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A Tale of Two Stories, Bridal Party Designer Revealed, Tonight’s Royal Gala

Today’s post is a challenge.

We can’t simply revel in fun and frivolity while ignoring the other news of the day.

Dusty Compton/The Tuscaloosa News/AP

Having personal experience with tornadoes when covering news, we can only say that written descriptions are inadequate.

International Business Times/AP Photo

Above, images from Tuscaloosa last night.

The atmosphere after a tornadic event is beyond explanation, well beyond weird or eerie or any other term I can think of.  The best I can say is it is quiet.  There is an odd silence and the air itself feels funny. Below, north of Centreville, Alabama last night.

Tony Laubach/TornadoesKick.com

People come slowly out of whatever shelter remains, asking “Is it gone? Is it over?”

Gary Cosby, Jr./The Decatur Daily/AP

A few will come out running, racing to find those they love.

Bernard Troncale/Birmingham News/AP

Or those they don’t know at all.

Jeff Roberts/AP Photo/Birmingham News

When the event comes at night one is even more unsteady, there is no sound, no light, no nothing. Only the sound of generators, once they kick in, for those that have them.

Jeff Roberts/Birmingham News/AP

Daylight brings painful realities.

Jeff Roberts/Birmingham News/AP

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this disaster.

Dave Martin/AP Photo


We move on to events across the pond, where it is has been a day filled with last-minute rehearsals, comings and goings, smiles and glad-handing, and this evening’s gala for the out-of-town royals.

The day started with one more walk-through at Westminster Abbey; Prince Harry and Kate Middleton were on hand but Prince William did not participate.

Enigma via The Daily Mail

Young attendants took part in the rehearsal as well, below we see 8-year-old Tom Pettifer, one of the page boys, and Lady Louise Windsor, aged 7, she is the daughter of The Earl and Countess of Wessex (aka Prince Edward and his wife Sophie).

Roland Hoskins/The Daily Mail

We do know the young ladies will be wearing dresses by Nicki Macfarlane, below we see designs from the designer’s 2010/2011 collections.  (Be advised if thinking about checking this site, it seems to be melting down from the increased traffic.)

Nicki MacFarlane Courtesy Image

Ms. Macfarlane has done bespoke dresses for some time, only recently did she start offering RTW (ready to wear) designs. Below, another look at Young Master Pettifer and Miss Windsor.

Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph

We see Pippa Middleton below, holding the hand of Grace van Cutsem, on the right William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton heads into the rehearsal.

Roland Hoskins

We don’t know if the third young bridesmaid, Eliza Lopes, was at this morning’s run-through or not. We show her below in images from an earlier post on the wedding party.

Via The Daily Mail

In addition to hearing about the wedding party’s attire, we are learning what some of the more notable guests will be wearing.  Prince Harry’s guest, Chelsy Davy, will be in two dresses by Alberta Ferretti, for the wedding she will wear aqua with a matching jacket, and for tomorrow night’s party at the palace, a midnight blue one-shouldered design.

Courtesy Alberta Ferretti

The Duchess of Cornwall will wear a creation by Anna Valentine, the designer of the dress for her marriage to Prince Charles.

Getty Images

The Duchess was out and about this afternoon, greeting those camped out on the mall.

Getty Images

Throughout the day the bride, her family and others involved in tomorrow’s events have been smiling, looking quite relaxed.


John Nguyen

This evening the family is safely ensconced at their hotel, below the Middleton ladies arrive at the Goring, left to right, Pippa, Carole, and Kate.

Chris Eads/Reuters

Perhaps one of the most important items brought into the hotel today:

Rex Features via The Telegraph

A sewing machine. Brilliant.

Oh, the groom? He did a walkabout this evening, greeting those gathered on the processional route.

AP Television News

While the Middletons are settled in at The Goring, others are at the Mandarin Oriental for tonight’s big dinner.  The Queen was in periwinkle blue, on the right we see Prince Charles and Camilla.

