Month: April 2011

The Designer Behind Princess Catherine’s Dress

According to the Washington Post, “Sarah Burton, creative director of the fashion house Alexander McQueen, and creator of Catherine Middleton’s floor-length ivory wedding dress, was so low-profile that the public knew little about her before the wedding Friday. The 36-year-old designer from Manchester was chosen in part because her lack of visibility would help keep the dress a secret. Burton became McQueen’s right hand woman after joining his label as intern in 1996, and presented her first womenswear collection without McQueen at Paris Fashion Week shortly after his suicide last year. Many noticed then that Burton used her mentor’s style but also had added a new element of femininity. Middleton reportedly noticed Burton’s work when she spotted Sarah Buys, a fashion journalist, wearing an off-the-shoulder wedding dress at Buys’ wedding to the son of the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. Despite being recognized as a new British style icon, Middleton has also been criticized for being too conservative and “high street.” Burton, who is known for her alternative take on elegance, was a choice that would challenge that notion. Burton is known best for designing a billowing red and black dress worn by Michelle Obama to a state dinner last year. She has also worked with Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow. Burton just released this statement about the dress: Sarah Burton (David Burton – AP) “The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy. Understandably, Catherine has been very keen to keep the details of her dress a secret, which is every bride’s prerogative, and we gave an undertaking to keep our role confidential until the day of the wedding.” “It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress…. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship.” “Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day…Catherine looked absolutely stunning today.”

Royal Wedding: Prince William and Catherine Middleton Exchange Vows

The highly anticipated royal wedding between Prince William and his longtime love Kate Middleton took place Friday morning at Westminster Abbey in London. The couple, who dated for 8 years before becoming engaged in November 2010, exchanged traditional vows in front of about 1,900 guests. The ceremony lasted one hour and featured a prayer written by the couple.

“God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage. In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy. Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer,” the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said.

Kate, who will now be known as Catherine, wore a Sara Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, a 1936 Cartier tiara belonging to Queen Elizabeth and Robinson Pelham diamond earrings given to her by her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. William wore the uniform of the Colonel of the Irish Guards.

After a carriage ride to Buckingham Palace, Prince William and Catherine stepped out on the front balcony for a kiss at 1:25 p.m. The balcony is where Prince Charles and Princess Diana kissed following their wedding in 1981.

A wedding lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth was planned for 600 guests. Later in the evening, dinner and dancing will be held at the palace for about 300 guests.

Osbourne’s Facing More Tax Troubles

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon are allegedly facing another bill from the U.S. tax office just weeks after reports suggested they had racked up a massive $1.7 million (£1.06 million) debt.
In early April (11), the rocker’s wife spoke out about reports a multi-million dollar tax lien had been filed against the couple in California, insisting the bill had been paid and vowing to take better care of their finances in future.
The couple is now facing another tax bill for more than $357,000, according to TMZ.com.
The website reports a lien was filed against Sharon in Los Angeles this week (ends May 1), alleging the TV personality owes federal income taxes from 2007.

Royal Couple Delays Honeymoon

Prince William and his bride Catherine, Duchess of Canbridge have chosen to delay their honeymoon and spend their first weekend as man and wife in their native U.K.
The couple married in London on Friday (April 29) in a lavish ceremony which was watched by an estimated two billion people across the globe.
They had been expected to jet off to an exotic location to celebrate their marriage with a relaxing vacation, but they have now confirmed the holiday will be postponed as William is due to return to his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot next week (beg May).
An official statement reads, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to depart for a honeymoon immediately. Instead, after spending the weekend privately in the United Kingdom, The Duke will return to work as a search and rescue pilot next week.
“The locations of both their private weekend before The Duke returns to work and their future honeymoon, which will be overseas, will not be disclosed in advance.
“The couple have asked that their privacy be respected during the coming weekend and during their honeymoon.” The couple left London by helicopter on Saturday morning (30Apr11) as they flew to an undisclosed location to enjoy their weekend away.

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Queen Announces William and Kate’s New Titles

British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has announced the new titles which await Prince William and Kate Middleton once they are married – the couple will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple will exchange vows in a lavish wedding at London’s Westminster Abbey on Friday (April 29) and the ceremony will mark Middleton’s official induction to Britain’s royal family.

Both William and his bride will be given titles from the Queen once they are wed, and just hours before the nuptials, Her Majesty confirmed her grandson will become the Duke of Cambridge, as well as holding the titles of Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
Middleton will be known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
A statement from issued by the press secretary to the Queen, reads, “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
“Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.”

The Royal Kiss: Prince William & Princess Catherine!

Royal newlyweds Prince William and Catherine Middleton  thrilled fans by kissing twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding on Friday (April 29).

The couple – who are now officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – appeared on the terrace alongside Queen Elizabeth II and relatives of the bride and groom 90 minutes after their nuptials at London’s Westminster Abbey.
As hundreds of thousands of flag-waving well-wishers converged outside the palace gates and on The Mall below, the prince sparked a deafening cheer as he leaned in and kissed his blushing bride on the lips. Two minutes later, the couple kissed again.
The touching moment was reminiscent of his father Charles, Prince of Wales’ famous kiss with Diana, Princess of Wales on the same balcony 30 years earlier following their wedding in 1981.

Kate’s Wedding Dress By Sarah Burton: Palace

LONDON—Kate Middleton‘s ivory and lace wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton, creative director at the fashion house Alexander McQueen, the palace announced Friday as she entered Westminster Abbey.

“Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work,” officials said in a statement.

“Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.”