Lady Charlotte Wellesley May Have Won The Bridal Gown Game

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Someone notify the tailor.  I’ll need that McQueen photo tacked to the bottom of the wedding dress dream board.

Liz Lemon found one so grand and so splendid that she assured Jerry Seinfeld it would gets its moment in the sun, no matter what.

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I once believed I had found such a dress, but I was wrong.

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Today, mine eyes laid upon a vision so spectacular that all other gowns crumple and crease in its presence.  It was made by British designer Emilia Wickstead, and it was glorious.  Continue reading

Sweden’s Prince Oscar Gets Christened, Royal Kids Steal The Show

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Every time a Swedish royal gives birth, I eagerly await the blessed child’s christening, as it’s chock full of footage featuring Princess Leonore doing whatever TF she wants.

At her brother, Nicholas’ christening in October, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill’s firstborn danced along to the rhythm of a beautiful, christening-appropriate musical arrangement, binky in mouth.

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Today, Leonore and Nicholas’ cousin, Prince Oscar was christened in the royal chapel.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel welcomed Oscar on March 2nd; he is their second child and first son.

His godparents –  HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Princess Madeleine, Mr. Oscar Magnuson (son of Princess Christina of Sweden and Victoria’s cousin) and Mr Hans Astrom (Prince Daniel’s cousin) – were all present for the ceremony, as were members of the royal family, and Prince Daniel’s parents.

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Kate Middleton’s Nickname For Prince William Is So Normal, It’s Adorable

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We’ve all seen the googly eyes Catherine makes at her dashing hubby, and we’ve heard rumors over the years pertaining to what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call one another behind closed doors.

When News of The World illegally tapped into the couple’s voicemails in 2006, Prince William was heard calling Catherine “babykins” and “baby.”

I’ve even heard Catherine’s nickname for the Duke – “Big Willy” – mentioned a few times, but even repeating it this once makes me feel like a creep.

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On May 23rd, Babykins and BW attended their first-ever Chelsea Flower Show, which highlights the best of the best in horticulture.

While strolling through the grounds, the Cambridges and Prince Harry happened upon a display designed by Australian TV presenter and landscaper, Charlie Albone.  Continue reading

Pristine McQueen! Kate Middleton Rewears Ruffled Cream Coat To Royal Garden Party

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The Duchess of Cambridge is being an outfit repeater this week, and I quite like it.

We first saw Catherine in this darling cream coat with ruffle detail when Prince George was christened at St. James’s Palace in October 2013 (see pic above.  He looks thrilled.).

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Today, Her Royal Highness and the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice joined Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip for a garden party at Buckingham Palace, her fourth since joining the royal family in 2011.

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This is Prince William’s first garden party.  Odd, given that he’s one person away from hosting these himself. Continue reading

Kate Repeats Garden-Worthy Catherine Walker Coat For Chelsea Flower Show

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It’s about as British as Royal Ascot (perhaps even more so), and today the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held its press day for members of the media, as well as those from the royal family.

The Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge all arrived at the show before Her Majesty and Prince Philip, who are always in attendance year after year.

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Kate Middleton Wears Nautical Alexander McQueen For A Third Time, One Is Pleased

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Hurrah!  I love it when one my favorite Duchess looks make another appearance.

As patron of the 1851 Trust, the Duchess of Cambridge launched two sailing projects in Portsmouth, England, and opened the “Tech Deck” education center at Land Rover BAR.

Because her athletic prowess is as strong as her button game, Catherine suited up for a spin on the open seas with Sir Ben Ainslie and the Land Rover BAR team as they ran a training circuit ahead of the 2017 America’s Cup.

The Duchess was steering the boat for about half of the session and I think the guys were all really impressed with how well she had sailed,” Sir Ben told reporters afterwards, according to the Daily MailContinue reading

State Opening of Parliament: A Fascinating Show of British Pomp and Pageantry

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Her role as head of state may be technically ceremonial, but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is still required to preside over a political event crucial to the well-being of her nation.

The State Opening of Parliament is the formal start of the governmental year, taking place in either May or June inside the House of Lords chamber.

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The Queen, wearing the Imperial State Crown and the ermine and velvet-lined Parliament robe (also known as Robe of the State) reads a speech outlined by the government to set the session’s agenda.  Continue reading

Queen Maxima: 38 Fabulous Hats To Celebrate Her Majesty’s Birthday

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is, for me, right up there with the Duchess of Cambridge and Crown Princess Mary.

Yes, all three women have that crucial “commoner” thing in common, but aside from that, Maxima always looks happy to see everyone, be they a small child thrusting flowers in Her Majesty’s face, or a bellhop greeting her at a German hotel.

Today, the Buenos Aires-born consort turns 45, three years after becoming Queen alongside the Netherlands’ monarch and her husband, King Willem-Alexander.

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In 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her eldest son, and a celebration was thrown in honor of the passing of the crown.  The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended, as did several other royal families from around the world.  Continue reading

Kate Middleton May Have Experienced Her Very First Fashion Fail

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Good heavens!

JK, everyone calm down.  It’s fine.  The Duchess of Cambridge may or may not have confused fans last night at the Royal Windsor Horse Show when she paired a bohemian white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with a red Zara cape coat.

Yes, it looked a little weird, but my rose-colored glasses have faded only slightly, so I still give Catherine two thumbs up on the majority of her sartorial choices.  Continue reading

Here’s To You, Your Majesty! Family Pays Tribute To Queen At Royal Windsor Horse Show

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The royal family gathered on the grounds of Windsor Castle this evening to toast the Queen, who turned 90 on April 21st.

Tonight’s celebration was particularly special, as it marked the end of the Queen’s favorite occasion – the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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A lover of horses since she was young, the Queen attends the show (held over the course of a few days in her backyard) dressed down in a long skirt, vest and head scarf.  Continue reading