Monday, May 2, 2011

Prince William & Kate Middleton's Fabulous Royal Wedding - The Dress & The Tiara

I am sure all of fashionistas all over the world were drinking their coffee, staying up all night till the sun came up to watch the fabulous Royal Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton. We will get to the who wears what fashion review later, but how can we be talking about the Royal Wedding without mentioning those over the top sparkling diamond tiaras right? So let’s start with a little intro of some of the famous Diamond Tiaras own by Queen Elizabeth.

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

The 'Girls of Great Britain and Ireland' Tiara was given to the future Queen Mary as a wedding present in 1893. The diamond tiara was purchased from Garrard, the London jeweller, by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1947, Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, as a wedding present.

The tiara was described by Leslie Field as "a diamond festoon-and-scroll design surmounted by nine large oriental pearls on diamond spikes and set on a bandeau base of alternate round and lozenge collets between two plain bands of diamonds". Queen Elizabeth II usually wears the tiara without the base or pearls.

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

The Vladimir Tiara, sometimes referred to as the Diamond and Pearl Tiara, was purchased in 1921 by Queen Mary, who bought it from Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia. Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna, after her marriage to Prince Nicholas of Greece, known always as Princess Nicholas of Greece, had inherited it from her mother Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. The tiara had been smuggled out of Russia by a British diplomat during the 1917. Over the years Princess Nicholas of Greece sold various pieces of jewelry from her personal collection; as a refugee, she had to sell the pieces to support her family and various charities.

The Strathmore Rose Tiara

It was a wedding gift to the Queen Mum from her father, the Earl of Strathmore. It's a delicate tiara, worn by the Queen Mum as a bandeau low across her forehead (a stylish way to wear a tiara in the '20s and '30s); it can also be worn in a more traditional way on the top of the head.

 Delhi Durbar Tiara

The circle of brilliant-cut diamonds mounted in gold and set in platinum was made by Garrards in 1911 and Queen Mary wore it in Delhi to mark the start of King George V's reign as King and Emperor of India. The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles borrowed Delhi Durbar Tiara once to show up at a party at the Buckingham Palace.

The Cartier "Halo" Tiara

The Cartier Halo Tiara was made in 1936. It was originally purchased by the Duke of York for his Duchess, who would become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother a few weeks later. After having been passed down two generations, the Halo Tiara was worn today by the beautiful Catherine for her wedding with Prince William.

Ok, after seeing all these beautiful Tiaras, it’s time we see some of the fashions showed up at Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding!

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Victoria Beckham & David Beckham

Dress by Victoria Beckham, Philip Treacy Hat & Christian Louboutin Shoe. On David - Ralph Lauren Purple Label
(Photo courtesy by Danny Martindale)

Princess Letizia of Asturias
(Photo courtesy by Ian Gavan)

Queen Sofia of Spain & Prince Felipe & Princess Letizia
(Photo courtesy by Chris Jackson)

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

Prince Albert of Monaco & Charlene Wittstock in Akris

Samantha Cameron in Burberry (Wife of UK Prime Minister James Cameron)
(Photo courtesy by Jorge Herrera)

Carole Middleton in Catherine Walker
(Photo courtesy by Pascal Le Segretain)

Frances Osborne
(Photo courtesy by Pascal Le Segretain)

Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
(Photo courtesy by Chris Jackson)

Princess Beatrice of York in Blush color Valentino Couture (Right)
& Princess Eugenie in Colbalt blue Vivienne Westwood
(Photo courtesy by Dan Kitwood)

Pippa Middleton in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
(Photo courtesy by Dan Kitwood)

Queen Sofia of Spain
(Photo Courtesy by Neil Mockford/Stringer)

Sophie Windsor in Armani
(Photo courtesy by Chris Jackson)

Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall
(Photo courtesy by Kai Pfaffenbach)

Lady Kitty, Eliza & Amelia Spencer - Prince William & Harry's First Cousins
(Photo courtesy by Dave Thompson)

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
(Photo courtesy by Pascal le Segretain)

Ian Thorpe - The Australian Olympic Swimmer
(Photo courtesy by Pascal le Segretain)

To end this blog posting with a beautiful happy ending, here are two videos of the Royal Wedding!
Here is the moment of all fashionistas are waiting for, I knew it! It’s an Alexander McQueen gown !


Let’s recap the whole wedding in 60 seconds

We hope you enjoy this special blog posting about the Royal wedding! We here at Fashionistas sincerely wishing Prince William & Kate Middleton a happy ever after fairy tale life together!

Oh, I just can't help myself to post this video from disney, a tribute to all the Disney Princess Fairy Tales ! l'amour l'amour !

Until next time, Be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

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