Entries in Royal Wedding (4)


Royal Wedding Hat Goes for More Than $130,000 on eBay

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The over-the-top, silk bow hat that gained global attention when Princess Beatrice wore it to Britain's royal wedding last month, has been sold at auction.

The headpiece, designed by Philip Treacy, sold on eBay on Sunday for $131,440.  The 22-year-old princess put the hat up for auction for charity.  Proceeds will go to UNICEF and Children in Crisis.

The hat's new owner has not yet been identified.

Princess Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, sported the hat to her cousin Prince William's nuptials to Kate Middleton on April 29.  Shortly after, it spawned its own Internet meme and even earned its own Facebook fan page.

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Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Knockoff Hits Stores

ABC/HAZEL THOMPSON(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton's wedding dress made the whole world gasp in awe.  But now, every bride-to-be will be able to buy one just like it.

Minutes after the world got its first glimpse of Middleton's gown, designers were making detailed sketches.

Michelle and Henry Roth are designers who sell exclusively for Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, the largest wedding boutique in the country, located in New York City.  At Kleinfeld, they see more than 15,000 women per year and everyone's looking for that special dress.

Now, Kleinfeld and the Roths are working on what will surely be one of their hottest gowns ever: an inspired replica of that amazing Kate Middletown wedding gown.

The dress is a game-changer, and the Roths are determined to have the perfect couture gown inspired by Middleton's available immediately.

From the very first moment on Friday that Prince William's bride stepped out in her dress -- designed by Sarah Burton for fashion house Alexander McQueen -- the Roths have been working on every detail.

They now have a prototype to fit on a model.

Like detectives, the Roths examined every detail of Middleton's dress -- from the neckline to the sleeves to the pleats in the skirt.  Nothing was overlooked.

They even pulled other dresses to examine the possible components of Middleton's dress.  Then they rushed to Lace Star in New York's Garment District to find the perfect fabric.

Back in their studio, they began draping and pinning the garment.

Out in the store, women were already waiting breathlessly, while seamstresses worked around the clock, carefully hand-sewing and applying every piece of lace. 

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American Tourism to London Up 20% for Royal Wedding, Experts Say

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- From coast to coast, on British and U.S. airlines alike, Americans are heading to Great Britain in droves.

An estimated 600,000 tourists are expected in London this week because of the royal wedding, and many of them are from the United States. The number of Americans visiting London is up 20 percent this month, thanks to Prince William and Kate Middleton, tourism experts say.

For most U.S. tourists, the journey won't come cheap. Roundtrip tickets start at about $800 and hotel rooms can cost several hundred a night.

But those looking to cut costs can rough it at Camp Royale, London's official wedding campground. For $121, travelers can camp for three nights and have access to hot showers, clean toilets and free tea. They can also glam up that experience by renting luxury tents -- complete with service -- that start at about $1,800 for three nights.

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Inspired by Royalty: Haribo Launches New Candy Line

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- Love is not only the sweet thing about William and Kate's impending nuptials. Haribo candy company has created a new product inspired by their royal engagement.

Last week, Hash Shangadia, the owner of Peaches Spar convenience store in Kate's hometown, told the British national press that Kate averages two packs of Haribo candy a week. Now, his will be the first store in the country to sell Haribo's new line inspired by the Royal Wedding. It's called Hearts and Rings and Other Nice Things.

Haribo's marketing manager, Gemma Hicks, is ecstatic with the news that the Royal Couple likes Haribo, saying, "We're all really excited and hope the royal couple are fans."

The candy will be sold in pink bags, containing gummy candies in the shape of rings, heart throbs, cupcakes, lips and presents. Though created in honor of the royal couple, the candies will be sold across the country for everyone in England to enjoy.

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