By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
William & Kate: Celebrating A Royal Engagement
By Robin Nunn (Pavilion, $29.99, hardback, 144 pages)
Everyone loves a fairytale and, very soon, there will be a global frenzy as we all get caught up in the excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on 29 April.
The wedding is the biggest royal event in Britain since William’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana, got married in 1981.
You can experience some of the enchantment through this beautifully illustrated book with colour photographs by Robin Nunn, UK’s leading royal photographer.
He examines the intertwined lives of Prince William, second in line to the throne and grandson of Her Majesty the Queen, and Catherine ‘Kate’ Elizabeth Middleton, daughter of self-made millionaires.
The picture-book tells the story of Prince William’s journey from the steps of the “Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, into royal manhood, serving queen and country in the armed forces and his destiny as that of future king”.
In a series of over 130 pictures, many of which are brought together here for the first time, include the last one taken of Diana in Somalia and the now-familiar picture of the happily-engaged couple on 16 November 2010.
This book traces the life of William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor, the man who may, one day, be king and a beautiful, middle-class English girl. It also tells the story of a love that can, arguably, help shape the future of the monarchy as a 21st century institution.
Also examined are the other European monarchies with a series of fairytale weddings of their own.
While there are additional commemorative gifts including souvenir mugs, bone china pieces and a Royal Mint coin, William & Kate: Celebrating A Royal Engagement is a worthy keepsake - of a very modern British royal romance.
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