One of the perks about being a part of the Royal Family is that you get to play dress up a lot of the time. They always have some parade this, some function that, and their wardrobes — and their headgear — have to keep up. A particular English quirk also happens to be the ever present fascinator. The Royal Wedding was a fine example of this fad.
The latest hat-off just happened Prince William and his new bride, Duchess Catherine Middleton at yesterday’s Order of the Garter service. The Queen, Prince William and other members of the Royal Family took part in the annual parade wearing plush blue velvet robes and spectacular (we say this while giggling) black velvet hats with white plumes. But does William pull it off? We think so! His wife, Catherine, wore a stunning Philip Treacy headpiece that complemented her grey dress and coat quite nicely. But who looks better? Can’t make up your mind about who wins this round? Look at our gallery for separate pictures of the two and then go ahead and vote!
A little after a month of tying the knot Prince (Duke) William and his Duchess Kate Catherine (neé Middleton) have already been thrown into the official meet-and-greet cycle. First up, the royal couple met the Obamas where Catherine’s outfit was widely publicized and promptly sold out.
Next up was their first official black tie event together, something we were waiting for because we needed to see the Duchess go glam! William and Kate attended a charity dinner yesterday — the 10th Annual Absolute Return for Kids gala — at Kensington Palace. The 900 guests paid a cool $16,000 to attend the fancy dinner with the royal duo, while Mark Ronson feted them with music! Catherine did not disappoint with the outfit, shimmering in a Jenny Packham gown with lots of Swarovski crystal detailing, with her glossy hair down. Works for us!
As if her Sara Burton wedding dress wasn’t gorgeous enough, Kate Middleton’s second gown, which the Duchess of Cambridge slipped into for their post wedding celebrations, was an equally beautiful Alexander McQueen gown with matching angora bolero. Because if you’re going to marry a prince, you might as well do it right. After the ceremony the newlyweds headed to Buckingham Palace, where the couple will celebrate their love at a party thrown by Prince Charles before retiring at the palace for the night. Meanwhile, we’ll be celebrating the death of all strapless wedding dresses (or so our upper arms hope).
Yeah we know, history was made in London today. But let’s look to Miami for a just a moment and gaze upon Nicole Richie‘s rock hard bikini bod, shall we? Good. The sexy socialite did what sexy socialites do best (well, post-rehab), and spent most of the day lounging poolside and making people think, “Wow, she had two kids?” Clearly the Tracey Anderson classes are working. Nicole was in Florida to host a trunk show for her Winter Kate fashion line, while husband Joel Madden is touring Europe with his band, Good Charlotte. Did Prince William book ‘em to secretly play his wedding reception? We have our suspicions…
So much has been written about Kate Middleton’s spectacular Sarah Burton wedding gown, but there’s one thing that truly unites stately monarchs and commoners alike: a bonkers hat or fascinator that would make Lady Gaga spin in her grave. (No, Lady Gaga’s not dead, but she seems like the type who would sleep in a grave just to be different.) Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice went for some serious height with their giant fascinators, while Posh Beckham kept it simple in a tiny black number. (Husband David Beckham arrived with a top hat in hand!)
So join us as we take a closer look at the headgear highlights of Prince William and Kate’s wedding! Just think of it as our wedding gift, guys. No need to thank us. Although a knighthood would be cool.
But what’s also really beautiful is that two families, royal and commoner, have become one. So to celebrate and commemorate the nuptials, we’ve put together a gallery of the Royals and the Middleton family at Westminster Abbey! From Pippa, James, Carole and Michael who looked so proud of their daughter and sister, Kate (loved that Sarah Burton dress!), to the royals led by a sunshine-yellow clad Queen Elizabeth II and her main man Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, they’re all in the photos below. Enjoy! [Photos: Getty Images]
We’re totally swept up in Royal Wedding fever (it may be because we’ve been up since 5AM EST with no coffee), and are totally enchanted by Will and Kate Catherine. The newlyweds look gorgeous, relaxed and so in love with each other. Check out these pics of them leaving Westminster Abbey and heading to Buckingham Palace, where they will kiss for the estimated 1.4 million Brits waiting outside!
Good morning! We are up bright in early to weep over Kate Middleton‘s gorgeous wedding gown. The newly crowned Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a long-sleeve dress with lace overlay designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. According to The Times, her tiara “was given by King George VI to the Queen Mother who later gave it to the Queen as a gift on her 18th birthday.” Her sister and Maid of Honor Pippa Middleton is also wearing Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Kate’s shoes are McQueen too (we see a trend!). According to Elle UK, Kate apparently did her own make up. What a shocking and wonderfully down to earth move from the future Queen of England. Yep, we’re fangirling!
Score! Here’s your first look at Prince William and Prince Harry arriving at Westminister Abbey. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles (who is looking very elegant in an Anna Valentine outfit and Philip Treacy hat) have also arrived. And how can we forget the Queen herself who is wearing sunshine yellow? But for now, focus on the two princes… don’t they look gorgeous? Prince William, a member of both the Royal Air Force and the Irish Guards, is wearing the crimson uniform of the Irish Guards. More photographs of the Royal and Middleton family coming up. Side note: Harry is such a hottie! [Photos: Getty Images]
Prince William with his brother, Prince Harry, has just left Clarence House dressed in dashing red as the Colonel of the Irish Guards. But waiting for him at Westminster Abbey amongst the throng of wedding guests are some well-known celebrities. We spotted David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and his partner David Furnish, Guy Ritchie and Brit socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Tara’s got this electric blue ensemble on right from her hat to her shoes. The men are looking quite elegant and understated in their morning coats. Victoria looks impeccable as usual in a midnight blue dress she’s apparently designed herself! Check out our gallery below for the outfits. Next up, the bride and groom! [Photos: Getty Images]