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Old 11-16-2010, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Thena View Post
Don't forget that Catherine Walker passed away in September, so I don't think it's likely that she'll be designing Kate's wedding dress.
But there are so many British designers out there - Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Amanda Wakeley...the list is long. IMO, it wouldn't be right for Catherine have her wedding gown designed by a non-Brit. If she wore Issa, she would be giving credit to Brazil, not the UK.


Old 11-16-2010, 08:46 PM
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Paul McCartney?!?! No way!! The ONLY time a pop star has sung at a royal occasion (other than outdoor rock concerts) was Diana's funeral- and not by the invitation of the Windsors. The music at British royal occasions always involves the choir at whatever cathedral the occasion is taking place (British choral music is a long and much revered tradition). At the royal weddings in 1981 and 1986, prominent classical/opera singers performed; at Charles and Camilla's wedding there was a small chamber orchestra.

I also don't think that Stella McCartney will make the dress. Kate's style is not avante garde by any means. I really think she will go to a more traditional English designer. Plus- Stella is about to deliver her fourth baby. Depending on her maternity leave and the wedding date, schedules might not match.

Old 11-16-2010, 08:56 PM
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Paul McCartney has composed classical before.
Old 11-16-2010, 09:11 PM
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Love the idea of a Princess Catherine....Princess Catherine Elizabeth no less...I am going to get ahead of myself because in the engagment thread there is talk of children already and using the name 'Diana' for a daughter...I definitely think they will, but not as a first name and since royals are given the option of four to five names, it will definitely be included...I am thinking something along the lines of:

Princess Alice Elizabeth Mary Diana or something...but I am certainly jumping the gun

As for wedding predictions, I am only hoping for covered shoulders and maybe little sleeves and not too frou-frou and a modest train, which I think are overrated....
Old 11-16-2010, 09:15 PM
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She should go for a classic Dior, Valentino or De la Renta.
I don't think I'll ever be able to call her Catherine.
Old 11-16-2010, 09:19 PM
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Well, she will be known as Catherine in the royal circuit, but she will always be Princess Kate for the media and us
Maybe a Valentino would look good on her.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:41 PM
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What about having some of the Spencer family in the wedding? I mean they ARE William's family also.
Old 11-16-2010, 09:45 PM
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Even though this wedding will draw more press coverage, in state terms, its importance pales in comparison to Prince Albert's. Albert is a reigning sovereign while William is only second-in-line for the throne.

April or May wedding at the Abbey. No July wedding. Too close to Albert's and she can't have everything be just like Diana's. Not sure about designer but someone British. A tiara that has been in the vaults will make a comeback! I hope she wears her hair up for need a fuller coif for those tiaras.

I know people have been back and forth about Catherine getting Diana's ring. I guess if she isn't superstitious, it is a beautiful ring. Also, given the economy and the "expenses" of the monarchy, it makes sense that they might avoid getting a new ring, especially when you have such lovely pieces in the family.
Real princesses always wear sleeves so why do we all go for strapless?
Old 11-16-2010, 10:03 PM
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I still think she will choose a British designer. My vote would be 100% for Phillipa Lepley, whose exquisite use of lace would be just stunning with Kate's delicate features. There are other British designers who are doing absolutely beautiful work- Bruce Oldfield's 2010 collection is a perfect mix of modern and formal. Emma Hunt is more romantic and simple, with the straight silhouette that Kate seems to prefer. Sassi Holford did a lovely job on Autumn Kelly's dress and Elaine Closs, Jasper Conran, Alice Temperley, and Jenny Packham would all come up with something amazing, no doubt.

Kate's fashion seems to be more streamlined and classic, with a modern twist. I really don't see her wearing Vivienne Westwood or Stella McCartney.

Here are my guesses:
Location: Westminster Abbey
Date: mid May (before the Queen leaves for June at Windsor and the summer at Balmoral)
Dress by: Phillipa Lepley
Tiara: Strathmore
Music: Abbey choir and organ. I think we might hear Diana's favourite hymn "I vow to Thee, My Country"
Supporters: Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry. A few children as well- Prince Constantine of Greece (William's godson), maybe Louise Wessex or Camilla's granddaughters (Lola Parker Bowles and Eliza Lopes)
Old 11-16-2010, 10:27 PM
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I can't to see what dress Kate will wear and the other royals. Whatever she chooses she'll be a beautiful bride. And it'll be an amazing wedding since the BRF is great at putting on a great show for the public.
Old 11-16-2010, 10:27 PM
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The Philippa Lepley dresses are gorgeous and there were a few that I could see Kate in. An excellent mix of classic and couture.
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I am suspecting a wedding at Windsor. Charles is the POW so the Charles/Diana wedding with him being the immediate heir was more important than the wedding of William and Catherine's will be. With Edward and Sophie, Charles and Camilla and Peter and Amber Phillips we have already seen that the wedding could well be televised, and security would be more easily controlled. I think with everyone's consideration of the economy, this wedding will be on a smaller scale than Charles and Diana's.
Old 11-16-2010, 11:38 PM
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The announcement stated that the wedding will be in London, so St. George's has likely been ruled out already.
Old 11-17-2010, 02:20 AM
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Here are 5 photos of Kate in the Strathmore tiara and Philippa Lepley dresses that I think would look great on her. Forgive the photoshopping- I'm just learning!
Old 11-17-2010, 02:36 AM
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I think your photoshopping looks very good. I esp like the Strathmore tiara on Catherine and the last dress is lovely.
Old 11-17-2010, 02:36 AM
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Kate Middleton: who will design the dress of the century? - Telegraph

So many options to choose from! While I'm in favor of her going with a more established designer (Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, or Stella McCartney), if economy is important a lesser-known designer is probably better. I can wait patiently.
Old 11-17-2010, 02:51 AM
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Shelo, your photoshopped pics are so cute. I like the dress suggestions and the Strathmore tiara on Kate. Also,I like your predictions. I hope we see Camilla's granddaughters in the wedding, and also Lady Louise, and it seems likely about Konstantinos Alexios. Also Lady Helen Taylor's girls!

For bridesmaids, what about.....? (Besides Maid of Honor, which I'm sure will be Pippa):
1) Zara
2) Autumn
3) Laura Lopes or Sara PB?
4) Lady Rose Gilman (seems to be Kate's friend, since Kate attended that wedding?)
5) That Emilia Jardine Paterson
6) Maybe Jessica Craig (!!!!) I hope so because Kate seems to like her, and she will be beautiful for the wedding, and this would put the kibosh on the rumor that they are rivals.
Old 11-17-2010, 03:21 AM
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I hadn't thought about Lady Rose.
Who''s Emilia Jardine Paterson?

I doubt Jecca Craig will make a Bridesmaid appearance, neither Laura, Sara, Zara or Autumn.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:33 AM
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If anything, I hope she'll choose for a wedding dress that is not strapless and has at least an amount of sleeve.
I absolutely don't like strapless, imo it's way too bare, and it seems to be the only thing all brides wear today - ugh. Even royal weddings, my escape route, aren't safe from the sleeveless trend anymore.

What happened to style and classics and just why are strapless gowns so liked?
Old 11-17-2010, 04:14 AM
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Oh these are very good pictures! I think the second one is my favourite - somehow it reminds me of Crown Princess Victoria!

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