Today the world will witness the Wedding of the Century when Prince William, second in line to the British throne, elder son of heir to the throne, Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will marry Kate Middleton, daughter of Michael and Carole Middleton.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

The couple met while studying at St Andrews University in Scotland. Prince William proposed in October 2010 in Kenya, with his mother’s diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

Kate Middleton and her immediate family spent Thursday night at the five-star Goring Hotel in Belgravia, central London, just round the corner from Buckingham Palace, with Kate staying in the hotel’s Royal suite.

Goring Hotel, where Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton will spend the night before her wedding in London.

William has chosen his younger brother, Prince Harry, third in line to the throne, as best man. Kate’s sister Philippa, often known as Pippa, will be her maid of honor. There will be four younger bridesmaids and two younger page boys, including two of William’s godchildren.

Clarence House said William and Harry will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a state limousine at 1015 BST today – leaving almost 40 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Wedding Ceremony At Westminster Abbey

Catherine Middleton, the bride-to-be, will leave Goring Hotel at 1051 with her father and travel to Westminster Abbey in a Rolls Royce, rather than horse-drawn carriage as Diana, Princess of Wales did on her wedding day 30 years ago. This is a break from tradition.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is over 700 years old and holds 2,200 people. It’s been the site of coronations since William I’s in 1066.

Many royal weddings have taken place here, including current queen, Elizabeth II’s to Prince Philip in 1947. The Abbey is considered a more modest, but fittingly grand, alternative to the larger St Paul’s Cathedral.

The marriage service begins at 1100. The wedding service will be relayed to the gathered crowds by speakers along the procession route, with tens of thousands expected to hear the couple exchange their vows. There will also be screens at Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple in an 11 a.m. ceremony that will include several other prominent clergy. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. John Hall, will conduct the service and the Bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres, will give the address. Both men have long-standing ties to the royal family.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Kate Middleton is expected to follow Princess Diana’s example by ditching the word “obey” from her wedding vows. Instead she is expected to promise to “love, comfort, honour and keep” Prince William when they tie the knot today.

Prince William the frustration of being denied one typical marriage custom. Once the ceremony is complete and the rings have been exchanged, there will be no royal smooch at the abbey altar for the benefit of the 1,900 guests in attendance. Church of England protocol expressly forbids such behavior, especially in a hallowed site such as Westminster Abbey, one of the world’s most famous churches.

“There will be no kiss during the wedding ceremony,” explained the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, the dean of Westminster and the man responsible for overseeing the spiritual life of Westminster Abbey. “We don’t do that in the Church of England. That’s sort of a Hollywood thing: ‘ You may now kiss the bride.’ It doesn’t happen here.”

For the royal family, too, kissing, it seems, is serious business and must be undertaken only in appropriate situations. When William’s mother, Princess Diana, wed Prince Charles in 1981, the pair also did not kiss in church.

The music

Two choirs, one orchestra, a fanfare team and trumpeters will play at the wedding:

- The Choir of Westminster Abbey, formed of 20 boys and 12 professional singers. The Abbey’s sub-organist will play the organ.

- The Chapel Royal Choir, formed of 10 boys and six professional singers.

- The London Chamber Orchestra, the longest established professional chamber orchestra in the UK. Its 39 members will play from the organ loft in the Abbey.

- The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, which consists of seven players and their conductor.

- The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry, eight trumpeters drawn from the Band of the Life Guards and the Band of the Blues and Royals.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey

The Fanfare Trumpets of the Royal Air Force

The guests

Around 1,900 people have been invited to the main ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

It includes 388 close friends and associates invited by groom Prince William, 28, and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton.

Among them are David and Victoria Beckham, Rowan and Sunetra Atkinson, toff TV presenter Ben Fogle, rugby supremo Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Richard Branson & his wifeand their daughter Doctor Holly Branson, Ms Daniella Helayel (Kate’s favourite fashion designer)and Lock Stock director Guy Ritchie.

Also listed are 254 relatives and friends of the Middleton family – including Kate’s infamous uncle Gary Goldsmith, and Reading FC chairman John Madejski.

The Queen and Prince Charles have drafted a list of 255 VIPs and aristocrats – including 62 foreign Royals and heads of state. A further 1,000 guests, including politicians, senior civil servants and foreign diplomats, received invites via the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Brazilian-born Daniella Helayel, who has made clothes for Madonna and Sharon Stone, created Kate’s engagement outfit.

Meanwhile the list confirms best man Prince Harry’s on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy HAS been invited, suggesting they have patched things up.

The biggest snub so far is for Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of Andrew, Duke of York, who has not been invited.

Wedding gifts

The couple have asked that members of the public who would like to give them a gift instead donate to charity. They have set up a dedicated website where donations can be made. Charities from Canada, the UK and Australia will benefit and include Oily Cart, New Zealand Government Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and Earthwatch.

Carriage Procession

After the ceremony, the newlyweds will travel back to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn five-carriage procession, along a set route lined by fans and well-wishers. The route of the carriage procession would pass along The Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, along the south side of Parliament Square and into Broad Sanctuary.

Union flags hung along Regent Street in London in celebration of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton

William and Kate will likely use the 1902 State Landau, which Prince Charles and his first wife, the late Diana, Princess of Wales also used at their wedding. If it’s raining, the newlyweds will revert to the Glass Coach, which has a roof. The white-looking Windsor Greys, which are usually reserved for the Queen, will pull the newlyweds.

Royal Wedding Carriage

The bride’s carriage procession is scheduled to arrive at Buckingham Palace at 1230.

Wedding Photographs

They’ll have the wedding photographs taken in the Throne Room, by Hugo Burnand, who photographed Charles and Camilla’s wedding. Hugo will have just over half an hour to do the main group and individual family groups.

The Balcony Kiss

Prince Charles and Princess Diana produced an iconic moment on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day 30 years ago. As thousands of well-wishers screamed for the newlyweds to pucker up, Diana said to Charles: “Well, what about it?”

Photographs of the resulting kiss were splashed across the front page of every British newspaper and seen around the world.

Britain's Prince Charles kissing his bride, the former Diana Spencer, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, after their wedding on July 29, 1981.

That balcony moment is due to be repeated by William and Kate, although this time it will be scripted and part of the carefully planned event. There is even an allocated time for the kiss, 1:25 p.m. London time. Several publications reported this week that William and Kate have gone so far as to practice the act to ensure the camera angles are right for the international press.

The Fly-Past

At 1.30pm. there will be a fly-past by three aircrafts from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – a Lancaster, a Spitfire and a Hurricane – will be followed by two Typhoons and two Tornado GR4s in box formation.

The Receptions & The Wedding Cakes

William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, will host a lunchtime reception for about 600 people at Buckingham Palace after the balcony appearance, with guests drawn from the wedding congregation.

The speeches will probably be done at lunchtime. You’ll have the father of the bride, or maybe Prince Charles, followed by Prince William, and then the best man’s speech from Prince Harry.

There will be two official wedding cakes at the royal wedding reception, William’s cake and Kate’s. Will’s will be a traditional chocolate biscuit cake, made by McVitie’s, the cookie company that has been making British monarch wedding cakes since George V in 1893.

Kate’s cake will be the more stylish multi-tiered fruit cake, made by Fiona Cairns who creates elegant, modern, understated cakes for such icons of cool as Keith Richards and Sir Paul McCartney. Kate’s cake bakers have been legally sworn to secrecy, but the colors will be shades of white and that there will be intertwined initials decorating the cake as well as representations of acorns, the symbol on the Middleton coat of arms. But what stuck out to Mrs. Cairns the most was Kate’s request to include “the language of flowers.”

They will cut the cake with a sword.

After the reception William and Kate will drive back to Clarence House for a rest and then prepare for the evening when Prince Charles will host an exclusive dinner and dance for about 300 peopleat Buckingham Palace for family members and close friends of the newlyweds.

Wedding Night

The newlyweds will spend their wedding night in the splendour of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace, the last word in silk-lined splendour. The Queen has set aside the five-roomed Belgian Suite for their wedding night.

After a night of celebrations they will cross the Palace’s stone-flagged floors to the west wing and descend 41 crimson steps to the suite, tucked away at the rear of the Palace.

It has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and access to the Palace garden and swimming pool. It was named by Queen ­Victoria in 1837 after her uncle, King Leopold of Belgium. Edward VIII moved in before his abdication in 1936. And Prince Andrew was born there.

Ex-US President George W. Bush, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the Sultan of Brunei have stayed in recent years.

Of course, tradition dictates that William will carry his new bride over the threshold for good luck.

It is believed they may follow royal tradition by heading north to Balmoral on Saturday for a couple of days before travelling overseas for their honeymoon.

The Honeymoon

Welcome to Lizard Island… and the place where Prince William will be following in his father’s footsteps if, as predicted, he and new bride Kate Middleton make this their paradise retreat after their wedding.

Lizard Island

Lizard Island on the stunning Great Barrier Reef of Australia is the jewel in the crown of a breathtaking chain of islands in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland and is one of the top 10 island honeymoon destinations in the world.

The couple would make the 24-hour journey to Australia by first-class flight, most likely on British Airways.

The most luxurious villa on ­Lizard Island is the Ł2,000-a-night Pavilion, with its own plunge pool and ocean views. It is said to “combine privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach”.

Once back, they will live on Anglesey, Wales, where Prince William works as a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot.


Who is the designer of Kate Middleton’s royal wedding gown?  That is THE question that has piqued the interest of people worldwide.

