Royal Roundup: Kate’s Wedding Hairdo Reportedly ‘Down and Flowy’

Despite earlier indications Kate would wear her hair “half-up, half-down,” The Daily Mail reports her wedding hairstyle will be a reprise of the long, flowing look she sported for her engagement announcement. The paper says that Richard Ward told fellow celebrity hairstylist Sinead Kelly that Kate’s hair will “100 percent be down and flowy.” Ward reportedly added, “Every bride’s hair on their wedding day should reflect their look throughout the year. Kate’s such a natural girl, so no stuffy up-dos for her.” Richard Pryce, who works in Ward’s salon, and tended Kate’s locks for the engagement portraits, has the wedding assignment. Ward will be handling the hair of Kate mother, Carole, and her sister and maid-of-honor, Pippa.

In other royal-related news:

• A newly-composed piece of fanfare will ring out when Kate and William sign the register at Westminster Abbey. Royal Air Force Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs wrote the composition for the RAF band, which has seven trumpeters. “The nice thing about a fanfare is that it is prescript in many ways, it does serve a purpose, it is a functional piece of music,” Stubbs told BBCNews.com. “Basically I have taken examples of fanfares that we know and recognize and just added my own thoughts and ideas into that.” The work takes its name, “Valiant and Brave,” from the motto of the RAF’s 22 Squadron, where William serves as a helicopter co-pilot.

• Once in a while there are reports of Jesus‘ image on a water tower or a “weeping” Mary on a wall. Now there is the Kate jelly bean. Wesley Hosie, 25, and Jessica White, 24, his girlfriend, bought a 1.5 lb. portion of speckled mango jelly beans. “As Jessica opened the jar, I saw her immediately. She was literally lying there staring back at me,” Hosie told The Telegraph. Hosie, who is training to be an accountant, has his eye firmly on the bottom line. He wants to auction the bean on eBay for £500 ($819). Richard Cullen, joint managing director of The Jelly Bean Factory in Dublin, is stunned by the confectionary look-a-like. “This sounds truly incredible, I would have to see the bean myself to believe it,” he said.

• Anglesey Monopoly, anyone? Anglesey is the small island off the coast of Wales where the newlyweds will make their home. It is the site of William’s RAF base, and is also where Kate recently launched a new rescue boat. The British licensee of the venerable board game was contemplating other UK locales, but royal wedding fever made Anglesey the easy choice. Now the hard work begins. Which places in Anglesey will make it on to the board and where? For instance, there’s Trearddur Bay, where Kate christened the lifeboat. There’s RAF Valley, William’s workplace. And don’t forget Menai suspension bridge, South Stack lighthouse and Beaumaris castle. Monopoly’s makers will spend the next month surveying the island’s residents and will also take a public vote, BBCNews.com reports. “The original London streets on the traditional board will now take on a distinct island twist but we need the public’s help to do this and would be very grateful if suggestions could be offered,” said Graham Barnes, of Monopoly’s UK manufacturer.

• While Lifetime rushed to finish its TV movie, “William & Kate: Let Love Rule,” in time for the royal nuptials, the Hallmark Channel is proceeding on its own schedule for its rendering of the royal romance. Hallmark has announced that Emmy-winner Jane Alexander will play Queen Elizabeth, aceshowbiz.com reports. No word on who is cast as William. Kate will be played by “newcomer” Alice St. Clair. The film is scheduled to go into production in Bucharest next month and air August 13. The Lifetime movie debuts April 18.