KATE’S FIRST COVER: Society glossy Tatler is the first British monthly magazine to land a cover shot of Kate Middleton – although the princess-in-waiting didn’t officially pose for the title. The February issue of the magazine – dubbed a “special collectors’ issue” – features four Andy Warhol-style multi-colored images produced from one of the shots of Middleton taken when she and Prince William announced their engagement in November.
“At Tatler we’ve been in the mood for love for months, willing an announcement,” said Catherine Ostler, who stepped down as editor of Tatler last month, in the magazine’s February editor’s letter. Tatler has also run several royal wedding-related stories. The title’s features editor Richard Dennen writes about his time at St. Andrews university, where he studied alongside William and Kate, while India Hicks writes about her experience serving as a royal bridesmaid at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding. And the issue also makes some tongue-in-cheek predictions as to the couple’s future children’s names – Tatler is expecting twins called Mary and George; school choices and their social circle when they begin their married life living in Wales, where William is based with the Royal Air Force. “Prince William can expect a time warp weekend of musical evenings, followed by after dinner games far more arcane than charades,” says the title of what the couple would experience at a weekend at Nantclwyd Hall in Denbighshire, home of Sir Philip Vyvyan Naylor-Leyland, his wife Lady Isabella and their six children.
Meanwhile, Clarence House on Wednesday revealed a few more concrete details about the couple’s wedding day of April 29. The wedding service will begin at 11 a.m. at Westminster Abbey, and Middleton will travel to the service by car. The Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, while the Archbishop of Canterbury will marry the couple and the Bishop of London will give the address. The married couple will then return to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, along a processional route that will take in central London locations including The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square. The Queen will then give a reception for the couple at Buckingham Palace, attended by guests from the congregation “who represent the couple’s official and private lives,” Clarence House said. Later, the Prince of Wales will give a private dinner followed by dancing at Buckingham Palace, for the couple and their close friends and family.