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Pippa's Mini Royal Wedding

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I am posting from my phone, which I have never done before, to start a thread to discuss the wedding. I know lots of you want to get chatting, and although I can't blog about the wedding for another week, I thought we'd open the discussion anyway. 

I did peek at photos yesterday and thought Pippa was an absolutely beautiful bride. She was so radiant and her hair, make-up, dress, and delicate tiara were perfect. I am frankly happy to see she wore a little sparkling head piece. She deserves the accessory!  Kate and the kids were so cute and there was even a moment when the future little king got a scolding from his mom. :).

Ok, I am back to vacation. See you in a few days!

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  1. If Pippa is extremely lucky (and, by the appearance of things, she's certainly won in many of life's little lotteries!), James will age like his father. What a handsome man he (David Matthews) is.

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    1. His dad is handsome!
      ~ A

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    2. People have said what a wonderful person James is, Pippa is lucky. But James looks nothing like his Dad, James already looks almost as old as his Dad now.

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    3. His dad is quite the handsome gent. I can see a lot of his dad inJames but agree that he's not quite as good looking. I did,however, find it terribly romantic when I read that James had been trying to win Pippa back for many years after they stopped dating the first time. Her relationship with the guy who went to Switzerland (can't believe I forgot his name already) must have been torture for him. He looks just as radiantly happy as she does. Many smiles all around throughout the family on their big day!

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    4. Sweet story about James, Robin. anon1

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    5. Nico Jackson!

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  2. Jane - Thanks for squeezing us in. Don't worry we will wait for you to get back. Have a great vacation. The wedding looked spectacular. I believe Carol Middleton and Clan may just save The Monarchy and British Aristocracy at the same time. The women is a stylish wonder. I also wish Pippa and James years of happiness.

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    1. Didn't Carole look spectacular! Pippa, of course, goes without saying. She was stunning.

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    2. I found Carole's choice of garment (she usually looks impeccable), boring. What was striking is her puffy face! James'mum looked beautiful though.

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  3. My thoughts are:
    - Pippa looked lovely! In retrospect, the turtleneck dress should have been an obvious guess - she has a penchant for turtlenecks and they're on-trend (Nicky Hilton's wedding dress a couple years ago had one)
    - Kate's dress was kind of awful. I'm disappointed she didn't go for a lovely coat dress. I do, however, have to applaud her for that hat and those earrings!
    - why do we never see Mike & Carole affectionate with each other? I loved seeing James's parents hold hands entering and exiting the church. BOTH mum's looked great!
    - Kate, for all intents and purposes, was the Maid of Honour. It seems Maria was mostly an invited guest - we can see her helping to wrangle the kids at the beginning of the ceremony, but otherwise she isn't seen, while Kate is handling the kids for the most part.
    - I think this was the most deliriously happy I've seen Kate! She was beaming and so excited - so many photos of her exuding such joy while looking right at Pippa - that must be such a great feeling.
    - A few things seemed staged to me today: Pippa looking over her shoulder, just like Kate famously did at the Abbey. Their two outdoor kisses their eyes were opened. PLUS I heard since yesterday they have been shopping around their PRIVATE photos. I speculated on this several posts ago..and I might be right. I've also heard sources say these photos include Meghan/Harry photos. Soooo Meghan has to stay away so she doesn't upstage the bride, but H&M photos can be included to up the selling price of the photos? Time will tell...
    - Interesting family dynamics: Carole's brother attended the ceremony with his daughter (not his wife) and he tweeted that their outfits were sponsored. They weren't invited to the reception and they were conveniently photographed having dinner with his wife Saturday night in London.
    - All in all, I'm glad the weather cooperated, the children seemed mostly cooperative, and I hope J&P felt truly connected amongst the chaos!
    ~A

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    1. ~A...I agree with you about the staging incidents (ick) and the photo issue for H&M and really for many of the guests. If I had been led to believe I was attending a truly private party (with long waits for security checks and secret passwords) and I wasn't allowed to take any pictures with my cellphone, I'd be pretty upset if I ended up in a photo spread somewhere like Hello! But maybe it's not true (or no one will pay the asking price.) Just like with the build up to the ceremony it's hard to know what is true but there certainly seem to be some consistent reports coming out about the reception. I think projecting photos of Pippa and James onto the side of the mansion went a bit too far myself. And maybe its just me but not allowing couples to sit together at dinner seemed a little over-controlling. I know that's sometimes done at regular "dinner parties" to help people get to know one another and to stimulate conversation but when the crowd numbers well over 300? And lots of the guests will likely never see each other again anyway? 

      I thought Pippa looked great albeit a bit too tan. But she seemed very happy! I thought Kate looked happy but I really hated her dress. Unlike some people, I didn't mind the overall style but the color, a color Pippa may have chosen for Kate, was not a good color. I think pink would have been better than whatever that was..muted peach?  And the fit of the bodice/bust was definitely unflattering. What is wrong with the McQueen folks?

      I don't think I've ever seen a formal wedding without a maid/matron of honor. I'm not sure acting as an "unofficial" one as Kate did had any less of an effect on the spotlight for Pippa (and may have made coralling the children more difficult.) I think the bride would have rightly been the center of attention especially inside the church anyway. But I do wonder who held the bride's bouquet during the ceremony!

      Last, I don't think Nanny Maria was an invited guest. She was in that awful uniform (awful to me anyway) so it seemed it was definitely work time for her. I think we didn't see her much because she was being kept of out the photos whenever possible. And she was photographed at the rehearsal the day before, something mere guests don't attend. 

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    2. Gosh, I don't think they will sell pics. They certainly don't need the money. You are right, time will tell. I'm hoping no, even though they'd be neat to see.:) I loved Carole's hat, hated her dress, too mod for me. I have always felt the Middletons were a very warm couple.

      I think the nanny helped inside away from cameras. She was in her uniform, not invited guest clothing.

      I agree, everyone looked very happy!!

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    3. I'll put my reply to your message here as well:

      I noticed the shot of Pippa looking over her shoulder as well and then I saw the video of her and her dad going into the church and that glance over her shoulder was a millisecond where cameras clicking away caught the look over the shoulder. Then I wasn't bothered by it. I will reserve judgement about the shopping around of photos until we find if it's true or not. They certainly don't need the money so it seems strange. I can see where James's "bad boy brother" may do that and capitalize on photos of Harry & Meghan at the evening party.

      I agree about Kate being the Maid of Honor in actuality if not officially. She certainly worked hard at taking care of all those little ones going to and fro. She's a pro at rounding up potential escapees, scolding little George during his "moment" that all littles have, and keeping an eye on Charlotte who wanted to alternately not hold a hand and lick the bottom of her little basket. I will say that, while I didn't care for Kate's dress, it did accommodate the many bends, stretches, and gymnastics associated with herding kittens. :-D

      As for Carole and Mike - of course there are allowances for different people's comfort levels in general regarding hand holding, etc., but I think they've also been made a bit gun shy when they know the press is watching. They've been criticized for so many things I can't imagine what goes through their minds when they are in the spotlight.

      I was also happy to see the sun shine!

