Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
- Princess Angela (born Angela Gisela Brown) was a standout graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and worked as a fashion director for Adrienne Vittadini, before marrying Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein in January 2000. This Afro-Panamanian beauty also started her own line, A. Brown, which she headed for three years. The couple wed at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York, after reportedly meeting a few years earlier at a reception in the city. The princess wore a white dress which she designed and the same Kinsky royal-jeweled tiara that Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein wore when she married Philipp von Lattorff in June 1999.
Countess Mary Von Habsburg of Austria
- Habsburg, a native of Sudan, is the wife of Ferdinand Leopold Joseph Count von Habsburg of Austria. The couple wed in August 1999, hosting their ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, and have three children, all born in Nairobi. Their marriage was seen as controversial among the public and in royal circles, because of her class as a commoner and her ethnic background; but the head of the Habsburg royal family, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, reportedly declared all Habsburg marriages “equal.”
Hahaha, I never knew that. Interesting…
The more you know.
Princess Sikhanyiso of Swaziland
- The first child of King Mswati III of Swaziland, this princess is more than a pretty face, speaking out to raise awareness on issues such as AIDS and poverty that affect her country. With interests in the arts, this 23-year-old studied drama at the University of Biola in California and was featured in publications as one of the top hottest young royals.
Queen Sylvia Nagginda of Buganda (Uganda)
- Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Uganda, this regal woman married King Kabaka Mutebi II in 1999, after a career working in various U.S. sectors including public relations, international nonprofits and healthcare and human services. A graduate of New York University and New York Institute of Technology, the queen also advocates for public service, having worked as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund, and has worked as a consultant to bring resources to Uganda’s entrepreneurs and business community.
I got a smashing idea inspired by the royal wedding a few weeks ago: Wedding Wednesdays! I love browsing wedding blogs, and due to the incredible amount of creative wedding flair out there, I will share with you some wedding sweets that are sometimes my favorites, sometimes themed and sometimes just plain interesting. Forgive me if it doesn’t happen every week, but I will aim for as many Wedding Wednesdays as possible!
For the Wedding Wednesday kick off: the royal wedding of the (now) Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! William and Kate’s eight-tiered wedding cake was made out of 17 individual traditional fruitcakes by baker Fiona Cairns and featured over 900 iced flowers and leaves, each picked by Kate. I love that among the blooms is the Sweet William.
For Prince William, the sweet tooth, a chocolate cookie cake was made by McVitie’s Cake Company.
(Via People Magazine and People.com)
A few more royal wedding cakes…
King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon’s (later the Queen Mum) cake in 1923. Note: King George VI is whom the King’s Speech is based upon…excellent movie by the way!
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s cake (Prince Charles’s mum and dad and Prince William’s grandparents) in 1947.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s in 1981.
How ginormous is this cake?! Greece’s Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Maria-Chantal’s in 1995.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden’s cake in 2010.
I know this has been circulating the web and has nothing to do with cakes, but I just thought it was funny!
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BLACK & HEIGHT
Opposites attract for another 2008 outing to Ascot, as the princess’s chapeau balances a sleek white oblong with inches of wild black feathers towering above.
KICK SOME ASCOT
For the annual horse races in 2008, the princess follows English tradition by selecting an outrageous hat: a towering white variety adorned with a single oversized bloom.
Teetering over her forehead, Beatrice’s circular hat balances its fashion-forward geometry with a spray of complementary feathers and frills at the 2010 Ascot races.
A nest of feathers is all that Beatrice needs to make a statement while heading to witness a 2006 formal knighting by the Queen during the annual Garter Service at St. George’s Chapel.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…nope, it’s just another outrageously plumed fascinator worn by the princess during an annual parade celebrating the Queen’s birthday in 2010.
Returning to her favorite hat designer yet again, Beatrice selects a neutral Philip Treacy look that’s anything but tame for 2011 Easter services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
A safety net it’s not! Beatrice peeks out from behind a bold, netted nimbus, at Ascot Ladies’ Day in 2010.
COMING UP ROSES
It’s another day at the races as the royal attends Ascot in 2009 with her head topped with a perfectly framed floral still-life.
FAKE A BOW
Now we know why they call it a ‘fascinator’: the royal transfixes millions of wedding watchers with her sculptural, bow-topped Philip Treacy adornment paired with a Valentino Haute Couture dress and coat.
Leaving no question that she’s a true English Rose, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew’s elder daughter attracts a flight of butterflies while heading to another royal wedding – this time that of her cousin Peter Philips in 2008.
Since I didn’t make my post this morning I figured I’d pose a question:
Do people realize there are 44 monarchies in the world?
(I’ve only covered forteen of those: the nine European, three of the Middle Eastern and two of the Asian.)