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The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: March 05, 2011, 12:31:46 PM »
Story about fake royal wedding invitations.

Oh well, no surprise here. Why would anyone want one of the invitations at that price?

 Of course, at the wedding, all invitees are checked in at the entrance by security.  Each invitation is compared to an official list of names.  I suppose it could happen but it's doubtful that one would be able to crash the wedding.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: March 04, 2011, 10:43:42 PM »
I just watched an interview with Natascha Kampusch (the kidnapped Austrian girl) on TV and that girl looks just like her!

Thank you Fedor for clearing up this matter.  So it's Natascha.  Now we have to figure out who the guy is.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: March 04, 2011, 06:52:26 PM »

Does anyone know who these two California surf bunnies might be?  They're mysteriously appearing on a coin from the Royal Mint.  The 1960s girl looks like she needs some sleep and bouffant  boy is gasping for air.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 26, 2011, 01:29:45 AM »
The invitation was sent out to 1900 guests (the Obamas not among them), 600 of which will be invited to the Queen’s reception at Westminster Abbey following the ceremony and 300 of which will be invited to the dinner Prince Charles is hosting at Buckingham Palace later that evening.

The invitations are mailed in plain manila envelopes, without inner envelope. 

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The Royal wedding Plan is as Follows -

Miss Kate Middleton is going to travel to Westminster Abbey by car via the Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

 The wedding ceremony will begin at 1100 BST,the Dean of Westminster is going to conduct the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will marry William and Kate and after that the Bishop of London is going to give the address.

After the wedding ceremony is finished the  couple will travel in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace along the same route from where Miss Kate Middleton traveled.

The Queen will host the Reception .The Royal couple are expected to make the traditional appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony before heading inside for the reception.

In the Evening a special Dinner will be hosted by the Prince of Wales which will be followed by a dance party with close Freinds and family members.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 26, 2011, 01:08:21 AM »
The name of the person invited is hand written  between the two lines of the invitation.  At the lower left is the RSVP.....required.

 Note that his grandmother is hosting the wedding rather than his father, the heir.    It might be all about what member of the RF is the least stained by scandal.  QE II seems to rule the roost at this event. When you look at this invitation and his father's in 1981,  note the similarities and differences.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 25, 2011, 10:03:01 PM »
The Steuben bowl that Mrs Reagan gave to the royal couple at their 1981 wedding was valued at $75,000.  The price was lowered by the seller and Mrs Reagan paid $8,000 for it from her personal funds.
Evidently she paid a bargain basement price for the bowl.  She is reported to have mentioned the valuable publicity the gift would give the maker [as she did with the gifts of her gowns].  Other reports say the bowl might actually have been worth over $200,000.  Who knows?

The US government does not pay for wedding gifts that the President or his wife might give to newlyweds.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 25, 2011, 07:18:40 PM »
Hi Patrick, you're going to have to come up with more convincing evidence about the royal invitation than you have so far.

Well, I am still waiting on your convincing evidence that the Queen wears a wig!! We have been waiting a few years for that at least!

I don't have too provide any's all too obvious.  Besides that, in 1982 Michael Fagan stated that her dressing table displayed her wigs.  

Ref: TIME Jul 1982, "The hyperbolic British press went wild over the incident. The Sun, whose more than 4 million daily circulation is the largest in the country, is said to have paid Fagan's wife, Christine for the rights to her story and proceeded to tantalize readers with various comments: the Queen was wearing a shortie nightgown at the time; she had the figure of a 16-year-old; her wig, so Fagan  told Christine, was sitting in her room. Other papers made much of the fact that Elizabeth and Prince Philip obviously have separate bedrooms...."

Read more:,9171,922952-2,00.html#ixzz1F1ZIXxj1

 Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in The Queen bought the QE II wig she wore at the same establishment that the Queen bought hers.  QE II wears a wig as a convenience for her public appearances and has for decades.  It's really nothing to be so worried and anxious about.  QE II is a wise and practical woman.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 25, 2011, 02:35:20 AM »
Hi Patrick, you're going to have to come up with more convincing evidence about the royal invitation than you have so far.

Here is an invitation from Charles' 1981 wedding that's up for auction.

  All of the royal wedding invitations I've seen have ER II stamped in gold at the top.  Below that are two lines where the actual name of the invited is hand written.  According to the Reagan Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the President and Mrs. Reagan were personally invited to the wedding by name.  

