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Picture of Jecca Craig's Wedding Leaks + Easter with the Middletons

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Given how private Jecca Craig is, I don't think many of us thought we would see a picture of the heiress from her wedding at her family's Kenyan estate last Saturday. But, thanks to camera phones and social media, these things have a way of slipping out and the Daily Mail is running a picture of the bride in a simple white dress exchanging her vows with now husband Jonathan Baillie. 

Via the Daily Mail 
Prince William flew to Africa for the Easter weekend to attend the wedding, where by all counts guests were treated to a champagne reception Friday night. Some sources have recounted that Prince William only sipped on Coca Cola rather than indulging in the bubbly, although I hope he had at least one glass! 

The Duchess took her little ones to enjoy their grandparents' company for the Easter holiday. We have sense of the weekend the little family enjoyed because Miss Pippa has already shared with us some of the family traditions that are enjoyed in Bucklebury. In her book Celebrate, Pippa wrote about an average Middleton Easter: 
As children, the day before Easter we would make marbled eggs by hard boiling them, cracking the shells, and leaving them in water colored with food dye, which would seep through the cracks. It was always fun eating our creations for breakfast the next morning. We would look forward to a huge Easter egg hunt, which was (and still is)  quite competitive in our household, and then have a family lunch, often with roast spring lamb, but always with plenty of chocolate before and after. 
Since George is old enough to participate in these traditions, I am sure it was quite a Saturday of egg-coloring and an even more rambunctious Sunday morning egg-hunt. In 2014 paparazzi shots of William and Kate teaching George the ropes charmed hearts around the world, but this year I doubt he needed too much encouragement.



Prince William returned to Britain on Sunday and he is doubtless participating in more than one Easter week egg hunt! 

30 comments:

  1. I am surprised they didn't make guests at the wedding check all cell phones at the"door" for Jecca's wedding. Does it look like the groom and the man next to him (best man?) are wearing kilts? The jackets are fairly distinctive. Jecca's dress is very simple but perfectly in keeping with the style we've seen her wear in the past. If you're standing out in the Kenyan sun it would look odd to see lots of lace and tulle.

    I'm happy that Kate and the kids (along with William at some point) were able to have a fun, private Easter with the Middleton family.

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    1. I thought about the cell phones also, Robin. Perhaps it was a photo that was intended to be shared with *a* friend, but someone had other ideas.

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    2. Robin I too was wondering if it was a kilt the groom was wearing. He's Canadian, but as a Canadian myself there are plenty of us with Scottish roots that embrace them with kilts, family coat of arms, etc.
      ~ A

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  2. I also wondered if the groom is Scottish, Robin.

    Oh, Jane. You feed my guilty pleasures. Next you'll be offering truffles.
    Jecca (Jessica?) is such a lovely-looking woman, likely
    both inside and out.
    It shouldn't be difficult to figure out which guest or staff took the photos, from the angle.

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  3. I have read about this event, sounds like it was a real "who's who" of conservationists, of which William is one. Africa and endangered species are his passions. I doubt Jecca ever was. But she is obviously one of William's few very close friends, and likely Jonathan is a friend too. I totally understand why he went. I hope he enjoyed himself before coming back to all the ridiculously bad press...

    Belle

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  4. I was so glad a photo of Jecca the bride escaped to social media. Beautiful setting and beautiful bride. It is one wedding I would love to have been invited. Thanks to Pippa we can know that George and Charlotte will have some awesome Easter memories. I am impressed that Carole and Michael celebrate with lots of fun even including the adults. Thank you for this post that gave glimpses to a wedding and children enjoyment.

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  5. I have read DM comments before, only to shake my head in disbelief, but the ones associated with this story are terrible. The world has gone mad.

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    1. I rarely read comments...even on Canadian news sites (even though Canadians are known for being polite, and our news is much less dramatic than American news). It's seeing one of the worst sides of humanity, unfortunately.
      ~ A

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  6. Diane from BostonMarch 30, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    I have learned never to read the comments, Royalfan. It's too disturbing.

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  7. I mentioned on the Easter/William post that I hoped at least one photo would appear, and I'm happy it did! I love weddings, so from a very good place I wanted this. I know she was raised in Kenya, but I still have to say: this was a very non-British wedding. Simple dress, no sleeves, no veil. For Kate & William's circle, no family tiara. I was surprised at how "non-bridal" she looked, but that doesn't mean she wasn't a bride - she looks beautiful, and it's what she wanted for herself.

    For all those who assumed an Easter wedding weekend was practically a sin, it looks like that might be a civil wedding officiant. But maybe not, because I'm not sure about weddings there. Either way, those that were okay travelling and attending a wedding on Easter weekend attended, and otherwise people should mind their own business ;-)

    ~ A

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    1. Granted, I'm outside the Christian faith, but I would think that celebrating the heartfelt union of beloved friends is in no way contrary to the most important tenets of that religion. :-)

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    2. I am one who thought the choice of date odd. At first I thought the wedding was on Good Friday but even though it was not, I do wonder whether all the invited guests felt comfortable feasting and celebrating at the champagne reception Friday night. Some Christians fast on that day and many others think it is a day for prayer and reflection on the crucifixion. But for whatever reason the couple chose that date. I guess either their guests were not Christians, were not THAT observant if they were Christian, or they tried to put aside their own feelings for the couple's sake (as it seems to me these days **many** wedding guests are required to do!)


