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Old 06-21-2008, 01:46 AM
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Unhappy Recent Royal Weddings

Is it just me or are royl wedding getting to be a lil bit too plain. For an example...Royal Weddings of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace, Princess Diana and The Duchess of York were huge events with a catherdral or an abbey filled with loads of flowers and huge ball gown dresses with long trains. Weddings then were filled with the glamour that many brides still copy today if they want that "fairytale" feeling. But the royal weddings of recent times such as, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Peter and Autumn Philips are low key affairs with (in my opinion) Wedding gowns that i could buy off the rack at davids bridal and no pagentry at all. Maybe im living in the old times when i say "i wish for more formal royal weddings"
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:25 AM
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Maybe that's because there haven't been any mayor royal weddings (crownprince/crownprincess) lately. Prince Joachim married for the second time, so that had to be a somewhat smaller afair (although still lovely). I guess you have to wait for Princess Victoria or Prince William. I'm sure theirs will be weddings with al the pump and splendour.
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:25 PM
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I agree, but it's probably because Royals are not as glamorous as they once were, not even close.

They are more and more like the couple next door or a run of the mill Hollywood/celeb couple so that is the way their weddings are too, in my opinion.
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:00 PM
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I'm going to wait for something like Prince William's wedding before I say anything hopefully I won't be dissapointed. I just think since someone like Autumn and Peter aren't at the rank of some other royals maybe that's why it wasn't as huge as past weddings and as for the Earl and Countess of Wessex seem very low key to begin with.
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:05 PM
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Ladyfizzle, I understand your disappointment and share it. However now some brides make arrangements to sell the wedding photos to Hello, others walk down the aisle very pregnant or come out on the balcony holding the child they had from a previous relationship. Times are changing...........
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:38 PM
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Well, since Peter Phillips isn't actually royal, he doesn't really count.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:27 PM
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Well, since Peter Phillips isn't actually royal, he doesn't really count.
He may not hold a royal title but he is the grandson of the monarch and 11th in the line of succession to a royal throne so I feel that he does count
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:29 PM
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I was going to say the same thing yesterday crm2317 but chose not to start a row about it.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:18 PM
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Oh it's hardly a row. He is related to royalty, but he is not himself royal. There really isn't any dispute about that.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:58 PM
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Or, to put it in perhaps a better way.. Peter is royal, but not Royal.
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:50 PM
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Oh it's hardly a row. He is related to royalty, but he is not himself royal. There really isn't any dispute about that.
Actually Prince I have lost track of who is Royal, royal or royal. LOL
The row reference was written as a joke. But Master Phillips has royal blood and he is very close to the Palace. Still, they have bills to pay like all of us.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:02 PM
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I also remember the says when the ladies wore long dresses and hats to royal weddings but, I am sure, that those days are gone forever. Even at the
Charles/Diana wedding the ladies wore regular length dresses and suits with an appropriate hat.
Maybe an evening wedding will command a more formal type of dress.
But, everything has become much too casual. In the days of Queen Mary and King George V, she dressed for dinner every evening in a long gown and tiara. No wonder Queen Elizabeth has so many tiaras!
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:07 PM
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Ladyfizzle, I understand your disappointment and share it. However now some brides make arrangements to sell the wedding photos to Hello, others walk down the aisle very pregnant or come out on the balcony holding the child they had from a previous relationship. Times are changing...........

Oh my God...how right you are! In fact there are some very recent "Royal" brides who have done exactly what you described.

Is there any wonder little girls don't seem to dream about becoming a Princess anymore?? They dream of being Miley Ray Cyrus or Angelina Jolie instead.

So, so sad.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:26 PM
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Angelina Jolie was merely a convenient example. My point about dreaming of making it on your own merits being superior to dreaming of being a princess remains.
There is something to be said for both! There are perhaps more young girls now who DON'T dream about wanting to be a Princess than ever before. There are no really glamorous high profile Princesses now that Grace of Monaco and Diana are gone.

It's just that during the time I was a little girl in the Sixties and early Seventies, my idols were Grace and Caroline of Monaco. There wasn't the out of control Hollywood celeb worship culture there is now.

Maybe if there had been, I would have made an actress the focus of my fantasies and dreams. But there was no one in Hollywood I wanted to be like.

Come to think of it there still isn't....
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:33 PM
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Please...they are not married because either one or both of them simply doesn't want to commit. PERIOD! Gay marriage has been legalized in California and is on it's way to becoming the law of the land. I wonder what the excuse will be then?
I seriously doubt that. They have children together; it seems they are both quite committed to the relationship. As for gay marriage becoming the law of the land in the USA, I won't hold my breath. Expanding on the West Coast? Probably. A few other pockets on the East? Sure. Texas? HA! Not likely in the foreseeable future.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:40 PM
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I seriously doubt that. They have children together; it seems they are both quite committed to the relationship. As for gay marriage becoming the law of the land in the USA, I won't hold my breath. Expanding on the West Coast? Probably. A few other pockets on the East? Sure. Texas? HA! Not likely in the foreseeable future.

I stand corrected...I think they are both committed to their relationship...for now.

But I am not convinced that they are not married because of the gay marriage thing. Angelina in particular simply seems to have lost faith in either the institution or her ability to remain in it, or both.

Brad would marry her tomorrow if she agreed.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:58 PM
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Eh, we'll have to agree to disagree. Since they've stated it publicly, we should--given other public statements they've made--presume that they said it in good faith.

All of this is orthogonal to the point of the thread, though.

Thinking more, I think that the recent trend towards smaller royal weddings has two contributing factors:

1) Royals in general (Morocco and of course the Sultan of Brunei being glaring exceptions) have been much, much more cognizant of how the appearance of throwing away money makes them look.

2) Given that they all live lives in such transparent fishbowls, a smaller wedding means (generally) less press and less intrusion. (The recent Philips wedding being an exception, naturally).
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:33 AM
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I thought this was about ROYAL weddings. Since when is Angelina and Brad Royal -- in anyone's book?

I think that the last Royal weddings I truly enjoyed watching (and rewatching videos of) were W-A & Maxima; Mary & Fred & of course Felipe and Letizia. They were close to "picture book" types.

I believe that Victoria will outdo them all if her mother has a lot of imput -- should be just wonderful.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:46 AM
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Oh my God...how right you are! In fact there are some very recent "Royal" brides who have done exactly what you described.

Is there any wonder little girls don't seem to dream about becoming a Princess anymore?? They dream of being Miley Ray Cyrus or Angelina Jolie instead.

So, so sad.
LOL Don't get me going...........LOL
For someone who woke up at 2am to watch the Diana/Charles wedding on TV and stood in line to see the Bavarian Princess marry the heir of the Prince of Liechtenstein, I weep when I see and hear the latest.
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LOL Don't get me going...........LOL
For someone who woke up at 2am to watch the Diana/Charles wedding on TV and stood in line to see the Bavarian Princess marry the heir of the Prince of Liechtenstein, I weep when I see and hear the latest.

I weep too. Partly because I think if this current trend continues(among the Royals and their choices of partners) monarchy as an institution is going to become obsolete and irrelevant within the next 20-25 years.)

The lack of any real interest(outside their native lands) of any of the current Royals really breaks my heart. I remember when EVERYONE knew who Princess Margaret was and wanted to read about her...my Mom and all her friends followed the heartbreak of Princess Soraya, the Shah's wife who had her marriage annulled because she couldn't give him a son.

And of course Princess Grace and Princess Diana were global icons.

Now, very few people know who the current Crown Princes and their spouses are and even fewer care. They would rather read about.....Hollywood.
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