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    4. Anon 4:06 my theory is *if* they sells pics they would donate the $ and use it as promotional for Pippa's job as a lifestyle advisor/party planner. Not to profit, because you're right, they don't need the $.
      ~ A

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    5. Anon 4:06 my theory is *if* they sells pics they would donate the $ and use it as promotional for Pippa's job as a lifestyle advisor/party planner. Not to profit, because you're right, they don't need the $.
      ~ A

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    6. Lizzie - you're probably right Maria may have been for the kids during the ceremony. Can I just ask if William is being a lazy dad? He wasn't seen at all with his kids, and Kate got in a car by herself with G&C. I think he could have at least rushed out after the ceremony, told his kids how well they did, then helped them in the car and waved the kids and Kate off. William has been in my bad book for a few months now...lol

      Couples couldn't sit together? All couples? Not at the same table or just not side-by-side? I hadn't heard this.

      As for the projections on the house...it reminded me of the projections on BP. I think they were trying to be fun with a really modern twist so I've tried to overlook it. I'm sure the party turned into a night club vibe at some point, so why not.

      ~ A

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    7. lizzie-who held Pippa's bouquet? Charlotte? Remember little Mia holding the Queen's purse? One of my all time favorite royal photos. anon1

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    8. I think the not-sitting-by-your-SO might be a Society thing. Remember when Lady Catherine de Bourgh made Mr. Collins move away from his wife during dinner at Rosings? (Pride & Prejudice reference, for the non-Austen obsessed among us.) I wonder if it was a universal practice for all the guests.

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    9. Couples are never seated together, it is a rule I thought was usual for every hostess... I imagine the idea is to make acquaintances, and at a wedding to mix families

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    10. At one of the Scandinavian royal weddings, one of the newscasters said that in those circles, husbands and wives never sit together at dinners.

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    11. I agree they don't need the money from selling pictures. And maybe it's just a rumor anyway. But if they do use the pictures to promote a career for Pippa as a party planner as ~A suggested could happen, or use them to promote Party Pieces that's just a different way to make a profit. If I were a guest (esp Harry) I'd be kind of ticked off if that happened.

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    12. I guess I'm in the minority on this. If it had been a regular dinner party it would not have been unusual to separate couples. In those situations a host/hostess may give lots of thought to seating arrangements, trying to seat people together he/she thinks might hit it off. And it is often the case that guests who don't know each other MIGHT have a chance of starting a continuing relationship. But here there were well over 300 guests from different geographical areas (and relatively few family members, at least from Pippa's side) It seems unlikely to me that most people who didn't know one another before the reception will become friends after the reception! So part of the rationale for enforced split-couple seating kind of disappears.

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    13. Lizzie, I want to say that I believe it is a real possibility they WILL NOT sell photos. However, if they do I have theories. I do NOT think they would sell any photos that include the royals, UNLESS W&K authorized photos of the Cambridges. The Middletons have been very discreet for this long, I don't think they would go rogue at this point. Plus, if someone bought private photos, they could use church shots of the Cambridges and Harry for the spread. *If* they did a spread I think they (P&J) would not take advantage of the royals or Meghan - I think it could be photos of decor, the couple, the cake etc and Pippa would share some stories and planning details. Pippa did an interview after her engagement, so I don't think it is beyond her to sell a story and take advantage of public interest to further her career. And with their discretion, why not?! Time will tell!

      ~ A

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    14. Robin I saw the video too, before I commented. I get it's damned if she does, damned if she doesn't. I just think Pippa likes the spotlight, which lots of people do, so I think she was giving people what they want. I think it felt more organic with camera shy Kate. Alas, those staged moments gave us great shots, so I can't hold it against her too much ;-)

      ~ A

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    15. Lizzie, those 300 people are looking forward to make friends, and most of them seem the kind of people not to mind distance. What's the point of traveling that far if you spend the evening with your husband and the friends you see everyday? I think the rationale is stronger here.But rationale or not, it is the traditional protocol and Pippa's was a very traditional wedding.I am sure she gave a lot of though to seating arrangements. After all, though people might not know each other, she does know each of them.

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    16. Lizzie, you're not in the minority. I would find it a bit ironic to split up couples at a wedding. :-)

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    17. As I said, looks like I'm in the minority here on the seating issue. But H, I'm not sure Pippa knew everyone either--like guests invited because of a connection to James's parents. And I guess I'm just not very sociable/extroverted but I can't remember a time I went to a wedding with the goal of "meeting new people". I usually go to honor the couple and catch up with old friends and relatives I seldom see. I did google some wedding planning sites and unlike seating for dinner parties, I could not find *even one* wedding site (US, UK, or AU) that recommended splitting up couples at the reception. One site did say to seat partners across from each other if using rectangular tables, next to each other at circular. All the others said to seat couples "together" if the couples issue was mentioned. One mentioned that couples with children and/or busy schedules may view an adults-only wedding reception as a sort of "date night" and so splitting the couple up to make forced conversation throughout a multi-course meal with the groom's father's accountant or the bride's mother's college roommate isn't a good idea.  And in this case, conversation about the ceremony, usually a safe topic, would be risky because 1/2 the reeption attendees weren't at the ceremony.

      Dinner parties are a different matter, in part because guests may be excluded for one party but invited to another based on the "mix" of guests one is trying to achieve that night. I had forgotten but in my search I came across articles about the Obamas choosing to seat couples together at WH events. This caused great consternation in DC-- apparently *mostly* because the Obamas also sat together using up two places of honor (since only 2 guests, not 4 could be seated at their sides) So seating can be controversial anywhere I guess!

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    18. As regards the look over the shoulder - while growing up my dad was a professional wedding photographer and I was his frequent assistant. The "over the shoulder look" is a common pose and often it's the official photographer(s) yelling out instructions to do this or that, pose a certain way, give us a look, etc etc. So, it may not be Pippa's basest instincts at play here, merely just getting the shots that the photog wants.

      Plus, wouldn't you glance around if you heard someone yelling your name, even just a normal bystander?

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    19. I hope they weren't yelling at little Charlotte. She did the over the shoulder look too. Best photo I have seen of her that wasn't taken by Kate.
      Exactly, Shannon. It is a classic pose. "Staging?"

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    20. Thanks royalfan. While I seem to be in the minority and that's OK, good to know it's not a minority of one! And I agree about the irony...a celebration of a new wedded "coupling" suggesting that coupledom is somehow, well...boring?

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    21. Do we actually even know for sure that was the mandatory seating plan? I can't imagine 300 place cards or how many (we don't know for sure- at one time I think it was much higher number of guests at the reception.) They were circular tables-not very large at that, if those photos were accurate. The couples would have been knee to knee anyway, even if seated opposite each other
      There is also the possibility the couple chose not to sit together, just as they apparently chose not to be photographed together at the church, according to one story. There is also the possibility that the stories of mandatory seating couples apart are rumor just like many of the other stories turned out to be. Maybe they actually did sit together. If Meghan and Harry are both the out-going, gregarious persons they appear to be, I imagine there was a bit of table-hopping going on. If there was a leak, it likely came from wait staff who may have seen them while they were individually making their way around the party.

      Ultimately, it was a private event. They don't owe anyone details, as curious as we are.
      They gave us the church pictures. It was private property. They didn't have to. The royal family being involved was certainly a factor, although some would have us believe Pippa craves attention. I saw two sets of photos of them between the announcement of the engagement in July, 2016, and just prior to the wedding in May. If they DID hire a PR firm, they should have been fired.

      I think they deserve whatever level of privacy they choose
      for the reception and honeymoon.
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    22. I don't think anyone was knee-to-knee or playing footsie with the person seated opposite under the circular reception tables I've seen in photographs, anon1. In fact, with the very elaborate floral centerpieces it wouldn't have been possible to even clearly see people seated on the other side of the table. So it seems conversation would have been limited to those sitting side by side. The glass-topped circular tables appear pretty large but also appear not to be solid, but rather were sectionals--otherwise cherry trees could not have been put in the middle of the tables. The pots those trees were in took up alot of space under the tables so no knee contact or footsies!