Despite intense interest, the identity of Middleton’s designer and the style of her dress have remained a closely held secret. Palace officials say Middleton wants to surprise fiancee Prince William when she steps out of her Rolls-Royce to cross the Abbey threshold.

The gown that the bride-to-be is planning to wear for her April 29 nuptials to Prince William is expected to be an ivory and satin gown to have a V neckline and with sleeves, pearl-button detail and a 10-foot train,  much shorter than Princess Diana’s 25-footer.

“After just returning from New York’s Bridal Fashion Week, lace sleeves were a big trend and designers cited the royal wedding and Kate Middleton as their inspiration,” wedding planner Mark Niemierko says. “Monique Lhuillier’s Catherine Chantilly lace gown with long sleeves is the perfect example of this trend.” Niemierko is not planning Middleton’s nuptials.

It’s been rumored that everyone from Victoria Beckham to Alice Temperley has the gig. But now it seems that identity of the designer tapped to create what will be the Wedding Dress of the Century  has been narrowed to three real contenders.

Alice Temperley's creations

The first contender to emerge was couture designer, Bruce Oldfield, who was a favorite designer of Princess Diana and is rumored to be dressing many of the wedding guests. A lot of his collection this season has that very streamlined, modern look, which fits the body without revealing too much.

Samples of Bruce Oldfield's wedding dresses

Sarah Burton, creative director at the prominent Alexander McQueen house, has been touted as a possible contender. Because, really, can you get any more dramatic than a McQueen dress?

Sarah Burton's creations

Sophie Cranston’s name has been tossed into the ring. Cranston won the Designer of the Year Award at London’s Graduate Fashion week in 1999, worked for Alexander McQueen, and co-founded Temperley London with Alice Temperley in 2000 before launching her own line in 2002. Her designs feel very Kate-ish, don’t they? Her designs have beautiful, draped lines and an easy elegance about them…very Kate-ish.

Samples of Sophie Cranston' s wedding dresses

The royal bride-to-be supposedly designed her own wedding dress and then enlisted someone to bring to life the Renaissance-inspired gown, which includes a “nod” to Lady Diana’s Emanuel wedding dress. Middleton’s inspiration came from the Renaissance period—which she studied in Florence—and her History of Art degree from St. Andrews. So the chosen designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress may not have technically “designed” it at all.

Word is, however, that Jasper Conran will be designing at least one wedding dress for Middleton. She is said to have ordered three dresses—two backup wedding dresses in case her first choice is leaked to the press.

Jasper Conran's wedding dresses

A friend of Middleton’s told the Daily Mail, “All we have been told is that the dressmaker is fairly unknown and from a relatively small design house. But make no mistake, whoever’s name emerges on the day, this is very much Catherine’s dress.”

It is also being reported that after the wedding, the dress will be auctioned off for charity, with proceeds going to a range of organizations including the Prince’s Trust.

The future princess is expected to accessorize with diamond-and-pearl earrings—it is not known whether they fall under the “something old,” “something new,” or “something borrowed” category—along with pieces from the Queen’s collection, including a diamond tiara.

Whoever the designer may be, he or she must respect the decorum associated with Westminster Abbey. That means a strapless gown or a plunging neckline are unlikely — Middleton will probably have to wait for an evening reception at Buckingham Palace if she wants to wear something more revealing.

The only generally accepted guideline is that the designer will be British as Kate Middleton faces overwhelming pressure to use a British designer.


Dayang Nur Atikah, better known as Atikah, was crowned recently as the winner of the prestigious Ford Models Supermodel of the World Search Malaysia 2011 held at the Sepang International Circuit.

Dayang Nur Atikah Is Supermodel World Malaysia 2011

Hailing from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 18-year-old Atikah is of Bajau and Brunei parentage and is the third of four siblings.

The leggy lass who idolises supermodel Chanel Iman , cites Iman’s personality and catwalk as her best inspiration in the modeling industry.

Atikah will now represent Malaysia at the Ford Models Supermodel of the World international finals in New York in August, which also marks the 30th anniversary of the renowned event.

As Malaysia’s new Ford Models Supermodel, Atikah took home the limited edition Heidi Klum 4-leave clover pendant from Mouawad, valued at RM100,000 and a modelling contract worth RM100,000 from international fashion brand F&F.

The final judging saw a panel of judges consisting STYLO International President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Nancy Yeoh, Ford Models Licensee for Asia Pacific Calvin Cheng, and National Director of Ford Models Supermodel of the World Singapore 2011 and former Miss Singapore Colleen Pereira.

Gabrielle Boudville, 20, of Portuguese, French and Chinese heritage was the first runner-up, and Karen Lugun, 18, of Kelabit and Punjabi parentage emerged as second runner-up. Boudville hails from Kuala Lumpur while Lugun is from Kuching, Sarawak.

