Valentine's Day News!

14 February 2011

So this is GREAT news for Valentine's Day -  Kate and William have announced who will make up their bridal party via the british Monarchy's official facebook page (a fact Grazia Daily loves in itself). Prince Harry is in charge of the stag night as William's best man, rather than 'supporter' which is traditional at royal weddings. Kate’s sister Pippa is maid of honour, and faces the daunting task of looking after the super cute bridesmaids who are: seven-year-old Lady Louise Windsor (daughter of Edward and Sophie), eight-year-old Margarita Armstrong-Jones (daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Linley; William's first cousin and his wife), three-year-old Grace van Cutsem, who is William's goddaughter, and Eliza Lopes, granddaughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also aged three. As if that wasn't too much cuteness to cope with, the couple are also having two page boys - William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton, the ten-year-old son of James Lowther-Pinkerton (William's private secretary) will join Tom Pettifer, who is the eight-year-old son of William and Harry's childhood nanny, Tiggy Pettifer.

As well as all the deets about the wedding party, some more info has emerged about what is INDISPUTABLY the most important part of the whole wedding – the dress. Dora Fung, a British editor of Chinese Vogue, reiterates what you will already have read in Grazia magazine - the fact that Kate Middleton has a legion of designers holed up in Buckingham Palace right now, beavering away creating her wedding attire. Fung told NY mag fashion blog The Cut, that Kate has ‘got people in there doing the dresses and stuff like that. That's the rumour on the street’.

This, of course, would make complete sense – Buckingham Palace being one of the few completely secure places Kate can visit for fittings without being papped and raising suspicion as to who the designers are. But one OTHER thing it means is that this makes the possibility of Bruce Oldfield being the designer look increasingly unlikely. Bruce hasn’t been spending all his time at Buckingham Palace, so unless he’s extremely confident, or fast, or just has a number of REALLY good people working for him, we’re going to take this as another sign that Kate won’t be wearing Oldfield on April 29th.  

In addition to the dress itself, Fung talks about the hitherto uncharted territory that is Kate's wedding footwear, saying that Kate ‘has people in there just doing shoes’. Shoes?! We hadn’t even though about the shoes! Fung brings one particular name to the table – Adele Clarke, the London based shoe designer who graduated from London College of Arts in 1999, is apparently one of the people currently residing at Buckingham Palace with their fingers permanently affixed to a needle and thread.

Even more intriguingly, Fung has heard that there are other shoe designers in the palace, all creating shoes for Kate and that ‘it just depends on the day... what she prefers’. Amazoid. But can you imagine how gutting it would be for the un-chosen ones? Grazia Daily feels their pain.


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