We are counting down to the wedding day of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It’s only a week away. The entire world is focused on that day, wondering what Kate is going to wear, and all about the ceremony, flowers, cake, reception, guests, and every other ado that surrounds the royal affair. Designers are sketching what her dress should look like, and what style shoes she should wear. Why all the fuss?
The answer is easy. Prince William is heir to the British throne! He is of the lineage of a long and exhaustive list of royals before him. He was born into royalty. He wasn’t elected, he was born to it. That makes him and all of the other royals very special. He is of a different breed. This fact alone commands respect and honor.
It isn’t every day that we get to witness a royal wedding. There is something very fairytale-ish about it. The handsome prince and his princess, living happily ever after, or at least we hope so.
With all the ado, I did a little digging to find out what shoes previous royals have worn on their wedding day. They have several things in common. They were designed and specially made for them and are fairly classic Victorian in style.
Let’s take a look at them:
Queen Victoria was a fascinating woman. She ascended the throne when she was only 18 years old and ruled for 63 years, 7 months, and 3 days, the longest monarch in history until Queen Elizabeth II. She wrote 2500 words per day, and kept a detailed journal from 1832 until the time of her death in 1901. There were 122 volumes, which were later edited by her daughter Beatrice, who destroyed many of them. However, many of the diaries are still in existence.
According to Wikipedia, “She spent the evening after their wedding lying down with a headache, but wrote in her diary:
I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert … his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! … to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before – was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!“
After refusing his proposal twice, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon agreed to marry Prince Albert, later to become King George VI. He was the king that the movie, The King’s Speech is about. When they had their first daughter, they named her Elizabeth, but called her “Lilibet”. When she became Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen became known as Queen Mother. She was a warm and friendly person, with a great sense-of-humor. A very strong and independent woman she was. She died in 2002 at the age of 101!
On her wedding day, she wore these shoes:
I also ran across a silent video of the wedding of the Queen Mother and Prince Albert. I thought you might enjoy seeing it as well:
Queen Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Phillip at age 13. She married him in 1947 at age 21. She is the mother of Prince Charles, grandmother to Prince William.
Here are the shoes she wore:
You can watch rare footage of the queen’s and Prince Phillips wedding:
The most romanticized and public royal wedding of all time, was that of Lady Diana/Princess Diana to Prince Charles. I remember watching it live on TV. She was a beautiful woman, and looked every bit the princess. She was the most beloved royal. She was compassionate and caring and really loved children. Every woman wanted to look like her and dress like her. She had impeccable style.
She was only 19 years old when she married the Prince.
Her shoes had an inscription “Charles & Diana” around a small heart. They were low-heeled, so that she wouldn’t be taller than Prince Charles. She was 5’10″ tall:
This video of her emerging from the centuries-old, horse-drawn carriage, in her satin and silk wedding gown, with the legendary 25 foot train will take your breath away. She is radiant! The diamonds in her tiara and on her dress sparkle. Notice the ring she is wearing. Kate Middleton will be receiving this ring! There will never be another like Princess Diana. 750 million people watched the wedding on live TV:
Here we are, just one week away from the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. There is much speculation as to what the wedding will be like. As for her shoes, here ares some of the contenders. We will find out for sure on April 29th:
Many questions remained unanswered. What will her dress look like? What kinds of flowers will be in her bouquet? Did she choose her bridesmaids and flower girls, or were they chosen for her, as in Diana’s case? Will Kate be as popular as Princess Diana, as beloved?
What intrigues you about the royals, or the upcoming royal wedding? What is your idea of a fairytale wedding? Are you going to get up early and watch the wedding live?
If I were choosing Kate’s shoes, I would be inclined to have Prince William slip this onto her foot: