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New Official Wedding Photos + Hilarious Wedding Lip Reading

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Royal Family released three official wedding portraits from Harry and Meghan's wedding today. The first was an unusually relaxed photo that really surprised me. At first I was unsure, but it is objectively gorgeous, and after brief thought, I love that it matches their engagement photo. I hope they frame both next each other somewhere in their home.


The second two were the traditional shots you'd expect, including one with just the couple and their attendants...


And the second with the family.


A number have commented that Kate's smile looks a little strained, but she has probably been holding that smile a long time as the photographer tried to catch all the little ones looking in the right direction! 


I can't leave tonight without sharing this hilarious "lip reading" of Harry and William at the wedding. The facial expressions, especially at the end, are too perfect. I hope you laugh as hard as I have:




65 comments:

  1. I was not crazy about the Queen's neon-y lime green but in the family snap it is exactly right! Doria's pistashio green and the flowers...I have rarely seen such an effortless, serindipitous family wedding shot.
    I just have to comment about Meghan's mother~she is so regally self possessed; I see a lot of her in Meghan. That she has quietly gone about her private life without lashing out at the crazy in the Markle is remarkable. She and Meghan went high when dysfunctional family members went low.

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  2. That first pic reminded me of the one from Kate & William engagement photos where they had changed out of their official outfits and were caught in a candid sweet moment of love. I wonder if it was taken as they were in between official shots that got released because it was such a great photo

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  3. I assume the photo was staged to mimic the engagement photo, bookend photos. I am not terribly fond of the wedding black and white one. But all the photos are lovely.

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    1. I read an article that this shot was just “magically”’ shot when they were merely resting from the day.

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  4. Thank you so much for that lipreading bit! The whole wedding was just so enjoyable, and these photos really put a great cap to it.

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  5. 馃挄 Sweet Prince George 馃挄

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  6. The photos are beautiful, thank you for posting them. I love seeing photos of George when he's relaxed and smiling.

    I hope it's okay to say this next bit.... I have a simple theory about why Kate looked strained on and off during the day. Apparently she breastfeeds her babies, and here she is in public, probably engorged with milk as there's possibly been no chance to nurse or pump. I know from experience how painful that can be. No wonder the slightly down in the mouth Kate if I'm right.

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    1. Hi Allie; I'm glad you said that because I was thinking along the same lines. I would imagine these photos were taken straight after the ceremony while the guests were having drinks at the daytime reception. So, little Louie may have had his last feed at about 10:30 am - and probably a quick one at that. Charlotte also looks a bit fractious in that photo, so I wonder if the children - as well as the adults - were reaching the end of their tether. Besides it's been reported that the Queen's daily lunch-time routine involves a couple of alcoholic beverages. HM must have been champing at the bit for a dubonnet. And I imagine Nanny Barallo with a hungry Louis in the next room, might have been a little distracting for our favourite Mum.

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    2. Nanny Barallo??
      The nanny is called Teresa Turri贸n, I don't know who changed her name.

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    3. My thoughts exactly. A nursing mom of a newborn would have been horribly uncomfortable at this point. If, as NatB said, she could hear little Louis crying in the next room, other uncomfortable things were happening to her body. It was also not a relaxing day for Kate as she was herding children and was most likely a little nervous about her children behaving during the ceremony. It appears she needed to tame little Charlotte for the photos while everyone else's job was to just pose and smile. She still had a luncheon to attend and probably would rather have had a nap. I did not envy her position that day.

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    4. Oh sorry. I didn't realise that Teresa Turrion was the name she went by. The popular press always seem to call her Maria Borrallo (I also managed to spell that incorrectly above). I think her full name is Maria Theresa Turrion Borallo. Is that common in Spain to take the two middle names Anonymous? I'm curious because we are going to Spain in September.
      https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/princess-charlotte-prince-georges-nanny-revealed-as-a-right-royal-fashion-victim-at-christening/news-story/92460525db0e30fbd272909ea82f8b3f

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    5. NatB, 1. In Spain most women have Mar铆a as first name, honoring the Virgin, however it's not used as the second or third you have. So she is called Teresa.
      2. In Spain we have TWO surnames, father's and mather's....so Turri贸n is her FIRST SURNAME and Borallo is her MOTHER's surname....
      so...Mar铆a Teresa Turri贸n-Borallo.
      Teresa Turri贸n.
      I hope you can understand

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    6. NatB.. What part of Spain??