Prince Edward and Sophie, she looked lovely in red.

Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

We have a slight concern about the frock Princess Beatrice selected, parts of it look awfully… shiny. Perhaps this is merely an unfortunate camera angle.

Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Others at the gala, Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, on the right we see Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Getty Images

A favorite with the fashion crowd, Princess Letizia is seen in an elegant grey sleeveless gown, husband Prince Felipe is seen on the left, Queen Sofia is on the right.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Another look at Princess Letizia’s gown, simply stunning.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

We leave you with two things today, the first, another photo from the couple’s shoot with Mario Testino.

Mario Testino

That is the image on the official program.(You can look at the program here.)

The other is the music you will when all is said and done, and the couple turns, and heads up the aisle and out of the abbey.  





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The Bee Plans A Royal Wedding Party

Hello-Hello, and Happy Tuesday! Today your trusty scribe is gadding about so we are immensely grateful to our Royal Correspondent for stepping up to the plate with an in-depth look at party preps, on the off chance anyone might be planning a celebration to mark the upcoming nuptials (you know, *that wedding*).

A bit of background when seeing the suppliers’ names, the Bee selected them for specific reasons: Party Pieces is the company owned and operated by Kate Middleton’s parents, Duchy Originals was created in 1990 by Prince Charles, Althorp is the Spencer family estate where Princess Diana is buried and Highgrove is home for Prince Charles and Camilla, proceeds from the gift shop at Highgrove fund The Prince’s charities.


We’re coming down to the wire to THE wedding.  I recently started to think about just what I would be doing on the day and had a minor epiphany; “I wonder if it would be possible to throw a tongue-in-cheek party using products that are sold and/or the official ____________  whatevers (you can fill in the blank, there seems to be an official everything with this) on the 29th”?  Let me tell you, it’s all too easy to shape up most of your party from Party Pieces and the Duchy of Cornwall’s Line for Waitrose.  Even to concede to the Spencer family, the Althorp Gift Shoppe appears on the List of THE Wedding Party Wares a la the Queen Bee.

Party Decorations:

Party Pieces Union Jack Lantern– On this side of the pond, we’re going to have to get up before even the newspaper kid starts his route, what better way to welcome your guests than a few of these brightly lining the drive?

Party Pieces

Party Pieces 82 Foot-Long Union Jack Bunting– Why not strew a few doorways, tables, houseplants, chandeliers even, with this bunting (my personal favorite).

Party Pieces

9×6 foot Union Jack Flag– Could be used as tablecloth, cape, draped over an armchair or (appropriately) hung with pride.

Party Pieces

Party Poppers- You may be popping the champagne (see suggestions below) but the kiddies can take part in the very British merriment by popping these crackers.

Party Pieces

Champagne Bubbles- You are having bubbles (again, see suggestions below for adult tipples) so why not the kiddies (and those who are children at heart) as the couple makes their way to Buckingham Palace?

Party Pieces

I “Heart” GB Balloons– What better way to dress up your serving table, viewing room or even tie to your mailbox to further take on the air of jubilation.

Party Pieces

Serving Pieces:

Party Pieces Cake Stands– Though we will be using a platter also from bespoke website, this would be the perfect solution to serve all of those cucumber sandwiches for elevenses as the coverage starts to wind down.

Party Pieces

Party Pieces Plates– The heritage and whimsy of English bone china is touched upon in these easy to dispose of paper plates- since who wants a big clean up if you’re going to start partying at 4 AM?

Party Pieces

Party Pieces Party Cups– By far my favorite piece from the whole “British Vintage Street Party” Collection offered on Party Pieces.  Will be great for everything from tea to champers.

Party Pieces

Princess Carriage Party Food Hold-All– Maybe your guests are the type who care to balance cocktail plate, beverage and other miscellany as they celebrate.  Since all the first-tier Windsors (by blood or by marriage) will be employing a carriage on April 29th, why not you?  Though we should note, unless there is rain, you will be the only person with an enclosed carriage.