      My comments about the oddness of the reported seating arrangement had nothing to do with Harry or Meghan. I was talking about couples in general attending an adults-only large Saturday night wedding reception, not whether particular guests were extroverted or gregarious. And too, whether couples were seated together or not, if seats were assigned placecards would have still been required. They could have done table not seat assignments to avoid placecards, I guess, but I'd be very surprised with that large a crowd and a sitdown meal they would have had purely open seating.

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    23. Lizzie, it was the comment at the head of the thread that initiated this discussion that mentioned "shopping around H&M photos "from the reception. You also mentioned Harry's being a guest. It seemed to me the idea behind the couples discussion was the report that Harry and Meghan were seated separately, for which Pippa has been soundly criticized on various sites. anon1

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    24. Got it. I referred to H&M in the context of possible photos sales though, I think, not seating. But I see now why you spoke about the split-couple seating only in the context of H&M.

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    25. I also spoke in general and I think Pippa certainly had place cards, in fact names were on the menus. I am sure she followed closely what is done in a society wedding in the UK, she has been to a great number of them. She wouldn't mimic what is done in the US or anywhere else. Thus her adherence to rules like not seating couples together. Interesting,following that same protocol, engaged couples and newly weds must be seated together. So seating H&H together would have been signalling they were engaged when they weren't, embarrassing, at least for Harry who knows the rules.

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    26. Well now I'm just incredibly confused. By the way, if those florist photos of that reception were of the Pippa wedding, there were no place cards I could see on the tables. (wasn't the Manor seen in the background, IDing the specific couple?)

      Also, the staff that could be seen in the background dressed in black did not seem to be particularly glamorous to me. There was a rumor that Pippa had hired all actors as wait staff. As actors are traditionally often employed as waiters between acting roles and since not all actors are Megan Fox and Hugh Dancy gorgeous, I see nothing to chastise Pippa about. aanon1

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  4. I adored everything about the day that was available for public consumption! Wish there had been more, but glad there were strict security measures in place due to the guest list. :)

    Pippa's gown was stunning, and I'm extremely interested to see what her dress does for bridal fashion, as the industry tends to favor strapless/low neckline gowns.

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  5. Pippa was smashing. Dress, hair, veil were absolutely perfect. Kate looked lovely, but wasn't crazy about the hat. I don't think pink is Carol's color. Her make-up is too harsh and she needs a good hair conditioner or a trim. James' mother looked lovely. Eugenie's dress looked great on her but then she ruined it with the hat and unkempt hair.

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  6. I thought it was a fairy-tale wedding through and through. I hope that someday we get a glimpse of the dress Pippa would have changed into for the evening reception at Bucklebury Manor. Any word on where they are headed for their honeymoon?

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    1. Tetiaroa, it was once Marlon Brando's private island in Tahiti.

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    2. *French Polynesia, I think that's where Obama is writing his memoirs.

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    3. Kiwi Gal - Obama is currently in Italy with Michelle. Is he going to eventually go there and hunker down for a while to write his memoirs?
      ~ A

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    4. A, you're correct, I hear he's in Tuscany? Sorry, I meant to write that he's been & gone from the island already. I think he went for a month during Mar/Apr.

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  7. Pippa looked absolutely radiant. I think we can all also agree that Carole knocked it out of the park, as always. The Middleton family just seems like a total class act:)

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  8. I thought Pippa was stunning! Absolutely gorgeous! Kate on the other hand...well, from the shoulders up she was beautiful. The dress (in my opinion) was dreadful-awful color, cut, bustline, draping and tailoring. I was shocked it was McQueen and thought it aged her at least a decade, maybe two. Of course, it wasn't Kate's big day and her interactions and photos with the children and her sister were wonderful. Many happy wishes for James and Pippa!

    -Brooke in South Carolina

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    1. Have to agree - I was shocked it was McQueen too!

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    2. I have to agree. I don't usually throw that "matronly" term out where Kate is concerned but this dress was not a good color nor a good style. It also didn't fit her well. McQueen has become one extreme or the other - a total win or a complete fail. This was a fail. But, she looked so happy for her sister and I do love that she blinged it up with the earrings.

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    3. Didn't the color of Kate's dress match the belts/sashes on the little flower girls. That's the impression I had.

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  9. They all looked incredibly fabulous! I think the Middletons and the Matthews pulled off a very pretty and classy event. Pippa looked so gorgeous- I admire her incredibly toned arms in that dress. I love the diamond headpiece- so delicate and beautiful- reminded me of the feather tiara Mary wore in Downton Abbey. The whole crowd looked lovely and I was so pleased that George and Charlotte got to participate! Love it and wish the newlyweds much happiness!

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  10. A beautiful day and happy bride and groom! I thought everyone looked lovely and just bursting with joy.

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  11. Loved her dress, tiara and veil. Simply beautiful and classic.

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  12. I know many thought Kate's dress was matronly but I thought she looked stunning. Regal and elegant and perfect to the occasion. And a big bonus was that the dress allowed her to manage the children with grace and dignity. A beautiful choice. I'm certain her reception dress was was very different in style.

    Pippa looked so happy. So nice of her to allow photographers at the church. Hope they had a wonderful evening reception.

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    1. I am so in agreement with your assessment of both Pippa and Kate's attire!! The Duchess was stunning and so appropriate!

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    2. I'm with you, Jane. I loved Kate's outfit and thought it was perfect on so many levels. She looked absolutely beautiful without taking away from the bride.

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  13. Hi Jane, have to say you are much missed! It was a lovely wedding, Pippa looked amazing, as did Carole. Kate, I think did a fantastic job, she looked elegant and beautiful but not too much, if you get my meaning, she was definitely ensuring little sister had her hour in the sun. It was a perfectly acceptable dress, but not in your face, look at me, which is what I think she was aiming for. As for the little-uns, cute and so cute. I know a lot of people were a bit miffed that Meghan was not in full view but I was kind of glad, she has plenty of time to shine and I felt Pippa really deserved her day, she really has had an awful lot of rubbish to put up with over the years. I think it showed, once again, just what a lovely family the Middletons really are, and I wish Pippa and James all the very best, they certainly cheered up my weekend !

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  14. I enjoyed the wedding photos as they came through live that day (Saturday night it was in Australia!) so with a bubbly in hand I gasped and awwww-ed my way through them as they were published. Couldn't cope with how cute and grown Charlotte & George were! Loved how much we saw of Kate & how totally focusssed she was in her role as supportive sister & mother of the little ones - I honestly don't think she would have been anywhere else than around that gaggle of children - as tiring as it looked & as hard with all the cameras there the children were excellent. My all time fav pic was Kate beaming with absolute Love at her bride sister as she stood in the archway with herDad - Charlotte was also smiling & had one foot in air, and the little page boys were oblivious to Pippa resplendent nearby! I saw the sisterly love & pride and closeness we know is there. Yes Kate's dress was a tad saggy as she bent & yes it was an unusual departure from her usual wedding coats but I think she nailed the older sister servant heart & her mother hen hat was firmly on! The flowers at the Church were all class & so pretty as Pippa & James embraced the mediapresence and their unique unique life as in-laws to the future King! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Theresa Australia

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  15. I have always defended the York girls on here because like any girl in Kate's sphere, some here are in attack mode. While the sisters are horrible dressers and their father, I can't say what he is in polite company, the girls always seem harmless and gentle. And "blood" princess silliness comes from their dad, I believe. I never thought they were mean to Kate. They might be unmotivated, lacking in natural beauty, and missing any beautiful frocks, but that's the extent of their danger.