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    7. Thanks for the clear explanation, anon 10:11. However, I doubt the media/internet will turn loose of "Maria Borallo." Once an idea gets planted on the internet it is very difficult to uproot it.
      Does the Spanish press refer to her as Teresa Turrion?

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    8. Anon1, Spanish press refers her as
      M. Teresa Turri贸n Borallo, because we really use our two surnames, it's mandatory, nobody thinks that Turri贸n is a name though..ha!! Also nowadays women are not called Mar铆a as a first name either, it's outdated, the nanny is 47 years old. We understand, I had the same issue in London...

      The King of Spain is Felipe de Borb贸n y Grecia and the Queen: Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.

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    9. Thanks, Anonymous. The "y Grecia" is in reference to the maternal side-Sofia, his Mother?
      I think it is a good practice to attach the mother's as well as the father's name to a child- for multiple reasons.

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    10. Thank-you Anonymous 2.01. That's very informative. Is it the same for Spanish speaking South Americans?
      We are very excited about our Spanish holiday. We'll visit Barcelona, the Pyranees, Saint Sebastian, Porto (Portugal), Seville, Granada - and we will try to squeeze in a couple of the suggested stops that people have suggested. So much to see... Cordova seems to be a favourite. Do you have any suggestions?

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    11. NatB.. Perfect!! I would suggest Bilbao, the Guggenheim, as you will be in San Sebasti谩n...very near. Then Madrid and Toledo both are on the way to Sevilla...
      The tour is ideal... most beautiful places in Spain.. North, East, South..all is very different, even the language... Most of people understand English nowadays, young people overall...

      Have a good trip!!

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    12. Anon1..yes!! "de Grecia" is because his mother, Sofia.

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    13. I forgot...In South America it's the same...

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  7. Hilarious lip reading!

    I love the informal shot of Harry and Meghan.

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    1. I did initially love it but on a second look it looks too staged with two big hair pieces hanging down. For me I get distracted with it, not looking like a lovely professional shot of a casual moment to looking very staged and with hair pieces that distract from them as a couple, Harry should be as much front and center as Meghan in a photo like this .

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    2. And therein will lie the problem!!

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    3. ali, I agree about the tendrils framing Meghan’s face looking a little too “staged” in the b&w photo. And Meghan always being in front (like in the engagement photo) seems odd to me, too.

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    4. I see Harry dead center in that photo and he is the one actually looking directly at the camera. Meghan is in front of him and her dress & tiara catch my eye but I also see Harry's arm protectively around her. And a giant grin on his face.

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    5. The group pictures are lovely they have a quiet harmony the colours blend beautifully. The black and white one seems too contrived, and doesn't give a relaxed feeling at all: who could relax in that uncomfortable position on stone stairs? And in a pristine white dress?

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    6. Agree ali and Kiwi Gal. The black and white photo is my least favorite. Contrived informality. Howver, I can appreciate its bookend value along with the engagement photo of which I wasn't all that fond either.

      On the other hand the color photos are beautiful and, as others are saying, I can understand why every one wore what they did.

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    7. Agreed ali, 11:55, and 6:55.

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    8. Anon 9:31 he is center and a great shot of him, i just find the hair a distraction.

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    9. I suspect Meghan is the Queen Bee in that household and Harry is only too happy to be the worker bee, protecting her and providing the honey. They appear to me to have worked out a formula for their relationship that allows each his moment to shine.
      I do think M inadvertently upstaged Harry a little during the garden party speech, which was definitely Harry's moment. He was distracted by...a bee (a Queen bee?) which incited giggles in Meghan and became the photo of the day.
      William seems happy to let Catherine shine. I am reminded of JFK and Jackie. It is a delicate balance.

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  8. When do you think they took the black and white photo? I imagine that veil/tiara wasn’t easy to remove and leave the hair looking beautiful. Did they take photos after the luncheon?

