What a happy, smiling kind of day it is here at the Prepatorium, we’re almost giddy at the notion of being able to
babble endlessly chat about the upcoming nuptials.
Here is how the official announcement looked:
From a Forbes blog:
“In a thoroughly 21st century twist, the engagement was simultaneously announced on the British Monarchy’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. (Queen Elizabeth just joined FB earlier this month. Coincidence?)
For those who don’t Tweet, here is how it appeared on that site:
There was even a Twitpic from the Palace:
Here is how The Daily Mail played it yesterday.
And today they even have a
way over the top story showing a ‘vision’ of how the bride would look if wearing a gown designed by Elizabeth Emanual, who designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
For anyone who may have missed it, here is “the Ring” seen up close yesterday.
We do adore how the prince described his decision to use his mother’s ring:
“…my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement. It’s very special to me,” he said. “As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together.”
Below, the ring as worn by Miss Middleton yesterday, and on Lady Diana Spencer (at the time) in 1981.
We like how Miss Middleton responded to a specific question, the Times has more:
“Asked if the rumor that she had a poster of Prince William on her wall when she was a girl was true, Miss Middleton said, “He wishes.” (In fact, she added, she had a “Levi’s guy” on her wall.)
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Among those expected to be part of the wedding party, Ms. Middleton’s sister Pippa, and possibly Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
As well as friends from “The Sisterhood,” seen training in 2007.
Of course, no post on the topic would be complete without ‘commemorative items’:
Above we show a set of Aynsley china which went into production yesterday after the official announcement.
If interested in reading more news coverage, here are a few suggestions:
- From the far side of the pond, The Telegraph has oodles of coverage, including a comparison of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana
- Also from the UK, the Daily Mail has a solid bio on Miss Middleton
- “Wills and the Real Girl” at Vanity Fair, an excerpt from Katie Nicholl’s book, “William and Harry”
- “Introducing Kate Middleton” at Time magazine’s site
- The Times (NY) also has plenty of coverage, including a good overview
- NPR’s Linda Holmes brings us this:
“But there’s such a great public desire to see Charles and Diana’s kids do well, to see them overcome all that sadness and letdown, that this royal wedding is probably going to be just as closely watched as the one that took place thirty years earlier. Maybe for slightly different reasons, but ultimately with the same anticipation and many of the same hopeful sighs. It’s precisely because the publicly projected dreams didn’t come close to coming true for Diana that we may wind up dreaming them again for her son.”
We would all like a chance to dream again, yes?
Speaking of dreams, The Consort tells us he is eagerly awaiting a “save the date” from the Palace. Indeed.