    Now that Eugenie was at the more intimate wedding ceremony, can we stop with the attacks on the York girls?? Clearly, Pip likes Eugenie a lot. So, obviously she was never even remotely mean to Kate.

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    1. Anon 4:15 you hit the nail on the head! Eugenie seems nice and harmless and she was at the wedding, not Beatrice. Personally, I have never like B and I feel she's a bit of a sour grape for what little I obviously know about her. Bbwas on Cannes this past weekend...I think if she was invited we would have seen her at the wedding. She she was (presumably) not invited, she found something else exciting to do where she would be photographed.
      ~ A

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  16. Loved Pippa's dress it suited her so well. She simply shone. I thought Kate looked beautiful too. Understated elegance from my point of view. Carol stylish as always. James Matthews mum looked lovely, maybe the coat dress was a little to long? Charlotte and George darling little people who dealt with the big day as little people do.What a happy day for all.

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  17. The Middletons/Matthews really put on a fabulous wedding! From the flowers to the vintage Jags, every detail was perfect! Pippa looked stunning, I loved the lace detail of her dress & her beautiful veil with the pearls. The Middleton women definitely have good taste. I was surprised that Pippa chose a similar gown shape to Kate's, I thought Pippa's would be much sleeker, but I was pleased with the overall seamlessness of the design. Kate's blush dress was lovely, it did make her look older, but I adored the hat & earrings. The colour was beautiful. The bridesmaids & pageboys topped it all off! I really want to know what the women wore to the reception. I hope we get good photos of the night...the lighting display looked intriguing, sounds like it was a great party!

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  18. Lovely bride with a gown just right for the size of the church. Mr. Middleton has supported both his daughters so splendidly.
    Children so lovely---cannot believe how Charlotte has grown up
    Catherine looked beautiful---may not have been named Matron of Honour, but she most certainly did the job. I loved her dress and thought it fitted so well--had it been "baggy" has some bloggers have suggested, we would have been able to see right down to her feet when she leaned forward. In my opinion the neckline could certainly not be labelled matronly. The colour matched the bridesmaid's sashes.
    The hat and earrings were to die for---wonder if the latter were her gift as untitled M
    of H.
    Thankfully most of the tacky things such as golden coach reported prior to the event did not materialize.
    The couple have been seen at Los Angelis Airport early this morning.
    Catherine has made a video to support Children's Hospice week shown this morning on Sky.


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    1. The bodice problem I see Jean isn't that it's too loose all over. But when viewed straight on when Kate is standing up, towards the arm on each side of the bodice there is a noticeable "cupping" or "puckering" of loose material that makes it look ill-fitting in the bust area. The problem may have to do with the silky lightweight material chosen not working with the pleated bodice design but still...it's a bespoke (and no doubt pricey) McQueen not a high school student's home ec project. I also thought the sleeves were a bit too long and/or the cuffs too loose because the cuffs periodically slid down past her wrists and covered part of each hand. I thought a tea length dress was fine especially since she was bending down alot, but those other elements *combined with* the tea length tended to convey an overall air of droopiness to me.

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    2. I think the issue is that she was not wearing brassiere.

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  19. Pippa was beautiful and I thought Catherine looked stunning except for a little sag around the bodice area that was unfortunate. I have wondered whether protocol prevented Catherine form acting in the official capacity as maid of honour. But she performed the duties that the maid of honour would have done in every other way. I love the photos after the wedding when Pippa and James are standing together and Catherine is right there next to Pippa with the pages and flower girls, exactly where the maid of honour would be. If protocol dictated against Catherine taking an official role in the proceedings they side stepped that perfectly in my opinion :) I loved the sisterly support from Catherine on the one hand, and Pippa's sisterly loyalty on the other. She did not choose a friend to step in the place that she wanted for her sister, which she easily could have done. Despite not being the maid of honour it was Catherine who saw to it that the train was ready for Pippa's walk down the aisle. So touching!
    ~Mo

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  20. I was wondering where you were! I thought Pippa looked so lovely and so happy. The children were so cute! I have to say I wasn't a fan of Kate's dress. In several pictures it looked as though it didn't fit right across the bodice, also,not a fan of the color,on her, (at least the color that came across in the pictures).

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  21. Agree with every word anon 01:12-from the "Hi Jane" to the cheered up weekend. anon1

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  22. Most beautiful wedding I've ever seen! Pippa looks more beautiful than she ever has, and sooo happy. The groom also seemed radiantly happy, they were adorable and I wish them all the best!!! I loved the piece by Jan Moir at http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/love-sex/marriage/how-pippa-won-the-battle-of-the-brides-9271658 , she raises a good point that Pippa will enjoy even more luxury than Kate, with none of the constraints. She will have an incredibly fun life with her new husband! About the wedding fashion: Pippa's dress is one of the most beautiful wedding dresses I've ever seen. The way it was created to look "seamless" is incredible and showed off her figure to a T. Her hair, her makeup, everything was perfection. As for Kate- I loved her hat, hair and make up, but that dress is YET another too-long, long sleeve, blousey, matronly pieces she has become way too fond of. She looks lovely, she is lovely, and I do love her look from the clavicles up. :) IMO the fashion style star of the day was my favorite blood princess - PRINCESS BEA!!! What a darling look - that fresh navy with the cut outs, the proportion was spot-on for her, and those fabulous shoes!!! Just lovely. I was shocked by how many garish, truly insane colors and prints were worn by other guests - unbelievable what people will leave the house in! Let alone go to an almost-royal wedding in!!! I mean, omg. It's kind of like at one of the Queen's garden parties - some of the lady guests go "all out" trying to be elegant, but have major fashion fails. Pink taffetta, horrible fitting dresses, strange head pieces, all garish and tacky. Oh well - it makes the style stars stand out all the more I suppose. Congratulations Pippa and James on an exquisite wedding!

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    1. I was a little surprised at some of the fashion of the guests at the wedding. Some of them were truly horrible.

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    2. People attack me for this but, on the whole, British people dress horribly. They have a very different look than Americans dressing up. Look at the Bafta Awards... I think Diana was such an icon because she dressed very American, clean lines, solid colors, prints were few and small usually. Kate has a much more British look to her clothes.

      Meghan dresses much more American even her she uses Brit labels.

      People will complain, but I firmly believe this.

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    3. Robin, I think that kind of careless attire at a formal event is sometimes to avoid the appearance of trying too hard. "'We're above all that" sort of response. anon1

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  23. Pippa looked absolutely incredible - I am dying to get a look at her reception dress (apparently, she let her hair down!). Sadly, I think Kate's dress was awful, and she easily looked 10-15 years older, especially when matched with Pippa's radiance.

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  24. I think Pippa looked great!
    Love kate's hair. I' not a fan of the lenght of kate's dress and the earrings. In fact, i think it would have been lovely if Kate wore her wedding earrings

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  25. P.S. - Not much has been said about this, but while I think James' father is quite handsome, I don't think James is attractive at all...he always seems to look very greasy.

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    1. How is that an appropriate comment?!

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    2. I agree 10.29

      I suppose his purse makes up for his lack of looks.