1st runner-up Gabrielle Boudville

2nd runner-up Karen Lugun

The 12 finalists were Dayang Nur Atikah, 18, Lee Tee Hooi, 21, Raja Alicia, 16, Renee Tan, 20, Gabrielle Ashley, 20, Jenilyn Lim, 21, Melissa Wong, 23, Loh Tze Shian, 18, Karen Lugun, 18, Casandra Azman, 18, Zana Chin, 22, and Phoebe How, 23. The 12 finalists were required to stay at the official Ford Models residence over the past one month.


Mediacorp actress Michelle Chia raised eyebrows (not to mention arousals in men) at the Star Awards 2011 held at Resorts World Sentosa on Sunday night with a sexy see-through dress that left nothing to the imagination.  I am sure she must have got the inspiration to wear the see-through dress from royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton who reputedly charmed Prince William with her see-through dress. Maybe Chia was hoping to charm a prince at the award ceremony as it is rumoured that her marriage to actor Shaun Chen is heading for splitsville.

Michelle Chia adorns a Kate Middleton-inspired see-through dress

The now world-famous Kate Middleton see-through dress

Chia later changed into a Madonna-inspired red number with breast cones.  I guess Madonna works better on Chia as she emerged as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes.

Michelle Chia' s conical bra dress

Madonna's famous cone bra outfit


Prince William’s bride-to-be Kate Middleton exudes royal style from her head to her toes. Kate seems to have a special liking for one special hair accessory — the Fascinator, a younger, more modern version of a hat, which is typically an ornate hair accessory that can feature feathers, beads, flowers and other fancy trimmings.

Kate Middleton adorned with a feathery fascinator

Retailers in the UK said that sales of fascinator head pieces have risen 65% and thousands have been sold in Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in the six months since the wedding announcement.  Kate Middleton, who has brought fascinators back en vogue in the UK, is getting credit for making the feathered “Fascinator” headwear a must-have in the United States.

Kate Middleton's fascinator

Fascination over the Fascinator is growing in the United States, with Google searches up 50% for this style of hat since January.

Kate has worn fascinators on several different occasions, showing women that this is a great accessory that can change up their look. There is no denying that fascinators look so elegant on her.

Kate Middleton's black fascinator

Kate Middleton looking beautiful in red

Doesn't Kate exude class and style?

Kate Middleton's fascinator hat

Fascinator sales have soared recently at Cedar Park, Texas-based Serendipity Tiaras, an online seller and supplier of bridal accessories such as veils, broaches, tiaras and fascinators to bridal boutiques.

“Orders are coming in from all over but most are from California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” said Serendipity Tiaras owner Lauren Logan.

In the United States, brides tend to prefer headbands, veils and tiaras. The jump in fascinator orders thus caught Logan by surprise.

Kate Middleton is beautiful!

Kate Middleton fascinates with her fascinator

In fact, at Serendipity Tiaras, fascinator sales have now trumped orders for tiaras, considered to be the traditional wedding headpiece.

“Orders are coming in for all kinds of feathered fascinators. Customers also want fascinators with a small spray of flowers, tulle or with a hat,” she said.

Logan said prices for her China-made fascinators range from $35 to $100. As demand heats up, Logan said some of her styles are on backorder but promises to fulfill each order as quickly as she can.

Kate Middleton...stunning, isn't she?

David’s Bridal, the nation’s largest seller of bridal gowns and accessories used to sell fascinators but only in select stores.

“Demand is up now so we’re making sure we have more of them in stock and we now sell them in all of our stores,” said Dan Rentillo, the company’s design director.

“We are capitalizing on the sudden popularity of fascinators,” said Rentillo.

“In the past, the fascinator was perceived to be an older look,” Rentillo said.”Kate, who is such a style icon, is showing that younger people can pull it off and have fun with it.”

In the United States, fascinators are now seen popping up at parties and other events.

Kate Middleton is "fascinator-ing"


The entire world seems to have been gripped by the royal wedding fever. Unless you are a hermit living in some mountain hide-away, you would know that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be walking down the aisle on April 29th, 2011 at the famous Westminster Abbey.

Ever since the royal couple announced their April 29 nuptials, merchandisers have been in overdrive creating everything from the usual china collectors’ items and t-shirts to weird and kinky stuff. The royal wedding frenzy has thus resulted in a glut of royal wedding memorabilia.

Royal wedding collectibles

There are the usual stuff like china ware, postcards, t-shirts, mugs, flags, ash trays, jigsaws, magnets, coins, stamps, and even food items like chocolates, pizza, donuts, roast dinners, cakes and whatnot.