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  9. Wonderful photos! And I feel vindicated in my stance that Catherine was wearing a new dress. The What Kate Wore blog has now confirmed it’s indeed pale yellow, and shows images of the tailoring differences between the DoC’s christening coatdress and the wedding coat dress. So much for the “wearing white” narrative being pursued.

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    1. I always believed it was yellow and new as well. Glad to see it's been identified. They probably felt they had to say something since she was being fairly heavily criticized for "wearing something old and white."

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    2. I honestly think, Robin, if KP had not said Kate was wearing "primrose" yellow by McQueen (& that was announced *before* she arrived at the chapel) but had said "pale" yellow instead, there would have been alot less hoopla. (If it hadn't been so similar to her 3 times worn cream dress that would have made a difference too, of course :) Googling, the color called primrose yellow is not that pale, almost cream, yellow color. (Googling colors, not primrose plant blooms) Kate's dress also not the color the McQueen company *itself* calls primrose yellow so I wonder where the description in the KP blurb came from. Primrose per Pantone and per McQueen is somewhere between the color Kate wore and the color Amal wore, not quite as bright but much closer to the color HMTQ wore to W&K's wedding.

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    3. I'm beginning to think some people could be either colour blind or willfully blind ;) KP is absolutely correct in referring to the DoC's coat dress as "primrose", since wild primroses (Primula vulgarism) that grow in the UK woods, are a pale, creamy yellow, with a darker centre that matches Kate's hat. However, no doubt hybrids and dozens of varieties in different shades exist in other countries. So KP and Kate knew what colour the McQueen was but the press and some of the public went off on a "recycled and white" tangent instead of doing some in depth research.

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    4. Had Kate requested a bit more detail or color when ordering her dress for Harry's wedding it would have looked more unique. People confused her dress because it really resembled outfits she has worn previously. But she looked beautiful and slim and let Meghan shine.

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  10. That lip-reading videoclip - brilliant! Thanks for the laugh, Jane ;)
    The official wedding photos turned out really well. I loved how the shades of green, black & cream/white all blended nicely into the backdrop of the Green Drawing Room.
    The black & white photo is nice, but seems so similar to their engagement pics. I would’ve preferred a different style/composition.
    Has anyone seen Harry’s ring? I’ve yet to see pics of it.

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    1. Is there a closed caption version? I'm not good at lip-reading accents. Ha!

      I saw the ring somewhere. Maybe here or DKB. It is pretty. I am so glad Harry is wearing one, and on the left hand, not the European custom of right hand. Charles doesn't wear a wedding band nor does William. Charles does wear a pinky ring. I don't think BRF males , especially the kings and heirs, wear them. I am not sure. Did George VI? Duke of Windsor? George V?

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    2. Haha, anon1! The accents in the clip were my favourite part, although it took me awhile to decipher what William was saying at first ;)
      I just saw a pic of Harry’s ring from the garden party. It is quite pretty! Does it have a diamond in it? I’m happy he’s wearing a ring, also. I did notice that Charles & William don’t wear rings, apart from Charles’ signet ring. Is there a specific reason why they don’t?

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    3. The cynical me says that the wedding band represents the nose ring that wives and concubines wore at one time in some cultures. It was was attached to a chain. Not a proper image for a king--especially one who reigned over some of those countries at one time. ;+)

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    4. It's because men of a certain class "don't wear jewelry". And Charles does wear a ring in addition to his signet ring but it's on his pinky with the signet ring rather than on his ring finger.

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    5. I think Harry is so proud to wear his ring!

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    6. Hi anon1,
      You’re right that the (continental) European custom is for wedding rings to be on the right hand but we Brits traditionally wear ours on the left :)

      Not sure if you’ve found a closed caption version of the clip so, just in case, it starts with William, then Harry:
      “I’ve got a potato in my pants.”
      “Hmm?”
      “I’ve got a potato in my pants.”
      [pause] “Does your wife know it’s in there?”
      “No, she doesn’t.”

      I don’t know if “pants” is being used here in the American sense or the British one...;)
      Kx

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    7. Kx--Thanks! I had noticed some Scottish and Irish wear the ring on the right hand. Perhaps the English I have seen with a wedding band on the right originated on the continent-or Scandinavia. My goodness! I believe the Queen wears her rings on the left hand. Come to think of it--I think the Duke of Kent wears one on his left hand.

