Key Ingredients to a Happy Marriage?

William and Kate’s Wedding Feast

Of course it was going to be great food at Prince William’s British royal wedding. There was never any doubt about that. But what was in question was exactly what was to be served, and perhaps more importantly, the cake, the cake!

It was very traditional – British – food that was served at the wedding, including bubble and squeak (this is a dish comprising any vegetables you have leftover from a roast dinner that are then fried with mashed potatoes and often served with any remaining roast from a traditional Sunday dinner; it makes a sort of bubble and squeak sound as its cooked).

In addition, over 10,000 canapes were consumed, made with ingredients from throughout the entire United Kingdom. This included: Cornish crab salad on lemon blini; quails’ eggs; goats’ cheese roulade with caramelized walnuts and Scottish smoked salmon roes on beetroot blini. Quite a feast indeed.

Other key ingredients on Royal chef Mark Flanagan’s list were: duck; watercress; asparagus, chipolatas, haddock, asparagus – and, in keeping with the best of UK tradition – Yorkshire pudding with roast beef.

On a Sweeter Note

For those with a sweet tooth, they weren’t going to leave disappointed either. They were privy to a “rhubarb crème brulee tartlet, passion fruit praline and chocolate ganache truffle.”

But then what about the cake? Well, since the two young sweethearts clearly couldn’t agree, two cakes were made – one traditional (Kate’s choice) and the other, perhaps not quite so traditional, but maybe very in line with treats that William grew up on. Kate got her eye-stopper: made by Fiona Cairns (a somewhat rags-to-riches story), it was a multi-tiered fruit cake decorated with sugar flowers. She made the cake in Buckingham Palace but then got stuck on the icing that just didn’t seem to do it for her. So the icing was created elsewhere.
As for William, he got his McVitie’s. But it didn’t quite look like the rich tea biscuits you find in the store. It was a four-tiered square chocolate cake, adorned with water lilies, milk and white chocolate feathers, milk chocolate leaves and a whole slew of crushed rich tea biscuits.
So perhaps this gives us more than a lesson on just food. Maybe William and Kate – who really do look extremely happy – have the key ingredients to a happy marriage; if you can’t agree on something, you don’t have to; you should both be happy with what you get and get one each!

The Royal Wedding: A Bit of a ‘Hair’ Do

There was so much discussion and hush-hush in the run up to the royal wedding on what Kate Middleton’s hair would look like. In fact, hairdresser James Pryce was said to have “lost sleep” over what he described as being the “gig of the century,” while on the actual day itself Kate was described as being “calm and collected.”

But at the end of Friday 29 April, while it’s true that Kate looked none other than the beautiful Princess she now is (or, more accurately, the new Duchess of Cambridge), it didn’t look like all that much time had gone in to doing her hair. That’s not an insult by any means since she probably looked as natural as the day she met her Prince William. But the amount of work that went into the hairstyle for the day did seem a little over the top.

So what was Mr. Pryce doing to prepare for the special day? He used a fake tiara purchased on Chelsea’s King’s Road along with the personal assistant from his salon to act as a stand-in for the Duchess-to-be.

Although however, to the average man or woman in the street Kate’s hair looked as regular as can be, those in the know would have got that it was pinned back in a “demi chignon” for her special day. She wanted it to look a bit different from her regular every day style of having it all down, so elected a part-up part-down look so she could still feel like herself but have a bit of a regal touch at the same time.

Her hair was also styled to adequately show off her dress in full detail. Atop her head was the 1936 Cartier tiara, on loan by the Queen who sported a most pleasant yellow outfit with a matching handbag. The question on everyone’s lips however, was “what on earth was she carrying in that bag?” Well, while Kate’s hairdo and dress were revealed on Friday, we will probably have to wait a very long time to find out (if ever) what the HM The Queen deemed so important as to be carrying with her to the 2011 royal wedding.

The Sun Won’t Come Out Tomorrow?

Wain, Wain Go aWay… for William

Oh no. And the planning was going so well. The Royals can clearly have everything they want for their special day; can’t they? Apparently not. There are some things that even money can’t buy and one of these is weather control. It looks like there is going to be rain tomorrow on the day of William and Kate’s nuptials. How totally British and quite expected and boy does it make for some great commentary.
The Brits are notorious in their obsession with the weather. It wouldn’t be shocking to find a Brit scheduling their evening routine around watching the nightly weather report to see what it’s going to look like outside the next day. So in some ways this is quite fitting for a British royal wedding.

No Sun Shine?

A few days ago it looked like the sun would continue to shine since Britain’s weather has been unseasonably glorious. But now weather reports are indicating the opposite. It looks like there could even be “thunder storms and brisk winds” or possibly lightning!

But this shouldn’t actually spoil the royal wedding. Of course, weather pitfalls have been taken into consideration already. Indeed, if showers do descend, Kate will be covered on her entrance into the Abbey with a “retinue of lackeys.” But onlookers might not be so happy with this as it would wreck their full glimpse of the beautiful bride. There would also have to be a change of plan for how the procession will go from the Abbey to the Palace after the ceremony. They would have to use the Glass Coach used by the Prince’s parents for their wedding rather than the intended open-top 1902 State Landau carriage. And who knows if that will put a damper on the celebrations since we all know what happened after that wedding.

