“Like the beat, beat, beat of the tom-tom … the tick, tick, tock of the stately clock … the drip, drip, drip of the raindrop” – so wrote composer Cole Porter in his classic love song "Night and Day."
In anticipation of April 29th, the beat and tick and drip of gossip and news will keep leaking about the grandeur surrounding the wedding of the year (the decade?). We believe – and our LA arbiters agree – there’s nothing better than a royal wedding arranged by the Brits.
The British Empire’s heir to the throne H.R.H. Prince William of Wales, 28, will wed beauty Catherine “Kate” Middleton, 29, at Westminster Abbey, where they’ve invited 1,900 guests. (Rather than wedding gifts, Kate and William are suggesting contributions to charity, although there is a personal registry for family.) Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer included 3,500 guests for their ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
William will wear his bespoke RAF uniform (estimated to be worth $6,000), and talk surfaces that Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen is designing Kate’s wedding dress.
Dress code is “uniform, morning coat or lounge suit” (in our parlance, a business suit). The Queen and Prince Charles are picking up the wedding tab, estimated at more than $50 million. (The Middletons are contributing a six-figure sum.)