Royal Wedding Diary

News and views on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Getting a piece of the royals

Royals7.jpgEveryone, it seems, wants a piece of the royals. From Kate Middleton’s dress to the estate of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, people are tripping over themselves to get hold of something with an association to the monarchy.

The most extreme example was probably the 65,000 pounds/$105,000 (plus a 13,000-pound commission) paid out by an unidentified buyer from Jersey for a see-through, black mesh slip dress designed by Charlotte Todd and worn by royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton at a charity fashion event in 2002. The significance of the racy item is that it is widely believed to have convinced Prince William, who was in the audience on that day, that Middleton was the one for him. The couple are to marry in Westminster Abbey on April 29.

At the same auction in London on Thursday, a Louis Vuitton vanity case fetched 48,000 pounds. Why? Because it once belonged to Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, the woman at the heart of the 1936 constitutional crisis in Britain that led to the abdication of King Edward VIII.

Over in Amsterdam, Sotheby’s held a four-day sale of items from the estate of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, and raised more than 5 million euros for charity compared with a pre-sale estimate of 1.5 million euros.

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What’s wrong with a royal knees up?

BRITAIN-WILLIAM/I'm looking forward to the April 29th wedding of Prince William to his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton as a chance to celebrate some of the good things about Britain.

People on my street and the street next to it are considering clubbing together for a street party on one or the other, my seven-year-old is learning a little bit about the political make-up of the country where he was born and a Friday off work in spring in a country that's pretty miserly with the public holidays can't be too bad of a thing.

Royal “guess” list sets tongues wagging

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Royals2.jpgFor royal wedding guest list, read guess list.

Palace officials refuse to say exactly who has been invited to the big occasion on April 29, but that has not prevented royal pundits from filling their alloted column inches with creative conjecture, and then another army of commentators pitching in with what they think about those believed to be attending.

If you want to be on-message, then the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton are not about celebrity, but more a reflection of a surprisingly ordinary young couple. Well, if it is normal, that is, to count among your friends the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, who are expected to attend.