Kate Middleton wedding dress exhibition launches today

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Only a few short months after Catherine Middleton walked down the etherial aisle at Westminster Abbey to marry her Prince, (Prince William) the now infamous lace Alexander McQueen wedding gown – as designed by Sarah Burton –  the Duchess of Cambridge wore is set to go on public display at Buckingham Palace.

It is noted that the Queen herself will attend the exhibition today before it opens to the public this weekend, with latest figures suggesting that advance sales are up 107 per cent, to view this Royal Collection display, on last year. A staggering 125,751 tickets have been sold already with the viewing capacity edged up to 643,000 to allow extra visitors.

The exhibition – as part of the annual summer opening at Buckingham Palace – will also show off the Queen’s Cartier “Halo” tiara, (borrowed of course for this showing) alongside floral displays, The Duchess’ shoes, wedding cake and the famous acorn diamond earrings that were especially created by jewellers Robinson Pelham for the Duchess’ parents as a wedding gift from them to her.

There will also be a five-minute video from designer Sarah Burton on the technicalities behind the wedding dress, explaining her choice of effect, fabrics and design. 

With such an iconic dress on display it seems imperative to steal a glance before the dress goes back into secure storage under the Queen’s guard.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress exhibition is open at Buckingham Palace until October 3, 2011. For more information visit www.royalcollection.org, or call 020 7766 7300. 


Dower & Hall jewellers launch charity Tusk pendant

Posh jewellers Dower & Hall have decided to launch a fabulous limited edition silver tusk pendant in aid of raising money for the Tusk Trust charity.

Dower & Hall Tusk pendant

Dower & Hall Tusk pendant

Supported by Prince William (he has been a Patron since 2005), this amazing charity was established in response to an urgent need to halt the decline in Africa’s natural heritage and fight against a poaching crisis on the African elephant and black rhino: and helping to combining the interests of people and wildlife alike.

For every Tusk pendant sold Dower & Hall will donate a generous 40% of the proceeds to this remarkable conservation charity, which will then in turn be used to help fund the vital work that Tusk undertakes across Africa.

The elegant pendant features a weighty solid silver tusk with a smooth polished finish, topped delicately with a hand-crafted crown motif and hangs beautifully from a long stylish chain. Fitting into the safari chic trend for spring/summer this timeless piece can be used as a staple in styling yourself for years to come. It is even noted that Dower & Hall has gifted one to Kate Middleton already, so if you see it on her then you read it here first!

The Tusk pendant costs £245 and is available to purchase in stores and online now.



Kate Middleton addicted to Haribo sweets

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Forget Kate Middleton’s latest stint at Warehouse buying up high street prints for her honeymoon, the latest info from the gossip-mungers at large is that the Princess-to-be is actually addicted to Haribo sweets.

Apparently Princess Catherine – as she will soon be known after next weeks royal nuptials – has secretly been snacking on the E numbers as stress levels hit an all time high. Sources have added that boxes of the confectionary have already been delivered to Buckingham Palace in high quantities.

Let’s just hope it’s not a craving…

Kate Middleton’s wedding make-up will be a DIY job

Kate and Wills

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It seems that with all the money in the world the latest Princess in waiting – Catherine Middleton – is rejecting offers from reputable make-up artists in the industry for the biggest day of her life to ‘do it oneself’.

According to reports on Elle.com, Middleton, 29, did a DIY job on her own make-up for the infamous engagement shots where she wore her uniform style of dark smokey eyes, flawless dewy skin and nude lips; which were shot by famous fashion photographer Mario Testino.

It seems the Palace have been rejecting requests from some of the industry’s most famed professionals – something that is causing quite a stir amongst the make-up coups, as with her hair choice for the day everyone knows that it will be James Pryce from Richard Ward attending to her every whim.

We realise in these economic times that we should all be tightening our belts, but surely the Palace are taking this a step too far, as this will undoubtedly draw in even more viewers than Price Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, where over 750 million people worldwide tuned in. Would you take the chance?

