Weekend royal reading
The Telegraph reports that a compromise may have been reached over Kate Middleton's uncle and the royal wedding. Gary Goldsmith made headlines in 2009 after a tabloid newspaper filmed him, shirtless, cutting cocaine and talking about his royal connections. Last month there were reports that he was cleaning up his image ahead of the April 29 wedding. The Telegraph, citing unnamed palace sources, suggests that Goldsmith will be invited to the Westminster Abbey ceremony but not to the reception the queen is to host at Buckingham Palace.
People has an update on wedding-dress rumors, recounting comments from designer Bruce Oldfield that Kate will wear two dresses on the big day. The palace has not released details on the dress or its designer, but Oldfield, who created gowns for Prince William's mother, Diana, was considered a front-runner even before Kate's mother and sister were seen at one of his London stores last month. People noted that Oldfield told the "Today" show: "The wedding is going to be in the morning and then she will change in the evening for the ball ... She will have a special dress in the evening, yes." When asked if the evening dress would be white, People reports, "Oldfield demurred: 'I haven't the faintest idea.' "
How is Kate spending her time? The Vancouver Sun follows on the Telegraph's report last week that the royal bride-to-be had joined the Harbour Club, where Princess Diana used to work out. According to the Sun, which cites an unnamed "friend," Kate is also getting lessons in public speaking as well as studying French and Spanish. "The friend declined to elaborate on why Miss Middleton wanted to improve her foreign language skills," the paper said, "but it will help her to hold her own among Europe's princesses, who are increasingly well-educated."
Meanwhile, Daily Mail entertainment columnist Katie Nicholl has a mix of royal items. In wedding-related news, she reports that Kate has declined to be photographed or interviewed by British Vogue, which she said is planning a "White Wedding" edition. Prince William, she writes, is to get two weeks off from the Royal Air Force for his honeymoon. Separately, Nicholl suggests that Kate, who has been spotted at Wimbledon, could represent the royal family at the tournament after the wedding. Currently, the duke of Kent, who is president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, presents trophies to the tournament winners.
The Mail noted on Friday that Prince Harry's former girlfriend Chelsy Davy had arrived at Heathrow Airport. No word yet on whether she will accompany the prince to his brother's wedding or whether she is back in London to resume work at a law firm in the city.
| February 6, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Categories: Ceremony, Guest list, Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William, Wedding dress | Tags: Autumn Brewington
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