Madame G’s Royal Wedding Extravaganza

Probably a bit ironic this, considering my blog’s title but I’m sure that most of you will forgive me. It seems to be de rigueur these days to treat the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton with eye rolling ennui and a jaundiced ‘I’m pleased for them but I couldn’t care less about their wedding’ but I’m afraid I don’t share that view and am actually pretty excited about the whole thing.

Okay, I’m mostly excited about seeing the dress and all the pageantry and history involved in such a huge royal event but even so.

To celebrate, I’ve compiled a few links to the Very Best Madame Guillotine posts about royal weddings, both modern and historic. Ready? Then grab your Union Jack flag and let’s go!

1. Still reminiscing about the Royal Wedding day of 1981? How about a quick look at the Woman’s Own commemorative issue of Charles and Diana’s Big Day or a post about Princess Diana’s gorgeous wedding dress?  There’s even one about the Spencer tiara, which has been my top post on here for weeks for some reason. Has someone stolen it or something?

2. Can’t get enough of those 80s royal weddings? I have a post about the wedding day of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986 you might like. Poor old Fergie – you know you grew up in the eighties when mention of ‘Fergie’ makes you think of auburn haired former Duchesses rather than the singer of The Black Eyed Peas.

3. Going a bit further back, I have a post about the fabulously glamorous wedding of Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace. I could look at pictures of Princess Grace forever – she was so divinely beautiful and her dress was exquisite. I hope the royal wedding dress on Friday has lots of lace (and isn’t strapless – let’s end the tyranny of the strapless wedding dress FOREVER!).

4. Going a bit further back, I have a post about the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, which took place during a period of rationing in the UK. It’s amazing how people pulled together to give the royal couple an amazing day – although as it took place just a few years after the end of World War II, I think we just really needed a Jolly Good Party!

5. I really recommend this guest blog post by Emma Jolly about the wedding of George V and Mary of Teck. Just look at the size of her waist!

6. Claire Marriott also wrote a lovely guest post about the wedding of Kissing Cousins, Queen Victoria and her Albert. I think it’s brilliant that there has been more interest lately in the young Victoria rather than the more formidable Widow of Windsor persona of her later years.

7. Okay, I know I have complained on here about suffering Tudor Fatigue but if you’re still a fan of sixteenth century shenanigans, how about a post about the disastrous but rather funny wedding of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves. Quite fitting really seeing as Joss Stone (who played Anne in The Tudors) is going to be a guest at this Friday’s royal wedding. There’s also my post about the first wedding of Mary, Queen of Scots to the poor Dauphin. Of course there’s also that tenuous possible link between Kate Middleton and Mary ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ Boleyn.

8. This was originally supposed to be a Marie Antoinette Blog (that resolution didn’t last more than a day or so) so this post wouldn’t be complete without a few pieces about Marie Antoinette’s wedding would it? For your reading pleasure may I present a piece on the transformation of Marie Antoinette from gawky, rather scruffy Austrian Archduchess to the poised and elegant French Dauphine? You might also like to hear more about her Beauty Secrets once she hit France and all those shops. As for her wedding day itself, here’s an excerpt from my book The Secret Diary of a Princess about the Big Day at Versailles in May 1770.

9. Finally (phew!), if you’re just keen to check out some amazing wedding dresses, I have a post about a few of the wedding gowns in the collections of the Met Museum in New York. Some of these dresses are amazing!

Anyway, that’s all for now – I hope you’ve enjoyed my Royal Wedding Extravaganza!

31 thoughts on “Madame G’s Royal Wedding Extravaganza

  • Annie Starr

    So thrilled with these posts…all so exciting as the clock marches on towards the big day. For one of my birthday parties, my dad had the film reels of princess Margaret’s wedding flown out to SA as well as the Queen’s wedding and coronation, so enthralled was I about all things royal. A group of 30 highly excited little six year olds watched enthralled planning what shape our dress would take when each of us made the trip down to aisle from commoner to princess….

  • beverleya

    Thank you so much this piece. I am also looking forward to Friday, not just because I want to see the dress but also because of what it represents to us as a nation. The history linked to our royal family is un paralelled and I am constantly feeling like I should be eyerolling myself, God forbid I should be interested!!

    Anyway, thanks!!

  • Rosiecosytoes

    I so agree with you about strapless wedding dresses, they may look lovely on slim svelte brides but come on, they have been done to death. A bit of dainty lace or organza or something about the shoulders please is much more interesting.

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      They can look wonderful but don’t really suit all that many people and also are a bit boring now. As I said below, Grace Kelly proved that you can cover yourself up and look gorgeous. :)

  • Anosuka Huggins

    Thank goodness for that, I was beginning to think I am the only one who is looking forward to Friday. Although for me it is largely an excuse to get the girls round for a glamorous vintage-style tea party and glug alcohol before noon, I’ve found myself surprisingly caught up in the whole thing. Lovely blog post as always

  • Caroline

    As usual, a great post and at least someone who admits to being interested. I wouldn’t want to know how many people will watch the whole thing in secret.

