A social networking site called BeautifulPeople.com polled over 127,000 people in order to rank the most beautiful royals (according to the New York Post the site generated images randomly, two at a time, allowing users to vote hot-or-not style). It's no surprise that Princess Grace of Monaco came in at number one. It is surprising that princess-to-be Kate Middleton snagged the number three spot, one ahead of Princess Diana. Click through to see who made the top ten. Who do you think was left off?
Right now, all eyes might be on what Kate Middleton is wearing--but come March 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge will have another Princess' wardrobe to contend with. London’s Kensington Palace is set to unveil an exhibit dedicated to Princess Diana's celebrated fashion and a few of her most famous gowns will be on display, WWD is reporting. The exhibit, called "Diana," will have a set created by interior designer Finola Inger, and Julie Verhoeven has designed bespoke wallpaper that highlights the late Princess of Wales’ key fashion moments. Among the dresses on display will be a fuchsia silk chiffon sari-style dress and an ivory silk crepe dinner dress, both designed by Catherine Walker, a black and white cocktail dress by Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany and a black silk shift dress by Versace. But the pièce de résistance is a black silk taffeta Emanuel gown, which cemented Diana's status as a fashion icon when she wore it to an event 10 days after her engagement to Prince Charles was announced, on the couple's first official public outing (the design duo Elizabeth and David Emmanuel later designed Diana's wedding dress).
I'm far from convinced that Libélula's Sophie Cranston is the designer of Kate Middleton's wedding dress, but let's speculate. Let's say that Cranston has been afforded the opportunity to make the most talked about dress since Diana married Prince Charles. Will this be Cranston's "Jason Wu moment," as HuffPo royal correspondent Yvonne York declared? Will fashionites the world over be clamoring to get a piece of Libélula post-April 29? Hardly. And there are several reasons why.
Now that Prince Wills has popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton (and we've seen the ring), the question on everyone's mind is: what will she wear? We came up with some fantastical suggestions for Kate--from Erdem to Marchesa to J. Crew--but Middleton will more than likely go with a British bridal designer who reflects her personal style which is clean, simple and safe. Which means, sadly, McQueen and Westwood are probably out of the running. Since news broke yesterday of the royal engagement, a few designer names have been singled out by the British press (including British Vogue and Hilary Alexander at the Telegraph) as front runners: Amanda Wakeley, Daniella "Issa" Helayel and Bruce Oldfield. Other names thrown into the mix are Stewart Parvin, who has a royal warrant, Jenny Packham, and Phillipa Lepley, whom Alexander describes as "Sloaney" (American translation: WASPy, preppy, girly, Upper East Side-y). Hilariously, online betting site Paddy Power has even set up "Royal Wedding Dress Designer Betting," creating odds on which designer has the best shot of getting the coveted job. According to the site, Amanda Wakeley and Daniella Halayel are the favorites to design Kate's wedding dress at 9/2. They've also placed Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana's dress with her former husband David, at 5/1 odds, and Vivienne Westwood at 6/1 odds so maybe there is hope for Dame Westwood. A little bit more about the front runners and their designs.