 The idea that the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh would invite "The United States - State Department" or some other impersonal moniker, as you assert, seems rather unlikely and would be very insulting to the Reagans.  Weddings are very personal events.

Here is the fictional dialogue for the AP readers amusement, RR,  "Hey Nancy, the State Department  sent over this invitation.  Are you interested in going?"

Come on Patrick, let's be serious on this website.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 24, 2011, 12:07:34 AM »
This post is to correct a couple errors in post #513 above.

Mrs Reagan had indeed met Prince Charles before she attended his wedding in 1981. [ Ref::]

  Nancy Reagan met Prince Charles on March 17, 1974 when she and her husband, then Gov. of California, attended a party at the Walter and Mrs. Annenberg home "Sunnylands" in Rancho Mirage, California. The Prince gave a talk during the event. In fact it was also St. Patrick’s Day and some of the guests wore green.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana invited  president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy to their 1981 ceremony – though she came alone because the president was too ill to travel due to an assassination attempt on him earlier in his term as President.

For their 1981 wedding the  royal couple invited the President and Mrs Reagan in a personal and formal manner.   It would have been improper to have invited The White House and frankly rather insulting.

Read more:

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 22, 2011, 09:33:35 PM »
Sarah's two daughters are 'guests' at the wedding.  Also, I would think they would be included in the official family photo portraits after the ceremony.

I believe that Nancy Reagan was personally acquainted with Prince Charles before his marriage to Diana, therefore it was most appropriate that she was invited.  Michelle Obama is not quite in that category.

By graciously opting out of this event it might be a step in rehabilitating Sarah's rather sullied image.  I know our dear Lucien will differ on this point [ you're always on my invitation list, Lucien....;-))]

I understand that the bride has declined the traditional use of horse drawn coaches for this day.  Therefore, I assume that limousines will transport the entourage.  Has anyone heard otherwise?

Robert, will you be on the parade route? I understand you're attending regio sine invitare.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: February 22, 2011, 02:14:44 PM »
President and Mrs Obama not invited to royal wedding...

I'm not surprised by this.  They do not belong at this wedding. 

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: February 20, 2011, 10:37:03 PM »
How does she even pay her air fares if she is broke?  I don't understand this...the woman has no money yet is always still seen at holiday resorts, jetting here and there, basically the same lifestyle she's always lived.  I'm truly in the dark here...can someone explain to me how she does this??

As regards William's wedding, why would anyone expect her to go?  After you're divorced, you don't usually attend weddings and other events of your ex-husband's family, do you?

Sarah has a yearly allowance from her ex-husband as she should, around ... £15,000 a year.

 In 2008, a fire at Dolphin House resulted in the Duchess of York moving into Royal Lodge, again sharing a home with Prince Andrew.

 She still is living in the same house with her former husband and is reported to be on good terms with him.  Besides, if she needed extra funds for travel and such, I'm sure the Prince would provide the required amount.

 At least at Royal Lodge, Prince Andrew can keep an eye on her.

Nullus perfectus

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:10:07 AM »

Sarah will not attend the royal wedding but her two daughters are featured guests for the upcoming nuptials.

The Duchess has refused all offers for TV commentary during the wedding.  According to press reports, she will be in the US during the festivities.

When I was in the art restoration business,  a man [high school teacher] brought me a little painting [5x6] he wanted 'cleaned'.  He told me he had bought in the 'back room' of an art gallery in Spain.  It was an obvious fake. It was just a print that someone had covered with dark amber varnish, I could easily see the printing dot pattern.  The seller told him it was a "private family heirloom". Price he paid?  $450 in the 1970s.  I didn't have the heart to tell him it was a fake. I told him it was best to leave it the way it was [any cleaning would have revealed it's secret!.]

BeNeLux Royalty / Re: Queen Beatrix Part II
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:15:15 PM »
HM,accompanied by her 2nd son,Prince Friso,opened the New Love Center,Amsterdam yesterday.
The center is an initiative by the former priest and close friend of the Royal Family,Huub Oosterhuis
who was there with his daughter,singer Trijntje Oosterhuis.Oosterhuis was particularly close to the
late Prince Claus and wrote the uligy during the latters committal service in 2002.

courtesy ppe

She's looking  fantastic.  Wearing earrings for a change, some makeup and has had her hair lightly colored.  Looking royal.  When most mums are around their sons, they try to look nice.

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