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Kate Middleton

Among the many closely-held secrets of the wedding is the site of the bachelorette party thrown by Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton‘s sister. The Daily Mail reports four venues have been booked in London. None of the guests will know the site of the celebration until the actual day. “Kate is keen on Eighty-Six, a trendy bar in Fulham, West London, and Public, Guy Pelly’s latest nightclub venture, located down the road in Chelsea,” The Daily Mail says.

In other royal-related news:

The Daily Mail has a useful summary of Middleton’s influence on the fashion world. Once criticized as “frumpy,” Kate now “has the power to spark a fashion stampede simply by wearing something once.”  Although the piece praises Kate as someone “who’s not afraid to mix and match affordable pieces with designer labels,” it’s difficult to parse just what “affordable” means. For example, her flare jeans from Hudson (also worn by Jessica Alba and Sienna Miller) are $273, and her now-famous Russell & Bromley boots are $635.

Party Pieces, the party supply website run by Kate’s parents, has launched a set of “Britannia” trivia scratch cards featuring references to the monarchy, the Press Association reports. Quiz buffs guess the answers to three questions themed around the Royal Family, celebrities, and British history and then scratch away a crown to reveal the answer. If the three questions are answered correctly the card states “You’re the Queen of England,” one wrong and “You’re close to the throne,” two wrong says “The Queen’s corgi,” and all wrong: “To the Tower. Off with your head.”

– The Band of the Welsh Guards, who will perform at the royal wedding, have secured a £1 million ($1.6 million) record deal, BBC News reports. Their CD A Royal Tribute will be released April 4. It will include songs such as “God Save the Queen”, “Land Of Hope And Glory,” and “Land Of My Fathers.” The CD will also feature actor Michael Sheen (no immediate relation to the Hollywood Sheens) reciting a portion of Dylan Thomas‘s Under Milkwood against a backdrop of the band playing “All Through The Night.” Maj. Stephen Barnwell, the band’s director of music, said: “Guards bands are the backbone of royal ceremonies and are recognized the world over.”

– Nothing like an invite to the royal wedding to smooth over a diplomatic row. Prince Charles and Camilla, his wife, are set to go on an official visit to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco at the end of this month. Overlooked in their journey is Gibraltar, the tiny island off the coast of Spain the British captured in 1704. Gibraltarians were up in arms when it emerged the royal couple would be in Seville, only 90 minutes away, the Daily Express reports. To help calm the situation, a belated wedding invitation will reportedly be sent to Peter Caruana, Gibraltar’s chief minister. This is not the first time 300-year-old politics has affected a royal wedding. The Spanish royal family boycotted Charles’s marriage to the late Princess Diana because they went to Gibraltar on their honeymoon.

Yesterday (March 14), we reported that British pop singer James Blunt said he would be playing organ at the royal wedding. Turns out Blunt was joking, according to E! Online. Actually, he will be touring the U.S. at the time of the wedding.


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By jimlyons