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Royal Weddings

Prince William of Wales will marry his longtime girlfriend Catherine Middleton on April 29 at Westminster Cathedral. Devoted royalty-watchers await the day of ceremony and pomp-which the British do so well-with hopes for a joyful beginning to a happy marriage as this young couple enter a life of service to their country together. In the last century, the public aspect of royal weddings evolved from marital unions designed to cement diplomatic relations to celebrations of national character and promotions of the countries’ most pleasant aspects.

Royal Weddings by Friederike Haedecke surveys fourteen royal weddings from around the world with beautiful photographs and details from the ceremonies and celebrations. For the romantic and the history buff-or the romantic history buff-this book offers an entertaining review of modern royal weddings.

For an historical perspective on British royal unions, try Two Centuries of Royal Weddings by Christopher Warwick. If you’d like to learn more about Prince William and his Kate, take a look at some of the following books:

  • Kate: Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting
  • The Kate Middleton Handbook: Everything You Need to Know about Kate Middleton
  • William and Kate: A Royal Love Story

AmazonEllen B. Says: Kate: Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting
Amazon Says: Kate Middleton is the girl everyone wants to be. Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton is living a perfect Cinderella fairy tale. She is the woman who won the heart of Brita more...
Amazon Says: Kate Middleton is the girl everyone wants to be. Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton is living a perfect Cinderella fairy tale. She is the woman who won the heart of Britain's most desirable bachelor. Academically gifted and sophisticated beyond her years, this dark-haired beauty possesses the natural poise and impeccable breeding necessary for the wife-to-be of the heir to the throne. She has charmed Prince William and his circle and captivated the entire House of Windsor. Yet there is a history behind her polished veneer that would surprise any royal court observer—an extraordinary, inspiring, and deeply moving tale of an impoverished working-class family that overcame deprivation and adversity to rise to the upper echelons of British society. Based on exclusive and intimate interviews with Kate's closest friends and relatives, and containing photographs, many published here for the very first time, Claudia Joseph's Kate is a fascinating portrait of the extraordinary young woman who may be queen—and the story of a family's remarkable journey from the mining villages of Durham to an apartment in the royal residence of Clarence House. less...
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AmazonEllen B. Says: The Kate Middleton Handbook: Everything You Need to Know about Kate Middleton
Amazon Says: This 179 page book takes a comprehensive look at Kate Middleton's life from birth in 1982 through 2010. There is also a section on the life of Prince William of Wales, as well more...
Amazon Says: This 179 page book takes a comprehensive look at Kate Middleton's life from birth in 1982 through 2010. There is also a section on the life of Prince William of Wales, as well as Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. There is a section on Berkshire, Marlborough College, University of St. Andrews, Second Class Honors, History of Art, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Berkshire, Bucklebury, Pangbourne, Jigsaw, Mario Testino, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Lady Rose Gilman, Dorney, County Durham, Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department, and a complete bibliography for reference. Filled with many black and white photos, plus maps and illustrations. less...
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William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen
AmazonEllen B. Says: William and Kate: A Royal Love Story
Amazon Says: I put it to William, particularly, that if you find someone you love in life, you must hang on to that love and look after it. . . . You must protect it. —Diana, Princess of more...
Amazon Says: I put it to William, particularly, that if you find someone you love in life, you must hang on to that love and look after it. . . . You must protect it. —Diana, Princess of Wales Theirs was destined from the start to be one of the most celebrated unions of the twenty-first century: he, the charismatic prince who would someday be crowned king of England; she, the stunningly beautiful commoner who won his heart. Prince William and Kate Middleton defied all odds to forge a storybook romance amid the scandals, power struggles, tragedies, and general dysfunction that are the hallmarks of Britain’s Royal Family. In the process, they became the most written about, gossiped about, admired, and envied young couple of their generation. Yet for most of their nearly decade-long affair, William and Kate have remained famously quiet and kept their royal relationship a tantalizing mystery. Now, as their long-anticipated wedding finally approaches, journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen reveals the intimate details of their celebrated courtship and offers a mesmerizing glimpse of the man and wife—and future king and queen—they will become: · William’s lifelong role as confidant and adviser to his fragile mother, and how it has shaped his relationship with Kate · The lengths the couple went to to keep their affair secret, from their first days together as university students (when he cheered her on as she modeled racy lingerie at a fashion show) · William’s romantic conquests before—and during—his decade-long romance with Kate · The person who was really behind their headlinemaking breakup—and how Kate won back her prince · The shocking sex-and-drugs scandals involving Kate’s wild relatives, and how the would-be queen survived them · The long-troubling influence of William’s substance-abusing aristocrat friends and the depression Kate rescued him from · Stunning new information on the threats to both their lives, the nightmare scenario that haunts William’s dreams to this day, and their narrow escape from repeating Diana’s fate · Surprising details on the Queen’s historic plans for William and Kate, which will forever change the face of the monarchy For many, William and Kate’s union represents an opportunity to recapture the magic—the compelling and complicated legacy—of his beloved mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Part glittering fairy tale, part searing family drama, part political potboiler, part heart-stopping cliff-hanger, theirs is, above all else, an affair to remember.   ***   Theirs is the story of two young people who found each other in college, came perilously close to losing what they had forever, and pulled back from the brink at the last possible moment. Theirs is the story of private moments stolen for public consumption, of harrowing car chases, of scorching personal dramas played out behind the scenes, of calm heads prevailing in times of panic, and of a singular devotion made stronger by time. The saga of William and Kate is one thing above all else: a love story. —From William and Kate: A Royal Love Story less...
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