The royal wedding festivities didn't end with this morning's ceremony! Kate Middleton and Prince William thanked guests at their Buckingham Palace lunch this afternoon as a team of bakers put the finishing touches on their gorgeous wedding cake, then retreated to Prince Charles' residence Clarence House. Kate, William, Charles, and Camilla left the home together later and headed back to the palace for tonight's festivities. Kate exited in a second Alexander McQueen gown, a strapless, diamante-studded dress that she paired with a white angora shrug. William also swapped his garb, trading his military regalia for a tuxedo ahead of the 300-person private dinner his father is hosting. Meanwhile, Kate's parents headed up a soiree for friends and family who were not invited to the palace's intimate meal at The Goring Hotel, where they've been staying this week. The evening is clearly a very formal affair, but the newlyweds' younger siblings, Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, made sure to inject it with a youthful vibe. The duo organized music and dancing and also promised guests who stay into the wee hours bacon sandwiches and other snacks. Click through to see all the pictures from the royal wedding party's fun-filled afternoon and evening!
The royal wedding has come and gone, but we're still basking in the glow with all the amazing pictures! Kate Middleton looked stunning in her Alexander McQueen gown, and she and Prince William had a fairy-tale ceremony followed by their perfect royal wedding balcony kisses! The very exclusive guest list included a few famous names like David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John, and Joss Stone, who mingled with all the other big names in the audience. Whether they were foreign dignitaries, royals from around the world, or friends from the couple's charity work, it was an eclectic crowd. Take a look at who was sitting where, who was chatting with whom, and what it all looked like when William and Kate entered the scene.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, made their way from Clarence House to Westminster Abbey this morning. They waved to fans as they traveled down the mall by car. Charles and Camilla followed the arrival of Carole and Michael Middleton, who came to the big event from The Goring Hotel. The father of the groom looked regal in his Royal Navy uniform while Camilla chose an outfit by Anna Valentine.
Royal dignitaries from around the globe congregated at London's Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park tonight to dine together prior to tomorrow's royal wedding. Princes and princesses from Greece, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, and more traveled to England to take part in the celebration. The House of Windsor hosted tonight's event — Prince Charles was accompanied by his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, while Queen Elizabeth joined her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Spain's Princess Letizia was lovely in purple alongside her spouse, Prince Felipe, and his mom, Queen Sofia. Greece was represented by Crown Prince Pavlos and a nude gown-wearing Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, Princess Mathilde and her Prince Philip were there for Belgium, and Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended on behalf of Sweden. The husband-and-wife-to-be, Prince William and Kate Middleton, did not attend as they're sequestered in their respective places, Clarence House and the Goring Hotel, resting up while spectators angle for good spots along the route to Westminster Abbey. We're live streaming the royal wedding starting at 1:30 a.m. PST, so join us to watch all the romantic events as they unfold!
Yesterday, I told you about an eco-concept home called The Prince's House at London's 2011 Ideal Home Show. I especially love its cozy, anglicized Anthropologie-esque vibe in the master bedroom. The dress collage on the right-hand side of the photo (framed) is made from recycled maps by Elizabeth LeCourt. You can look into commissioning something from the artist, or try your hand at creating a similar style of artwork.
The bed is a vintage find that's been reupholstered by The Chairman and Son. Keep an eye out at flea markets for a sturdy antique frame, and then look into getting it professionally reupholstered at a shop near your home.Many of the trinkets and cozy textiles can be picked up from a variety of outlets, and many can also be made by those of you who have a knack for sewing or crocheting. It definitely wouldn't hurt to invest in some Cath Kidston fabric for the curtains, either.
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The color green shouldn't be reserved just for St. Patrick's Day, as Prince Charles demonstrated today when he visited his "Prince's House" at the Ideal Home Show in London. The house beautifully marries tradition and sustainability — two concepts that are near and dear to Prince Charles's heart.
In a letter introducing this concept house Prince Charles wrote,
I hope people who visit the show will see that eco-homes do not have to be a kind of alien from outer space, but can be beautiful and comfortable places with a sense of identity and belonging. If the British people are to be persuaded that it’s worth living in low-carbon homes, it may be easier if the examples they see don’t necessarily look like spaceships or hermetically sealed boxes.
Designed by The Prince's Foundation For the Built Environment, of which Charles is president, this home re-creates the "natural house," a design developed by the educational charity at the Building Research Establishment in Watford, Hertfordshire. Head over to the foundation's website for a video explaining this concept house — it's brilliantly simple, relying on traditional insulation and heating and cooling concepts instead of hi-tech gadgets. For instance, sheep's wool is used as insulation in the roof and floor. In addition to the incredible eco structural features of the home, the interiors reflect a recycled, chic sensibility that continues the theme of traditional, green living. The house's cozy, Anthropologie-esque interiors were designed by Christina Moore, and are a perfect reflection of the prince's goals for the eco, traditional home.
Usually, I can tell if someone's bored with me by a slight wandering of the eye (eyes, center!), but it's a whole other game when hobnobbing with the queen of England. We may know how to address her, but here are a few key signs that signal her handlers to intervene when she's through with a conversation.
When she's ready to wrap it up, but not necessarily royally bored or annoyed, she'll switch her purse from one arm to another. If she really wants out, she'll do something more dramatic, like placing her bag on the floor or spinning a ring on her finger. And when she takes meetings at Buckingham Palace, there's a discreet buzzer she can ring to have guests escorted out. Maybe this is what Kate Middleton's learning in princess training?
There are rumors that Prince Charles plays with his cuff links to signal he's done, but nobody's sure if it's that or a nervous tick. As for Princes William and Harry? It's too early to tell, but all this passivity makes me yearn for the good ole days — when royalty could be indiscriminately rude.
Liz Hurley, Prince Charles Team Up For Organic Foods Line Looks like the Obamas aren't the only ones raising media attention over sustainable food and farming: British model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is teaming up with none other than Prince Charles to launch a new line of organic foods.
Looks like the Obamas aren't the only ones raising media attention over sustainable food and farming: British model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is teaming up with none other than Prince Charles to launch a new line of organic foods.
The "modern, healthy, organic food" line will launch in October, Hurley's spokesperson said today. The range will be sold by Prince Charles's sustainable food company, Duchy Originals, with offerings such as pork, poultry, lamb, and rare breed beef, as well as organic grains harvested at Hurley's 400-acre organic farm in western England. Hurley added:
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is an inspiration to me because of his passionate belief in organic food and farming and his unwavering commitment to help protect and sustain the countryside.
I applaud both of them for raising consciousness about sustainable farming. Are you surprised to hear that organic farming is a priority for Elizabeth Hurley or Prince Charles?
How Well Do You Know Birthday Boy Prince Charles? We're singing Happy Birthday here at Sugar UK HQ, as Prince Charles turns 60 today. The heir to the throne has been celebrating all week, enjoying a comedy gala performance on Wednesday night alongside Camilla and Prince Harry. Help me celebrate the Prince's big day by taking my quiz to find out how well you know him.