Still, there is of course a chance that things will go off without a hitch and even if rain does fall, some have said that it will “only add to the Britishness of the occasion.” It also remains to be seen however what impact this will have on the street fairs that have been planned around the country.

Bad Hair Day?

It’s all very well that there are plans being set for possibilities of rain on the day but what will happen to Kate’s much talked about hairdo? Indeed, there has been almost as much discussion on how her chestnut locks will fall as her dress. Speculation abounded that it would be left down, to “complement her natural look.” But now the royal-to-be is engaged in discussions with hairdresser Richard Ward on what will be if the weather in oh-so-British style refuses to cooperate. It could be that Kate’s locks will be put up, being the “safest option to combat the elements.” Even if this does happen, it will look “elegant and simple.” And if she does go with this, onlookers will get much more of a glimpse of the Queen’s Russian fringe tiara that she is allegedly going to be wearing.

Whatever happens, come rain or shine, William and Kate are bound to make a perfect picture for their wedding album. And the festivities will be enjoyed by Brits and Americans alike, and no doubt, throughout the TV-broadcasting world.

Keeping It In the Family

Middleton’s Moving?

It seems like everyone wants a piece of the royal pie. And it could just be that everyone is going to get it! Kate Middleton might be unusual in the sense that she could have a harder time dealing with her own parents that her somewhat troubled in-laws.

It seems that Mr. Michael and Mrs. Carole Middleton – the royal-to-be’s parents – have snuck over to take a peak at a house for sale priced at £5 million. That doesn’t really make such great headlines, but adding this to the tale might: it is reported that this particular house was where Camilla Parker Bowles resided during the peak of her affair with Prince Charles!

What’s Making the Middleton’s Move?

One might question why it is now that the Middleton’s are choosing to move. After all, they’ve seemed quite content in their red-brick 5 bedroom house, estimated at close to £1million) in a little village near Reading for the last 20 years. This was where they raised their three children and set up and ran their mail-order party planning business. But it makes sense the couple would want to move on, since their children are grown and out of the house.

If that’s the case, then why are they not downsizing? If they are interested in Camilla’s old residence, this would be quite the opposite and they would be getting something much larger, which is currently home to the Earl and Countess Cairns, boasting a staggering 70 acres of parkland.

Well if the Middleton’s do buy the home, it sure is a good way to keep it in the family. It was said that “Camilla was rather amused to hear that the Middleton’s had been to look round her old home.” The lady-no-longer-in-waiting is probably able to chuckle about such matters now her life has turned around to being Great Britain’s next queen.

No One Spilling at the Palace

 

 

According to USA Today, it seems no one is giving out all that much information about the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William of Wales to (Catherine) Kate Middleton.  We’ve not even had a picture of the lady’s dress!  Critics have wondered if it is this lack of knowledge that is making the Brits go even more nuts to find out what’s going on, but it’s unlikely, given the major interest that took place all those moons ago when the Prince’s mother wed his father (although let’s please ask for more of a fairytale end to this marriage).  

Brand on Royal Weddings

Emily Brand probably knew that this would be the case.  She wrote a book – perfectly timed to hit stores on March 22 – entitled Royal Weddings and argued that “interest seems to be stronger, partly because this is the marriage of the future king and partly because it is [seen as] a genuine and remarkably ‘ordinary’ romance.”  This could well be what is sparking interest; all those helpless romantics who saw how Kate did it; and that they could do it too; meet a boy, fall in love and get married, but it sure could help if he’s loaded with money and all those who know him call him Prince.

Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella Comments

According to author of the Shopaholic series Sophie Kinsella (she just added another one to the series, ‘Mini Shopaholic’), it’s only a matter of time until everyone is going crazy for the wedding.  There is already talk about street parties and Kinsella’s theory is that there will probably me mass excitement but “quite last minute.”

Whether interest peaks or not, and whether we find out details of the dress before the big day or it remains a secret, let’s just make sure the energies we are putting out there are feel good ones and that our main priorities are for William and Kate – two young people in love – will live happily ever after.  Because after all, that’s all anyone really wants at the end of the day; prince or pauper.

 

Kate and William Rock Great Britain


Brits haven’t been this excited since his mother tied the knot with his father.  Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton next month is getting the country out in droves as plans go underway for street parties throughout the land.  Indeed local councils have already received around 2,000 requests to close streets for the April 29th royal wedding.  These span London, Essex, northeast, Wales, western, northern and central England.  In addition, there could be thousands of individuals and families making private parties in their homes and gardens.


Apart from being a lot of fun, street parties are a great way for community bonds to be strengthened, especially in today’s Internet-rich society that is making couch potatoes out of everyone.  The applications are being supported by councils, many of which, according to Reuters are “waiving the usual fee to close roads while others are offering party packs for organizers, with free bunting and flags.”
Since April 29th is scheduled for a public holiday, spirits will already be high and everyone will be looking for a reason to party.  So a street fair is a great idea to celebrate William and Kate’s nuptials.