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Zara & Mike’s Wedding



Another glorious day for the Royal Family under beautiful Edinburgh sunshine as Zara Phillips, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, marries rugby captain Mike Tindall. This year’s second Royal Wedding couldn’t be more different than the global April 29 event, but it was equally beautiful and executed to perfection.

6,000 people lined the streets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of the bride, groom, the royal family and a host of sporting personalities as they came in and out of the Canongate Kirk church. It was a very private wedding, but the UK media did their best in bringing the goods.

Zara wore a romantic full-length ivory silk gown with silk tulle detail, designed by the Queen’s favourite couturier Stewart Parvin. Her blonde hair was swept up, and her head sparkled with diamonds from the Greek Key tiara lent by her mother.


The radiant bride and her proud granny 


Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie both wore Angela Kelly.  The Duchess of Cambridge, keen not to upstage the bride, recycled almost everything she wore (except the hat).  The champagne brocade coat dress was first seen on her during Laura Parker-Bowles’ wedding back in 2006.  Complete details on Kate’s look on What Kate Wore. 


Zara & Mikes official wedding photo 

The happy couple left the Kirk in a Bentley for the 400-yard journey to Holyroodhouse for the reception. For the newlyweds, there will be no immediate honeymoon. Instead, in keeping with their down-to-earth approach, they will go back to work – Zara will head off to the Gatcombe International Horse Trials while her husband will return to training.

Also announced: Zara Phillips is to retain her maiden name for public sporting purposes.

Congratulations to Zara & Mike!




Pictures:   BBC | Day Life | Getty Images | Rex Features |



The Day Before the Wedding…

On Friday morning, dressed down Zara & Mike were at Canongate Kirk for a wedding rehearsal. In the afternoon, they hosted a pre-wedding cocktail party aboard the Royal yacht Britannia.  Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 and is now a museum.  The younger royals — William, Kate, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice (who brought boyfriend Dave Clark), and a dateless Prince Harry joined in the celebrations.

A kiss before parting after the wedding rehearsal.  Zara & Mike disembark from the Britannia after their pre-wedding cocktail party 


Single file: the young royals headed the Countess of Wessex.  Check out Beatrice’s butterfly belt!  Right: Radiant newlyweds William & Kate were keen not to steal the spotlight from the bride & groom.  And once again, Kate recycled her green DVF dress 


Prince Harry was dateless for his cousin’s wedding.  William & Kate — who are known as the Earl & Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland –  arrive for pre-wedding cocktails. 

Article: The day before the wedding (includes pictures)
Pictures: Rex Features | Getty Images
Video: The day before: boarding the Britannia + rehearsal


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While We Wait for Zara’s Wedding…

The next big event in the royal calendar is Zara Phillips’ wedding to rugby fiance Mike Tindall in Edinburgh this July 30. Till then, a splattering of royal tidbits…

Zara & Mike

William & Kate


Prince Harry

Prince Charles & Camilla

The Yorks

Pippa Middleton


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Kate & the Queen Open Buckingham Palace Summer Exhibit

This year’s summer exhibit at Buckingham Palace is extra special.  From 23 July to 3 October, the public can get up close and personal (well, 8 feet away) with the Duchess of Cambridge’s globally-admired wedding dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.  For £17.50, you can appreciate the intricate detail on Kate’s dress, and also see the Halo tiara, her bespoke wedding shoes (UK size 5.5), the acorn diamond earrings from her parents and a replica of her bouquet. No glass barriers. A 5-minute video by Sarah Burton about the making of the historical dress is included.

Her Majesty & The Duchess of Cambridge view the royal exhibit

And to everyone’s delight, Kate joined the Queen today to a private viewing of the exhibit ahead of it’s Saturday opening.

According to ITV’s royal reporter Georgina Brewer , it was interesting seeing the pair interacting.  Kate was ultra polite and the Queen was slightly more forthright.  There were lots of interaction between them and seemed to share genuine warmth.  Her Majesty, however, was a little spooked at how they displayed Kate’s dress on a headless mannequin.  She was heard saying “horrible” and “horrid.” “It’s made to look very creepy.”

Kate countered with her own view and said it had a “3D effect.”  “It’s surreal looking at it now… it’s very weird,” she adds.

Also on display is William & Kate’s 8-tier wedding fruit cake by Fiona Cairns.  The top 3 layers were replaced.  The top 2 were kept by the royal couple per tradition (to be served to guests during the christening of their first child).  The 3rd tier was eaten by guests.

