Lexus LS600h LandauletLexus automaker will create a special Landaulet version of the LS 600h as the official royal wedding car of Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock on the 2nd July. This special one-off Lexus Landaulet, is fitted with a one-piece transparent polycarbonate roof to allow guests to get a look at the couple during the event.
The challenging bodywork on the Landaulet was built by Belgian coachbuilder Carat Duchatelet in collaboration with Lexus. Apparently it took over 2,000 hours to complete and the Midnight Blue paintwork was applied by hand using water-based paints. The process included extensive computer-aided design calculations, simulations and 3D modelling, and involved stripping down about 20,000 mechanical parts, electronic components and interior features and upholstery.
A Christie’s auction house employee poses with a Rosebery Pearl and Diamond Tiara
Following hot on the heels of the royal wedding hatwalk, three pieces of jewellery owned by Hannah de Rothschild were sold for a combined total of £1,738,500 ($2.85 million) at Wednesday’s Important Jewel Sale at Christie’s auction house.
Born into the powerful Rothschild family, Hannah reputedly became the country’s richest woman when her father died in 1874, leaving her the then-immense sum of £2 million in cash, properties including a turreted mansion in England’s Buckinghamshire, and a huge stash of jewels. She married Archibald Philip Primrose four years later, at which point she acquired the title of Countess Rosebery, and, Christie’s believes, the tiara, along with a matching brooch and bracelet.
Kate Middleton Royal Bridal Doll Kate Middleton looked like a doll on her wedding, and now she became literally a doll. The Franklin Mint has released a commemorative Kate Middleton Bridal Doll. The doll comes wearing an exact replica of Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding look.
The Kate Middleton bride doll includes every detail. From the sparkling Scroll Tiara loaned to her by the Queen, first presented to the Queen Mother by George the VI in 1936 to the delicately hand-applied floral laces on her bodice to the amazing satin train. She even wears both rings; the sapphire engagement in the hand holding her lovely bouquet and her new wedding band, securely fit on her left.
Prince Albert II of Monaco with Charlene Wittstock
Still hear the sounds of wedding bells in the UK, and we expect one more royal wedding, this time in Monaco. On July 1 Prince Albert II of Monaco will marry his South African swimming champion fiancee, Charlene Wittstock in Monte Carlo’s millionaire’s playground in a civil ceremony. The religious ceremony will be held on the July 2, in the Main Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace.
What is common to both the royal weddings? Just like Kate Middleton, Charlene is a commoner, she grew up in South Africa as the daughter of a sales manager and a swimming instructor. She became a competitive swimmer and met Albert in 2000 at an international swimming competition held in Monaco.
Also like Middleton, Charlene will have quite an iconic mother-in-law to live up to, as her predecessor as the Princess of Monaco was Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly. This gives this princely wedding a decided American connection. Kelly left her award-winning film career in 1956 to marry Prince Rainier III, the sovereign Prince of Monaco; Prince Albert is her second child and only son. Princess Grace died in 1982, and, thus, Charlene will be the first Princess Consort of Monaco in almost 30 years.
Royal wedding dress to go on public displayKate Middleton wowed the crowds on Friday when she appeared in the intricately decorated wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. It was the most anticipated dress of the century, and now the public could get the chance to see it up close. The dress is expected to become one of the capital’s biggest tourist draws.
It is not known exactly when or where it will appear. Possible venues include the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, which open to the public in the summer, or Hampton Court Palace, where a team from the Royal School of Needlework helped in its creation. The Victoria & Albert Museum, which has a world-renowned fashion department, is also a consideration. A Clarence House spokesman said: The Duchess of Cambridge is considering a number of options to give members of the public the opportunity to see, close-up, the skilled British craftsmanship that went into the making of her wedding dress by Sarah Burton and her team as well as the Royal School of Needlework.