Horse driven carriages, Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Bentley cars, priceless heritage jewellery, custom made shoes, made to measure suits, impressive British designer hats, British designer wedding dress inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, the Westminster Abbey and the Buckingham Palace…it’s the fairy tale wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William, a historic event with an unprecedented international coverage, especially through the internet and television, with hundreds of millions of viewers feeling they actually joined the wedding family in this memorable event.
While an actual stay a The Goring Hotel where the bride stayed the night before the wedding and the rental of the same ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental (venue for the Queen’s pre-wedding dinner) as well as a Bentley or a Rolls Royce limousine are all realistic choices for any commoner to aspire to, for their wedding, none of the other aspects of the Royal Wedding can be replicated, making this the perfect fairy tale which everyone could dream about on draw upon.
Many have hailed ” The Monarchy is back !” And in many ways, it has managed a spectacular come back, re-connecting with subjects as well as admirers all over the world. HRH Queen Elisabeth is not only one of the most respected figure in the world but is also the catalyst between generations. The huge number of youngsters cheering the Royal family on their route between the palaces and Westminster Abbey was probably the most impressive and memorable moment. Most of the young generation did not live the wedding of Lady Diana 30 years ago, but some of them, did attend Princess Diana’s wedding, one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the British monarchy in the past half century. Princess Diana has indefinitely changed the British monarchy and many have even been arguing that the Royal Family will not be able to adapt to the very fast changing times.
To me, a luxury industry professional, it has been so refreshing and special, to witness such level of elegance and etiquette for all those attending. Just in case anyone would wonder, there were no Vuitton, Gucci or Chanel bags and no branded clothing or accessories. Most of the ladies’ gowns were couture, modern, yet with a classic twist and men were wearing made to mesure suits, tuxedos and shoes. It was an unique showcase of what true British heritage lifestyle is all about. In many ways, I would compare the wedding to a recent high profile regal wedding in India, at the ceremony of the Prince of Jodhpur, wedding attended by very high profile local and international guests. With no exception, all Indian attendees, both men and women, opted to wear traditional India clothing, with the most exquisit hand made materials and custom designer gold and diamond jewellery.
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