It's been another busy week for Prince William and Kate Middleton. Not only have they had public appearances to fulfill (flipping pancakes in northern Ireland on Tuesday!), there's also been heaps more wedding planning.
As I first reported last week, the couple have finalized their song selections for the wedding ceremony. So it was no surprise to see them drive from Clarence House to Westminster Abbey with Prince Charles on Monday to hear some of the choices.
The couple spent over an hour enjoying songs from a young choir and an 18-piece orchestra. And, with the paparazzi stuck outside, I'm told they comfortably snuggled in the pews (it can drop to near-freezing temperatures inside the church at night!).
One thing I'm often asked is how Kate, 29, looks in the flesh. She is, of course, beautiful. Slim, radiant, appropriately dressed — every inch the princess-to-be that you would hope for.
When I saw Kate at St. Andrews University in Scotland last month, I couldn't help but notice her flawless skin — she barely had an ounce of makeup on.
I'm told her secret comes from a small Swiss cosmetics company, founded by facialist Karin Herzog. "Kate's a fan," a Karin Herzog company rep tells UsMagazine.com of the oxygen charged products. "She particularly likes the Vita-Kombi Day and Night cream," which sells for about $88.
Also in Kate's beauty cabinet? Products from her salon of choice : Richard Ward volume boosting shampoo and conditioner, and Richard Ward 'Stay Straight and Protect' spritz. Her sister (and Maid of Honor) Pippa Middleton is also a fan.
And it's not just Kate who is busy beautifying for the big day. Reports in the UK suggest that Queen Elizabeth has her personal couturier working on three different outfits for April 29.
A royal aide confirms to Us that Angela Kelly (curator in jewelery, insignia and wardrobe) will be one of the designers responsible for dressing her majesty, who turns 85 next month. Buckingham Palace won't confirm or deny, but let's face it: when you're the Queen you can wear pretty much whatever the heck you want!
By Omid Scobie, European Bureau Chief, for UsMagazine.com.
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