      I don't see that this photo tells us one way or the other whether it was a civil ceremony. 

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    3. Tsipa, you are absolutely correct! I cannot figure out the attitudes of some who have criticized William attending this wedding. Especially since he was able to include some official business for the Queen while he was there.

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    4. Tsipa, I totally agree with you. I too did not have a problem with the timing.

      And IMO what *appears* to be a simpler wedding speaks well for the bride if you consider the show she could have put on.

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    5. I agree with Lizzie, it is a very odd date to choose. It shows they didn't know or they didn't care.William does know. For him it must have been a difficult decision to take. Unless he doesn't care?

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    6. I had no issues with the wedding date I was just acknowledging others who did.

      Lizzie yes couples are choosing all sorts of dates for wedding. What I hoped to convey in my original remark is that invited guests have a CHOICE as to wether to attend or not. It might be a hard decision for some, but it is the guest's choice what they ultimately prioritize - the couple getting married hardly forces people (obligation, yes, but not force). If a couple married on Christmas Eve a guest prioritizes breaking their tradition for one year versus (hopefully) a lifelong commitment. I had a friend get married on a holiday and that year we chose not to celebrate with my family or inlaws, and I have no regrets about my friends wedding. Likewise, it was our right to decline. People have to manage their own feelings and cannot put that on a married couple.

      People always find something to complain about with weddings, regardless of how hard some couples try to please everyone :-)

      ~ A

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    7. Lizzie as for your comment about the civil wedding it was a guess based on the little I can see of the officiant. I also said I might be wrong. Why critique a guess if you don't have your own theory to share?
      ~A

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    8. Even with the best intentions in mind, it's impossible to please everyone when you plan a wedding. Given the number of guests who would be traveling in this case, perhaps they took advantage of a longer holiday weekend. Do you disrupt a holiday weekend, or other commitments like work, school, etc? And on the receiving end of the invitation, you take a deep breath and remember what a special, once in a lifetime moment this is for the bride and groom and, if at all possible, you share in the day.

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    9. Anon 12:20 I wasn't critiquing but wonder what led to the assumption it was a civil wedding. Didn't know I needed to have a guess to ask about someone else's guess! ...True the person is not wearing a collar but many ministers don't.

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  8. Obviously a very informal wedding, but anything else would have been unsuitable for the venue.
    A great deal of rubbish has been published in various "rags"(well they cannot be called newspapers) over the weekend. I cannot remember William and Catherine, or indeed, Charles and Camilla, spending Easter at Windsor.
    The Earl and Countess of Wessex are usually there---but as they only just live a few miles from the Castle, we cannot tell whether they stay there or drive from home.
    Prince Andrew's home is Royal Lodge on the Windsor estate, so again, he would not need to be staying at the Castle.
    There are reports that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took the children to Windsor on Monday for a photo session with HM, for her 90th birthday. Perhaps that's why Peter Phillips and family were there. Hope those stories are true.
    Looking at the itinerary for the India/Bhutan tour, I am not surprise that Catherine has taken a couple of weeks at home--just think of all the planning for her wardrobe. The mind boggles and Catherine does not have the numbers of dressers etc to help.

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    1. Jean many of the BRF were at Westminster Abbey on Easter Sunday. Jane even tweeted about Autumn's coat.

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    2. Anonymous at 1.56 read Jeans comment. She acknowledges that they were there. Also it's not Westminster Abbey, they were at Windsor.

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    3. Jean, I agree with you. I cannot recall Charles and Camilla ever accompanying the Queen to church on Easter.

      Anon, this is a two minute video from Easter Sunday at Windsor Castle.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1277758/The-Queen-wears-iconic-block-heeled-shoes-Easter.html

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    4. Autumn wasn't at Westminster. They were all at Windsor. No one was at Westminster this Easter.

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    5. Anon 1:56. They were actually at Windsor, which is what Jean was saying, but I think it is unusual for Charles and Camillia or William and Kate to be there on Easter.

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    6. Sorry but they were not at Westminster Abbey. They were at St. Georges at Windsor Castle.

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  9. I want to have parents with a Kenyan estate, and be able to invite royalty to my home!

    Am absolutely charmed by the photo of Kate and William with a young George. Such a cute shot!

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  10. Off-topic but have folks seen the recent pics of Princess Madeleine in the aquamarine tiara? Wow!


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  11. Sonja from BavariaApril 3, 2016 at 4:32 AM

    This kind of wedding matches Jecca's personality. Did it take place on Saturday?

    It looks as if the groom wore a kilt ;)

    Question : was it a religious ceremony or just a civil wedding?

    No doubt george had fun colouring easter eggs - kids love those traditions! I'm sure he was very eager to find his easter basket.

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