      No..did not find a cc version. For William's sake, I hope that potato was not a hot one and that the American version of pants was meant. I have read that hot potatoes were once provided to take to bed to keep one's feet warm--(and provide a ready breakfast in the morning.)

      PS I realise there is a snicker facet to this exchange, given William's propensity for wearing tight trousers. One wonders.

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    8. As a Scandinavian I can tell you that we wear engagment and wedding rings in the left hand.

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  11. Love that clip of William and Harry..burst out laughing. Thank you

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  12. I love, love, love the wedding photos and thought Meghan (and Harry) looked fantastic. Catherine looked wonderful as well and considering the circumstances, she played her part beautifully. Regardless of her position and the assistance of the best nannies in the world, she was still a woman less than 4 weeks from the delivery date of her third child. Kate is likely nursing Prince Louis and nature requires mothers and their newborns to be in close proximity to one another. It's just the way nature is - nursing mothers and their infants need to be together and 4 weeks is still a very small baby, entirely dependent on his mother. Even though Kate was likely breaking away to nurse Louis or pumping her milk, her mind and her body were telling her that she needed to be with her baby son. Kate would have been assured that Louis was well cared for during her absence, however, every new mother knows that your whole being just wants to be with the baby. For Kate, being forced to "perform" - even in these very happy circumstances - and taking care of her other young children while looking like a million dollars in front of the entire world all at the same time - would have been very trying and tiring. I bet she's breathing a sigh of relief that Charlotte and George did well at the wedding and that the whole thing is over, so she can go back to taking care of her newborn son.

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    1. Yes, and It to mention she probably hasn't slept more than 3 hours in a row since the baby was born on top of her body trying to heal & recover from the birth. We have no idea how baby is eating & therefore sleeping & if she tore during delivery requiring more healing. All in all even just major lack of sleep & breast pain bc needing to feed baby is enough reason to feel really bad. She looks really good to me.

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    2. And, William probably couldn't have been a lot of help with Charlotte and George if the kids were staying with their parents for a while during the reception because of his responsibilities as brother of the groom. People just need to back off the criticism of Catherine in general, I think.

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  13. Yes! anon 7:43-Charlotte may be sitting on Kate's lap for aesthetic reasons, instead of with the other bridesmaids. Also, I imagine the tot was pretty cranky and done with the whole scene and that may have the only way to get her to sit still. I think she was the only bridesmaid whose world had been turned upside down by a new baby, further trying her three year old patience.George had got his second wind and looked like he was ready for trouble. What an imp!

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  14. Has anyone learned if the Cartier bracelet was a gift from Prince Charles?

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  15. The lip reading is hilarious! Thanks for sharing, Jane! I am in the camp that the first picture is completely staged. I've seen poses like this before. For me, the ultimate unstaged royal wedding photo is from Charles and Diana's wedding when they've all collapsed on those steps at BP in heaps of dresses and giggles. So sad how it all ended.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382178/Royal-Wedding-pictures-The-official-Royal-Wedding-album-suggests-Kate-Williams-future-happier-Charles-Dianas.html

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    1. Robin 1:34- I do think the photo of just H&M with the bridal party resembled that moment from the Diana wedding. The children were finally being children and not proper little mini-adults.
      These photos were taken immediately after the carriage ride, while guests were gathering in the Great Hall for the Queen's reception. I doubt the photographer had the luxury of a lengthy shoot and multiple poses to get it right. Added to the children's emerging rambunctiousness and Kate's maternal needs, there was the aged, post-op Phillip, who hates these situations on his best days.

      Three cheers for Prince Phillip! The unsung hero of the day.

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  16. Brilliant clip of Harry and William at the end! I had a good old giggle.

    Photos were all beautiful. I wonder where the little posy of flowers went for one of the flower girls in those shots? Maybe she left them in the car?

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    1. She never had one (the older child...Ivy?) She didn't carry one because she took Meghan's bouquet away during the ceremony. I do think the sharing of the one bouquet for the picture looks odd though as it strongly suggests there's a bouquet missing. I would have posed it differently if I were the photographer!

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    2. I read somewhere that she actually didn’t have a posh of her own because she took Meghan’s from her at the end of the aisle. I think it would have been better if the florist had made her another one for these photos.