Royal Wedding magnets

Royal wedding silver spoons

Royal wedding postcards

Royal wedding mugs

Royal wedding mouse pad

Royal wedding jewel boxes

Royal Wedding cuff links

Royal wedding T-shirt

Royal wedding chocolates

Royal Wedding bell

Royal wedding flag

Royal Wedding coin

Royal wedding jigsaw

Royal wedding ash tray

In terms of popularity, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 broke all sorts of box office records in terms of sales of royal memorabilia.

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton could smash all previous royal memorabilia and merchandise sales figures thanks to the huge global excitement around the event and the opportunities to buy online. There was no eBay when Prince Charles and Lady Diana married in 1981.

To participate in the wedding of the decade, you can splurge on the wide choices of Prince William and Kate Middleton memorabilia.

Royal Wedding Collector’s Edition Condom

Crown Jewels Royal Wedding Condoms of Distinction

Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion

The aptly-named Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction has launched the “Royal Wedding Collector’s Edition” souvenir  condom to celebrate to commemorate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on April 29.

The contraceptives are sold in packs of three with a picture of the royal couple in front. The condoms have been described as “combining the strength of a prince with the yielding sensitivity of a princess-to-be.”

There has also been negative reactions to the condoms, with Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward saying that it was tasteless and hurtful.

‘Lie back and think of England’

“Like a Royal Wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion.” So say the folks at Crown Jewels, who advise their customers to “Lie back and think of England.”

If you purchase a box of the condoms and actually used them – as opposed to saving them as souvenirs – don’t be surprised if a new kind of prince or princess enters your life in say nine months or so.

Crowned Jewels “condoms of distinction” may promise a “union of pleasure and style,” but they also contain a disclaimer stating that they are “a novelty product and may not be suitable as a contraceptive or barrier against sexually transmitted diseases.”

“Kiss Me Kate” Beer

“Kiss Me Kate”Beer

Kiss Me Kate available at Castle Rock pubs

England’s Castle Rock Brewery has created 70,000 bottles of Kiss Me Kate beer, which is available exclusively at Britain’s Morrisons supermarket. Those heading to England for the wedding can also sample the brew on draught in Castle Rock pubs throughout April. Cheers!

Royal Virility Performance Brew

Royal Virility Performance Brew

“Royal Virility Performance” is a brew which touts itself as “a beer to stir the loins of newlywed princes, summon the ghosts of long gone princesses and cure the stammer of stuttering kings.”

The Scotland-based BrewDog Brewery’s web site says the artisanal pale ale is laced with an “herbal Viagra,” chocolate, horny goat weed and “a healthy dose of sarcasm.”

Long live the Royal Dick!

William and Kate Greeting Card with Teabags

Kate and William Teabags

Oh, how the British love tea! So if you are a tea lover, you can dip either William or Kate in hot water. Fancy telling your friends that you have tasted Kate!

Royal Wedding Sick Bags

Lydia Leith poses for a photograph with some of her Royal wedding sick bags

British artist Lydia Leith from Carlisle has created a specially designed hand screen-printed “Royal Wedding Sick Bag”for those already sick of hearing about Prince William’s upcoming nuptials to Kate Middleton. Leith, 24, has already sold out of her first batch, available for Ł3 each.

Lydia, who now lives in Edinburgh and is a graduate from the city’s College of Art, admits she does not think it will be used as a sick bag.

Each bag features an illustration of Kate and Wills. Above their head hovers a regal crown and the words “Throne Up.” The bottom of the bag reads “Royal Wedding Sick Bag. Keep this handy on April 29th, 2011.”

“The bags are just a bit of fun, a sort of antidote to the hysteria surrounding the wedding,” Leith said. “I’m not an anti-monarchist in the slightest!

Royal Wedding Perfume

Here is a run-down of three of the perfumes dedicated to the royal wedding.

Roja Dove of Harrods Haute Parfumerie has commissioned Clive Christian to create a special luxurious set engraved with the initials of the betrothed. The crystal bottles are adorned with diamond solitaires and house an already existing perfume often advertized as being the most expensive one in the world, The No.1 Perfume. Only 1000 copies are reportedly released each year.

Harrods Haute Parfumerie

“Since this is Prince William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother’s chosen perfumery and No. 1 is inspired by the love of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the unique pair of perfumes will be an invisible connection between Prince William and Catherine and is an ideal way for them to pay homage to his royal ancestors on their wedding day.”

The set will be offered as a wedding present by Roja Dove through the royal house.

Floris, one of the oldest perfumeries extant in the world, established in 1730, have also insisted on paying homage to the momentous event. Simply called Wedding Bouquet, the perfume “has been created by drawing inspiration from the most popular Floris wedding fragrances from the past and introducing a modern twist using a white flower theme.”

Floris’ Wedding Bouquet

Grossmith of London have also taken the opportunity to re-create an ancient recipe used in 1893 to celebrate the betrothal and wedding of “a Princess who became Queen of England,” i.e., Queen Mary who married King George V. The floral bouquet is said to be “perfect for a modern princess.”

