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Can I just say that I now have a new favourite royal? This has been my year of princessing, so I'm discovering just how much its success is not about elegance, but theatrical excess. Hurrah for Princess Beatrice, a brave kindred spirit in going a bit over the top. I love it. (Here's her hat, if you haven't seen it already.)

I think the Royal Mail should commission a stamp in her honour. Here's one suggestion. (Feel free to add a link to your Princess Beatrice hat drawing in the comments!)



The Fleece Station never passes on an excuse for a good party. (And we're also very fond of squids, which is why why got on a boat instead of watching the telly.) Here's Ms Deadlyknitshade, aka Lauren, with the fab couple who gave everyone a day off.



And Ellen Lindner with the set of royal wedding Top Trumps that Gary Northfield brought along. All day long it seemed at least two people were playing this.








We were well dressed for a wedding.



And well provisioned.



Here's Lauren's marvelous twin sister, Natali, who, with her partner, Lee, invited us to spend the day on her canal boat, in the appropriately royal location of the water by Hampton Court Palace.



Thanks so much, Lee and Natali!



Stephen Betts and Matt Abbiss



I spent much of the day in the sun, happily flaked out on the roof (here with illustrator Barnaby Richards).



After boating, we took part in some unmentionably heinous karaoke next to Smithfield meat market. (I'll just say that Ellen and I kicked it off with Lady Gaga's Telephone and I think Barnaby almost died of fright.) Stuart and I walked back across the Millennium Bridge and caught sight of lots more bunting along the South Bank.




The Golden Hinde ship


Borough Market

And I woke up this morning to the postman ringing the doorbell with the latest colour proofs for You Can't Scare a Princess! How very fitting.

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deadlyknitshade
Apr. 30th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Squid hat win
Hooray! The squid hat of my dreams has come alive!
kirstymcallister.blogspot.com
Apr. 30th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I suppose it could be a squid. My mum thought it was antlers, while I felt it resembled a lyre.
ellenlindner
Apr. 30th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, it got more heinous once you left. Matt sang a Monty Python song, I butchered Like A Prayer, and Stephen RAPPED!
nice_cup_of_tea
Apr. 30th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
oh, i feel so homesick for london and the uk. Not much bunting to be seen in Zurich :-(
hannah_nutwood
May. 1st, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
i wish us folks in canada got a day off to drink tea and celebrate the royal nuptials!

wonderful rendition of princess beatrice's hat! (is that tentacle burrowing into her ear?) i, too, was enthralled by the selection of whimsicle millinery at the wedding and it inspired me to draw my own.

this should really become a meme. there are many fantastic artists out there that could probably come up with some brilliant fascinators.
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