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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Kate and Wills Up The Aisle by Alison Jackson

Alison Jackson presents a humorous folio of photographs to reveal all about the royal wedding between Kate and Wills, the most anticipated nuptials to come out of Britain since Charles and Diana, providing a glimpse into all the events we have imagined but never thought we would see. This largely chronological retelling of the romance of Wills and Kate and the run-up to the Royal Wedding will include pictures of the genealogical background of the two sides and details of the early days of their courtship right through to the wedding itself. There is the endless waiting for Kate - the ring-gazing, gym regime, deportment and daily wash and blow. Then there is Wills' preparations for the proposal and practice for the public announcement, not to mention the fun of the wedding preparations; drawing up the guest list, designing the menus and picking the wedding dress, while a variety of celebrity guests - including Elton John, the Beckham's and Lady Gaga - choose and try on their outfits for the special day. Our whistle-stop tour of the royal romance shows what everyone wishes they could see and gives us answers to questions like: How did blushing student Wills chat up Kate? How did Kate learn the tricks of the trade she needed to bag Wills and become Queen material? Ever wondered what actually happened when Wills proposed in the African bush? As for the happy couple's loved ones, how does poor old Charles feel about being upstaged by his young son with Diana's eyes and smile? We have the stag and hen nights; the arrival of the gifts from heads of states from around the world; and, of course, the shots of the The Big Day" that you simply won't see anywhere else.

A behind the scenes, tongue in cheek look at Kate and Wills life together, their wedding day and reception.

Alison Jackson has a reputation for risque photographs and these certain don't disappoint. Those pictures you would love to see, but know you won't of the reception, the hen and stag nights and when the middleton's meet the royals.

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing the official photographs of the big day (I have books on Charles and Diana and Andrew and Sarah's wedding days in the loft), but this book was a great stop gap until the papers are full of the real thing!

Thank you to Quadrille for sending me the book to review.

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