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  • 30 Day Royal Challenge ():  Day 3  Post a picture of your favorite royal relation (non-titled)

Pippa Middleton is an english socialite, party planner and author. She is also the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge.

"It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom."

  • 30 Day Royal Challenge ():  Day 7  Post a picture of your favorite royal wedding dresss

The wedding dress of Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, April 29th 2011.

Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director of fashion house Alexander McQueen. Official statements noted that Middleton wished to combine tradition and modernity, “with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.” She and Burton worked closely together in formulating the dress design. The ivory satin bodice was padded slightly at the hips and narrowed at the waist, and was inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry that is a particular Alexander McQueen hallmark. The bodice incorporated floral motifs cut from machine-made lace, which were then appliquéd on to silk net (tulle) by workers from the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. On the back were 58 buttons of gazar and organza, which fasten by means of rouleau loops. The skirt, underskirt trim and bridal train (which measured 270cm — 110in) also incorporated lace appliquéd in a similar manner. The main body of the dress was made in ivory and white satin gazar, using UK fabrics which had been specially sourced by Sarah Burton, with a long, full skirt designed to echo an opening flower, with soft pleats which unfolded to the floor, forming a Victorian-style semi-bustle at the back, and finishing in a short train measuring just under three metres in length. To partially fulfill the ‘something blue’ portion of the British wedding tradition, a blue ribbon was sewn inside the dress. The design for the bodice of the dress featuring lace in the style of the 19th Century was the ‘something old’. Read + 

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  • 30 Day Royal Challenge ():  Day 6  Post a picture of your favorite royal wedding

The wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton (April 29th, 2011)

Prince William and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Middleton were married on April 29th, St. Catherine’s day, at Westminster Abbey, London. Over 2 billion people watched the wedding live. The future Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Abbey in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, wearing an Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton that included embroidery of the flowers of the 4 nations: roses (representing England), cloves (Ireland), thistles (Scotland) and daffodils (Wales). She was wearing the Cartier “Halo” tiara, which was loaned to her by the Queen. Prince William was wearing his colonel of the Irish Guards uniform, with his RAF wings pinned to the blue sash. The couple chose a traditional Church of England liturgy from the 1928 prayer book, known as the Series One form of solemnization of matrimony, but like her mother-in-law Diana, Catherine did not promise to “obey” her husband during her vows. About 1,900 people were invited to the service at Westminster Abbey, most of whom were drawn from the couple’s relatives and friends along with 50 members of the Royal family, 40 members of foreign royalty, 200 politicians and diplomats and 80 guests from the Prince’s charities. Watch it here.

  • 30 Day Royal Challenge ():  Day 1  Post a picture of your favorite royal residence.

The Château de Versailles is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. It is located about 20km southwest of Paris. The court of Versailles became the centre of political power in France in 1682, when Louis XIV moved the entire court from Paris, and remained until October 1789 after the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.

  • 30 Day Royal Challenge ():  Day 5  Post a picture of your favorite royal engagement ring

Princess Diana’s engagement ring (now belongs to the Duchess of Cambridge) [x]

The engagement ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds elegantly surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. It was created by jeweler Garrard and cost at the time, 28,000 pounds on current exchange rates. It is not unique and was, at the time of her engagement to Charles, featured in Garrard’s jewellery collection. Some commentators say Diana selected it because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. After Diana’s death, Charles took the mourning Princes William and Harry to the palace to select mementos from their mother’s possessions. Prince Harry selected the engagement ring, whereas Prince William selected Diana’s £18,000 yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch. They eventually exchanged mementos. Prince William decided to give his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Middleton, the engagement ring in October 2010. Middleton eventually had the engagement ring resized. It was a size H ring. She asked Crown Jewellers G Collins and Sons to attach two platinum studs to it to make it a size I ring, as she was scared it would fall from her finger on the day of the royal wedding between her and Prince William.

  • 30 Day Royal Challenge ():  Day 2  Post a picture of your favorite royal (past & present)

Present: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (b. Jan 9, 1982 - )

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born in Reading, England. Her parents are former flight attendant and flight dispatcher for British Airways, Carole and Michael Middleton. She has a sister, Philippa, and a brother, James. When Catherine was five, her parents founded a party supplies company called Party Pieces. Years later, Catherine met Prince William in 2001, while she was studying History of Art at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. They dated until 2010, when he proposed using his mother’s sapphire engagement ring. They were married at Westminster Abbey on April 29th, 2011 and Catherine received the title of Duchess of Cambridge. Since then, she has shown interest in supporting charities that work with art, children and sports, apart from volunteering with the Scouts. On December 3rd, 2012 it was announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child. It is expected to be born in July 2013.

Past (1/2): Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (Nov 2, 1755 - Oct 16, 1793)

Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna was born in Vienna, Austria as an Archduchess of Austria. She was the daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, and was the fifteenth and penultimate child of the couple. She became Dauphine of France in April 1770, on the day of her marriage to Louis-Auguste, future Louis XVI. She was fourteen years old. Marie Antoinette (as she became known in France) became Queen of France and of Navarre in May 1774. After seven years of marriage, she gave birth to a daughter, Marie-Thérese Charlotte, the first of four children. Marie Antoinette was beheaded on October 16 1793 during the French Revolution, 8 months after her husband. Her body was thrown in an unmarked mass grave, but now rests at St Denis Basilica, in a northern suburb of Paris.

Past (2/2): Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales (Jul 1, 1961 - Aug 31, 1997)

Diana Frances Spencer was born in Sandringham, England as Lady Diana Spencer. She was the fourth out of five children of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and his wife Frances. She grew up in the family’s seat, Althorp, and was eight years old when her parents divorced, something that heavily impacted her. Prince Charles first paid attention to Lady Diana in the summer of 1980, and he proposed in February 1981. For her engagement ring, Diana selected a £30,000 large sapphire surrounded by diamonds by court jeweller Garrard. A twenty year-old Diana married thirthy-three year-old Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral, in July 1981. 11 months later, Princess Diana gave birth to William Arthur Philip Louis, the heir to the throne. In 1984, the couple’s second son, Henry Charles Albert David was born. Shortly into her royal life, Diana earned the people’s love because of her compassionate and graceful nature, apart from her keen interest in charity work. Throughout her career as the Princess of Wales, Diana struggled to bring attention to then-polemic causes such as AIDS, leprosy and landmines. Meanwhile, she struggled with an eating disorder and mental health problems, which quickly deteriorated under the intense media spotlight, pressure from the royal family and in light of her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, while Diana also had affairs. The couple separated in December 1992, months after the publication of Andrew Morton’s book “Diana: Her True Story”, which detailed the Princess’ suicidal tendencies and deep unhappiness. At the time, it was unknown Princess Diana herself was a main source for the author. After her divorce was finalized in August 1996, Diana was stripped of the style HRH. She died a year later after a car crash in Paris, where she was with her current boyfriend, Mohamed al-Fayed, who also died in the accident. Many believe the accident was caused by the paparazzi who relentlessly pursued Diana in life, as the driver (who was said to be drunk) was racing trying to escape the ones who were chasing the car. Diana was 36 years old.