William And Kate, It Was Worth The Wait!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you know that the newest royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, just wrapped up their two week tour of Canada and the U.S.  As someone who lives in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, I couldn’t have avoided the Niagara Falls of news coverage about Will and Kate even if I’d wanted to.  But I actually enjoyed most of the coverage and thought the young newlyweds conducted themselves with grace and good humor, genuinely coming off as two interesting, intelligent people interested in real people and real issues.  Quite a tribute to them, given how carefully managed these royal tours tend to be.

Of course, a great deal of interest revolved around Kate and her clothes.  And, yes.  I’m shallow enough to admit that I really enjoyed most of that coverage too.  She’s a beautiful girl who looks great in clothes, so that’s fun.  But even more important, Kate seems happy and totally in love with her new husband, and he with her.  That, of course, is in marked contrast to Prince William’s parents and especially his mother, Princess Diana, who often looked miserable as Prince Charles dragged her from one end of the planet to the other.  So here’s hoping Will and Kate avoid the mistakes of the earlier generation and have a happy life together.

But back to those clothes!  One of the best sites to follow Kate’s fashion happenings is What Kate Wore.  It’s incredibly detailed – mind-boggling so at times, but I actually learn quite a bit about contemporary fashion and fashion designers whenever I visit the blog.  If you like Kate and you love fashion, you might want to check it out.

Although William and Kate finished off their tour in Hollywood, they spent most of their time in Canada.  Kate and her handlers, of course, were very savvy about adding references to the relationship between Canada and the Crown.  That lovely red coatdress pictured at the top of the blog is what she wore on the day she departed Canada.  Red, of course, is the color of the Canadian flag, and Kate accented it with a brooch in the shape of a maple leaf (Canada’s official symbol), borrowed from her mother-in-law.

Of course, Kate wore lots of informal outfits too, like this one to the Calgary Stampede, which is a celebration of all things cowboy.

They both look pretty darn cute in those white cowboy hats, don’t they?  Just like a couple out of a western romance novel!

Speaking of romance novels, for all you Regency romance readers out there, have you ever wondered about all those primrose gowns Regency heroines tend to wear?  What the heck is the exact shade of that color anyway?  Well, wonder no more, because here is Kate in a lovely little primrose number.

And speaking of color, Kate seems to have a particular fondness for the color blue.  Two of my favorite dresses were in gorgeous shades of blue with lots of lace overlay.

Here’s a closeup shot of some of that beautiful lace:

Of course, no discussion of the Royals would be complete without fascinators, and here’s the really fun Maple Leaf Fascinator Kate wore for the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill.

That outfit went over very well with Canadians, I can assure you.

The royal tour is now over.  Will and Kate have returned to England and whatever passes for normal life for them.  They came, they saw, they conquered, and they did their grandma proud.  And as for Kate’s fashion sense, I think she knocked it out of the ballpark!

Ka-ching Goes The Royal Wedding!

It wouldn’t be a Royal Wedding without the rampant consumerism that accompanies these types of events.  Of course, the official wedding website would never include anything as tacky as souvenirs for sale, even the more tasteful ones like the Wedgwood china plate shown below.

Or how about these lovely champagne flutes that William and Kate could use to toast their happiness?  After all, they are made of crystal.

No?  Not tacky enough?  Then lets move on to the good stuff – the kind of souvenir that makes your eyes pop out of your head.  But lets start off slow with just the moderately tacky stuff, like this replica of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring.

Personal aside here:  my dad bought my stepmother one of these for their anniversary, and I have to say my eyes did pop a bit when I saw it.  It was incredibly lifelike and incredibly…big.  To my mind, the size did almost tip it over into the arena of the vulgar but, then again, it was a knockoff.  The real thing probably looks way better.  At least I hope so.

Maybe we’re still walking too much on the classy side of the street, so let’s see what else a not very discriminating shopper could pick up to celebrate the royal nuptials.  How about these souvenir teabags?  They’re not only tacky, they’re delicious!

And how’s this for the ultimate in tacky?  A royal wedding toilet – or loo – seat.

Cue up all the jokes about a royal flush, people!

But enough of the bathroom humor.  Weddings are about romance, after all, and we all know romance can lead to certain things, like…do I really need to spell it out?  Those of you who have been bitten by the love bug can also participate in the wedding day festivities with your very own royal condoms.

Finally!  A good reason to lie back and think of England.

Had enough?  Starting to feel slightly quesy?  I have just the thing for you – Royal Wedding vomit bags, done up by designer Lydia Leith.

Isn’t it great that there’s something for everyone?  And, yes.  There’s even an app for that – souvenir wedding apps, that is.

I have to admit that I’m not immune to Royal Wedding-itis.  When Prince Charles and Diana married, I scored a lovely biscuit tin that, sadly, went missing after several years.  But my favorite souvenir was the Charles and Di slippers, much like the ones pictured below.

Alas, they went missing during one of my graduate school moves, much to my everlasting dismay.  But I take heart in the fact that Charles’s son and his fiance have spawned more than enough godawful souvenirs to fill the void.

Boogie Down With William And Kate


Your Monday morning laugh – a boogie down with the Royal Wedding party!  Really, some of the actors are spot-on, especially Princess Anne, Prince William, and Camilla.