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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Or those they don’t know at all.

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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.

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Daylight brings painful realities.

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

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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.

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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).

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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.)

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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A sewing machine. Brilliant.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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Gowns and Crowns at Sweden’s Royal Wedding

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a special weekend edition of the Princess blog, sharing images from today’s royal wedding in Stockholm. When last we chatted, guests were heading off to the dinner in honor of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her betrothed, Daniel Westling.

After dinner everyone headed over to the Royal Concert Hall for a gala concert; the Princess and her fiancée made a dramatic entrance onto the stage.

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The concert is said to have been quite a celebration for the 32-year-old Princess and 36-year-old commoner.

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Back to today’s events: below we see, Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock on their way to the wedding ceremony.

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England was represented by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex; apparently some in Sweden felt snubbed by Prince William’s decision to attend the World Cup as opposed to the wedding.

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Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark on the left, Margarethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark are on the right.

Vivid colors were selected by many attending today’s ceremonies; below left, Queen Sonja and King Harald of Norway, and on the right, Mr. Westling’s sister, Anna Westling Blom, and partner Mikael Soederstroem.

Next, Norway’s Prince Haakon and Princess Mette Marit (L), along with Princess Martha Louise and husband Mr Ari Behn (R).

Groom Daniel Westling and best man and brother of the bride Carl Philip of Sweden. Remember, this has not been an easy path for Mr. Westling. Here is part of today’s story in the Telegraph:

“When he first appeared on the pages of the Swedish news papers in 2002 many were horrified at his casual appearance. Even worse, apparently, was his thick, rural accent which was mocked among the Crown Princess’s circle.

But their relationship, though stormy at times, survived – despite the King’s anger. He had hoped his daughter would marry a blue-blooded royal.

When it became clear Victoria was prepared to defy her father he capitulated… “

A bit more on the groom’s preparations for royal life from an AOL story:

“In January, Westling began an intensive training program aimed at preparing him for royal life and his new responsibilities as half of “the crown princess couple.” Earlier this month, he was granted his own coat of arms.

Below left we see the groom’s parents, and on the right, Queen Silvia, mother of the bride, and the bride’s sister, 28-year-old Crown Princess Madeleine, whose own engagement was broken off in April.

Tighter shots of both ladies, wearing what we would categorize as very. serious. accessories.

From AOL’s news story on the wedding:

“Victoria has decided to dispense with adult bridesmaids. Instead, she will be attended by 10 young pages and flower girls. Among them will be three future monarchs: 6-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia, future queen of the Netherlands; 6-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, future queen of Norway; and 6-year-old Prince Christian, future king of Denmark. Victoria is godmother to all three youngsters.”

Here are some of those attendants, Page Boys Ian De Geer, Prince Christian, flower girls Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Vera Blom and Leopold Sommerlath.

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Three more attendants, Vivien Sommerlath, Giulia Sommerlath and Hedvig Blom, all of them lovely.

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The person everyone wanted to see, Princess Victoria and her father, King Carl Gustaf.

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The bride’s decision to have her father escort her down the aisle was controversial.

“So far, the biggest controversy surrounding the nuptials has come from Victoria’s stated desire to have her father walk her down the aisle. In Sweden, it’s customary for the bride and groom to walk down the aisle together. Several members of the clergy took issue with Victoria’s choice, arguing that the princess should follow her country’s tradition instead of opting for a British or American custom.”

Her gown was designed by Pär Engsheden, made of pearl white silk duchesse, and described in news releases as short-sleeved with an external collar.

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Her veil was Queen Sofia’s lace veil, also worn by the Queen Silvia at her and the King’s wedding.

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Her bouquet, a mixture of traditional Swedish flowers.

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Her cameo tiara is a story unto itself, more from AOL:

“Once owned by Napoleon’s Empress Josephine, it came to the Swedish royal family when Josephine’s granddaughter Josefina married the future King Oscar I in 1823. The pearl-covered diadem, heightened by seven cameos depicting mythological figures, has become traditional bridal headgear in the House of Bernadotte. Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, wore it on her own wedding day on June 19, 1976.”

Back to the ceremony at Stockholm Cathedral, with this from the Stockholm News:

“Both the bride and the groom had tears in their eyes when they promised each other eternal loyalty.”

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If this bride isn’t beaming, we don’t know who is.

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The couple’s official titles are now Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.

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Afterward, a thank you to the crowd.

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And royal smiles all around from guests.

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Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Sophie and Queen Margarethe.

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Also celebrating, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan.

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Spain’s Princess Letizia.

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Crowds waiting to see the couple were estimated at 500,000.

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And then it was on to the wedding banquet, below we see the Princess and her father, the King.

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Hopefully this will be a real-life fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a redacted version of our post, edited to correct the title of Sophie, Countess of Wessex. (We incorrectly wrote ‘Princess Sophie’.) Our thanks to Gerry for so graciously letting us know about the mistake. :)

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Royals, Ascots, and Royal Ascot

Hello-Hello!

As promised in yesterday’s post, we are taking a more in-depth look at Royal Ascot.

Before delving into Ascot, a reminder the Royal Family does know how to dress; below we see everyone at this weekend’s Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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Back to the subject at hand, yesterday was Day One at Ascot, and both the Queen and actress Amanda Holden opted for this season’s “it color”.

Today brought more pink; Princess Anne stood out amid a sea of black (L), and Jackie St. Clair (perhaps best known as Simon Cowell’s former girlfriend, good heavens) is on the right.

Clearly, dining before things get underway is a rigorous exercise.

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Lending an entirely different meaning to the word “picnic”.

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Back to our topic, the fashion sported by race-goers.

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Above, a vertigo-inducing image,  and below, efforts to avoid a chapeau tragedy.

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Lest there be any confusion regarding proper apparel for watching the activities from the Royal Enclosure, let us we remind readers there are rules.

“Her Majesty’s Representative wishes to point out that only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable. Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour.”

Also looking smart yesterday, a cousin of the Queen and 34th in line to the throne, Princess Alexandra (L); on the right, the BBC’s Kate Silverton.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex (perhaps better known stateside as Prince Edward’s wife) was in muted tones both yesterday (L) and today (R).

The dress code is not only applicable to the ladies, back to the Official Rules:

“Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat, with a top hat. A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.”

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Most of the gentlemen looked topnotch, including soccer star Michael Owen (injured, thus not enduring the vuvuzelas at the World Cup) on the left, and on the right, jockey Frankie Dettori.

To read the full dress code code for those heading for the Royal Enclosure, click here.

The hat on the left is shared on behalf of the delightful Nautical by Nature, on the right, an elegant ensemble in what we’ll call royal blue. (Clearly the Silly Princess was let out today. Sigh.)

We’re not convinced matching one’s escort is necessary.

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And we must query our cherished readers about this next image: is it just TP, or do these dresses look like something better worn in the boudoir? (They are prompting Paris Hilton Anti-Prep flashbacks for some reason, envision the involuntary eye twitch, the sudden jerking movement of the head.)

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As someone who spent 18 years in broadcasting, naturally we read the Media Guide, you would expect no less. Trust us when we say it is full of amazing information, not all of it what we are used to seeing in such publications.

Vehicular Egress! Ladies, the easiest way to exit a vehicle is to take a firm hold on the back hem of the skirt, twist your body with your legs together until your legs are toward the exiting door of the vehicle, and then stand.

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We are wondering if Australian entertainer Holly Valance (above) needed those pointers?

Here is another tip from the Media Guide for the gentlemen:

Zips Gentlemen ensure these are always done up. A simple schoolboy error can spoil even the most distinguished of outfits!”

Indeed.

Here is a bit of insight from the Media Guide on an essential topic:

…And Hats Simply the Ascot accessory! Wear hats straight on the head or tilted mysteriously over one eye. How a hat looks from the neck up is most important.”

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The Guide also addresses the topic of footwear:

Feet! No pain, no gain! High heels look fabulous but don’t neglect your feet girls! The site is a quarter of a mile long so lady visitors may wish to consider their footwear carefully…or just wear the heels, everyone knows they look great!”

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It seems someone elected to leave the pain and/or gain behind.

Next, this lovely image of The Queen on her way to today’s events, definitely a Pretty in Pink.

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And if one were seeking a Pretty in Pink and Green from Ascot, we can supply that image as well.

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If wondering whether Princes William and Harry are enjoying the races, that is a ‘no,’ they are in Botswana.

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Above we see Prince Harry and Prince William holding an African rock python yesterday, at an Education Centre they support. The final stop for this Royal duo includes watching the England vs Algeria World Cup match in Cape Town.

The young men are not the only royals doing the World Cup; Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe, and Princess Letizia at today’s World Cup match between Spain and Switzerland.

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The outcome was an upset, Spain (reigning European champions) did not win the match.

Our final tidbit in what has become “Your Royal Update from the Princess,” a reminder about this Saturday’s big event, the wedding between Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and former fitness instructor Daniel Westling.

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On the left, the Princess at a function last December, and on the right, leaving the Cathedral where the ceremony will be held.

We look forward to seeing the wedding gown the Princess will wear.

Until next time, may your afternoon be sunny and bright!

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