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    3. Anon 10:29 Thankfully your opinion on James' appearance doesn't matter since he's married to Pippa. Its not like he'll be asking you out anytime soon ;-)
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    4. How incredibly crass Anon 3:18

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    5. That's funny, A! Hehe

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    6. Does anyone remember Julia Roberts marrying that country-western singer? Some [people could never understand that.
      In some circles handsome wealthy men are everywhere, but a man who is faithful and kind as James is reputed to be--not so plentiful. anon1

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      My opinion does not matter, probably it is the same with yours, so I take it accordingly!

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    8. I wouldn't call him strictly handsome but he had a nice and interesting face, is tall, very sporty, add to that he seems to be a nice person, and clever, and completely in love with her...I don't wonder at her choice, purse or not purse.

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    9. It's like dissecting every inch of Kate and Pippa's outfits - I am simply saying he looks greasy. And he seems perfectly nice (and his $$$$ doesn't hurt), likes crazy workouts like Pippa, and seems to have won over one of the world's most eligible women. I just think it's odd that this hasn't really been a topic - because he is a man. I also know some crazy stories about the Matthews family and how they've treated people at Eden Rock - let's just say I'm most definitely NOT jealous of Pippa and her new in-laws.

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    10. 9:37,

      I completely agree that if James was a man his looks would be discussed more. I also think that there's more he can do to look better. His hair needs layers and he needs to gain a little weight to soft his face. I wonder if we will see these changes once they are married. Oh, forgot, his clothes too! Sometimes after marriage, women help nudge the men to upgrade.

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    11. Are any of the commenters who flips out if someone critiques Kate's hemline going to jump in and defend James? Or is it ok to totally rip him apart for no reason other than he married a Middleton? Donna you've been warned!

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    12. See my comment at 5:24 as well as Robin's lovely comment and 4:24's and others. for example. Although you have a point, anonymous. Kate has been ripped apart for years for being chosen by William.anon1
      How do we know you weren't also the anonymous doing the criticism of James to begin with?

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    13. Because I wasn't anon1. I am also May 22 @ 1:05 and May 23 @ 4:40. I think the comments about James in this thread are tacky.

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    14. I agree that the unkind remarks about Pippa's new husband were tacky. But there were also some very gracious comments and I choose to dwell on those. anon1

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    15. Who's Donna? Donna Air, is that the reference, James Middleton's gf?

      I don't see a Donna as a commenter.

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    16. Yes, I was referring to a Donna Air. If I were her and I realized that marrying a Middletons means you are fair game to be ripped apart because an in-law is BRF I might think twice.

      Anon 12:50.

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    17. Well, life is a trade-off. You don't get into a public family like that without developing some thicker skin. At the same time, there are benefits too. Not to mention that I think the Middletons are a rather nice family.

      And can we really fault the public for making comments about them, unflattering or not? A lot of those wedding pics outside the church were very posed. The look over the shoulder, like Kate, etc. Pip knew exactly what she was doing, not faulting her, just the truth.

      So, it's a dance... people comment, Pippa poses, life goes on.

      And James' hedge fund will get more investors who want to be close to "royalty" and Donna, already a public figure from her career, would probably get never bigger too.

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    18. Well several commenters here feel that it's inappropriate to even have an opinion on Kate's fashion choices so I find it hard to reconcile how it's ok to expect people will comment on public figures (I happen to agree with you) with the "rule" some commenters have that even discussing Kate's hemline is a personal attack.

      Anon 12:50.

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    19. Yes, I understand, 12:50. I'm just not in that camp. I think everyone can have their opinion. And I do agree that some commenters act like the posting police.;) We are probably saying the day thing, just in a different way.

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    20. Yes :)

      Anon 12:50.

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  26. Hi Jane!
    Thanks for the mini post:) Loved everything about Pippa's big day - she looked so happy and radiant. Everyone looked happy! To echo another poster: I haven't seen Kate that happy in a while - she was giggling and beaming:)
    I don't love the Duchess's dress, but it grew on me a little on repeated viewings; I still think it's a little aging and the color is weird, but she looked so happy. Charlotte's doing her mom's hair flip already! George looked cute, and the Princes (Harry and Will) looked dapper. A great Saturday treat!

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  27. I totally, totally loved Pippa's dress. It was perfect as was the veil and the tiara and bouquet (I was so excited to see that she used Lavender Green for the flowers who I also used at my wedding :)) I hadn't been at all sure what to expect from Pippa on her wedding day but this couldn't have been more wonderful. I really think it's one of the best wedding dresses I've ever seen -- a part of me even prefers it to the McQueen although I don't think the modernity of this dress would make it hard for a Royal bride, particularly a future queen.

    I also loved what Carole wore although it was simpler than I had expected based on the detailing of her Catherine Walker suit for Kate's wedding - but, her outfit for Kate was perfect for a Royal wedding and her outfit here is perfect for a country wedding.

    I have to say, I didn't think Kate's dress worked at all...I loved her hat, her earrings and her updo but the particular shade of pink washed her out and the entire outfit was an odd cut - the bust looked baggy and the flowy skirt, combined with the pleats at the waist just didn't work at at all for me. I'm not sure what Kate or Sarah Burton's thinking here was but I don't think this style of dress would be flattering on anyone...

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  28. Am I the only one to notice that pippa's dress is exactly the short sleeved version of nicky hilton's
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6f/b6/91/6fb69126bc1b49c17d57dc89cddeb7a2.jpg

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    1. I mentioned a similar comment above....but it's not the exact. I don't think Nicky had a cutout at the back. Right?
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    2. Its similar but not an exact version. Hilton's lace is more sheer, the neckline higher and the bodice a different shape. Also, Hilton's waist sits higher while the skirt is gathered differently. Also, can't see that a cut out in the back of NH's gown.

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    3. Well, IMO Nicky Hilton's dress is more a kind of imitation of Kate's dress.

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    4. And Kate's was said to be an imitation of Grace Kelly's. When it comes right down to it, I guess there are only so many ways to style a long white wedding dress!

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  29. OOPS, my bad -- I meant Princess Eugenie, not Bea!!! I loved her navy dress and shoes! So cute!

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    1. I finally found a front view of Eugenie's dress. I really liked it until seeing that...a whole lot of cleavage for a church wedding ceremony; but she did wear that red dress with the skin-tight bodice to a church memorial service. Maybe it is for Jack. Ha! It seems out of character for the modest non spotlight grabbing image she usually projects. I really like the Eugenie we see in the media, but she needs someone to give her a few tips about appropriate attire. It would have worked for later in the day at a non-religious function. Her shoes were great! And did you notice the modest little hat? It makes me wonder if Bea was the instigator of the wedding hat fiasco of 2011. anon1

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  30. First, I thought the wedding was really beautiful. Not over the top, just beautiful. I was letdown on Pip's dress. I was expecting more, especially with Giles designing it. The outline of the dress looked like any regular dress she wears everyday. But maybe that was the point? I don't know, just underwhelmed is how I felt. I thought the lace by itself was pretty.

    I thought Kate was wearing Belluh (sp?) at first, with the flowing lines. The bust wasn't good and looked a little 1940s. But I still think she looked really pretty, good make-up, hat, and I liked the draping of the dress even if some of the details could have been tweaked. I always loved Kate in Belluh. Her red Christmas Belluh was one of my favorites.

    Carole's hat, amazing, her dress, ugh. Such a letdown from the one she wore to Kate's wedding. And this one didn't look like a Catherine Walker at all, so that was a surprise.

    I thought the projections on the house were a little much, then I remembered that Buck House has done the same thing for parties! So it must be a Brit thing? Overall, very tasteful and beautiful!