  • Tara

    I am looking forward to it too. I watched Diana’s wedding at age 10 and I remember the day she died like I remember 9/11. Great post. Just found your blog recently and am reading (and heartily enjoying) your book on my Kindle now.

  • A traveller in time

    Me too. Me too. Love the Royals, love a good wedding. This lil Aussie Royalist will be watching it all from as early in the day as I can. I happen to be on holidays so that’s handy. I’ll be stitching up my quasi 18th century dress during the ad breaks and one of my friends and I will be doing running SMS back and forth at what tickles us most!

    And I adored Grace Kelly and her wedding dress which is right up there in my list of top 5 wedding ensembles. I remember loving Princess Anne’s wedding dress because it had medieval sleeves. I was 12 at the time and was a bit of an Anne Boleyn obsessive.

    And yes to ending the ‘tyranny of strapless dresses’. They really suit VERY few and no one I’ve seen outside of a magazine lately.
    Yes, yes, yes to lots of lace, pearls, some structure!

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      Ooh, that sounds like such fun! :)

      Grace Kelly’s dress was perfection and definitely one of the most beautiful ever. If Kate takes it as an inspiration, she seriously can’t go wrong. So many brides think that low neckline and no straps is the way forward but Grace Kellu showed that you can look ravishing and be demure too.

      I hate those sodding strapless dresses – hardly anyone looks good in them. :(

  • Lottie

    I’m with you and can’t wait even though we’re 8 hours behind here and it means me getting up at 3am. I love all of the posts of yours. Definitely some of my favourites x

  • Lucinda Brant

    Fabulous post! I, too, am so looking forward to watching the Royal Wedding. Watched Charles and Diana get hitched when I was in University – champagne and pate and plastic tiaras! Watched Fergie and Andrew, then Tasmanian Mary Donaldson marry Prince Frederick of Denmark. Now I will be watching William and Kate tie the knot with my teenage daughter and a group of her friends – again in plastic tiaras, eating “bangers and mash”, Yorkshire puds, Devonshire Tea and Quality Street chocolates. A right royal affair!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful article.

  • Ange Barton

    I for one am definitely looking forward to William and Catherine’s wedding on Friday. I love the pomp and circumstance, seeing what the bride will wear, checking out what the guests chose to wear, the hair dos, the music…..after all, we will be watching history in the making. The OH is away that day, so I’m planning on getting my gorgeous tea-pot out, making tuna and cucumber sandwich triangles, buying an M & S chocolate cake – and watching every second on the tv. Best seat in the house!!

    Lovely blog post – as usual! xx

  • Jules

    I’m very excited too. I was only a few days old when Diana & Charles got married and faintly remember Fergie’s wedding. For each wedding I was given an Ladybird book about the wedding and I was so impressed because there was a picture of the wedding invite inside!

    I’m most interested about the dress, what the guests are wearing and the flowers.

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      Ooh, I loved my Ladybird books. I found some the other day in a second hand shop and almost bought them again but resisted. I loved it that loads of the original owners had written their names in the invitations on the front page. :)

      That’s pretty much what interests me too – can’t wait to see what she decides to wear!

  • Michelle Peeples

    To be honest I wasn’t paying much attention at first but during the last few weeks I have found myself getting into the wedding more and more. Fortunately for me I’ll be able to see it before I head out for work. I’m really getting caught up with the history and pageantry. When I was a little girl my mother and I watched the wedding of Diana from our little black and white tv in the kitchen. Also plan on eating at a British restaurant here in New York called Tea and Sympathy were they are going all out with celebrating the upcoming nuptials. Can’t wait.

    Great post!


    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      I have kept interested in the whole thing from a historical point of view but it’s only in the last few weeks I’ve been interested in the actual wedding itself.

      Hope you have a lovely time – that sounds amazing! :)


  • gealach

    I just love these posts! :-D

    Before the royal wedding here in Sweden in June, there were quite a few people who just had to tell everyone how little they cared, exactly the same thing as you describe. But on the day of the wedding, the streets were crowded and you got the feeling that most people were actually interested :-)

    I was in town early in the morning to try to get a good place to see something, but I couldn’t stand the crowd and went home, where I spent the whole afternoon in front of the TV eating chocolate :-)

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      Thank you! :)

      The thing that is really annoying me is the tendency of the eye rolling complainers to pretend that everyone feels the same way as they do – ‘Who cares?’ ‘None of us give a shit!’ ‘We don’t care about your wedding.’ It’s incredibly arrogant.

      I think chocolate is going to figure heavily in my royal wedding viewing tomorrow. ;)

  • Alison

    I have to say what interests me most is the pomp of the occasion, and gawking at what people are doing/wearing!

    I remember, just about, Charles and Diana’s wedding, so in a funny kind of way it’s turning out to be quite nostalgic for me.

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