the design, represents Carole Middleton, whose maiden name is Goldsmith. The two thinner chevrons represent hills and mountains and  outdoor pursuits that the family enjoy together.

After her marriage, Kate Middleton will place her father’s Arms beside those of her husband in what is known as an impaled Coat of Arms. This will require a Royal Warrant from The Queen.

(2) Official Souvenir Wedding Programme. An official programme of the Royal Wedding will be published and sold by Explorer Scouts and Cadets for £2 per copy at various London locations. It will include the full Order of Service, a personal message of thanks from Prince William and Kate, and a never-before-seen photo of the couple taken by photographer Mario Testino.

The Programme will also be available to download for free from the Official Royal Wedding website from 24 hours before the wedding.

(3) Online Coverage of the Royal Wedding.  How exciting!  A range of online platforms (Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr) are set to share the Royal Wedding to the world.

  • Broadcast footage of the Royal Wedding will be streamed live via The Royal Channel in YouTube accompanied by a live blog put together by St. James’s Palace.
  • Clarence House will tweet live updates on the day
  • The British Monarchy’s Facebook page will be updated hourly.  A Facebook ‘event’ has been added, and a ‘Stories’ app will be launched a week before the wedding, enabling the public to share their plans and experiences come wedding day.
  • The British Monarchy’s Flickr account will also release additional photos in the coming days
  • A Video Wedding Book has been launched. It invites anyone to upload their own video of congratulations to the happy couple
  • And of course, everything is tied up nicely by the Official Royal Wedding website, which will provide updates regularly, releasing invaluable details as the day comes — such as Kate’s mysterious wedding gown.

Read more about the Royal Wedding’s online presence.


St. James’s Palace also says that William & Kate are fully in charge of every detail of their wedding.  A spokesman said: “There are a few minor tweaks still happening to the service at the Abbey but pretty much everything has now been decided. The couple has really thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating their big day. The couple has been very much in charge of their day. They have been responsible for every detail, from smallest detail of the canapés that will be eaten at the reception to the venue and the carriages. No decision has been taken that hasn’t been passed by them and that they haven’t offered an opinion about.”

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Prince William: The People’s Prince

Day 2 of Prince William’s “disaster tour” of Australia

(Click here for Day 1) (Click here for New Zealand Tour)

Prince William continued to win hearts and bring smiles as he continued his tour of Queensland and later Brisbane, visiting flood-ravaged areas.

Articles

William wears an Akubra hat, Australia

Pictures: Zimbio (Day 2)

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