I can't be the only person excited for the wedding of William Windsor to Catherine Middleton. In fact, I know I'm not. Out there, in that big, bad world of cynics, there are plenty of people just as psyched as me about the upcoming royal nuptials—they are just too cool to show it. This wedding brings me full circle. I remember being 9 years old and staying up all night with my Mom to watch Princess Diana marry Prince Charles, I had a slumber party to watch Sarah Ferguson marry Prince Andrew (where an adorable 3 year old Prince William got all squirmy in his wedding outfit (see below) and finally, I remember being in graduate school and watching, in the early morning hours, Princes William and Harry walk behind their mother's coffin through the streets of London—the letter on the coffin addressed to "Mum" still makes me teary-eyed to this day.
I have my Royal Wedding morning all planned out. At 4am I'll start with a pot of tea, scones and strawberry jam and fresh fruit and then post-ceremony I'll make a full English breakfast of eggs, sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms before happily going back to bed at around 11am. Wow, actually, this sounds a lot like I am planning for the Super Bowl and I would say, that for royal watchers like me, it kind of is the Super Bowl only instead of footballs and pads it has fancy hats and diamond tiaras!
Here are a few books, DVDs and websites to get you prepared, in the mood and psyched-up for the April 29th event.
Prince William and Kate Middleton titles:
William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher P. Anderson
William and Kate: A Love Story: A Celebration of the Wedding of the Century by Robert Jobson
Prince William and Prince Harry titles:
William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl
William and Harry by Ingrid Seward
Diana's Boys: William and Harry and the Mothey They Loved by Christopher P. Anderson
Princess Diana titles:
The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown - A comprehensive biography that is both factual and gossipy!
Diana: The Last Word by Ingrid Seward
Diana, Princess of Wales: A Tribute in Photographs ed. by Michael O'Mara
A Concert for Diana (DVD) - A 2007 tribute concert put on by William and Harry.
The Women of Windsor: Their Power, Privilege and Passions by Catherine Whitney
The Queen and Di: The Untold Story by Ingrid Seward
The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor by Penny Junor
Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II by Robert Lacey
The Queen (DVD) - starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II during the aftermath of Diana's death.
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (DVD) - A fascinating documentary of a year in the working life of the Royal family.
YA Fiction with a Royal Connection:
To Catch a Prince by Gillian Knight - Includes both teen novels To Catch a Prince and The Frog Prince.
Prince William, Maximillan Minsky and Me by Holly-Jane Rahlens
The Calypso Chronicles series (set at a British boarding school) by Tyne O'Connell:
Pulling Princes (bk 1), Stealing Princes (bk 2), Dueling Princes (bk 3)
Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela Macoll - A story of Princess Victoria before she became Queen (Prince William is the 4th great grandson of Queen Victoria).
The Prince and Me (DVD) - A modern romance classic. An American college student meets her Danish Prince - although he looks a lot like Prince William to me!
Recipes for Your Royal Wedding Breakfast Menu:
Victoria, the Essential Tea Companion: Favorite Menus for Tea Parties and Celebrations - Full of classic tea time recipes.
Cooking with Two Fat Ladies and The Two Fat Ladies Ride Again by Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright - The ultimate in old school British homestyle cooking. Both books include great recipes for traditional English breakfasts.
Get Cooking, Real Food Real Fast and Cooking Up a Storm all by Sam Stern - This British teen knows his way around a kitchen and easy English breakfast recipes.
The Royal Wedding online:
The Official Royal Wedding website - No gossip here!
The Royal Wedding of William and Kate - Great fan site with plenty of links for history, photos and merchandise.
Schedule for the Royal Wedding - Remember London is 7 hours ahead. New York is on Eastern Time and the West Coast is Pacific Time. Most TV coverage begins at 4am ET.
Twitter hashtag: #rw2011
Isn't he adorable? Hard to believe he is now the one getting married.