Photo of Royal Wedding viewing party via Rachel Sklar on Twitpic
What were you doing at 5:30 this morning? For the record, we were at the Ace Hotel for a Royal Wedding viewing party, as seen in the photo above.
Our friend Curt DiCamillo was home on the edge of his couch, eyes glued to the television, (or YouTube!) updating his talk for the Eat, Drink & Think Like… The House of Windsor event at 92YTribeca on June 12. Curt will compare this royal wedding to previous ones, with a focus on jewelry and oral history, or, as he puts it, “gossip and bling.”
He tells us that the tiara worn by Her Royal Highness Princess William Arthur Philip Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus, Master of Arts (formerly known as Miss Catherine Middleton) was made in 1936 by Cartier, originally a gift from the Duke of York (who would later become the stuttering King George VI) to his wife Elizabeth (The Queen Mother, who, coincidentally, Curt DiCamillo was presented to in recognition of his work). King George VI gave his daughter, the now-Queen Elizabeth, the tiara as an 18th birthday present. Join Curt DiCamillo and historian Paul Monod, author of Imperial Island: A History of Britain and Its Empire, 1660-1837, for a full explanation, complete with appropriate fairy-tale romance, scandal, historically accurate treats and many, many shiny things. We will, of course, serve tea. If you need lessons in royal tea drinking, please review this video clip with Stephen Colbert.
Of course, via Vanity Fair magazine, we wouldn’t let you go without sharing a photo of the bride in the tiara. For the real tiara geeks, check out the links below for more photos of the tiara in action by other royal woman.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wearing it (with King George VI)
Collage of Princess Margaret in it
Collage of Princess Anne in it
Princess Margaret (the Queen’s sister) in it
Related: The Strange History of the Wedding Cake [Smithsonian.com]
[Eat, Drink and Think Like… The House of Windsor]