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    3. Her right hand is obscured, isn't it? Perhaps the viewer is to imagine the posy is there. I think the posy would have been in the way with the particular positioning she was in.
      Just guessing.

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    4. That could be true in one photo Anon1 although the child didn't have to be posed with that hand hidden. I don't believe that was a lucky snap with no posing of the children involved! Plus we know there were fewer bouquets than bridesmaids as was intentionally the case during the wedding. Anyway, the awkwardly posed photo I referred to before is the other photo with the whole family. Ivy is holding a bouquet against her lap to the side and the younger child is stretching over and slightly behind herself to touch it while facing the camera. It looks very awkward to me---plus the bouquet actually belongs to the younger child, not to Ivy! And that pose DOES emphasize the picture is short a bouquet. Maybe if the two girls had been sitting closer together with the bouquet between them it wouldn't have looked so weird. Or to me it would have been fine for Ivy to have been pictured without a bouquet since she did not carry one in the wedding. (But Ivy did not wear a flower crown either--wore flowers around her ponytail instead-- so maybe she would have looked too plain without a bouquet in a group shot.) But in the final analysis Anon 6:14 is probably right: An extra bouquet would have likely been the best solution! She could have carried during the recessional too.

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    5. Had another look at the bridal attendant photo. Meghan's veil was directly in front of that girl. If she had had a posy in her visible left hand it would have detracted from the beautiful veil.
      Also, her left hand looks odd, awkward to me. Could a posy have been photo-shopped out?

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    6. I don't think so anon1. I think for whatever reason it was decided Ivy needed to hold a bouquet so that meant someone else couldn't have one. Maybe the younger child without one (think it's Florence VC, not sure) was the most cooperative about handing hers over? Personally I don't think the veil figures into it. In the photo with just the children, that child's lap is nowhere near the veil but it looks like Charlotte's bouquet is on top of the veil (at least I THINK that's Charlotte on the left)

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    7. lizzie-her left hand, which was the hand free to hold a posy, in the bridal attendant photo was right next to the veil. I thought her hand looked oddly held and her arm was angled strangely, at least to me.
      I think we are referring to two separate photos. I agree the photo with the two girls sharing the bouquet was awkward; but as I have said--there wasn't that much time available to arrange many poses , considering that the guests were awaiting the Queen and company at the reception. I wonder if this short time allowance for picture taking might have had an ulterior motive--to get Phillip in and out without unnecessary dillydallying. :+)

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    8. Right Anon 1. I said there were two photos missing a bouquet a few comments back. But the girl stretching her arm out and behind her to "share" a bouquet in the shot with the family (the super awkward shot) is the same child who does not have a visible bouquet in the shot with the bridal party. We know the child who took Meghan's bouquet (the child without a flower hairband who has the greatest possession of the shared bouquet in the photo above) didn't have one of her own during the ceremony. Now she has her own bouquet in the family photo but the child who had to share one with her in the other photo doesn't have one at all in this photo. I think the more reasonable explanation is an extra bouquet wasn't made for the photos, rather than the more complicated explanation that an extra bouquet was made but photoshopped out.(Plus it looks like Charlotte is holding her bouquet by its top and the stems are laying on the veil in the bridal party photo and that wasn't photoshopped out!:) Whether Philip's impatience played a role in the photo session I don't know. But regardless of his mood (& he looked pretty mellow at church to me) there was still a bouquet shortage!

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    9. I meant the bouquet would have been on the beautiful embroidered edge. Charlotte's bouquet was not near the decorated edging, just the plain tulle.

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  17. I thought that the wedding went very well. Meghan looked lovely but I think her veil was a bit too long. When she walked it bunched up and didn’t look right. The one person who needed a lot of attention was Doria. My heart went out to her. She looked so lonely and forloned as she sat by herself. Couldn’t she have brought a friend of both her and Meghan’s to sit with her? Prince Charles was extremely sensitive to her needs. It warmed my heart to see him go out of his way to make her comfortable. Catherine looked lovely in her new outfit. For having a baby almost 4 weeks ago she looked astonishing.

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  18. Were the Middletons (Mike, Carole, James, Pippa, James) at the evening, intimate wedding reception?
    ~ A

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