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Will Catherine wear a flower crown, perhaps a fragrant orange blossom wreath like Queen Victoria?
Or could it be a floral tiara, like the Strathmore Rose Tiara?
The Strathmore Rose Tiara was given to the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, by her parents when she married on April 26, 1923. It can be worn in the 1920s flapper-style dropped down on the forehead or traditionally.
Read more about the tiaras that could be gifted or loaned to Kate for her wedding here.
The Queen Mum, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, wears the Strathmore Rose Tiara dropped on her forehead in the 1920s flapper-style.
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THE PRINCESS(ES) WORE WHITE. A London exhibition of royal gowns offers a glimpse of 200 years worth of monarchical splendor.
London’s Historic Royal Palaces unveiled a collection of royal wedding gowns on Thursday. The six dresses, worn by royal brides over the last 200 years, have been restored in advance of the March 2012 exhibition “Victoria Revealed,” at the refurbished Kensington Palace. Photos of these gowns were released in connection with the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Queen Victoria’s wedding dress is part of the permanent collection, along with gowns belonging to Princess Charlotte, Alexandra of Denmark, Princess Mary of Teck, Princess Margaret and Princess Alexandra of Kent.
Perhaps someday a collection of similar sorts will include Kate’s much anticipated dress. — Elizabeth Semrai
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” So said Saint Catherine of Siena whose festival day was April 29th. (from the Royal Wedding Sermon)
Saint Catherine of Siena. By Andrea Vanni. Fresco in church of S. Dominico, Siena. ca. 1400.
Duchess Catherine, an art history major, is said to favor lilies. Her bouquet consisted primarily of lilies of the valley (from the lily family) in addition to other accent flowers. In “The Language of Flowers” lilies of the valley symbolize a return to happiness.
Prince Charles and Prince William are not the only ones that have showered their brides with the blue gemstone. Prince Albert gave Victoria this diamond and sapphire tiara he designed in 1842. The sapphires are set in gold and the diamonds in silver. It is now in possession of a Queen Victoria descendant and is sometimes lent to museums.
Happy birthday Duchess Kate.
There hasn’t been all that many Dukes of Cambridge and even fewer Duchesses, which is surprising as the title seems redolent of history and grandeur doesn’t it? In fact, half of all the Dukes of Cambridge were sons of James II who died in infancy.
The first Duchess of Cambridge was Caroline of Ansbach, wife of the future George II of England, who was given the title of Duke of Cambridge after the 1701 Act of Settlement made his grandmother, Sophia and father, George (later George I) the official heirs of Queen Anne.
Caroline and George immediately fell for each other when he visited the court of her guardian, the Elector of Brandenburg incognito to check her out. Of course, it helped that Caroline was no fool and immediately realised that the unknown Monsieur de Busch was the son of the Elector of Hanover, while he in his turn was dazzled by her fair haired prettiness and intelligence and declared that having seen her, he would not marry any other girl. Luckily for him, the match was approved of by everyone and the young couple were married only a few months later, in the Autumn of 1705.