    So happy for Pippa and James! Can't wait for the baby announcement!:)

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    1. I felt underwhelmed by Pippa's dress, I expected something totally different, especially with that price tag.

      Kate looked absolutely stunning for me, I see why people don't like her dress, but for me, she even looked more beautiful than the bride. Sorry Pippa!

      The wedding, of course, was over the top, and of course she has already sold her wedding pictures, even her honeymoon ones, wait and see. And not because she needed money, although her stardom is over, gets no more lucrative offers, but still, she loves fame, and basking in it, and frankly this was her last chance. Let's hope she has found his Prince Charming and stays in the background and be a happy wife and a content mother.

      Since the wedding list included more celebrities than relatives, it turned out to be a very colourful fashion day. Donna looked pretty, Eugenie too, and Federer dashing too.

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    2. I really hope they didn't sell the pics. I guess we will soon find out. And I think that Pips will be famous until the day she dies. People love a little sister! And we will have witnessed her find love, get married, the kids, etc... I don't think she needs necessarily to stay in the background though. She deserves a life too.

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    3. Federer was one of the highlights for me! He really was dashing ;) I bet he dominated the table tennis at the reception LOL

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    4. I don't think they will sell pictures. Those that have come out (flowers, menus) have been without their accord and have been stopped.

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  31. Beautiful wedding! I loved the flowers. Really exquisite Everything was in harmony,the light pastel colors of the children, Kate's dress, and the bride was radiant! They were all so happy. A feast for the eyes!

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  32. I loved everything about the wedding. Pippa's dress, the flowers, the choice of the church, and especially that car they drove away in. You have to give it to the Middleton women. They know how to put on a wedding. I thought the scale of it, and the brilliant choice of the Enfield Estate helped make it the stylish, classy affair it was. Well done to them.

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  33. I thought Pippa looked absolutely stunning; she is always a beautiful woman, but her happiness made her look even better than usual. The way she was looking at her new husband melted my heart. I loved the wedding dress, particular the bodice. What an excellent choice! Kate looked very happy for her sister, but her dress was atrocious. I've never disliked one of her dresses more. Such cute outfits for the little ones!

    Jane, I hope you are having a terrific vacation somewhere near the beach with a lounge chair in the sun, and plenty of fizzy drinks to relax you after a hard year of school. Have fun wherever you are.

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  34. I loved the cut-out at the back of Pippa's dress but don't like short sleeve wedding dress's personal preference.
    The Duchess dress is very matronly, it would suit a much older lady. She really needs a good stylist for advice. Her hat was nice, but her earrings very garnish looking, she has a lot of the Kiki earrings how many does one need? The price was a shocker.
    I think Jane Matthews looked very elegant and I loved the contrasting colour of her bag and shoes a lovely touch.

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    1. Does anyone know how much Ms. Matthew's outfit cost? Eugenie's? Donna's? That might also be shocking.
      This publicizing of the cost of Kate's clothing and jewelry in the general media, while ignoring the cost of other outfits, puzzles me. Does anyone ever know what anything Camilla or Alexandra wear costs? Should we know the cost of each of their jewels as well ? anon1

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    2. There's were reports on the cost of James' shoes and on the cost of the bridesmaid and pageboy outfits and well as extensive coverage about the cost of Pippas ensemble. I also read accounts that not only identified the designer of Eugenies dress but also it's price tag. So it's not quite accurate to pretend that only the cost of Kate's clothing gets reported anon1.

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    3. How much did Eugenie's dress cost?
      I was speaking in general not just this wedding.You may pretend that is what I meant.
      And Camilla, Alexandra? Did not realize they were at this wedding.

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    4. anon1, good point! This business of cataloging the price of everything Kate wears, whilst entirely ignoring the cost of clothing all other royals--and their friends--is quite bizarre and grossly unfair. It's been allowed to go on for far too long, and seems to now have expanded to Pippa and some of her royal wedding guests.

      If anyone has ever seen and remembered Wallis Simpson's wedding dress when she married Edward, you might see, as I do, a remarkable facial resemblance to Pippa, enhanced by the neckline of their wedding attire and tight-fitting bodices; you might also note many style elements in common with Kate's dress. Thankfully, Pippa and Kate modernized their dresses.

      If this wedding had a theme, it might well have been the 1930's-40's--for the bride, her de facto matron of honour (Kate), the plus-fours on the pageboys and the timeless dresses worn by the little bridesmaids.

      I don't dislike either Pippa's or Kate's dress--but I'm not all-in either. Pippa's looked stiff and heavy, aside from her veil, and I'm not keen on the cap sleeves; and altho I liked the general style of Kate's dress, it suffered by being a tad too long and bit too pale/nude/dusky in colour for someone without a tan.--I assume the colour palate was Pippa's; it was, after all, Pippa's wedding, and Kate was her de facto matron of honour. And hey, it matched the roses!

      The fashion win for me were the awfully cute pageboy outfits.

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    5. JC re WWS and Pippa. I think that side-view photo of Pippa and others is striking in its resemblance to the Duchess of Windsor. I think the hairdo accents this, but her face and body build also. I can visualize her in many of WWS's outfits. anon1
      I think my favorite moment was after the ceremony when the pageboy tossed the petals in the air with a somewhat bored, been there, done that attitude. I believe Pippa was laughing and James scolding. At least that is what it looked like to me.

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    6. anon!, to be honest, I noted a resemblance between Pippa and Wallis many moons ago, but had not commented; had no reason to do so. But this wedding was so 1930's retro that I couldn't help but note same. I do agree that Pippa's hairdo accentuated the similarity as it showcased both women's high hairline and wide brow.

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  35. Does anyone know exactly what Pippa wore in her hair? A tiara? Who's? Made by?

    I was sure Pippa would wear a strapless or one shoulder dress, but I was totally wrong.. It's ok, not exactly what I was expecting from Deacon or her but very pretty non the less.. For the people who are attempting to compare Kate's wedding and Pippa's it just isn't possible to do!! I think both weddings and all things related to each wedding were perfect for each bride!! If I had to choose a dress to wear I would pick Kate's for myself though..

    I think Carole looked beautiful and was dressed gorgeously. Kate is another story.. And McQueen at that!!?!!?Although, I think, they did learn a lot from Kate's wedding and maybe Kate's dress was matronly on purpose?? Kate, to me, was the defacto maitron of honor.. To me, they simply swapped roles as Kate helped with Pippa's dress and wrangled the kiddos as Pippa did.. The only difference was that we didn't see what went on inside the wedding..

    Of course the pictures were staged.. It would not have gone over well if they hadn't stopped on the way in and out.. I think they did that so as to pasify the paps to be left alone so to speak and make you and I happy.. I'm thankful they did it!!!

    All in all they did a fabulous job of everything from keeping Meghan out of it, although I would've loved to know what all 3 wore to the reception.. To giving us a great look at everyone at the church, although I don't know who most of the people were.. Pippa did a wonderful job picking the flowers and decorating the church, it was all picture perfect, even little George getting in trouble!!

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    1. Valerie, it really was picture perfect, especially the flowers! Pippa wore the Maidenhair Fern tiara by Robinson Pelham, who also made her earrings. The tiara had matching hair clips, I think they may have contained diamonds, but I'm not sure.

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    2. I agree. I think the color of Kate's dress was too close to Carole's dress not to be on "theme". Also, I think it was "matronly" on purpose to avoid any competition.

