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Old 04-28-2011, 08:33 PM
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May I try and help, please?

It is not the custom and practice for Royal Couples to spend the evening before their marriage together. In the case of Charles and Diana, there was a firework party in St James's Park [from memory,don't think it was Hyde Park] at which Charles and other members of the Royal Family were present, but not Lady Diana who was at nearby Clarence House. [At the time she was reportedly watching the fireworks from her window with the Queen Mother and some of her family, but subsequently it has been claimed that Diana was left by herself at Clarence House, eating a meal all on her own off a tray in her room.]

I think that there are two reasons for the party tonight; firstly, Lady Elizabeth Anson often hosts a party at the time of Royal Weddings, although not necessarily on the eve of the ceremony. She gave a large party on the evening of Charles and Diana's Wedding in 1981- from memory it was at the Ritz - at which many of the British and Foreign Royal Families and Crowned Heads were present. I also remember that she organised a party after Andrew and Sarah's wedding in 1986 for friends and family, but that was somewhat controversial because Major Ronald Fergusson and his wife were not invited. The second reason for tonight's party is because it really is the best time for the [greatest] number of guests to mingle - tomorrow would be no good, because [unlike previous recent royal weddings held in the morning] William and Catherine, although marrying in the morning are actually holding a late night reception as well for SOME but not all of the Royal guests. [Sophie and Edward's wedidng was rather different, as it was a late afternoon wedding, and for a much smaller invited guestlist]

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Old 04-28-2011, 08:43 PM
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Back of Princess Beatrice's dress:

Mathilde's dress is orange:

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Old 04-28-2011, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by CrownPrincess5 View Post
Wait a minute, I thought Kate doing her own makeup was a joke! Oh my this isn't good.

I agree - it's all part of Catherine's reported 'desire for as little fuss as possible]. She did of course do her own make-up at her pre-wedding engagements with William, [and she has never had a stylist to advise on her wardrobe], but it's a bit different doing your make-up for royal enagements, but to contemplate doing your own for your wedding.....quite an undertaking because it is NOT a 'normal wedding make-up' that is required but actually something akin to photographic make-up, with all those bright hot electric tv lights in the Abbey.

Lighting aside, I think I would be leaving the job to a professional anyway - doing your day make up is ok, but on your wedding day, with the chance of emotions running high...... I also hope that Carole Middleton does not help - although her help would be well-intentioned no doubt, in my own humble opinion, I don't think that Carole Middleton is up to this type of assistance.

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Old 04-28-2011, 08:50 PM
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Hello Magazine has a very nice photo Gallery. So does Hola.

Royal Wedding: The Queen hosts VIP guests ahead of William and Kate's nuptials -

You can vote on the best dress here on hola
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:52 PM
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Loved Letizia's dress - she seems to always get it right for the big weddings. Also really liked Victoria's dress and the York girls particularly Eugenie.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:56 PM
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Victoria looks so beautiful love the dress and the hair .
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:05 PM
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I was talking to an elderly lady earlier today, and she was commenting that now that Royals marry for love [rather than the dynastic reasons of the past] there is a very high standard of beauty amongst couples nowadays!

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Old 04-28-2011, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by charlottestreasures View Post
Maybe if we had a better picture of Charlene's we could decide better if we like it or not.

Nice photos of Lady Anson.

Loved Princess Michael's hair and dress.
Did Lady Anson lose a lot of weight?

I think Charlene looks lovely, feathers and all.

And Princess Michael looks gorgeous.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Lindy View Post
Did Lady Anson lose a lot of weight?
Yes, according to this article, she's lost 33 pounds on a special diet.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:25 PM
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I have just seen a few pictures, but I want to say before starting this thread that Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, Victoria of Sweden, and Letizia of Spain all look AMAZING and I can't wait to see more!

ETA: I also really like Charlene's dress. The only dress I don't care for is Sophie's. It looks shapeless and I don't like the bust area.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by alex001 View Post
Clearer photo of Princess Eugenie's outfit:

Far more flattering than most thing in her wardrobe IMO, and I love her hair. Hopefully she looks as good tomorrow!
wow, what a figure! She looks fantastic.

Thanks for posting all these pictures everybody :) I can barely contain my excitement and am so sad I have to work tomorrow. I may have to stream it live from my desk at work!
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:45 PM
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Letizia looked Stunning! Keep that one in the dress rotation (and throw out the pink ruffled skirt combo...)

Sofia looked like her normal elegant self.

QEII looked lovely, wish I had seen a bigger picture

Eugenie looked soo mature in her dress, at first I thought she was Prince Andrew's date!

Lastly, I didn't like Sophie's dress. The flaps on her chest looked like strange wings- ick.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:50 PM
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I liked most of the women's outfits. It's nice to see them all dressed to the cue. They all were so pretty. I liked Charlene's look, I thought Victoria in red was beaming beauty as was the red that brought out the eyes, skin, and hair of gorgeous Sophie. I liked Queen Elizabeth in the blue and gold, I was enamored with the fairytale-like dress of Princess Letizia. Mathilde is often quite the eye catcher so it made me feel awoken somewhat with the red/orange. Eugenie seemed pretty to me. Tatiana is naturally gifted with looks. Good to see Queen Sonja. All in all a great show. Wow. I wish there were more photos but well the festivities will have us given more. Can't wait. Cheers.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:55 PM
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Anyone see any signs of Princess Anne?
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:56 PM
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Any pictures of Anne, Zara, or Autumn?
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I would like to have seen more coverage of the Windsors period. We didn't get to see any pictures of Princess Anne's family, except for a short BBC clip, and I would have loved to see the Dukes of Kent, Gloucester and their families. It is great to see all the foreign royals in the capital but I would love to see more coverage of the British royals. Maybe tomorrow perhaps?
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:01 PM
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I am actually surprised at how wonderful everyone looks, about the only two that I dont like very much is Charlene and Princess Beatrice. They look good, but not for this Dinner, a little too glitzy for my taste.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:02 PM
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ISOPIX has some photos of Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Countess of St. Andrews, Lady Marina-Charlotte, Lady Amelia, Lord & Lady Nicholas Windsor, the Duchess of Gloucester...however, for some reason i can't access the site right now...hopefully soon...
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by CrownPrincess5 View Post
Wait a minute, I thought Kate doing her own makeup was a joke! Oh my this isn't good.

Any pics of Anne?
Oh my God, are you serious!?
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:14 PM
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Why would you assume if it's true she's doing her own make-up, she's going to walk down the aisle looking like a dog's breakfast? Give the girl some credit, here.

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