Topic: Royal Weddings
There’s no shortage of advice stating that exercise and a healthy lifestyle can increase your energy, libido and communication skills — all things that are essential for a happy marriage. So does that mean finding a partner who likes Pilates as much as you do is important for the success of your relationship? Of course not. (Thankfully; otherwise I’d also be forced to pretend I like golf.) But regardless of whether you enjoy the same physical activities as your partner, finding someone who is passionate about health and fitness in some way certainly helps. More
Earlier today, a friend tweeted a nice quote: “If you truly love someone, accept their past and leave it there.” Ha. Ha. I know this is the noble way to think and feel about a partner’s past, but in real life? I don’t know many women or men who truly feel this way. So when the media seized upon rumors about Charlene Wittstock‘s attempt to flee her pending wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco because she learned some unsavory details of his past, I thought: I’d be booking tickets home if I were her, too.
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Charlene Wittstock, the South African Olympic swimmer who’s set to marry Prince Albert of Monaco next week, is prepping for her wedding by not lifting weights. The already-slim former Olympic swimmer told Vogue that she’s laying off her regular exercise routine in anticipation of her inaugural debut as Princess:
In preparation for the perpetual camera-readiness expected of her as first lady of Monaco, she has cut out weight training and increased her stretching time to give her body a leaner line.
And thus more women were scared off of weight training.
In their article “Fit For a Princess,” Vogue is a lot more interested in Wittstock’s journey to find her “fashion feet” than how she maintains her figure, but in one fell sentence, they’ve managed to perpetuate bad stereotypes about weight training and physical fitness. In fact, the average woman needs more weight training to get a “leaner line,” and lots stretching is probably a good thing for any professional athlete, but most brides aren’t professional athletes, and don’t need to worry about looking bulky if they prep for their weddings in the weight room. More
I’ve always (silently) told myself that, should I ever have a wedding, I will definitely cut costs on the decorations, music, photography — even the dress — in favor of great food. I’m guessing Charlene Wittstock hardly had to bargain with her budget when planning her wedding to Prince Albert in Monaco next week, but she’s my kind of bride when it comes to catering: She’s hired celebrity chef Alain Ducasse (you may be familiar with one of his three Michelin triple-star restaurants) to prepare a multi-course gala dinner made with local, sustainable, ethical food. Would that I were one of Albert and Charlene’s 500 guests. More
Have you heard? Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged, and we’d like to send Kate our regards (despite our skepticism over William’s “total shock” marriage proposal). On occasions like this, our favorite place to turn is someecards. Their cards reflect our best sentiments toward the Prince’s new fiancée — not to mention the money we’ll save on international postage thanks to their e-mail delivery. More
Bollocks, Kate Middleton. It was a “total shock” when Prince William proposed to you three weeks ago while you were “on holiday” at a quiet safari lodge in Africa? But you’ve been together (on and off) for almost nine years! Are you telling me that in all that time the subject of marriage never came up? (We know it must have, because in your recent ITV News interview with Tom Bradby, Prince William mentioned that lately you and he had been discussing your future and the possibility of marriage.) So why did Prince William alone get to decide when to take one of the biggest steps of your lives? Because he’s royalty and you’re a commoner – albeit a rich one?
Last time I checked, the Queen’s name was Elizabeth, not Victoria. So what’s with the outdated 19th-century traditions? You and Prince William are in your 20s. You already live together. (Sinners!) You say you’re down-to-earth and have good senses of humor, respectively. And yet Prince William orchestrates your marriage proposal as though it’s a scene out of a Jane Austen novel? At least Jane Austen was a mistress of satire. And she never married. So there. More
Like he just did to Charlene Wittstock, his bride-to-be. The royal bastard! Wait, stay those tears. The happy couple actually moved the date up from July 9 to July 2, 2011, so that they could attend an International Olympic Committee … More
The following was originally published on June 21, 2006: Wedding bells are a-ringing for Monaco’s Prince Albert II, as he’s rumored to marry South African swimmer, Charlene Wittstock. According to The Times of London: The palace has so far refused … More
Having had featured this particular wedding dress in at least a couple of posts published last year — Grace Kelly has best wedding dress of all time Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier Wedding Video I think you can say I … More
It seems that the world’s most gorgeous bachelor (in my eyes anyway), Prince William is getting hitched. Boo hoo. He is such a hottie. I suppose I don’t mind that he’s getting married to Kate Middleton. She’s such a classy … More
Is this for real? Will the world’s most eligible bachelor, Prince William tie the knot with on-again, off-again girlfriend, Kate Middleton? I thought they’ve just broken up! Oh, this is so exciting! I like royal weddings! All it takes is … More
I just love the romance of this time of year, maybe because my parents got married on Boxing Day! The romance was brought alive again in the UK this weekend as people speculated whether Prince William would get engaged to … More
For Royal watchers out there, how much do you know about the royal weddings? Take this quiz to find out! Via BBC UK