Grossman’s Betrothal

Outside of Great-Britain, German perfumer Kim Weisswange of Capital Cosmetics claims she has been commissioned to craft a duo of perfumes for Kate and William called William and Catherine. The royal house denies the claim but apparently Weisswange is a nose with celebrities credentials since Madonna, Prince Charles and the Queen are reported to wear her fragrances.

Hamburg perfumer Kim Weisswange creates wedding perfume for William and Kate

William is said to be strong and sporty while Catherine is a based on rose and magnolia.

Royal Wedding Apps

Numerous mobile apps for Apple iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices are being touted as indispensable for keeping track of and connected with The Royal Wedding. These are truly 21st Century souvenirs of the first 21st Century British Royal Wedding.

The Daily Mirror’s smartphone app is one of the best royal wedding apps. It gives a unique glimpse into the world of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Everything you could ever want to know about the couple can now be in the palm of your hand in an instant, on your iPhone, iTouch, iPad or Nokia smartphone.

The Daily Mirror’s Royal wedding app

And with 10 chapters packed with brilliant writing, stunning pictures – plus video and audio on Apple devices – there is enough to keep you riveted until the big day on April 29 – and beyond.

Narrated by the Daily Mirror’s legendary former Royal Correspondent James Whitaker, who has been reporting on the royals since 1968, the app, called Wills & Kate A Royal Love Story, tells the story of their romance in 10 chapters.

It follows William and Kate’s early years, their families and friends, as well as tracking their courtship from the moment they first met as students at university in 2001 to their much-anticipated engagement last November.

The app is packed full of unique pictures from formal and informal events, and each image comes with a detailed description.

For a choice of other apps, go to this link.

Franklin Mint Kate Middleton Dolls

The Franklin Mint Kate Middleton Royal Engagement Doll is a beautiful and authentic replica of the future Princess, featuring hand-painted, life-like portrait sculpture, jewelry and a reproduction of the blue silk jersey dress that was worn to formally announce the engagement. The Franklin Mint Kate Middleton doll also features miniature replicas of the jewelry the soon-to-be princess donned, including the necklace, earrings, and engagement ring, all outfitted with simulated sapphires, diamonds, and other jewels.

Kate Middleton Royal Engagement Vinyl Portrait Doll

The Royal Wedding Doll will feature an exact replica of the dress that will be worn in the wedding. The doll’s wig will reflect the hair style that is worn on her wedding day, and will feature a miniature tiara that Kate Middleton will wear as well.

Kate Middleton Royal Wedding Vinyl Portrait Doll

Commemorative China

England’s fine bone China manufacturers have produced a fine collection of official crockery. If you are a collector of such items, you are truly spoiled for choice.

Royal wedding china wares

KK Outlet’s Plates

KK Outlet’s plates boast funny, clever slogans, including “Thanks for the free day off,” “Economic crisis? What economic crisis?” and “It should have been me.” Thumbs up to the creative team at KK Outlet for designing something so cheeky and honest.  The collection is available at

KK Outlet Plates

Prince Harry & Kate Royal Wedding Mug

A souvenir company has come out with a Royal Wedding commemorative mug, but they put Prince Harry’s photo on it instead of Prince William’s.  There are suspicions that the company did it on purpose, as an elaborate spoof. Others have speculated they did it to sell more of the supposed “error” mugs.

Prince Harry & Kate Middleton mug

On the back, an inscription reads: “The fairytale romantic union of all the centuries. 29th April 2011.”

The mug, supposedly designed by a Chinese firm Guandong Enterprises, can be purchased for the princely sum of Ł9.99 plus postage and packaging.

However, the fact that the company is apparently registered in Britain has led some to suspect it is all an elaborate spoof.

The website promoting the mug reads: “Crafted in the finest bone china, it features an exquisite design of the happy couple with ornate gold detailing to honour this great moment in history.

“Please be our guests to own this esteemed, limited edition heirloom to celebrate with your work associates, friends, family and loved ones on 29th April 2011.”

The company adds: “You are welcome to purchase now to avoid disappointment and regret.”

To avoid confusion, the small print states that the mugs “are not supplied to, or approved by, Prince William of Wales, Catherine Middleton or any member of the Royal Family.”

Jan Constantine’s Regal Cushion Collection

The Royal Wedding cushions are sophisticated and have the names of William and Catherine embellished in antique gold across the heart and adorned with the crown of Prince William.

Jan Constantine Regal Royal Wedding cushion collection

Prince William and Kate Middleton Commemorative Tapestry Cushions

If you want Prince William and Kate Middleton in your bed or your lounge, just order Prince William and Kate Middleton commemorative cushions.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Commemorative Tapestry Cushions

The Crown and Coronets Wallpaper

The Crown and Coronets Wallpaper by the wall-paper company, Graham and Brown, seeks homage to the British royals and is one of the more classy memorabilia out there.