Party Pieces

Party Pieces Union Jack Paper Napkins– Because it wouldn’t be very princessy to place our cups on the table without one.

Party Pieces

Fairytale Princess Party Napkins– Tongue in cheek, QBS declares, “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.”

Party Pieces


Althorp Shoppe’s Chocolate Chip Biscuits– Wanted to make sure that the Spencer Family knew that they were included in our celebration (a very tongue-in-cheek har har here).


Duchy Originals Highland Shortbread– As the couple met in Scotland at St. Andrew’s University and is said to have a love for the Scottish Highlands, this is a fitting part of your spread.

Duchy Originals

Duchy Originals Oaten Biscuits– What good British spread wouldn’t include oat-cakes?  Very lightly sweet, they’re great on their own or with cheese; I would recommend a good Stilton (layered cheddar and Roquefort- very British and one of the handful of cheeses that seldom touch these lips).

Duchy Originals

Duchy Originals Sandgringham Strawberry Preserves– We’re starting the day very early, maybe too early for extreme sweets, so a dollop of these preserves over toast might be a better way to ease into the celebrations.  Could also use in a glaze for a roast or in a trifle.

Duchy Originals

Other Non-Royally Produced Suggestions- As mentioned earlier, tea sandwiches ranging from finger to cucumber would be a lovely savory item to serve your guests.  While a bit early for strawberries to be in-season, strawberries and cream is very British and would make for the perfect breakfast treat.


Union Jack Chocolate Cake Kit- Serve this as the Wedding cake along with the Bride and Groom toppers as seen below.

Party Pieces

Cake Kits’ Golden Sponge Cake Mix– Prince William’s new brother-in-law, James Middleton, peddles cake making kits (on his parents website, amongst others), so we’re incorporating more family into our celebration.  Perhaps bake and slice to use in a trifle, as he noted Kate once did after improperly cooking him a birthday cake?  Revenge is sweet and you can use the Duchy Originals’ Strawberry Preserves in the cake to meld Windsor and Middleton families.  Serve in lieu of Groom’s Cake.

Party Pieces

Party Pieces Cake Platter– Surely this is what the Windsors will be serving up the cake on, non?

Party Pieces

Blonde Groom Cake Topper– Though Prince William will be in Dress Uniform instead of morning coat and top hat.

Party Pieces

Brunette Bride Cake Topper– Though I believe Kate will wear her luscious locks up, not down, as to further set off whatever tiara she does wear that day.

Union Jack Cake Candles– Surely at some point Kate blew out a candle with the wish to marry Prince William, why not let your guests make castles-in-the-sky wishes too on the day of a wild-beyond-wild dream coming true?

Party Pieces


Tattigner Champagne– May we suggest the only Champagne to have QEII’s insignia (and therefore official approval) to toast the newlyweds as they walk out of Westminster Abbey as man and wife and proceed in carriage to Buckingham Palace?

Laurent-Perrier– This is the Champagne that has Prince Charles’ insignia proudly stamped on it.  Possibly to save to pop after we’ve seen all the royals on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and are now hunkering down to read all of the blogs and watch re-play of the coverage?

Hereford Reserve Dry Cider– After we’ve all but exhausted our bubbles, we bring out the swill, Prince Charles’ Highgrove brand cider.  Very British to do so, this is what shows up when reveling has gone on into the wee hours, even the first wedding in Four Weddings and a Funeral highlights this practice.


Highgrove Shop’s Engagement Jigsaw Puzzle– To date, I am unsure if the coverage will be wholly uninterrupted, but in the event of commercials or nonsensical morning news anchors unintelligibly babbling, what better way to kill the time than putting together this jigsaw puzzle until the cultural eye-candy is back on the air?

Highgrove Shop

For the record on how I plan on commemorating the day: Pigs in a blanket, a few bottles of Veuve Cliquot, fresh strawberries and as many of those little Union Jack flag toothpicks as we can get our little paws on.  I’m between my tiara or red fascinator to pair with my pajamas.

