she couldnt wear white because it wasn't a proper wedding and because of her age and past divorce.
This wedding was very much a real and proper wedding.
It was not a religious wedding although there was a church blessing -- which is the only "effect" of both Charles and Camilla being divorcees.
And what is the issue with her age? Do the marriages of people who get married after they are 50 not as "proper" or real as those who get married in their twenties and thirties?
While some people may not approve of this marriage, it does not negate that Charles and Camilla are as married as any other married couple who attended today's services: the Queen and Prince of Edinburgh, Edward and Sophie, Anne and Timothy Laurence, the Linleys and Chattos, Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent, the Ogilvys, etc.
Here is information on Camilla's dress as well as other touches on this special day for Charles and Camilla.
This was originally posted at the Glittering Royal Events MB, by Ademar I believe.
MRS PARKER BOWLES’ WEDDING OUTFIT
Mrs Parker Bowles wears an oyster silk basket-weave coat with herringbone stitch embroidery and a chiffon dress with appliqué woven lacquered disc detail. The design team, Robinson Valentine, wanted a crisp clean look with subtle detailing for the ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. To achieve this, the designer team used two fabrics with very different textures. The lacquered discs were made in Switzerland to Robinson Valentine’s specifications while the hand worked herringbone detail on the coat was embroidered in-house using silk thread. The garment is hand finished.
Work on the outfit started on 21st February and continued until the final fitting on Tuesday 5th April. There were two initial meetings followed by eight fittings.
Robinson Valentine was established in 1986 by Antonia Robinson and Anna Valentine who had met on a pattern-cutting course. Their ethos is to create clothes that capture the mood of the moment and are also timeless; quality and attention to detail are of the utmost of importance.
In 1990 they launched their first collection from a small studio in Wandsworth. The going away outfit they made for Serena Linley in 1993 brought them into the public eye and extended their client base. In 2001 the company opened a showroom in Kensington to display the RV collection and the made-to-order accessory range which includes shoes, handbags, knitwear, millinery and jewellery. In 2002 Robinson Valentine launched a wedding dress collection.
Anna Valentine has been designing outfits for Mrs Parker Bowles for the last four years and in February 2005 she was thrilled to be asked to make the outfit for her wedding to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Mrs Parker Bowles wears an elegant court shoe in pale beige suede, with an almond toe and a 5 cm heel.
Linda Bennett, designer and founder of LK Bennett, is known for her elegant and wearable designs. The LK Bennett signature style of directional design runs through all the collections.
Linda opened her first store in Wimbledon village in 1990 selling shoes and accessories. Trained in footwear design at Cordwainers College in Hackney, Linda gained experience in the design studio of Robert Clergerie in France. She started out with a handbag label, selling to stores such as Harvey Nichols, before setting up her first store. Fifteen years on, there are 50 LK Bennett stores offering women glamour with stylish shoes, clothing and accessories designed to bridge the gap between designer and high street.
Mrs Parker Bowles wears a natural straw hat overlaid with ivory French lace and trimmed with a graphic fountain of feathers, designed by Philip Treacy.
Philip Treacy was born in Ireland in 1967. He started sewing at the age of five and moved to Dublin in 1985 to study fashion at the National College of Art & Design, making hats as a hobby. In 1988 Philip Treacy won a place on the MA fashion design course at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating with first class honours in 1990.
He set up a workshop in the basement of Issy and Detmar Blow’s house on Elizabeth Street Belgravia. Philip went on to design hats for Lagerfeld at Chanel for ten years. The first hat he designed was the twisted birdcage, worn on the cover of British Vogue by Linda Evangelista. Philip won his first British Fashion Council award as British Accessory Designer of the year and second award in 1992. The following year he staged his first fashion show in London and opened his first shop at 69 Elizabeth Street.
The handbag is an ‘East/West’ clutch bag made from embossed calf leather, lined with suede and made with a half flap. The inside is imprinted with the Launer name and Royal Warrant and also includes a matching coin purse and leather covered mirror.
Mrs Parker Bowles’ hair is prepared by Hugh Green of Hugh and Stephen, based at Ebury Road, London.
Mr Green was born in Portsmouth in 1945. He moved to London at 18 and trained at the Richard Henry Academy, later working in the flagship store. Mr Green set up his own business in 1976 and currently works with fellow hairstylist Stephen Casali.
Mr Green has been styling Mrs Parker Bowles’ hair on special occasions for nearly two years.
Mrs Parker Bowles’ make-up is by Julia B.
The wedding rings were hand made in court style by Wartski, using Welsh gold supplied by Cambrian Goldfields Limited. The gold used was from the Clogau St. David's mine and the river Mawdach in the Kings Forest, where it was recovered from deep pools using sub-aqua equipment. It was then refined and alloyed to pass
22ct. gold standard and hallmarked at the London Assay Office.
Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewellery, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm was founded in North Wales in 1865 by Morris Wartski, maternal great-grandfather of the present day Chairman. The two branches of the firm in Wales were augmented by a third in London, opened by Emanuel Snowman, the son in law of Morris Wartski in 1911.
The business thrived under the patronage of King Edward VII and a colourful clientele including the Marquis of Anglesey known as the 'dancing Marquis' with his penchant for emerald set ping-pong shirts.
FLOWERS IN THE GUILDHALL
In the Guildhall
There will be growing jasmine plants in the hall as guests arrive. The flowers in the Ascot Room for the Civil Ceremony have been cut from the gardens at Highgrove and Raymill. Bunches of Lily of the Valley - a favourite of both His Royal Highness and Mrs Parker Bowles – will also decorate the room. Traditionally, Lily of the Valley symbolise the return of happiness.
At the request of Mrs Parker Bowles, all flowers and plants will be donated to local hospices.
Biography of the Florist, Shane Connolly
Mrs Parker Bowles worked closely with Shane Connolly of Shane Connolly Flowers Ltd for the flowers and arrangements. Shane works from a studio in West London and has a varied list of clientele such as the Royal Academy of Arts and the V&A Museum. Shane has also worked privately with many individuals including The Prince of Wales, for whom Shane has worked for several years.
Shane’s interest in flowers began in his childhood with a passion for gardening. He specialises in working with English and garden flowers and over the last five years has published three books on flowers and floral arrangements.
I think Camilla looked "smashing" and very "smart". The outfit for the civil ceremony was very appropriate and elegant as was the dress for the blessing. I didn't care for the headpiece at the blessing though. ANy thoughts on that?
On a second note, what kind of hat was Sophie wearing. I thought it was hideous.
I flipped back and forth this morning between coverage on CBC Newsworld (thanks to the info from ~*~Humera~*~!) and CNN. On CBC Newsworld, they mentioned some additional details that I haven't been able to find yet. But they mentioned that the fabric for Camilla's second dress was inspired by a brooch given to her by her mother, combined with research from the textile department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and that the fabric was created specifically for Camilla. The jacket was hand-stiched with gold thread.
And that her head piece for the second outfit was laced with Swarovski feathers.
I really liked both of her outfits, but of the day, her second outfit was the most regal and beautiful. Camilla looked smashing and happy -- as every bride, young or old, should look!
My favorite part was where they joined hands and Camilla caressed Charles' hand. Pity he didn't return some affection but it was endearing to watch him assist her with her program and flowers. :p
Camilla forgot to curtsy to the Queen when arriving - but did so at the end.
I never saw one word exchanged between the Queen or Prince Phillip and Camilla.....maybe at the reception??? Who knows what REALLY goes on and how everyone REALLY feels?
Princes William and Harry put on a very good front but it HAD to be difficult.... :o
Andrew looked sad. :( Suppose he is wondering if he will ever find someone else? Or maybe reconcile with Sarah?
May the newlyweds be VERY happy and blessed in their new life together as husband and wife, prince and princess (ok - "duchess"), and (God willing) king and queen consort (ok - "princess consort) call it what you want.......it's just a title and she gets everything that goes with it anyway!
I appreciate wymanda's starting a thread in the appropriate forum, but as we have one going in the British forum already, this thread will be closed. Please visit the above link for discussions, pictures and information on Charles and Camilla's wedding.
Yeah I noticed that the Queen and Prince Phillip did not talk to her at all. And another thing I noticed-very touching-was that when the Queen sat down in her seat at the dedication she bowed her head and prayed. I am sure she needed all the strength God could give her. Anyway I still think all this is a joke. I look forward to the future-to a long, long reign for QEII and to the continuing maturation of Prince William and his ascendency to the throne.
I saw the wedding on TV : beautiful, simple and very moving . I loved it . I think that Camilla looked very elegant in her beautiful dress . I can even say that she was lovely . Her face was illuminated with joy (although she looked a little nervous during the ceremony ...but that's totally comprehensible .) . As was Charles's face . Everyone seemed to be happy, even the Queen ... I really found this weddind very, very beautiful . I've always thought that it is easier to love someone when you are young and everything is new . But when older and having endured so much adversity ... that can only be true and eternal love and it moves me to tears . I wish them the best and all the happiness of the world for the rest of their lives !:) :) :) :)
May the newlyweds be VERY happy and blessed in their new life together as husband and wife, prince and princess (ok - "duchess"), and (God willing) king and queen consort (ok - "princess consort) call it what you want.......it's just a title and she gets everything that goes with it anyway! And may Diana finally rest in PEACE!
I'm reflecting on wheter I should go along with calling Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall, or if I maybe should start to refer to her as Princess of Wales now after their marriage - I mean she is that now, only they prefer to call her Duchess of Cornwall because the public opinion. Rebel me ey...
And I agree, let Diana rest in peace and leave it be.