Already the exhibit has sold more than double the usual pre-sale tickets, and is expected to break visitor records. More than half a million people are expected to view the exhibit this year and will bring the Palace an additional  £8 million in revenue.  Her Majesty has already delayed her return from Balmoral to allow people more time to visit.  Along with the royal wedding dress, a Royal Fabergé collection is also featured for the summer exhibition.

Kate's royal wedding dress on display at Buckingham Palace

Links from the Royal Collection: Royal Wedding DressRoyal Fabergé

More William & Kate Tidbits


Prince Andrew Gives Up Trade Enjoy Role

It was something that was probably just waiting for the right time to announce.

The Duke of York has officially declared that he’s stepping down as Britain’s “special representative” for international trade and investment, after 10 years in the role. Prince Andrew has attracted controversy over the decade. In March he was criticized for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a U.S. financier who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution. He was also criticized for being “rude” with the Wikileaks scandal.

“As the evolution of my role continues apace and in order to reflect the changes I have outlined, I have decided that the label I gave myself when I began this role of Special Representative has served its purpose and is no longer necessary to the work that I do today and, more importantly, in the future.”

Prince Andrew will continue to travel and promote UK trade abroad — but not with his formal title.

Article: CNN


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Prince Charles on William & Kate’s Popularity

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s widely successful North American tour is over, and it looks like the press is scraping the barrel and milking the stories for what its worth.  Other than an announcement that William and Kate intend to keep a lower profile till the end of the year (something we’ve already known), what has happened exactly?  Nothing.  But now people are insinuating that the young royal couple’s popularity has made Prince Charles uneasy, just as his late wife did 30 years ago…

Take note that the story was first suggested by Richard Kay, who was Princess Diana’s friend and media leak.  According to him, Prince Charles feels “he is caught between a rock and a hard place. There is the growing affection for his son on one side and the enduring reverence for the Queen on the other. In short, he feels overlooked.”  At the same time, he feels that William & Kate’s recent overseas tour had far too many photo opportunities and that their success undermines the work of other royals.  So what’s Charles to do?  Shift his PR strategy to change the public’s attitude toward him.


Do I personally believe this?  No, not in the slightest until I find concrete proof…  To me this is the media yet again pitching the royals against each other to create drama.   And as royal watchers, we can’t believe everything we read.  With no news, unfounded nonstories often come to print, just like America’s recent rubbish about Kate’s weight and fertility fears.  The blog All Things Regal has a brilliant piece on not “specuKating.” Highly recommended read.


William & Kate’s North American Tour: Quotes & Reviews

It was the king of royal tours — the best for decades.  Now William & Kate have retreated to a normal married life in Wales.  This weekend (if Twitter sightings are to be trusted), the couple went to the cinema in Llandudno (North Wales) to catch (what else?) Harry Potter!  The Telegraph also reports that the couple with take on larger roles as British business ambassadors in the future.

A royal aide said: “It is not something that William or Catherine had done before LA, but they have genuinely enjoyed being ambassadors for the UK and flying the flag for British business in America, and it is definitely something they will start to do more of. It will not always be about just going to realms in the future. They will now start to visit countries of strategic importance to the United Kingdom with the purpose of meeting the Foreign Office’s commercial objectives. Just as the Prince of Wales regularly meets with corporate and environmental leaders during his overseas tours to highlight British trade and investments, so the couple will begin to emulate this approach through the prism of their own interests.”

On Kate, he says: “All of us have been utterly amazed and impressed by how well she’s done, and she has genuinely enjoyed herself all the way. I know the Duke is incredibly proud of her.” Kate is said to perhaps begin to take on patronages and charities starting the autumn, after the palace receiving “several thousand” charities requesting for her involvement.

Anyway, back to William & Kate’s recent tour:  reviews from royal correspondents and memorable quotes:


Looking Forward to: Zara & Mike’s Wedding

On July 30, this year’s second royal wedding — between Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips & her rugby player fiance Mike Tindall — will take place in Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. We’ve read before that the wedding will be a “private affair.” Now the Mail reports that Zara been forced to turn down a £500,000 wedding deal with Hello! magazine after Buckingham Palace vetoed the arrangement. Her brother Peter had done this for his 2008 wedding to Autumn Kelly, much to the dismay of the palace.

Instead, Zara & Mike’s wedding will see a small number of hand-picked photographers allowed into the Palace of Holyroodhouse to record the arrival and departure of the bridal party and their immediate families. This includes newlyweds William & Kate, the Queen, Prince Harry and the Tindall family. The ceremony and reception afterwards will be strictly off-limits to commercial photographers.

Article: Daily Mail


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