The William & Catherine Commemorative Chair

The William & Catherine Commemorative Chair is elegant and also features the couple’s names and the wedding date.

The William & Catherine Commemorative Chair

The Royal Refrigerator By General Electric

The refrigerator has a giant-sized photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton plastered bang on the doors.

The Royal Refrigerator By General Electric

The Limited Edition Royal Wedding Sliding Door System

You can opt for the Limited Edition Royal Wedding Sliding Door System featuring Kate and William’s photo image on glass panels.

The Limited Edition Royal Wedding Sliding Door System

Kate and William Porcelain Throne

If you want a touch of royalty in your bathroom, you can order the Kate and William Porcelain Throne.  A bit disrespectful, don’t you think so?

Kate and William Porcelain Throne

William & Kate Pez Dispenser

The royal wedding PEZ dispenser featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton was sold on eBay for a whopping $13,360. A Connecticut man placed the winning bid and PEZ has announced that the proceeds will go to charity.

Prince William & Kate Middleton Pez Dispensers

Royal Mail Stamps

Stock up on Britain’s Royal Mail commemorative stamps, featuring Mario Testino’s official engagement photos of Will and Kate.

Royal Wedding commemorative stamps

Niue Stamps

The tiny Pacific island of Niue caused a storm of controversy when they released their commemorative royal wedding stamp, featuring a tear down the middle of the happy couple. The complete stamp is worth $5.80 New Zealand dollars, but used separately, Will’s side is worth NZ$3.40 and Kate’s just NZ$2.40. Ominous signs of a future split? Let’s hope not!

Niue's Royal Wedding Stamp Prince William and Kate Middleton

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding Book

For those of you who love arts and crafts, you can even “knit your own Royal wedding” with Fiona Goble’s instructional book which offers knitting patterns for the entire royal family in their full wedding finery! The whole wedding party is included – even the Archbishop of Canterbury and the corgis!


Knit your own William & Kate

Royal Couple Knitted Toys

Kate Bevan, a Kate Middleton look-alike, poses for a photograph with a knitted toy inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding, at a toy fair.

Kate Bevan with her knitted toys

Royal Gloves

Handmade in Scotland, these 100-percent lambs-wool and camel-colored gloves feature the royal couple’s names and, of course, the engagement ring.

Royal Wedding Gloves

Kate Engagement Photo Session Dress

Fashion label Reiss has re-created the “Nanette” frock that the princess-to-be Kate wore for her engagement photo session with Mario Testino. As part of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the frilly white dress has been produced in a lighter-weight fabric (while still maintaining its original style).

Kate's engagement photo session dress

Butter London Nail Lacquer

Butter London is due to release a limited edition nail lacquer in honor of Kate Middleton’s engagement. The shade is said to be gray-blue with glitter galore and is cleverly dubbed “No More Waity, Katie”, a facetious play on the endearing “Waity Katie” nickname given to her pre-engagement.

Butter London Limited Edition Nail Lacquer

The Royals Comic Book

Veteran comic book scribe CW Cooke gives Will and Kate’s life stories a comic-book spin in Bluewater Productions’ 32-page tome, available in comic book stores for $3.99.

The Royals Comic

“The Royals” follows Prince William throughout his privileged upbringing, schooling, hardships and eight-year romance with Kate. The comic will also feature fictional details of the royal wedding, including Kate’s dress, the couple’s honeymoon location and more.

Royal Wedding Children Play Set

Early Learning Centre’s children’s play set includes the bride and groom sitting in a gold-trimmed horse-drawn carriage, flanked by the Queen of England, Prince Phillip and their favorite corgi, with a Royal Cavalry soldier and foot soldier standing guard.

Royal Wdding Children Play Set

Cupcakes & Ribbons’ Royal Wedding Cupcakes

The cupcakes are baked to order using Cupcakes & Ribbons’ scrummy, gooey vanilla sponge recipe – voted Country Life’s favourite. The Royal Wedding cupcakes are fondant iced with butter cream underneath to seal in the moisture so they will last up to 4/5 days once stored in an airtight container.

William and Kate cupcakes

Still can’t get enough of the royal wedding memorabilia? The watch this YouTube video on the royal wedding memorablilia

Feeling lost? Get yourself a copy of “The Royal Wedding For Dummies”.

Royal Wedding For Dummies

Come Friday, the whole world will grind to a stop to watch the wedding of the century. Get ready your Papa Johns' Royal Wedding Pizza, Royal Wedding Dunkin Donuts, Kate & Wills Roast Dinners and “Kiss Me Kate”,

Papa Johns Royal Wedding Pizzas

Royal Wedding Dunkin Donuts

Kate and Wills Roast Dinner Portrait

Let's us cheer to the Royal Couple with our Kiss Me Kate........ Yamseng!