Party Pieces Union Jack Flag Face Paint Kit– The couple might wear their hearts on their sleeves, but you can wear your pride on your face as we watch one of the biggest weddings of the century.

Party Pieces

Princess Party Tiaras– In the event that unlike QBS, you do not own a tiara AND fascinator, you simply must pick up some of these so your guests are able to be properly adorned; one wouldn’t think of even attending this wedding without some kind of a headpiece.

Party Pieces

A tad more on how QBS will celebrate the day: The Lord Chamberlain did not recognize the Royal House of QBS, so she is without invitation to Westminster, much less the luncheon and dinner celebrations at Buckingham Palace later in the day.  QBS and sister, at present, are planning on sleeping over at their parents’ house, waking up earlier than they did to see what Santa left them for Christmas 1989. We will then commence the merrymaking, much to our parents’ chagrin, but when you buy a larger than large flatscreen,wall-mounted television for the sunroom, how do you say no to your two little darlings 😉  Bottles of good bubbles, including Laurent Perrier are already chilling, QBS has some Union Jack toothpicks that will surely grace the mini pigs in a blanket that we have decided on.  Our mother will certainly insist upon petit-fours, as those are “daintily regal.”  As the celebration starts at four AM (an ungodly hour, even for this gal who is used to 5 AM practices), the dress code will be relaxed enough to wear pajamas and tiaras (or my fascinator, I’m not sure yet).

Glasses Up!

The QueenBee, kHm


A quick postscript for any philatelists, The Royal Mail has released images of the official stamps, for a quick peek click here.


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Another Celebrity Line + the Prince of Wales Heads to Burberry

Hello-Hello and greetings on a Thursday, we are excited to see the day unfold, with lots of obligations and meetings!

That translates to a mercifully short post, with a quick glance at the new, more affordable bridal line being launched by Badgley Mischka.


PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen/WWD

A sampling of styles accompanied this WWD story on the more fiscally friendly collection.


PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen/WWD

The name for the new label? Mark and James, after the designing duo’s first names.


PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen/WWD

Surprisingly, we weren’t wowed by these.


We enjoyed this next item, a visit from the Prince of Wales to the new Burberry headquarters.


PHOTO: Johnny Green/WPA Pool/Getty

The Prince was officially opening the firm’s new global headquarters in London.

Britain Burberry Royal Visit

PHOTO: Johnny Green/Pool/AP

Judging from the bag, apparently he also did his part to boost the economy. (Did we mention that Burberry is jumping on the makeup bandwagon, launching their own line of color cosmetics next June?)


In our post yesterday we chatted about Olsenboye, the new juniors line launching at JCPenney from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.  We pondered aloud about the number of celebrity lines being created; today we share another: Dream Out Loud from actress Selena Gomez (also the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever), launching for fall 2010.

John Aquino/WWD

John Aquino/WWD

As noted in this WWD story:

“… with the help of a group of industry experts, Gomez teamed up to create her brand which focuses on “pretty, feminine and bohemian” clothing — a line, she said, that mirrors her own style.”

It is always tough to predict, but we’re guessing the tween girls we know will like these styles.

John Aquino/WWD

John Aquino/WWD

More from WWD on where the clothing will be available; brand managers are looking for an exclusive relationship with a store, not unlike the arrangement the Olsens have with JCPenney. As an executive with the line put it:

““Miley Cyrus at Wal-Mart is a little more rock ’n’ roll, and Avril Lavigne’s line at Kohl’s has that edginess,” he said. “There seems to be a void in that space for the girl who is looking for feminine, pretty clothes.”

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

According to Miss Gomez, the labels on pieces will carry inspirational quotes.


Dooney & Bourke’s sailboat pattern always makes us smile, despite the little logo on the sails, and for some reason we were thinking about it today. Below, we show it in the Erica style.


