Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 29th: The Royal Wedding Day

 EDIT: I should have known that coming from a fierce line of Royalists, I would be dragged out of bed at 5am by my giddy mother to watch the nuptials of Prince William to Kate Middleton. It was probably good that I had low expectations because when Kate emerged in that frothy Alexander McQueen dress I was completely blown away. Alexander McQueen has a tendency to do that I guess. Anyways, she looked completely amazing and I have nothing but positive vibes for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

For anyone who has been reading this blog for a long time, you will know that I have a long-standing enthusiasm for the British Royal Family. It has nothing to do with politics, mostly just an aesthetic appreciation for everything ostentatious. Seeing Queen Elizabeth II in the flesh last summer was the single greatest excitement of my adult life (tied with seeing The Pixies live), so it would be safe to assume I’m really excited about this Royal Wedding razzamatazz, right? Wrong.
Why is this? It’s because Kate Middleton is boring! I would never criticize Prince William’s choice of partner and I’m sure she’s a nice girl and all, but that’s exactly the problem. Kate always plays it safe in the wardrobe department, and literally everything she wears is the visual equivalent of Ambien. I don’t care what she wears to the wedding because its going to be ‘pretty’, and ‘classic’ and….yawn. Wait, did I just fall asleep writing that sentence? Oh God.

 Princess Diana was a rad lady with unreal charisma who really pulled out all the stops with that 25 foot train on her wedding dress. They had a horse and carriage, making her the real version Cinderella. And did I mention she was only twenty at the time of he marriage in 1981? I’m pretty sure Princess Diana was entirely responsible for my childhood aspirations of Princess-hood.
  Needless to say, I will not be staying up until 3am to watch this blathering event that will only disappoint me anyways.

16 comments:

Anna said...

noooo!! we love kate!! i hope you are pleasantly surprised on friday!! obviously she's all over the show in the uk an in every magazine there's a reference to how 'totally real and down to earth' she is because she does her own makeup. ha. but seriously, i hope she rocks it!! it should have been me!! all these exclamation marks are very important xxxxx

edgeindustrialphotography said...

Hi Isabel ... don't forget Diana wan't that exciting clothes wise in the
early days (especially pre-wedding)... it took a few years before she
started getting it right/knew her own style ...

wedding-wise I would have liked Sarah F to have received an invite -
I've always found the treatment of her to be pretty cruel - no matter
what she has done she is still family (to William) - an interesting piece ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1359348/Royal-wedding-Sarah-Ferguson-doesnt-deserve-treated-like-leper.html


... always have a soft spot For Diana though
- esp after seeing her when she visted my my town ... (she was just a few
feet away from me! - too dumbstruck to say anything)
- george


edgeindustrialphotography.blogspot.com

K said...

There's no escaping her, I'm afraid. Trust me, I'm in the media!

brodie said...

I am Australian and, as such, I think of Princess Mary of Denmark when I hear "royal wedding". That bitch knows what's up
http://www.themercury.com.au/images/uploadedfiles/editorial/pictures/2010/06/09/Mary1.jpg

I can't find a picture of it, but her husband Prince Frederik is a badass dresser too and recently went out with a scruffy bearded face, pointy leather shoes and a rainbow scarf.

Peacock's Hat said...

To be honest, I don't care that much about the wedding. I mean I'll probably watch the highlights, just to have a nosey at the dress (you're right, it will be boring, but after practically YEARS of constant speculation clogging up my fashion magazines I demand to see the final thing dammit!) and at the guests. But mostly, I'll be sat inside writing my dissertation.

Miss Woo said...

I saw a funeral home with a Royal Wedding 'package' this weekend (for serious). I barfed so hard. Than barfed again.

Anonymous said...

It's rumoured that Alexander McQueen are designing the dress though? Could be interesting... But then it's also been rumoured that she's designing it herself, Alice Temperly is designing it, and the Queen's favourite tailors are designing it, so maybe that's not true. Never deride an excuse for a day off/street party, though!
Katie x
(ps. Totally rad blog btw)

Anonymous said...

The reason everyone loves Kate is that she was from a family who three generations back were coal miners - her mum was an air hostess in her twenties. It's all that 'Oooh it could be me that's a princess next' stuff. Y'know, like she's-one-of-us stuff. Diana was the people's princess, but Kate is one of the people.
(Kate actually went to private and prep boarding schools though)(and not just any, but PROPER posh £XX,XXX a year schools)(so she's not really proper middle-class, more new-money-upper-upper-middle-class. BUT STILL. Her family only this week got a coat of arms, so that counts.) xox

Marina said...

I'm with you- I don't find Kate very agreeable and interesting. On a side note though, that black and white photo of Lady Di is absolutely stunning!

Crimson Ebolg said...

I think a lot of Kate's conservatism is part of a public relations exercise. We in the UK are having to deal with some pretty severe public spending cuts and prices are climbing ever higher, while real wages are consistently low. The Royal Wedding has certainly given us a lovely break from thinking about our own troubles (for which the government is probably very grateful) but I think if Kate goes for too lavish a dress, she will be heavily criticised by the UK press for shoving her wealth and privilege in our faces when so many people are struggling. It's a bit of a catch 22 really, because if she doesn't go for something ostentatious, she'll also be criticised. Either way, I think she probably has a lot less of a say in her wedding arrangements than most 'normal' brides.

love buzz said...

29 yr old kate looks about 45, it's freaky.

edgeindustrialphotography said...

Morrissey brands royal family 'benefit scroungers' ahead of William and Kate wedding

http://www.nme.com/news/morrissey/56339

Roma said...

Honestly I know for a fact i will not stay up that late to watch a wedding. i have plenty of things i could do instead of that. ie: sleep. I may tape it. Honestly i think kate's blandness is mainly for the family. I bet after this she will spice it up. Needless to say her dress choices are boring and cliched

Anonymous said...

for once I whole heartedly disagree with you. I thought kate's dress was lovely and much much much more stylish the diana's hideous meringue thing.

Magali said...

Diana's dress was a puffy mess, really. It looks like she wore her grandmom's gown, without altering it. Kate dress was gorgeous, but TOO SIMILAR to Grace Kelly's. I find royals disappointing.

Tallulah Doll said...

I think Alexander Mcqueen went to tame for this one, but I guess Sarah Burton did what she had to do! I would of loved to see her in something more edgier with a little spunk.

The veil was super awesome though...
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the royal wedding :)

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