Cheers to the Royal Couple!


The world will grind to a stop this Friday as the royal wedding fever reaches its climax. It is estimated that about 2 billions people will watch the royal wedding on television. It has been billed as the Wedding of the Decade and Wedding of the Century!

It’s such a pity that Princess Diana isn’t around to witness the wedding of his eldest son to Kate Middleton. Kate has captured the hearts of millions around the world with her beauty and her charm.

While we wait for Friday to come round, here are two royal wedding spook videos to keep you entertained…..enjoy!


The video clip set to Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” featuring the U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan has taken the Web by storm. Since it was uploaded to YouTube on April 18, it has garnered over 1 million views.

And Britney Spears tweeted last night with a YouTube link: “I am in LOVE with this. I always knew our soldiers were fierce! Thanks for everything you guys do.”

Enjoy the clip.


Saori Hara is a Japanese AV idol, model and actress who has also used the name Mai Nanami. She was born in Hiroshima Prefecture to a Japanese mother and a father of mixed German-Japanese parentage.

Saori Hara

Hara started her career as a junior idol under the name Mai Nanami. As a teenager, she sang the theme song Spicy Days for the animated TV show The Marshmallow Times on TV Osaka in 2004. She also had parts in two movies in 2005, the March TV drama The Dream of Delinquent Boys  for TBS, and the April theatrical release, horse-racing melodrama Lovely Fields which was later released as a DVD.

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The huge success of “3D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” has catapulted its stars to worldwide fame, in particular the three leading actresses Vonnie Lui, Yukiko Suo and Saori Hara.

3D Sex And Zen : Extreme Ecstasy

Vonnie Lui in 3D Sex and Zen Extreme Ecstasy

Yukiko Suo in 3D Sex And Zen Extreme Ecstasy

Loosely based on Li Yu’s seventeen century classical Chinese erotic literature, The Carnal Prayer Mat, the raunchy Category III film, directed by Hong Kong director Christopher Sun Lap Key, chronicles the story of a young man who, after being introduced to the erotic world of a duke, realises his ex-wife is the love of his life and features “orgies, swinging and some very graphic sex scenes”.

Vonnie Lui Hoi Yan is a Hong Kong busty porn star. Yukiko Suo and Saori Hara are both Japanese AV idols (adult video idol). An AV idols work in the pornographic business, often both as  actress as well as model with the video performances ranging  from just the idol doing chores in bikinis around their house to hardcore porn.

Since the dawn of the AV industry in the early 1980s, hundreds of AV idols have debuted every year, with an average career span of about a year, appearing in five or ten videos during that time. Notable AV idols have careers spanning several years, have a high general public recognition, or make a significant impact on the industry in some other manner.

The line between “adult” and family entertainment in Japan is not as clear-cut as it is in some other countries. A celebrity may appear in AVs after already having established a career in mainstream television. Also, it is not rare for a popular AV actress to go on to mainstream celebrity. A background in porn is not necessarily a skeleton in the cupboard anymore. In some cases, it’s a career move.

The AV, or “Adult Video” market is a major industry in Japan, reportedly worth about Ą400 billion per year. In 1992, it was reported that over 11 AVs were being made every day by over 70 production companies in Tokyo alone. The AV market was estimated to make up about 30 percent of Japan’s video rentals. It was estimated in 1994 that, between legal and illegal videos, around 14,000 AVs a year were being made in the country, in contrast to about 2,500 in the United States.

AV actresses are usually recruited by scouts in Tokyo neighborhoods such as Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya. These scouts are affiliated with talent agencies who then hire the actresses to the AV production companies. Some women wishing to appear in AVs apply to the production companies, but they are usually referred to the talent agencies. The production companies are typically charged Ą1.5 million or more for an actress to appear in a video. AV actresses make between Ą200,000 and 4 million yen per video.

Steve Scott, president of Third World Media, an importer of Japanese adult movies to the United States, estimated a top-tier AV star could make up to nearly Ą36 million for an eight picture deal.

AV fans are invited to follow the progress of a prominent AV actress’ career over several video appearances. In her AV debut video, the actress is introduced as a “new face,” and her inexperience is played up in interviews preceding the modeling and sex scenes. Following this debut video, the AV audience follows the actress’ journey through sexual awakening, and her eventual specialization, after about five AV appearances, in a specific genre such as lesbianism or SM.

Once the actress has established herself as a mature AV star, she has the options of continuing into some of the more outrageous AV genres, retiring, or, sometimes, re-emerging under a new name as a “new face.”

With the immense publicity surrounding “3D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”, there has been a great deal of “googling” for more information and photos of Yukiko Suo and Saori Hara. I will feature these two AV stars in my next two articles. So stay tuned!

Saori Hara