Friday, April 22, 2011

A Princess Dream Realized

This week's post is from Amanda, one of our very talented product developers.

Ask any little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, and she will probably tell you, eagerly, that she wants to be “a princess!” At one time, Mrs. Middleton may have asked her daughter that same question and she responded in the same way. I, too, dreamed of a day when my price would come and sweep me off my feet into a castle where I could reign as a princess. Kate is the realization of many little girls’ dreams, and we are all on the edge of our seats waiting for the wedding day to see how beautiful it all will be.

As I have seen news crews come in and out of our offices to cover our Kate figurine and seen much of the press Kate regularly receives, I’ve asked myself why it is such a big deal. I’ll bet if you took a poll of what games little girls play, the top two would be: 1) Make-believe Princess; and 2) Wedding. The culmination of the two put together creates a wondrous sight for any “common” girl with the dream of becoming a beautiful bride, let alone a royal one.

On an occasion this grand, where expectations are high and playing make-believe is now playing out in reality, a keepsake of this event is an added bonus. The marketplace is full of different kinds of Kate (and William) merchandise, but I have not seen anything more beautiful than our Kate Middleton figurine. I know—you may think I’m biased because I work here at Hamilton, but, on the contrary, I am very detail-oriented by trade. My expectations are very high for a quality figurine. Our Kate figurine is meticulously detailed and has been worked on with care and a discerning eye, to give her the utmost grace and beauty Kate embodies. I can attest, by holding her in my hands and seeing the following issues in the collection, this one is going to be a joy for any Kate admirer. I cannot wait to see what the wedding dress will look like, and I am confident that we will make the figurine gorgeous—just like Kate will be on her big day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

To Tiara Or Not To Tiara?

Royal Wedding fever is in full swing, it seems, on both sides of the pond. Here in the States, everyone is anxious to know what wedding gown Kate Middleton will wear. It’s not so much a question of what she will be wearing, but who she will be wearing. Are we Americans obsessed with designers, or what?!

So it will probably come as a surprise to many label-conscious Yanks that the British are equally as anxious about a different detail entirely: What tiara will Kate wear?

That’s right, not the dress. The diamonds.

Of course, the tiara isn't really about the diamonds. It's representative of something else entirely. If Kate wears a tiara on her wedding day, it will be because Queen Elizabeth has offered it to her, which will show to the British people (and all of the world) an enormous amount of confidence in and support of Kate by the Queen. Because Kate is not a royal herself, she is not automatically entitled to wear a tiara. When Diana Spencer married Prince Charles back in 1981, she wore the Spencer tiara, a family heirloom. During her marriage, as the Princess of Wales, she was photographed in several royal tiaras, all on loan from the Queen.

For centuries, royals have been wearing tiaras. The tradition dates all the way back to leaders of ancient Persia. The British royal family is well known for their treasury of tiaras.

So for those of us who have been eagerly anticipating the first glimpse of Kate’s wedding gown, we can also now add the tiara to the list.

Will she or won’t she? And if so, which one?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Looking forward to the Royal Wedding: Only 65 days to go!

Catherine Elizabeth (Kate) Middleton has captured the attention of people all over the world since her engagement to Prince William was announced back in November 2010. Overnight she has become a style icon, and it seems that every dress she wears sells out in hours and is copied, studied and analyzed. And her engagement ring—yes, that amazing, storied ring—has once again created a stir around the world.

Could it be that people find her so likeable because she seems so down to earth? After all, Kate is not photographed wearing haute couture gowns and priceless jewels; rather, many of her publicized ensembles can easily be bought at retail for not thousands, but mere hundreds, of dollars. She received a blue-blood education (she met William at the exclusive St. Andrews), yet her family is not part of British Society. Her parents are self-made millionaires from their own party business. She is, for all practical purposes, a commoner—just like the British masses who now adore her. In fact, for her official engagement photos with Prince William, she insisted upon doing her own hair and makeup, and, once again, she wore an off-the-rack creamy white dress that immediately took the fashion world by storm.

Kate certainly does have the look of a princess, and as the royal wedding approaches, the biggest question on everyone’s lips is: Who will design her wedding gown? The answer to this question will likely remain a secret up until Kate makes her debut wearing it on April 29, 2011. Designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who created Diana’s famous wedding gown with its 25-foot long train, worked in total secrecy up until the big day. Each day, all of their trash was shredded and picked up for disposal so that suspecting paparazzi couldn’t make any discoveries. Fittings were done in total secrecy as well. Certainly the future Princess Catherine will look stunning in whatever she wears!