Kate Middleton’s wedding hair choice

According to reports on Telegraph.co.uk yesterday, Princess in waiting, Catherine Middleton is ‘thought’ to be wearing her hair in a similar style to that of her appointment at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Lancashire, where she attended a royal engagement with her fiance Prince William yesterday afternoon.

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As her impending royal wedding draws closer for the April 29 date, it is reported that Kate will wear her hair in a half-up, half-down style with a centre-ish parting and slim curls at the end.

Kate has already chosen her wedding hair stylist, 33-year-old hairdresser James Price who works for the Richard Ward salon in Chelsea, and it is reported that Richard Ward himself will be attending to Kate’s sister and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton, and their mother, Carole Middleton. After this occasion it will be practically impossible to arrange an appointment with Price, who will then be able to charge higher rates as a result of the job (currently Price charges around £50).

Price, however, will be helped by a team of “dressers” on the morning of the wedding, with the preparation taking place at the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, close to Buckingham Palace.

Although Kate’s wedding dress designer is still under wraps it is highly speculated that designer Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen will be designing her wedding dress, with Alice Temperley providing the bridesmaids dresses. Bruce Oldfield has also been hotly tipped to be dressing Kate’s mother, Carole, also.

Sarah Burton of McQueen to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

Alexander McQueen's logo in London

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Announced on ITN’s News at Ten yesterday evening it was stated that fashion designer Sarah Burton was to create Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress for her Royal Wedding this coming spring.

In little over a month (April 29th, 2011) Ms Middleton will walk down the aisle and marry Prince William, and not since the Diana – Prince Charles wedding has such controversy or delight been roused in the UK press.

Catherine and William have chosen to forego quite a few Royal traditions such as one wedding dress (supposedly) and changing Prince Harry’s position as a ‘Supporter’ to a more modern ‘Best Man’ role. So, as they to are moving with the times it seems fitting that Ms Middleton has chosen an ‘out-of-the-box’ designer such as McQueen; and with the late ‘Lee’ Alexander McQueen unfortunately no longer with us it seems again quite poignant that Sarah Burton his predecessor, friend, and confidant, be there on hand to design the dress as McQueen’s creative director.

However, amid the rumours, the house of McQueen are still fiercely denying having won this commission. But this would make sense as the details are being sworn to secrecy as the chosen couturier has already been working on the dress inside Buckingham Palace.

It would be a smart move for Burton, 36, to have designed the dress though. As a relatively unknown designer it would show that Ms Middleton is nurturing new talent, as did Diana, Princess of Wales, and would put British dress-making front stage and centre on the fashion map once more.

Let’s just watch this space for further news…


Vivienne Westwood ‘definitely not’ designing dress for Kate Middleton

Amid rumours of who will be dressing Kate Middleton for her forth-coming nuptials to Prince Williamson on April 29th, 2011, an array of designers from the Emanuel’s to Bruce Oldfiend, even Issa (who designed Kate’s engagement dress) have emerged, but we can now most definitely dismiss Dame Vivivienne Westwood.

At her autumn/winter 2011 catwalk show yesterday evening, Dame Viv reportedly told Hello! magazine that Kate is “definitely not going to get it from me, or I would have heard.” When asked if her designs were too fashion-forward for Kate the quirky designer continued: “I would have loved to have dressed Kate Middleton but I have to wait until she kind of catches up a bit somewhere with style.”

However for Westwood’s show she paid homage – sort of – to “the idea of the Royal Family, but somehow, all seen in this very Alice in Wonderland way”. Crowns were used to top off a variety of outfits, whilst oversized checks and large coats depicted Lewis Carroll’s characters perfectly. Squiggled tops, crazy prints and models with rollers still in their hair, and headscarf attached, co-insided with masterful tailoring, and showed that this was the epitome of Vivienne Westwood’s style.

Celebrity models for the night also included Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe, whose new beau – Dr.Who star – Matt Smith was watching gleefully in the audience.

SOURCE: Hellomagazine.com