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There is something of a fun little unspoken rule about going to lunch at Buckingham Palace: never say you're going to lunch at Buckingham Palace. In that it's a bit like Fight Club, except that you can talk about it, just in informal terms. Instead, you're hopping out for a bite at Buck Houseor taking tea at BPor heading over to Liz's place (our personal favorite). You see, the public is welcome to stop by Buckingham Palace during the Summer Opening, the details of which we've already laid out.
For tickets of £18.75 each ($30.80), you are free to walk through the Palace's State Rooms, the tour finishing on the Palace's rear terrace facing the gardens. It's here you'll find the Garden Cafe, and it's here you can stay until they close down in the evening, soaking up the history and majesty of the place while sipping on Earl Grey. Oreven bettertake a peek at the food.
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The back of the Palace, facing the Palace Gardens.
A little riddle for you: What costs $30 per person, doesn't allow you to take photographs, and is gold all over? Ding ding dingthe State Rooms at London's Buckingham Palace, which opened last week for their annual round of public tours. Travelers to London are clamoring to get in, not only to tread on the Queen's lush carpets and gawk at the royal family's heirlooms, but also to spend some quality time with Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which has pride of place on display in the palace's ballroom.
Tickets are understandably rare for walk-upswe heard "fully committed" said quite a bit while passing the ushers at the entrance to the visitor's area, so going online for tix is the best route. Here's how to do it:
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Royal Fever: an ailment categorized by a compulsion to don Union Jack garb, the purchase of Royal Wedding-themed miscellany, and emitting shrieks at the mere mention of WillznKate. Also classified by voracious consumption of tabloid material written about the Royal Family and, in extreme cases, donning fascinators gaudy enough to compete with Princess Beatrice's wedding habit of choice.
Is there a better reason to cut your summer vacation short than a party with royals? Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were spotted arriving at LAX yesterday with daughters Sunday and Faith in tow. Nicole kept an eye on baby Faith while two security guards watched over the whole family.
Nicole and Keith were in Australia visiting family but cut their trip short to head back to L.A. where Nicole will attend the the BAFTA Party with Will and Kate on Saturday night. Prince William is the President of BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and has invited more than 250 Hollywood producers and actors to the event which will be held at the Beasco Theatre.
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It's a Tale of Two Dresses this summer, as Lady Gaga and Kate Middleton enjoy one big similaritythat their respective most famous dresses will go on public display at museums.
As part of the Women Who Rock exhibition at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gaga's famous "Meat Dress" has been permanently installed from today. This is the curious garment she donned to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and which spawned a million Halloween costumes. Because it was real, fresh meat on Gaga's bones, the museum has had to preserve it (with the help of a taxidermist) and paint it to appear fresh. Take a look at the finished exhibit dress here and judge for yourself if they did a good job of that.
On the other side of the pond, Kate Middleton's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress will again see the light sooner than we had expected. From July 23 through October 3, the gown will have pride of place inside Buckingham Palace during the royal residence's annual summer opening. Unlike Gaga's ensemble, however, Middleton's frock will be joined by her McQueen shoes and diamond earrings. No meat shoes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sadly.
Cali, which is hurting for some cash money, is hoping the high-profile visit will encourage tourists to follow suit. People have been trying to guess where the couple will stop off on their West Coast visit. While it was rumored that the newlyweds would stay in Yosemite, it turns out they are heading to Southern California.
Had enough of those pesky royals in the wake of Will 'n' Kate madness? Well, that's too bloody bad. This Saturday marks Trooping the Colour in London, a predictably showy observance of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. So special is her highness that her day of birth is commemorated several months after the actual date, April 21st, as weather is much nicer in June. Some of us were born in the dead of winter and suffer through snowy celebration. Humph.
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It's officialNew York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has the hottest museum exhibit for Summer 2011: Alexander McQueen: "Savage Beauty." The first week of crowds alone could beat entire visitor counts for other museums, as the Met welcomed 5,100 on opening day last Wednesday, which rose to 12,000 Saturday alone. It's even totally killed past exhibitions of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis' clothing and vintage Chanel.
So why should you go? Well, because it's really as great as all the hype says it is. Actually, we'd argue that the exhibit is under-hyped. Over 100 pieces of the late McQueen's work is on display, including a 3D hologram of Kate Moss once used in one of his runway shows. Plus not to mention that McQueen was one of the rare modern geniuses who did well commercially. Often you'll hear the general complaint that there is no more fashion left to create; McQueen was one of the few designers to thrash that belief to pieces as he turned out entirely new silhouettes, experimented with garment technology and still enhanced a woman's natural beauty. As you can probably tell, we're big fans of his.
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As promised, our feet were on the ground in London on Royal Wedding Day, albeit far from the crush and mania of the procession route and Buckingham Palace. While royalists clamoured for a view of The Dress and the happy couple's balcony kiss (times two) we chose to huddle indoors and watch the ceremony, safe from tourists with their Union Jack stunner shades and homemade fascinators. An ever-so-quick glimpse of the RAF flypast was the closest Jaunted got to the action.
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We don't have to tell you that a big deal went down this morning (or afternoon, UK time): the The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Now that the dress designer has been unveiled (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) and the ring shown (a simple gold band), the next big question is where the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head for the Royal Honeymoon.
Currently the frontrunner for the destination is Australia, although Kenya, Corfu, The Seychelles or The Isles of Scilly have also been mentioned. Wherever they go, it won't be their first stop; the couple is due to spend their first nights in the Scottish Highlands at Balmoral Estate.
Let's see where other royal couples of the past have chosen to spend their Royal Honeymoons:
Okay, people. This is the moment we've all been waiting for: The Royal
Wedding Drinking Game!
Hubpages has devised a detailed (and rather lengthy) guide to turning tomorrow's big event in one big, boozy gulp after another, but we thought we'd do it our own way, adding our own twists (Ribena!), and otherwise make it way easier for you to enjoy the special occasion the way God and country surely intended: drunkers at dawn.
JAUNTED's ROYAL WEDDING DRINKING GAME:
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Admit it: you secretly want a sticker or a mug.
In January, our sister site HotelChatter ran a series on Anti-Royal Wedding Hotels, a roundup of London accommodations for those braving Wills and Kate madness and seeking lodgings less stodgy than the city's chi-chi five-star options.
In similar fingers up fashion, we here at Jaunted have cobbled together a list of three Royal Wedding celebrations far from the fray of Westminster. Though we'll have our feet planted firmly on the ground in Londontown, we won't be trekking to Hyde Park or anywhere along the procession path, reports of rain and screaming royalists being enough to deter us. Yet we won't avoid the festivities altogether; the excitement pulsing through central London is palpable, morbid curiosity and the excuse to quaff with abandon reason enough to venture onto the city streets that day/evening.
Rebelliously partake in the mania at these alternative Royal Wedding parties taking place in London: