Did you know that Prince Charles and Princess Diana had 27 wedding cakes? Here is a photo of the official cake
, which was supplied by the Naval Armed Forces. It bore the prince's coat of arms and Lady Diana's family crest. A tier saved and served at Prince William's christening the following year. And speaking of saving, a piece of this cake was recently sold at an auction for $1,800! A 27-year-old piece of wedding cake?!
Charles and Diana's wedding cake
There is no doubt that their royal cake had a very 1980s feel to it (well, it was 1981, after all.) So my advice to Prince William and Kate is to keep it simple. I think something more modern would still fit the royal family's traditional flair.
As for flavor, personally, I love staying seasonal. The wedding is planned for April, and rhubarb will be just coming into season. A vanilla-bean cake with a rose buttercream and rhubarb compote and would feel springlike and fresh.
Source : Martha Stewart Weddings.com
THE wedding of Wills and Kate could be captured on camera by a Sunderland snapper.
David Lawson, who has photographed Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Andrew in the past, wrote to offer his services on the big day and received a right Royal thank you.
David Lawson with his reply from St Jamess Palace.
In a letter from St James’s Palace, Claudia Holloway replied: “Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have asked me to thank you for your letter and your kind offer.
“As I am sure you will appreciate, Prince William and Miss Middleton have received many similar generous offers and the Lord Chamberlain’s Office will consider them all carefully during the planning process.”
David said: “I’ve got a cat in hell’s chance of being chosen but I’d love to be there and I was really pleased to get a letter back.
“Royal weddings are few and far between so to take part in any way would be a massive deal.”
In 1986, David met Prince Charles and Princess Diana when they paid a visit to Herrington Burn to meet four North East businesses who’d been helped by the Prince’s Trust.
David’s fledgling photography was one of those selected, after receiving a £500 boost from the Trust.
He said: “I’d set up a background and lights to show them what I did. Diana was amazing. After talking to her for a few minutes you felt she was a friend you’d known for years. She was absolutely stunning – you had to see it to believe it. She told me she wasn’t allowed to sit for a portrait but she’d stand in front of the background so I could take a few. It was her little way of getting round the rules.
“The photos came out pretty well but I wish I’d had more time. I decided not to show anyone the photos because there are certain things you want to keep to yourself. They’re at my mam’s house still – I’ve kept them for me and my family.”
Then, 10 years ago, with his business on Chester Road established, David was asked to photograph Prince Andrew in the Stadium of Light boardroom.
David said: “I love the Royal family and I’m a total Royalist. They cost a few pounds each a year but we get so much back. They’re one of the few traditions we still have.”
Source : Sunderland Echo.com
Think you've seen all the possible commemoratives being released for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day?
Well here's one I bet you wouldn't have thought of : Royal Wedding condoms called 'Crown Jewels'.
Described as being 'condoms of distinction' they can be purchased at the Crown Jewels
Available in packs of three for £5.00 or in packs of nine for £13.50
The catch is the condoms aren't real and don't actually work, they are purely a more unusual collectable souvenir for the Royal nuptials on April 29th,
Crown Jewels - Royal Wedding condoms
Think you know everything about Prince William and Kate's nuptials? Think again. From commemorative condoms to model rabbits of the couple, the weirdest things about the royal wedding.In just over three months, Prince William will marry Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. The royal wedding is prompting huge excitement among Brits and overseas Anglophiles alike. But even the most ardent royal-watcher might have missed these strange facts about April's nuptials:1. How does the Queen send out invites? By fax
Queen Elizabeth II used antiquated means to send out save-the-date invitations to the kings and queens of Europe,reports The Huffington Post
. No, not a carrier pigeon nor a horseback messenger, but a quaint device known as "ye olde facsimile machine." Apparently, it's standard practice among royal households. In case it seems like the British royal family is still stuck in the "dark ages," consider that "the royal engagement was announced on Twitter and the Queen has both Facebook and Flickr pages.2. Britain is running out of Prince William lookalikes...
If you have a passing resemblance to the future King of England, book a flight to London. Talent agencies are facing a desperate shortage of Prince William lookalikes for corporate parties, TV commercials, and PR events. But would-be impersonators ought to be accomplished thespians too, says Sylvia Hui at the Associated Press
. "It seems it's extremely challenging for amateur actors to capture the unusual blend of royal confidence and humility that William projects."
Prince William and Kate Middleton lookalikes (pictured) at the London Toy Fair
3. ...But Lifetime is managing to make a Lifetime movie about the royal pair...
An inability to find William clones hasn't stopped Lifetime fromgreenlighting a TV movie
based on the couple's nine-year relationship. Newcomer Nico Evers Swindell will play the prince, while the role of his father, Prince Charles, goes to Ben Cross, who is best known for playing Spock's father in the recent Star Trek
movie. The couple's courtship is "truly the stuff of Shakespearean forbidden-love stories," jokes Mike Vilensky at New York
.4...And a set of Japanese miniature rabbit replicas, too
Japanese toy line Sylvanian Families has designed rabbit replicas of the royal couple
, to go on sale in the U.K. around the time of the wedding. The company has named the tiny felt rabbits William Balmoral and Catherine Chocolate. The set comes with an anthropomorphic replica of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, who is represented as a beaver named Kelvin.
Sylvanian families Royal wedding set
5. You can celebrate the union with a commemorative condom
Forget tea towels, crockery, and glassware. The must-have commemorative item for this year's royal wedding is a pack of "Crown Jewels condoms," birth control devices fit for a king. "Combining the strength of a Prince with the yielding sensitivity of a Princess-to-be," says the manufacturer
, "Crown Jewels condoms promise a royal union of pleasure." 6. Die Deutschen lieben die Königliche Hochzeit*
Enthusiasm about the wedding is rife in the U.S, but we pale in comparison to the Germans. Not only are more Germans booking flights to the U.K
. for the ceremony than any other country, but European travel agents have also created a tailor-made Royal Wedding tour
specifically for "swooning German girls left inconsolable" by the dashing prince's engagement. Why are the Teutons such big fans of the Royal Family? Well, the House of Windsor is, in fact, a branch of the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha dynasty. Yes, the Royal Family is German. Who knew?
(* The Germans love the Royal Wedding)
Source : The Week.com
The Welsh catwalk king's lips are sealed about designing the dress for Prince William's bride.
Alison Tay of Now Magazine writes : I 've known Julien Macdonald for YEARS - from glamour of backstage fashion frenzies at his high octane runway shows to the sub-zero temperatures of a catwalk class alongside the Britain's Next Top Model hopefuls in a freezing desolate warehouse in deepest darkest south London.So if he was designing Kate Middleton's dress for the royal wedding, I'm pretty sure I'd be the first to know about it. Wouldn't I?
Designer Julien Macdonald and Style Editor Alison Tay from Now Magazine
'I am sworn to secrecy, I can't speak about it,' he whispered to me at the glamorous launch of his brand new designer diffusion range Diamond by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams at plush members' club Home House.
The Merthyr Tydfil-born king of the catwalk has dressed glamazons such as Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Cheryl Cole, and most recently Camden scenester Eliza Doolittle at the In Style Best Of British Talent party at Shoreditch House this week so he'd be a fitting choice for Kate's wedding to Prince William of Wales.
Famed for his daring designs, and show-stopping styles, if Kate got the Julien Macdonald treatment on her big day what could we expect?
'I would stay true to her style which is effortless chic, and classical, but with a twist,' Julien confided.
'You might get a surprise,' he winked. Prince William's a lucky boy!
Source : Alison Tay @ Now Magazine.co.uk
Revellers in parts of the UK will be able to stage cut-price street parties to celebrate Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton as some councils say they will slash or waive road closure charges.
Cambridgeshire County Council is the latest local authority to pledge it will not charge to close roads for royal wedding street parties on Friday April 29.
Gloucestershire made a similar promise earlier this month and Norfolk said it will cut the charge from £450 to a celebratory £29.04.
The moves follow a Government drive to cut red tape and make the organisation of street parties and fetes easier.
Cambridgeshire said party organisers would need to apply for permission to close roads but would not be charged.
“We will treat them as community events so there will be no charge,” said a spokesman. “People simply need to get in touch and let us know what they plan.”
Gloucestershire said permission would be needed but any charge would be waived as a “one-off gesture”.
Last August, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said he wanted councils to take a “common sense” approach to public celebrations and did not want street party organisers faced with “reams of forms, high costs and red tape”.
“For most small organised street parties that don’t affect the wider road network there is no requirement in law for local authorities to advertise proposed closures or carry out consultations,” said a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government.
“Neither are specific signs or other traffic management equipment required. Local authorities should act proportionately, wisely, and in the public interest – and highways law does not present any barriers to that.”
Source : Express and Star.com/uknews
William and Kate oil paintings by artist Brian King
A William and Kate Royal wedding mug on sale in London
Mugs, plates, spoons and picture frames are among the slew of souvenirs for the upcoming Royal Wedding, which retail researchers Verdict say could give a 620 million pound boost to the Bristish economy.
Source : Reuters.com
Everybody's getting in on the festivities! In anticipation of the upcoming royal wedding
between His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales
and lucky duck Kate Middleton
, Lifetime is readying a movie about their courtship and romance.
The movie will be called, simply, William & Kate
; newcomer Nico Evers Swindell
has been cast as William; the role of Charles will be played by Star Trek
alum Ben Cross
; and the role of Kate remains open. (Do you hear that buzzing noise? That's the sound of thousands of plucky brunette actresses with passable British accents zinging their headshots over to the Lifetime casting office!)
Nico Evers Swindell (left) cast as Prince William
So when can you see this love story, and who's this kid playing Wills? Here's what we can tell you:
According to our sources, the William & Kate
TV movie will likely air on Lifetime the week before the wedding proper, which is set for April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London.
As for Nico, we're told he's originally from New Zealand, has a law degree and just got engaged to an actress. You may have previously seen him in guest spots on NCIS: Los Angeles
and Law & Order
. Also, he's not so hard on the eyes!
Lifetime's official description of the telepicture is as follows:William & Kate
tells the story of how the friendship between Prince William, second in line to the throne of the British monarchy, and future princess Kate Middleton, the stunning daughter of upper middle-class commoners, blossomed into a romantic love affair, charming the world with their recent engagement and eagerly awaited Royal Wedding. The film chronicles the history of William and Kate—from the moment the two students met at Scotland's prestigious University of St. Andrews, through the ups and downs of their nine-year courtship complicated by social and royal family pressures, and intense global media attention surrounding their storybook nuptials. William & Kate
also stars Ben Cross as Prince Charles.William & Kate
will be produced by the Konigsberg Company, with Frank Konigsberg
(Lifetime's Sex & Lies in Sin City
, Lifetime Movie Network's Lies in Plain Sight
) serving as executive producer. Mark Rosman (Greek
, Ghost Whisperer
) will direct the screenplay by Nancey Silvers
(Lifetime's Sundays at Tiffany's
and Girl, Positive
Source : UK E Online
A FAMILY business with 150 years history will be making the marriage certificate for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
The Royal couple are set to tie the knot in April and Newport Pagnell based William Cowley will be playing a very special part.
The company, situated in Caldecote Street, has manufactured the vellum, an animal skin similar to parchment, that will be used for the marriage certificate.
It is not the first time the parchment maker, which usually caters for libraries and museums around the world, has been given the Royal seal of approval.
William Cowley also provided the marriage certificate for the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 and has supplied the Royal household with parchment throughout its history.
William and Kate’s marriage certificate was made by worker Lee Mapley.
General manager Paul Wright said: “Documents and certificates that are of value will be on parchment and vellum because it lasts so long.
“The Doomsday Book is nearly a 1,000 years old. People will want to be looking at the marriage certificate for years to come.
“This is a huge, huge honour for us. The Royal wedding will be the biggest event of 2011.
“It is absolutely massive and will help put Newport Pagnell on the map.”
was started in 1860 and formally established in 1870 by the grandfather of current senior partner Majorie Visscher. It is the only parchment maker in Britain and one of only three or four worldwide.
Mr Wright is proud to be part of the history of the company and of the town as a whole.
“It is all about history really,” he added.
“Newport Pagnell is an old market town. The thread of history goes from one bit to the next and to find yourself at a Royal wedding is almost beyond belief.”
Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster, a long term supporter of the company, said Newport Pagnell’s association with the Royal wedding will be a massive boost for the town.
Mr Lancaster, whose father Reverend Ron Lancaster founded his own family business Kimbolton Fireworks, said: “It is fantastic for Newport Pagnell.
“I suppose I am proud because I devolve pleasure from my own background.
“It is so good to see a trade industry still used and so successful.”
The marriage certificate will be made of calf vellum, which is the most prestigious type available.
Parchments are usually made from sheep skin, while vellum can be made of goat or calf skin.
Mr Wright added: “This has always remained a family business.
“Most places get absorbed as they get bigger and then lose their identity.
“All of a sudden you have to take orders from head office and it loses its individuality.
“Newport Pagnell is best known for Aston Martin, but we were here before anyone even had a car.”
Source : Milton Keynes Citizen