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!

Royal Wedding Gowns

Royal Wedding fever is upon us as we await the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.  One of the most hotly debated topics of discussion is what the soon-to-be Princess Kate will wear when she processes up the aisle of Westminster Abbey.  We won’t have a glimpse of that gown until the day itself, which is, of course, the tradition with most royal brides.

Speculation is rampant as to the type of gown Kate will wear, and  I wonder if she looked for inspiration from other royal weddings and gowns in deciding what to pick.  I thought it might fun to look at some of those other gowns – and there are a lot of them – to see what might have influenced her decision.

There is the iconic gown worn by Princess Di, but I somehow doubt that the sleekly dressed Kate will pick something with so much frou-frou.

Then there’s the one that was worn by Princess Anne, William’s aunt.  I think it was a lovely gown, with it’s huge trumpet sleeves and Tudor-type cut, and I though Anne looked very elegant on her wedding day.

And then there’s the fabulous gown Grace Kelly wore, which was designed by Helen Rose, the wardrobe designer at MGM Studios.

Princess Margaret, a great beauty in her day, wore a relatively simple but tremendously stylish gown on her wedding day.

But what about other royal weddings and princesses, ones we don’t hear about very often?  Let’s take a look, starting with the pretty gown worn by the Crown Princess Masako of Japan, on her wedding day in 1993.

It looks more like a ballgown than a wedding gown, but I think she looks totally sweet.

Here’s a beautiful but very different gown, at least by Western standards.  It was worn by Princess Sarah Salleh of Brunei on her wedding day.

One dress I didn’t like very much was the one worn by Queen Rania of Jordan.  I thought it was a bit of a hot mess.

One of my favorites was worn just last year by the Princess of Sweden.

She also wore a stunning gold and cameo tiara, trimmed with pearls.

And here’s a gown that I think looks beautifully simple and fresh, worn by Princess Marie of Denmark.

Finally, here’s the one worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.  I think she looks utterly stunning in the simple, streamlined dress which showcases her figure.

Kate Middleton sure has tons of inspiration to choose from, but whatever she picks I bet she’ll look great.  I’ll be just as eager to see it as everyone else!