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Lorac
05-09-2012, 09:23 PM
Another view of the dress:
http://whatkatewore.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Kate-Roland-Mouret-Claridges-May-8-2012-400-x-800-Splash.jpg

I'd love to see the back.

In the link centerstage01 posted there is a picture of the back of the dress. It is a classic cut that would be severe if it wasn't for the slit that adds a wow factor to the dress.

skatesindreams
05-09-2012, 09:26 PM
Thanks!
How did I miss that?

Jenny
05-09-2012, 09:35 PM
Thanks!
How did I miss that?

You were clearly dazzled by the bling and her radiant beauty. :cool:

mag
05-10-2012, 01:20 AM
Another view of the dress:
http://whatkatewore.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Kate-Roland-Mouret-Claridges-May-8-2012-400-x-800-Splash.jpg

I'd love to see the back.

I know I said it before, but I just love that dress. It is so sophisticated. Kate is, after all, 30 years old. She is young, but not that young. I'm glad she is not going for the ruffles and organza look. That looked suited Diana early on, but she was only 20 something.

I would love to see some more substantial, serious bling. But that is just cause I love diamonds! She really doesn't need it and it actually wouldn't add anything to that dress. Still, I WANT BLING, darn it! Can't there be a state dinner or something so we can see a tiara?

centerstage01
05-10-2012, 03:33 AM
I know this is really silly, but I have this secret wish that they have some kind of big, formal party for the Jubilee, and everyone has to come dressed like it's 1952. Major ballgowns, tiaras, and assorted bling.

mag
05-10-2012, 04:11 AM
I know this is really silly, but I have this secret wish that they have some kind of big, formal party for the Jubilee, and everyone has to come dressed like it's 1952. Major ballgowns, tiaras, and assorted bling.

Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!

Garden Kitty
05-10-2012, 04:18 AM
Still, I WANT BLING, darn it! Can't there be a state dinner or something so we can see a tiara?
The Queen was saving all the bling for herself this week. (http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/08Yf99X60U1nk/x610.jpg) Her crown even travelled in its own carriage - now that's style. And that's some coat, too. (http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06C87LAdNS3mN/x610.jpg)

IceAlisa
05-10-2012, 04:59 AM
Wow at the coat and the crowns. I wonder how much they weigh, can't be that comfortable to wear.

AragornElessar
05-10-2012, 05:16 AM
Actually the Imperial State Crown is supposed to be the lighter of the two Crowns of the Crown Jewels. It's the Coronation Crown, the name of which I'm blanking on at the moment, that's the real whopper when it comes to weight. IIRC it's because it's the older piece, therefore made of heavier metal than the ISC is.

Don't quote me on that, as it's been awhile since I've looked at the info in any of my books, but I *think* that's right.

When browsing over at The Royal Forums the other night, there was a new thread started in the books section for a brand new book about HM's Diamonds and only her Diamonds. I'm guessing a companion book for the upcoming exhibition? Can't recall the name or the author at the moment, but it certainly looked drool inducing to this jewel and jewelry lover. :)

IceAlisa
05-10-2012, 05:17 AM
Thanks, that wouldn't have been what I would guess. The Imperial State Crown looks...weighty... Glad the Queen doesn't have to get a sore neck from wearing it.

AragornElessar
05-10-2012, 06:10 AM
You're welcome!! :)

Bopped over to TRF to get the info on that book and saw this...

The Elders ~ Mabel van Oranje resigns as CEO of The Elders (http://www.theelders.org/article/mabel-van-oranje-resigns-ceo-elders)

While understandable, it's still a huge loss for them as from all accounts Mabel was doing excellent work w/them. :(

Back to that book...It's called The Queen's Diamonds and it's by Hugh Roberts.

floskate
05-10-2012, 07:32 AM
Actually the Imperial State Crown is supposed to be the lighter of the two Crowns of the Crown Jewels. It's the Coronation Crown, the name of which I'm blanking on at the moment, that's the real whopper when it comes to weight. IIRC it's because it's the older piece, therefore made of heavier metal than the ISC is.

Don't quote me on that, as it's been awhile since I've looked at the info in any of my books, but I *think* that's right.



It's the St Edwards Crown and you're right it is the heaviest and is made up of much of the original crown made for Charles II in 1661. It hasn't necessarily been used for every coronation since then however. The Hanovarian George's had their own ideas and it was too heavy for Victoria and Edward VII who used the imperial state crown pictured above for their coronations.

Jenny
05-10-2012, 02:33 PM
The Queen was saving all the bling for herself this week. (http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/08Yf99X60U1nk/x610.jpg) Her crown even travelled in its own carriage - now that's style. And that's some coat, too. (http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06C87LAdNS3mN/x610.jpg)

I love how she runs around looking like a well dressed grandma day to day, and then every now and then pulls out a look that says "I'm your Queen dammit!"

That coat is GORGEOUS.

skatesindreams
05-10-2012, 02:33 PM
http://www.royal.gov.uk/Legacy%20Assets/Gallery/Fullsize/200652414339_MTnew_ceremsym_crownjewels_galleryiii .jpg


The Imperial State Crown is 31.5cm high, weighs 0.91kg and is set with over 3,000 precious stones, including the 317 carat Cullinan II diamond.

I recall reading that the "Imperial State Crown" has been specially adjusted to fit HMQ.

nerdycool
05-10-2012, 04:32 PM
When browsing over at The Royal Forums the other night, there was a new thread started in the books section for a brand new book about HM's Diamonds and only her Diamonds. I'm guessing a companion book for the upcoming exhibition? Can't recall the name or the author at the moment, but it certainly looked drool inducing to this jewel and jewelry lover. :)


Back to that book...It's called The Queen's Diamonds and it's by Hugh Roberts.Yeah, I've been following a thread over at Royal Jewels of the World about it, and it sounds like a book I need. Just the little snippets pulled from it let you know just how much information is in that book... and that's before any pictures have been shared! I was particularly interested in the fates of some of the obscure tiaras we talked about in the lead up to William and Kate's wedding, and it appears that this book mostly answers some of those questions.