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Old 09-07-2009, 08:27 PM
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Can’t they at least not contradict themselves? I mean the 'society wedding of the year' article from the DM came only yesterday!

The absence of Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Harry looks more or less official. The DM quoted Clarence House spokesman: 'Unfortunately the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will not be attending the wedding due to a prior public engagement. Prince William and Prince Harry will also not be attending due to previous private commitments.'

I wonder what 'private commitments' prevent William and Harry from attending?
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:38 PM
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Can’t they at least not contradict themselves? I mean the 'society wedding of the year' article from the DM came only yesterday!
That's exactly what I thought. I tend to say I don't trust this articles in the question of the guest list. I mean, for sure HM and the Duke of Edinburgh won't attend as well as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall won't be under the guests. And its no surprise that Lord Linley won't come as well. I also could imagine that the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester won't attend the wedding because as far as I know there were no Prince and Princess Michael on their daughters weddings, but Ella and Freddie. So I think, at least one of the Gloucester-girls will be there (btw whats up with the Earl of Ulster? I haven't seen him for a long time).
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:17 PM
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The Earl and COuntess of Ulster were on the balcony at this year's Trooping.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:31 PM
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To my knowledge the last royal wedding that all the senior royals attended was Peter Phillips and before that maybe Lady Helen Taylor or James Oligvy. The Princess Royal and the Wessexes attended Lady Rose Gilman but that was about it . Prince William didn't even attend Peter Phillips and they are very close.

For the Gloucesters, the younger royals attended by that was about it. Prince Harry and William certainly didn't attend. The Kents will show up en masse because they are first cousins.

But I agree that we need to wait until the actual event. The fact remains, that perhaps they (Freddie and Ella) aren't close to their cousins. But we shall never know until Saturday.

Until then, again the Daily Mail is running their negative coverage in the days prior to the wedding. Where is the joy?

I wonder the story will be tomorrow.....Princess Michael really isn't excited about Sophie joining the family but is putting on a brave face?
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:52 PM
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yes, there a few days left until saturday, in which the Daily Mail-writers can be very creative. I know nearly nothing about Ella's and Freddie's relationships between their cousins. But I think if they're invited and they have no engagements, they should attend. I can't imagine that Ella and Freddie have a close relationship to the Gloucesters (although Prince Michael was close to William and Richard when they were young), but they went to their weddings... However, I think we will see facts at saturday and that's it.

And thanks, EllieCat. Sometimes I think I only recognize him on Trooping, no other occasions in which he is/was present.
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:53 AM
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It's no big deal who attends or not - I've got dozens of cousins and second cousins I've never even met before, let alone been invited to their weddings! The only thing the media needs to worry about is the bride's dress, mother of the bride/bridegroom's outfit and how many tiers are on the wedding cake!
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:16 AM
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Britain's Lord Freddie Windsor proposed to his fiance using a Scrabble board.
Actress Sophie Winkleman has revealed Freddie, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, popped the question using her favourite word-based board game.

'Hopeless romantic' Freddie Windsor - Monsters and Critics
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:47 AM
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Unsurprisingly Daily Mail continues to portray Princess Michael as a monster-in-law. I completely agree with Zonk noting that we have to wait and see who actually will attend the ceremony. At the same time, I did not expect senior royals to attend the wedding and mentioned it earlier in the thread.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:02 AM
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The determination to make a splash comes from the mother of the groom, who has pulled out all the stops to make the nuptials a right royal affair – even though it’s the bride’s poor parents who are footing most of the bill.

