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Royal Weddings Hardcover – 5 Jun 2011
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I would love to see the authors bring out future books that feature "lesser' royal weddings (siblings, other royal relatives). So many countries, so many relatives--their weddings could fill many volumes, and create a wonderful set of treasured books.
The book is printed on good quality paper. Each royal wedding has its own chapter and within the chapters there is a brief write up about the wedding -- in German on one side and in English on the other.
This book would be a great bridal shower gift or just a fun book to have where you can go back to it periodically and see how royals celebrate weddings.
If you are as fond as I am of horses, jewels, and romance, this book is a multi-course feast to be savored rather than gobbled up at one sitting. The official wedding photographs are included, but there are also candid shots taken by various royal relatives. As for the text, the authors don't exactly dish up the royal dirt, but there are usually several telling anecdotes included in the otherwise decorous and romantic narratives.
For instance, there were 1,600 journalists at the wedding of Rainier & Grace--more journalists than wedding guests--and the official palace spokesman suffered a nervous breakdown while trying to handle all of their questions. A public relations man from MGM finally had to take over the task of satisfying the ravenous hordes of writers and camera men. The PR man obviously wasn't yet in charge when the future princess arrived in Monaco after an eight-day sea voyage. A photograph shows her walking down the gangplank, cuddling her poodle, Oliver, while a dismal Prince Rainier trails several feet behind her.
Be sure to check out the family tree on page 122 that shows the descendents of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. All of the royal couples (with the exception of Monaco and Japan) in this book seem to have at least one member who is part of Victoria and Albert's family tree!
Most mouth-watering jewelry: Queen Silvia of Sweden's parure of table-cut pink sapphires, surrounded by diamonds.
Most complicated wedding costume: Princess Masako of Japan wore twelve layers of kimonos weighing a total of 22 pounds.
Most unusual wedding entertainment: Prince Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands had orange-colored smoke bombs set off at his own wedding, to commemorate a political protest that marred his parents' wedding day.
Most beautiful wedding gown: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway's dress was created from over 350 feet of white silk.
Oddest wedding gift: Alfred Hitchcock gave Rainier and Grace a shower curtain, an allusion to the murder scene in 'Psycho.'
Ugliest hat worn by a wedding guest: you guessed it--Princess Beatrice's concoction that looked like someone had glued a bunch of gigantic lifesavers to her forehead. She later redeemed herself by selling it on eBay for a whopping $131,428 and donating the proceeds to charity.
***review copy supplied by publisher