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  36. Pippa's wedding floral designer has shared photos on his instagram page form INSIDE the reception! (Note: you don't need IG to view this link)
    https://www.instagram.com/djordjevarda/

    He is based out of the West Indies and has photos of a one year old's birthday he designed flowers for at Eden Roc....I think he's a Matthews connection that the Middletons have probably come to know.

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    1. Thanks so much, A!

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    2. OMG. The flowers at the reception are stunning. Best part of the wedding IMO. DM has the pics from IG. Hats off to Carole!!

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    3. The DM now has an article with the photos enlarged:
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4535470/First-photos-Pippa-s-flowers-100-000-glass-marquee.html

      ~ A

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    4. I looked at every one of those photos on his IG and can't see any that look like they could have been inside Pippa's wedding. The floral designs in those photos are stunning!

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    5. The floral designer took the photos off his Instagram page! Was he not supposed to post them???
      ~A

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    6. Oh, I found them! So gorgeous with all of those cherry trees and very elegant.

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    7. Robin do you mind sharing where you found them? Even the DM article was taken down now that I've had time to sit and look. Would love to see them.

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    8. Never mind, The Google has plenty. GORGEOUS.

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    9. "The Google" - that's too cute!!

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  37. I laughed when I saw the pictures. It's the old idea of bridesmaids and MotB looking fancy but frumpy to not outshine the bride, combined with what must be an enduring memory of how P as m-o-h was covered by media at her sister's wedding (truly excessive nice bum type comments and pictorial focus and even positive comparisons to the bride bc her dress was more current/sexy at the time). With all that in mind how might one want a famously attractive sister to dress? Fancy frumpy and no chance of being called sexier or there being bum comments! It could have been worse. As was, I think the idea was for sis to be forgettable and bride to be memorable. They achieved the first. I don't think the bridal gown was a dress for the ages, which is fine as it probably shouldn't be. I think it's just a day in Kate's sartorial life and hopefully won't be repeated unless she needs to look boring (and maybe she needs a few of those). It's the wrong pink, wrong line, wrong fit, but with plausible deniability...the "perfect" bridesmaid dress of doom. Amused for days!

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    1. lol, 4:40! Reminds me of the movie "27 Dresses" - although Kate's wasn't quite as bad as those. But, you're assessment is a valid one. Maybe Kate's idea! I remember that Diana wore a teal dress with black polka dots to Andrew and Fergie's wedding that was hailed as being quite boring at the time as she had been "wearing spots" quite frequently around then.

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    2. Yes! I remember the disappointment over *another* polka dot dress. :-)

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  38. http://www.elle.com.au/celebrity/pippa-middleton-wedding-flowers-decor-13212
    The instagram pics have been deleted however Elle has an article.

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    1. He probably took the IG pics down after cutting a deal with Elle. It seems that there are those who will sell anything for the right price. The Middleton and the Matthews families should have had all the venders, etc., sign an NDA. I'm sure there were servers at the wedding who may have snuck in a phone or two to capture some photos.

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    2. I assume they didn't sign an NDA because the vendor negotiated the right to sell certain photos as part of their compensation. What vendor in their right mind would happily forgo the marketing opportunity to display photographs of what is likely some of their most elaborate work?!

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      Everyone signed an NDA I'm sure. And you would forgo displaying the pics because, otherwise, you don't get the job. Plus, everything can be sliced and diced in a NDA.... maybe they could show the pics privately to other potential clients without naming who it was for but not on a public forum. It looks like the florist got ahead of himself and posted them because they are now gone, even removed from the DM. Even with a NDA, some push the limits, even if their intentions were good.

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  39. Pippa always looks beautiful and the dress is nice, but I don't think she looked her best. I expected something more unique from Giles Deacon. Really any designer could have created a dress like this. I would have loved to see her in her other dress with her hair down.

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    1. WHO says she let her hair down?

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    2. A news report.
      Even if the report is untrue I would love to see her with her hair down.

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  40. To me, it appears that Kate did not feel comfortable in her dress. After the ceremony when she was standing with Charlotte, she was more hunched over than usual. You know how when you don't feel very pretty you don't stand up straight? Well, that was Kate in that dress.

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    1. I don't think that was the case. Kate was mostly with the children and so was bending or leaning down to them. She looked happy, there were some great photos of her looking delightedly at Pippa.

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    2. That's also how a mom (or a grandma) who is anticipating an escape stands.

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    3. She seemed to fiddle with it a great deal, particularly around her waist/in the back. I noticed her doing it in many of the videos I watched. I can't see her being overly concerned with the camera attention, so I can't really put it down as a nervous tic. I think she was uncomfortable with the fit of the dress, and I don't blame her. It just looked ..... off.

      The color was beautiful, and I fully understand the need for her to "blend in" to let Pippa shine, but eeeesshhhhh...not a good look for her. The bust in particular seemed ill-fitting and was not flattering.

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  41. Pippa looked amazing. Her gown was unexpected (and not what I would have preferred to see her wear) but she looked stunning. Her hair and veil were perfect!

    I was disappointed when I saw Carole--she seemed somewhat under-dressed to me. I wished she had worn something similar to her ensemble at Kate's wedding, or perhaps something similar to what James' mother was wearing. Carole's dress reminded me of a maternity coat that Kate may have worn during one of her pregnancies. The high waist, the large buttons just did not look right. I usually love Carole's choices.


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    1. I thought Carole looked great. I suspect she probably went for something quite distinct from her outfit for Kate's wedding, so where that was blue and a straight edge to edge style this was pink with a high buttoned neckline and pleats at the waist. Both lovely in their own way.

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    2. I, too, thought she looked great. Perhaps the shorter sleeves made this outfit appear less formal...

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    3. I thought Carole looked fine but I did think her dress was a bit too much like Kate'pink maternity dress that I believe was also by CW.

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    4. I think it looked too much like a maternity dress and I really disliked the buttons. Loved the hat though.

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    5. I agree, Jay. Exactly.

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    6. I agree, Jay, re Carole Middleton's attire--liked the colour, but the style was wonky. It would seem that in the six-year interim between the two weddings, Carole has gained a few pounds; perhaps that had something to do with her less-than-svelte look?

      Does anyone know if the cost of renting the super-duper glass dinner venue included the cost of constructing the wooden structure beneath it? Or was that an extra expense?

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  42. It's uncanny how much Harry looks like MM first husband. Google his picture.

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  43. Kate looked gorgeous at the Chelsea Flower Show in a beautiful new dress that was perfect for a summer evening. Her hair was really beautiful.

    On a sad note, sending prayers and condolences to those families in Manchester who lost loved ones in that senseless act of violence. It's unfathomable that there is such evil in this world.

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  44. 'Hello' magazine states that next week's edition will feature reception photos, including photos of Meghan. It definitely seems that they are selling their photos, as has been already stated by readers here. Slightly surprised and disappointed. Appears that they feel 'they can't ever have enough money'.

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    1. People seem to assume the only motivation for selling photographs is money. *If* the Middletons did sell photographs of Pippas wedding I think it's much more likely the motivation is the absolute control over which photographs get released and how they get released. The Middletons/BRF might now need any money but they do need absolute control over their images.

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    2. But who sold them? That's the real question. I don't think Pippa and James would do anything to hurt or embarrass the BRF. Kate and Pippa are very close and she wouldn't jeopardize that relationship or that of her and her parents just for some cheap publicity.

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    3. Hopefully, they will donate the proceeds to a charity. If they don't, it will be most unfortunate.
      I thought Pippa's dress was beautiful, very classic. Kate looked gorgeous, as usual. She really worked hard herding those little ones. Overall the wedding looked lovely. I was hoping we would see what Pippa, Kate and all wore for the reception. Oh well.