Daily Express | Express Yourself :: Princess pushy and her son's not very royal wedding
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:36 AM
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I don't know why the DM is getting bogged down with who will go from the Queen's family anyway. At the end of the day the Kent family is a big clan within itself and even if only Princess Eugenie goes I don't see the need for more than one representative from the Queen's lot anyway. I must admit that I had a feeling that one if not both of the York girls would go as they seem to be quite freindly with Freddie and Ella. I remember seeing pics of them attending Eugenies' 17th birthday party at a London nightclub a couple of years ago and they, along with the Earl of Ulster and his wife, were among the few royals who turned up at Beatrice's 18th birthday party at Windsor a few years ago so this might be a case of loyalty being paid back.
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Um...hmm... The Queen and Prince Phillip can attend the Duke of Westminster's daughter's wedding back in November 2004, and that IS protocol....but NOT to attend a wedding a member of the royal family...IS protocol.... I am confused. Many royals were invited to that wedding, and had Charles been able to sit next to Camilla, they would have gone to. That wedding was merely an aristocratic one, NOT a royal or semi-royal one.

I have a feeling it has nothing to do with protocol...but with either a snub, or they all are genuinely busy with engagements.

I will give both Freddie and Sophie credit, unlike Peter and Autumn, they are NOT using it as some cheap way to get money like the Hello deal...
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:01 PM
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It is not a secret that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not fond of Princess Michael. Additionally, the reports in the mass media indicate that Princess Michael is acting like a bridezilla on a loose. When it comes to Prince Charles and his current wife, it is hard to tell why exactly they can not attend. Perhaps the couple has got an engagement strategically planned for the 12th of September, which will give them an excuse for not attending. It is possible that Princess Anne and Prince Edward with spouses may attend. As for the younger generation of royals, it is impossible to predict whether or not they will deign to appear.
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Not sure whether it was strategically planned, but Prince Charles and Camilla do have engagements on the day. At least, according to Clarence House spokesman (posted in a Daily Mail article):
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'Unfortunately the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will not be attending the wedding due to a prior public engagement. Prince William and Prince Harry will also not be attending due to previous private commitments.'
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It was my assumption, which may be correct and incorrect, about Prince Charles and his current wife not attending the wedding. Overall, the mass media is going to gloat over the fact that senior royals are not able to attend the ceremony due to various commitments and engagements, which will be interpreted as a deliberate snub.
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Um...hmm... The Queen and Prince Phillip can attend the Duke of Westminster's daughter's wedding back in November 2004, and that IS protocol....but NOT to attend a wedding a member of the royal family...IS protocol.... I am confused.
I'm confused too...and I wonder...
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:53 PM
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It's unlikley that Prince Charles is deliberatley avoiding it as Royal engagements are always planned months in advance. I do however think that the Queen has been a bit "out of order" with regards to the weddings of her cousins children in recent years. On this occasion she does have an important engagement to attend ie presenting medals to the widows of soldiers killed in Afghanistan but she missed all three of the Gloucester weddings. I thought it was rude not to have attended at least one as she has had plenty of loyalty and support from the DOG over the years but she found time to go to the Westminster wedding as well as the London weddings of King Constantine's son and daughter. Also the fact that she attended the weddings of the daughter of the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra's son shows that the protocol excuse is rubbish. I suspect that she won't attend Ella Windsor's wedding either when the time comes so I don't think it's personal it's just a bit odd.
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A dinner service for £4,236 and £435 cashmere throws: Lord Freddie Windsor and Sophie Winkleman ask their guests for gifts worth £23,000 | Mail Online
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It's far from excessive considering the monetary worth of the guests, as for buying works of art ...
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This article is another installment in a negative coverage about the pushy monster-in-law and her spoilt son. The wedding in question is a just usual high-society wedding as was the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem. It is not the royal wedding of the year. I for one think that a continuous barrage of criticism aimed at the couple and Lord Frederic's mother starts looking ridiculous. After reading the comments, one might think that the British tax payer funds the wedding.
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I had hoped that Lady Gabriella would be a bridesmaid but I read Sophie's interview in Tatler today and she said that all of her bridesmaids are small. Eloise Taylor is one though so that will be nice to see. She also praises Princess M for the help she has given her so the DM can be ignored once again.
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