It will surprise no one our favorite colorway is this one:


That is the Victoria model, as seen at Zappos.


We also have a few updates for those contemplating possible purchases of Lilly stationery, gifts, or goodies, beginning with a word about these:


We received an advisory from the fabulous Lilly paper people about our Thermal Mugs: they are officially out of the Vintage Patch pattern, with Trouble Hibiscus and Private Property almost gone.  (A little secret about these: at the Princess they are always just $15.50; everywhere else they are $16 and up.) Fortunately the Consort was lightning-quick in reacting to the news, purchasing as many as we could handle over at the Mighty Princess Warehouse, but as an FYI for those interested in these, our supply of Private Property is down to the last 8 mugs.

We also have word on these hot sellers:

lpAgendaSmall3shotThe Lilly folks have almost sold out of the Pocket Agendas in the Trouble Hibiscus and Ports ‘o Call patterns.

We leave you with a quick reminder about these:


To win a complete suite of Whitney English crest stationery (retailing at $222!), just click here to enter our Great Preppy Paper Giveaway!

Here is wish that everyone’s afternoon is sunny and bright!


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Preppy Sales & Cartier Polo


As general mayhem continues here at the Prepatorium we remain grateful for our sunny summer skies, while harboring hopes our preppy pals in Texas and California receive some desperately needed rain.

We begin with a few reminders in our Sales and Savings category, beginning with one that is new to us, compliments of a brilliant blogging friend, Preppy in New England. Gaze upon the remarkable Lobsterland Collection at Stonewall Kitchen.

'Lobsterland' at Stonewall Kitchen

'Lobsterland' at Stonewall Kitchen

From fabulosities like the bucket seen above to the mugs below, the entire collection is now on sale.

'Lobsterland' at Stonewall Kitchen

'Lobsterland' at Stonewall Kitchen

Bergdorf Goodman continues to promote their sale.


And Lacoste continues their ‘Last Call Sale’ as well.


Additionally, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, Talbots, Tory Burch and a host of other preppish stores continue with their sales/promotions/clearance/discounts/etc.


In our “Recent Activities of the Royalty” category we share a few pictures from Cartier International Polo Day 2009 at Guards Polo Club this past Sunday. First, HRH, Prince Charles in the royal box.

PHOTO: Chris Jackson/Getty

PHOTO: Chris Jackson/Getty

We thought the Prince was having a rather good tie day.

The event is a highlight of the social season; our next photo features Chloe Delevigne and Alexander Spencer Churchill.

PHOTO: Dave M. Benett/Getty

PHOTO: Dave M. Benett/Getty

Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio was in attendance as well, accompanying ‘Pussycat Doll’ Ashley Roberts. (Rumor has it the handsome actor is now dating Ms. Roberts. Gasp.)

PHOTO: Dave Bennet

For those interested in the sporting event being held on the field, Argentina ultimately bested the English team, 12-5.


One of the many cultural phenomenon with which we are not familiar is the wildly popular Twilight film and book series. Because we know some Princess readers do enjoy the dramas, we thought it a good idea to share the news that Nordstrom will be selling a line of clothing inspired by Twilight.

Courtesy Nordstrom

Courtesy Nordstrom

The new line from the retailer will also offer jewelry.

Courtesy Nordstrom via InStyle.com

Courtesy Nordstrom via InStyle.com

This story provides more detail on the merchandise:

“T-shirts, tank tops and sweatshirts with logos including “Team Edward” (a vampire in the series), “Team Jacob” (a werewolf in the series), and “Forks High School Phys. Ed. Dept.” The store will also sell “I Love Edward” and “I Love Jacob” necklaces and pendants.”

The collection will be available online October 1, but to see it in person at stores one will have to wait until October 15.  The newest Twilight film (New Moon) opens nationally November 20.

Are we the only walking, talking human left who hasn’t yet partaken of Twilight in any format?  Do tell, we’re simply dying to know.

With that it is sayonara for today, we’re off for our stint at the Senior Center!


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