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    4. While I'm surprised by the rumored choice to sell the photos.....a part of me is SO excited for more pictures and some tidbits! ;-)

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    5. I think that who sold the photographs depends on who signed the agreements or contracts with photographers or vendors. Maybe it was the Middletons or maybe it was W&K because they have certain security concerns. I don't think that Pippa and James would do anything to hurt W&K or the BRF either, but I do think that the younger generation would understand that there are legal considerations surrounding photographs that may not have been the same there were for previous generations. The line has shifted considerably when it comes to all of our privacy and the BRF isn't immune to those changes.

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    6. Let us not forget that there were 300 guests at the party. Just because you've handed over one cell phone doesn't mean you don't have another. I'm guessing that, if any photos surface, they weren't sold by any of the major players.

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  45. I really hope they didn't sell pics. I know Zara sold hers and so did her brother, but James has real money. And the tacky factor that they will be labeled with, just isn't worth IMO.

    Also, it brings up another subject that's rarely discussed. The RF, including W, K, and H, get A LOT of things for free - their Range Rovers, vacations, clothing, etc. a lot of their trips to Mystique, all free. So, when things are waved at the Middletons, they probably think, why not!?!

    I hope it's not true. We shall see.

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    1. I don't think they sell photos for the money. I think they sell them for control over the images that get released.

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    2. That makes no sense, 8:39. They took everyone's cell phone at the reception. That's how you control people having pictures. Selling the photos doesn't give them anymore control.

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    3. Yes it does. If you own the photos you can license them and have complete control over which licenses your grant. I think maybe people don't understand the legal mechanics of "selling"
      photographs.

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    4. But you only have control over those photos, the point is stopping others from taking photos. You have no control over those others photos. Additionally, I am sure the professional who took their private photos signed a contract giving the Middletons the copyright of them before he/she ever took one snap. So, there was no reason to sell any. Selling them doesn't give the Middletons any additional rights. Only limiting the access of who actually took photos (whether a professional, a rogue waiter, or paparazzi) prevents them from leaking out.

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  46. I hope Kate and pippa will be pregnant together!

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    1. Thanks Robin! I have missed the blog and the community here; it is high time to get back. Happily, I returned last night and will post about the wedding this weekend

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    2. You and the president were away at he same time. I am convinced you were a part of the entourage on AF1-perhaps as special advisor for BRF matters. Ha! Besides, he can always use an extra legal eagle. Then there was the big move timing...living in DC area. The Melania issue. Ha! I got it! You are Mrs. Trumps press secretary!
      (does anyone else get "Malia," President Obama's daughter's name confused with "Malania?")anon1
      PS- Is this how internet rumors start?

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    3. Oh, anon1, I pegged you for a Donald fan. Guess I was right!;)

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    4. OH My Goodness! You are joking! I am, however, a Jane fan. :+)

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    5. Anon 1 - lol! Internet rumors are probably even easier to start than that so you may have opened everyone up for that one. Seriously, though, with Jane's love for fashion she would be in 7th heaven with Melania's wardrobe. No matter how one feels about whatever in DC, that woman dresses beautifully!

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    6. Ok, I'll give you that one, Robin. She did make a living as a model in her other life.. However...did you get a look at her head covering at the Vatican? How about the 51,000$ Technicolor Dream Coat? Actually a D&G. (which I love and covet.)anon1

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  48. Jane - where art thou? LOL We miss you! Royal-watching isn'the same without you! Hope you've had a good, relaxing break...look forward to seeing a post from you in the (hopefully) not too distant future :)

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    1. I got home last night and I immediately starting looking at pictures, many for the first time. What a beautiful wedding! I started my post this morning, but it will take me several passes to get it done. Can't wait to hit publish!

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    2. That's great, Jane. Good to hear you're back :) Can't wait to read your take on everything!

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  49. Dear Jane,
    When are you coming back to do the real evaluation of the wedding and then the Chelsea Flower Show? I feel like I can't make a full evaluation myself until I have seen your synopsis!!

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    1. That makes me smile; thank you! ;) I started my post this morning. I will finish it as quickly as I can, but there are so many pictures and thoughts. It will be up this weekend, though!

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    2. I worried and thought about you daily, Jane. (Really!) I did not wish to pressure you on holiday, however. :+) anon1

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  50. Watch the pics come out tomorrow, ha!, but I really think they didn't sell any. And the florist and the DM removing them were, of course, at the Middletons request. They don't need that kind of PR for any reason - not to donate to charity, not to show how they throw a party, not to help with Pip's career. The church wedding was tasteful and we saw the pics. But the reception - wow! - gorgeous but very, very expensive. They don't want people snipping about them and their money. So, IMO, we won't see any pics from them.

    It would be so garish if they sold pics, even for charity. As much as we want to see them!:)

    Yes, I know, Anne's kids did it. But Middletons/Pip/James have bigger priorities and don't need the $ like Anne's kids. Totally different ballpark.

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    1. So you are saying that the Middletons are less tacky than the BRF?

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    2. Haha!! Yes, that's what I'm saying. Also, Anne's kids don't have really good jobs, big enough to support a large lifestyle like James does, so they are easily swayed by the money for pictures if they don't feel a reason not to do it (which they obviously don't).

      I believe it was the son (Anne's) who sold pics from his wedding that included close-ups of the queen, Kate, etc. It was a big scandal because it wasn't just the wedding, it was shots of everyone from the RF in relaxed poses, eating, drinking, chatting. They had no idea the pics were going in OK Magazine. So that was on a whole other level. Sell wedding pics, one level, include the queen, a whole other level.

      So, yes, RF is much more garish than the Middletons.

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    3. What confuses me is that people have raised "concerns" about Meghan Markle joining the BRF because the BRF is a so discreet and yet the BRF is also apparently crass and indiscreet, so.....

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    4. 7:07 Do you mean as they are indiscreet a little more indiscretion won't hurt? Or perhaps those who disliked Peter Philipps selling the pictures will be unconcerned about other kinds of indiscretion?

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    5. Well, I like Meghan so, those have never been a concern of mine.

      11:08 &. 12:44

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  51. I think Kate's dress was as the "Matron" of Honor and was quite appropriate for the theme of the wedding. When you see Kate dress next to the little girls dress sash it is identical in colour. Very noticeable when Kate is bending over to talk to Charlotte.

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  52. I don't think the dress was flattering on Kate for a number of reasons including color (but "too matronly" was not a particular concern for me nor was the *general* style of the dress) I also agree it matched the sashes. But since Kate's muted "peachy-pink" dress and the children's outfits were all bespoke, we don't really know whether Kate's dress was matched to the sashes or the sashes were matched to Kate's dress. Based on what we've seen I'd imagine pink and green as wedding colors were chosen by Pippa but beyond that....for example, the ribbon on the wedding program (shown in articles about the sketch) seemed to match James's mother's **mint** green dress but the trousers worn by the pages seemed to be another shade of green entirely (more of a greenish-gold, almost a light avocado) that IMO did not blend (if side-by-side) with the ribbon color. Carole's dress was a pretty shade of true pink that Kate has worn before and it IS flattering on her. The pink of Carole's dress seemed to match the pink flowers outside the church.  

    Maybe Kate chose the color of her dress, maybe Pippa did, maybe they chose it together. And that's fine. But I don't think it was the only color that could be chosen for her to wear in order to "match the wedding party."

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